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University of Northampton

Popular Music and Multimedia Journalism

UCAS Code: W3P5
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BA (Hons) 5 years part-time 2017
Ucas points guide

104

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Subjects
  • Music
  • Journalism
Student score
83% MED
80% MED
% employed or in further study
93% MED
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£16k MED
£16k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Any English or Humanities subject. Applicants who have not studied an English or Humanities subject will be assessed as to suitability via a task. Any Subject at grade B and Any Subject at grade C and Any Subject at grade C.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Any English or Humanities subject. Applicants who have not studied an English or Humanities subject will be assessed as to suitability via a task. Any Subject at grade B and Any Subject at grade B and Any Subject at grade B and Any Subject at grade B.

BTEC Diploma
MMD

BTEC Certificate
DD

Applicants will be assessed as to suitability via a task.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma
DD

Applicants will be assessed as to suitability via a task.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MMD

Applicants will be assessed as to suitability via a task.

International Baccalaureate
25

Any English or Humanities subject. Applicants who have not studied an English or Humanities subject will be assessed as to suitability via a task.

UCAS tariff points
104

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This dynamic Popular Music programme develops students' musical creativity, critical analysis and recording skills giving them the opportunity to become fully equipped musicians for the 21st century alongside another subject of their choice. This is a hands on programme that provides the skills and understanding to work in a range of areas within the music and media industries, as well as in the teaching profession and other related areas. The Multimedia Journalism programme combines practical skills with academic study. Students study print, online and broadcast journalism, alongside aspects of law and ethics. Students produce ongoing assignments such as websites, blogs and magazines and showcase their talents in a final project of their choice.

Modules

Popular Music Modules include: Avant pop: experiments in modern music; creative digital; creative musicianship; music and identity; professional project; sound recording and production; techniques of musical language; radio; understanding popular music. Journalism Professional understanding; law and governance; practical skills in print and broadcast journalism; editorial skills.

University of Northampton

Park Campus

Come to the University of Northampton and you will see that we do things a bit differently. We know that sharing knowledge, supporting creativity and striving to make a positive difference will change the future. What motivates us is the drive to help people make the changes that will transform their lives – people like you.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
24%
76%

Year 1

28%
72%

Year 2

24%
76%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
13%
87%

Year 1

100%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

90%

Library resources are satisfactory

77%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

50%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

97%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
7% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
34% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
276 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
87% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
12% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% MED
Average graduate salary £16k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

10%

Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

10%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

25%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2012. 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. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs in music is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 80% MED
Able to access IT resources

79%

Staff made the subject interesting

89%

Library resources are satisfactory

84%

Feedback on work has been helpful

92%

Feedback on work has been prompt

79%

Staff are good at explaining things

87%

Received sufficient advice and support

89%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
5% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
63% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
281 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
64% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

20%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

14%

Graduates who are other administrative occupations

11%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Journalism roles are very sought after, and competition fierce. It's not impossible to get into roles with a first degree – quite a few do - but they can often be insecure or on a freelance basis, and a lot of jobs in journalism go to postgraduates. Unpaid work is not the norm for new journalists, but it’s rather more common than for other roles. The skills you can gain from a journalism degree can be useful in a range of industries, and so grads from these courses can be found in a wide range of jobs. London tends to dominate the jobs market for journalism graduates, but 2012 graduates found opportunities elsewhere, particularly in the South East and North West.
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