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University of Salford

Music: Musical Arts

UCAS Code: W304
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Music
Student score
83% MED
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£15k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

UCAS Tariff Points 104-120 including B in Music subject. General Studies not accepted.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

104 to 120 UCAS tariff points. To include Music

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS Tariff Points 112 - accepted in combination with other Level Three qualifications.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS Tariff Points 112 to include a Music subject.

International Baccalaureate

To include a grade of 5 (Higher Level) in Music.

UCAS tariff points

Minimum number of A2 subjects or equivalent - 2

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104-120 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


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

Not available

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 course has its roots in Salford’s pioneering Band Musicianship programme which has bound together musicians with a shared passion for music of many genres, from symphonic brass and brass and wind band through to big band jazz and popular music. Building upon these long established foundations, the Musical Arts course is well known for producing high calibre graduates in conducting and performance such as Paul Lovatt-Cooper (UK), David King (Australia), Alan Withington (Norway), Paula Russell (Australia), Hiroe Tada (Japan), Ben Richeton (France) and Glyn Williams (UK). Welcoming musicians from all musical backgrounds, we have a large and vibrant student body who regularly contribute to a number of recordings, high profile concerts and festivals. Salford’s proximity to Manchester city centre means you will have the opportunity to engage with like-minded creative artists in a city renowned for its dynamic music scene. You will be able to take part in a number of our internationally acclaimed ensembles such as the Brass Band, Wind Band, Big Band and the Adelphi Contemporary Music Group and thereby engage with a varied and extensive concert programme. Professional guest speakers and visiting artists, from our strong international links with the USA, Japan, Europe and Australia such as Nigel Clarke, Hummie Mann, Ben Godfrey, Masanori Fukuda, Naoya Takizawa, and David Thornton will provide you with an appreciation of Manchester’s historical importance within both traditional and contemporary music idioms. Our masterclass series will also assist you in your professional development and career management as a well-founded musician.


The Musical Arts pathway offers a broad-based curriculum during the first year, leading to increased opportunities for specialisation and professional development throughout Year Two and Three. The comprehensive range of subject areas you will cover include jazz, pop and electro-acoustic composition, brass and wind arranging, band and classical historical studies and ensemble musicianship, performance and conducting. Dedicated modules such as Music Journalism, Audio for Media, and Ethnomusicology are offered alongside negotiated project modules, encouraging self-directed learning and creative collaboration. The course retains a successful balance between your personal interest and academic enquiry to produce critically aware, creative, and well-rounded music graduates.

University of Salford

On campus

The University of Salford is hugely diverse and multicultural with a focus on practical experience and skills. We have fantastic connections with ITV and the BBC at the newly opened MediaCityUK complex, making for a highly engaging and creative student experience. The Students' Union has amazing opportunities in activities and volunteering and offers tonnes of support.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
20% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
313 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
85% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
19% 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 £15k LOW
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


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 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.
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