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University of Central Lancashire

Music Business and Creative Industries

UCAS Code: W390

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

You should also have achieved Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English, or an equivalent (UK equivalents include key skills level 3 or functional skills level 2).

UCAS Tariff

96

at A2 or equivalent

67%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Music

Musicianship and performance studies

Working in the music business and creative industries is the ultimate goal for those of us who hate the idea of the 9 to 5. Whether you see your future as a digital entrepreneur, artist manager, label boss, promoter, tour manager or marketeer, this course covers all aspects of the creative industries. We give you a 360° view.

This is a rewarding, challenging, dynamic and ever changing industry. It's also big business and a constantly evolving sector with a myriad of career opportunities. And you'll be working with, and for, the people who make the music; gigs, events, TV, radio, press, promotions.

On this course, you will attend industry events and conferences and deliver on real time industry briefs (our tutors source real projects, with real-world goals and deadlines); whether that’s producing a cover mount CD compilation for Music Week, creating band and brand associations or managing the finances of a tour. And with two opportunities for work-based learning in 2nd and 3rd year, you might be working in the industry before you even graduate, with a wealth of real and relevant experience in your chosen career.

Our tutors and guest lecturers actually work in the music and creative industries, for clients including Reverb XL publishing, Manchester International Festival, Parklife, Ear to the Ground Events, BBC, Granada, Accessories4technology, Ubisoft, Visible Noise, Whizz Kid TV, Bloodstock, Greenbelt Festival, PIAS and MMF. They have worked with artists such as 2manyDJ's, Madness, Massive Attack, Katie Melua, Andy Burrows, Cattle and Cane, 808 State, Shades of Rhythm, Genesis, Bob Marley, Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Hall & Oates.

Modules

In year one you will study: music, digital and creative industries, group project and pitching, study skills, marketing for the music industry, musicology. Year two; IPR (Intellectual Property Rights), synchronization and branding, entrepreneurship, live events, prep for work based learning, work based learning. Year three; self-employment in the music industry, people and project management, major project, advanced work based learning.

The Uni


Course location:

SSR (Manchester)

Department:

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

TEF rating:

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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.

60%
low
Music
60%
low
Musicianship and performance studies

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.

Music

Teaching and learning

58%
Staff make the subject interesting
70%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

51%
Library resources
56%
IT resources
63%
Course specific equipment and facilities
40%
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
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

Music

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.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

50%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Other elementary services occupations
6%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Music

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

£15k

£15k

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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