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University of Aberdeen

Music Education

UCAS Code: XW13

Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Music A Level at a minimum Grade B. English Minimum required: GCSE/O Level English Language AND English Literature at Grade B or above in both; or A Level English at Grade C or above. Mathematics Minimum required: GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or above, or O Level at Grade C or above. A minimum of 3 GCSE passes also required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Minimum of 30 points including at least a Grade 6 in Music at Higher Level. Must also include Maths and English, with English at a minimum of Grade 5.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H3,H3,H3

A minimum of 4H, with one at H2 and three at H3 OR ABBB all obtained in a single sitting including English, and 2 at Ordinary Level, including Maths which must be at Grade B or Grade 3 or above.

Qualifications such as Early Education and Childcare will be accepted as one subject alongside 3 other subjects at Higher Level (or equivalent). The Higher Grades required are C or above. The required English and Maths grades must also be achieved as noted.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B

Overall a minimum of ABBB required in four distinct disciplines (Music cannot be double-counted) in a single sitting. Music at Higher Grade A preferred. For BMus Education GTCS requirements must be met, therefore Higher English at Grade B or above and Standard Grade Maths at Grade 1 or 2 or National 5 Maths or Applications of Mathematics (previously known as Lifeskills Maths) at Grade C or above are required. A Pass in the Open University Course - MU123 Discovering Mathematics - is acceptable for the Maths requirement. Higher ESOL IS NOT accepted in place of Higher English.

UCAS Tariff

114-120

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Secondary teaching

Music Education at Aberdeen gives you the brilliant opportunity to learn, compose and perform with world-renowned composers and musicologists, working in all genres, styles and periods, with unrivalled opportunities to grow as a musician and performer and to specialise in the skills to inspire a new generation through music education in schools. Aberdeen is the ideal environment and location in which to study music, with 500 years of outstanding musical history and heritage and a vibrant cultural identity which celebrates the traditional while embracing the modern, playing a huge role in the cultural life of north-east Scotland.

Our highly-regarded BMus programme gives the benefit of broad foundation in music before choosing to specialise in teaching in the BMus (Education) programme, or the BMus (Music and Communities) opening opportunities for working with music in non-formal settings. In your first three years of your BMus (Education) programme, you will study performance, composition, theory, musicianship and a broad overview of music history which serves as the foundation for future study and specialising in your final year. You will then combine the study of music with a qualification to teach in Scottish secondary schools, including school placements in your final year. You will graduate perfectly prepared for a career in teaching music, with the additional option of applying your all-round knowledge and transferable skills should you decide to purse an alternative career such as in the media, or the music business.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: Coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; Practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; Written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£15,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Aberdeen

Department:

School of Education

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

67%
low
Secondary teaching

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

Teaching and learning

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
39%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Teacher training

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
51%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

99%
Teaching and educational professionals
1%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats above mainly cover teaching degrees for training and qualifying in primary school education. These tend to be three or four-year courses — check with course tutors about how long you will need to study to get your Qualified Teacher Status. Most graduates go into teaching roles — usually primary school teaching, so these courses have good employment rates and starting salaries. We have a shortage of teachers of all kinds, which is deepening, and whilst many of the most severe are at secondary level, the prospects for this degree are not likely to take a downturn any time soon.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Secondary teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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