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University of Manchester

Music

UCAS Code: W302

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Grades AAB. This should include grade A Music. Also required is Associated Board (or equivalent examinations) grade VIII, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice. General Studies and Practical Music are welcomed but not included as part of the standard offer.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Not accepted unless accompanied by Grade A in Music at A-level.  Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3. Minimum of 30 credits with a Distinction grade (15 of which must be in English), plus 15 credits with a Merit grade in a Humanities-related subject. Also required is Associated Board (or equivalent examinations) grade VIII, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

D3,D3,M2

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken. Please note our A-level requirements for grades and any subject requirements for this programme.  Pre-U equivalencies will be: AAA at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and grade A at A level in three distinct subjects.   AAB at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3, D3, M2 in the Pre-U and AAB at A level in three distinct subjects.   ABB at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3, M2, M2 in the Pre-U and ABB at A level in three distinct subjects.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language at minimum grade B or 6.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

35 points overall (core points accepted), inc. 6 in Music at Higher Level and two further Higher Level subjects at 6,5. Also required is Associated Board (or equiv. examinations) grade VIII, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

New scale: Higher Level grades of H2H2H2H3H3, inc. H2 in Music. Also required is Associated Board (or equivalent examinations) grade VIII, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DD plus an A Level at grade A in Music. In all cases above, the ABRSM (or equivalent) Grade 8 is required in addition to the academic requirements.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D*-D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of EITHER the full Technical Extended Certificate with grade D* plus two A Levels at grades BB, OR full Tech Ext Cert Grade D plus two A-levels at Grades AB. In both cases, one of the A-levels should be in an Music. In all cases above, the ABRSM (or equivalent) Grade 8 is required in addition to the academic requirements.

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

DD

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with grades DD plus an A-level at min. Grade A in Music plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B. In all cases above, the ABRSM (or equivalent) Grade 8 is required in addition to the academic requirements.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DD

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: we require Distinction / Distinction, plus one A-level at Grade A in Music.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

D

BTEC National Extended Certificate: we require a Distinction, plus two A-levels at Grades AB; the Grade A must be in Music.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDD

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: we require at Distinction / Distinction / Distinction, plus one A-level at Grade A in Music.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

D,D

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma: we require grades Distinction / Distinction plus an A-level at min. Grade A in Music plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B

Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements. For applicants who have studied under the new Scottish qualification system, the following will apply. For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5): A*AA at A-level :  Hrs of AAAAAB or AAAB plus Adv Hr Gr. A AAA at A-level   :  Hrs of AAAABB or AABB plus Adv Hr Gr. A AAB at A-level   :  Hrs of AAABBB or ABBB plus Adv Hr Gr. A ABB at A-level   :  Hrs of AAABBB or ABBB plus Adv Hr at min. Gr. B Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Adv Hr in the required subject): A*AA at A-level : Hrs of AAA plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AA, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AA AAA at A-level   : Hrs of AAB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AA, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AA AAB at A-level   : Hrs of ABB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AB, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AB ABB at A-level   : Hrs of BBB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AB, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AB For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone.  The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question.  Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade. All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

Grades AAAAB: accepted only in conjunction with 3 Advanced Highers at Grades shown. See also Advanced Highers for Practical Music Qualification requirements. NB: Joint course with RNCM requires Grades AAAAA-AAAAB plus 3 Adv Highers, to include Grade A in Music. See also Advanced Highers, for Practical Music qualifications required. Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements. For applicants who have studied under the new Scottish qualification system, the following will apply. For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject , we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5): A*AA at A-level : Hrs of AAAAAB or AAAB plus Adv Hr Gr. A AAA at A-level : Hrs of AAAABB or AABB plus Adv Hr Gr. A AAB at A-level : Hrs of AAABBB or ABBB plus Adv Hr Gr. A ABB at A-level : Hrs of AAABBB or ABBB plus Adv Hr at min. Gr. B Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements , we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Adv Hr in the required subject): A*AA at A-level : Hrs of AAA plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AA, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AA AAA at A-level : Hrs of AAB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AA, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AA AAB at A-level : Hrs of ABB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AB, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AB ABB at A-level : Hrs of BBB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AB, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AB For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system , Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone. The minimum requirement is three Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question. Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade. All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Music

Our MusB is a dynamic, well-established and highly regarded three-year course which admits students of a high calibre. With a range of options to choose from, the MusB at Manchester enables you to build upon existing interests while allowing you the room to discover new forms of music and new ways of understanding, performing and creating music. Regular updates in the course content reflect the latest research in music scholarship and our internationally recognised academics, together with our roster of professional instrumental and vocal tutors, provide the platform for excellence in both practical music making and academic study.
The MusB provides excellence across four strands of musical study:
Performance
Composition
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Music Theory and Analysis
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The MusB can also be studied in full as part of the renowned ` Joint Course ', a demanding four-year programme of study run in collaboration with the RNCM.
Highlights include:
98% overall satisfaction rating in the 2015 National Student Survey
18 hours of one-to-one instrumental or vocal tuition for those students enrolled on solo performance course-units
7 course-units which take place in NOVARS, an international centre of excellence for electroacoustic composition, sound art and computer music
Study topics in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory and analysis from the Renaissance to the present day
Professional coaching in ensemble performance options including chamber music, vocal music, Gamelan and Klezmer
Around 10 conducting positions available each year
Instrumental and vocal tutors drawn from the RNCM, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic and other professional ensembles in the north-west
Performance and recording of all instrumental and vocal compositions in second- and third-year composition course-units
No compulsory course-units in the second or third year of study: choose from a large range of options to suit your interests and ambitions

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2018/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

TEF rating:

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What students say


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

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A
558

After graduation


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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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
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.

Creative arts and design

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

£13k

£13k

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

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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