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University of Northampton

Popular Music (with Foundation Study)

UCAS Code: W341

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

D,E,E

Access to HE Diploma

M:0,P:45

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

P3,P3,P3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

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

H4,H4,H4

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

Scottish Higher

B,C,C

or CCCC

UCAS Tariff

64
33%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Popular music

The Foundation Study Framework programme offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements BA Popular Music, we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year BA Popular Music programme which includes the Foundation Study Framework. The Foundation Study Framework will help you develop the musical, production and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

The Foundation Study Framework provides a practical and group-based approach to learning that supports your development and your transition to Higher Education, whilst introducing you to key ideas and skills within Popular Music Studies. We are also committed to engaging you with specialist Popular Music modules from the outset, whilst extending support into your second year of study (Stage One).

**By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:**

- If you join us, you will experience student life at the University’s new £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.

- Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new Hewlett Packard laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).

- Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

- Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

**The Northampton Employment Promise**

- In fact, we’re so confident in our careers and employability support that If you achieve at least a 2:2 degree and complete either our Employability Plus Gold programme or achieve a Changemaker Gold Certificate during your time studying with us, but still haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating, we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you or support you into postgraduate study.

? terms and conditions apply. See northampton.ac.uk/benefits for more information

Modules

**FOUNDATION STUDY FRAMEWORK:**

You will study two 40 credit modules that form the Foundation Study Framework . These are:

• Subject Studies 1: Practical and Study Skills – provides an introduction to key concepts, theories and principles associated with the area of study.

• Research for Practice – provides an overview of the principles of research, research methods and the learning environment of the University. It will also include an introduction to the academic languages of the subject and the learning experience of degree study.

These modules are delivered concurrently with two Level 4 modules from your programme:

• Performance 1

• Popular Music Studies 1.

Upon successful completion of these modules, you will progress to Stage One of BA Popular Music in which you will receive further support through:

• Subject Studies 2: Working with Ideas – focuses specifically on the generation and development of ideas, building the key IT/ literacy/numeracy skill sets required by the programme.

In the remainder of Stage Two, you will take 2 further 20 credit modules from the BA Popular Music.

**STAGE 2:**

• DAW 2 (compulsory)

• Popular Music Studies 2 (compulsory)

• Performance 2 (compulsory)

• Professional Practice (compulsory)

• DAW 3 (designated)

• Composition and Theory 2 (designated)

• Cultural Theory 2 (designated)

**STAGE 3:**

• Avant Pop: Experiments in Modern Music (designated)

• Professional Project 40 (designated)

• Popular Music Dissertation (designated)

• Pop and the State (designated)

• Music and Sound Design for Media (designated)

• Performance 3 (designated)

• The Record Label (designated)

• Advanced Recording and Production (designated)

• Music Education (designated)

Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed in a number of ways:

• Practical project work

• Seminar presentations

• Essays

• Examinations

All performance assessments take place in a public venue in Northampton in front of a live audience.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Northampton

Department:

Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

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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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
65%
Male students
35%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
A*

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Other elementary services occupations
15%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Teaching and educational 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.

Popular 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.

£14k

£14k

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

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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