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University of South Wales

Contemporary Music Performance

UCAS Code: W315

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,D,D

To include a relevant subject. The A Level entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:24,P:6

To include a relevant subject. The University makes offers to Access applicants in the range of 106-80 tariff points. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of credits amounting to the same tariff points are acceptable – if you have any questions please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

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

DMM-MMP

To include a relevant subject. The BTEC entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

UCAS Tariff

80-112

The tariff entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A*-D

We accept the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma in lieu of a third subject. The grade range for the Skills Challenge Certificate is the range within which the University will normally make offers. The grade will reflect what you would have been asked for from a third A Level. Please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk if you have any questions.

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Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Popular music performance

This Contemporary Music Performance degree is designed for those who wish to become professional musicians. It will develop your skills so you can work as a versatile musician and polished performer, able to respond and adapt to a range of professional music contexts. Your studies on this music degree will enable you to perform, produce and collaborate with others, benefitting from first class instrumental tuition from professional musicians. Youll experience composition, ensemble performance, improvisation and theory classes, all to help you to build your professional portfolio.Performing in Cardis vibrant music scene is part of your student experience, and youll be inspired by high-calibre masterclasses and events. You will be encouraged to work with students from other disciplines and will benefit from the creative community you can access through the University of South Wales.The Contemporary Music Performance degree is currently open for musicians specialising in guitar, bass guitar, drums, vocals and, from September 2019, Keyboards.

Modules

The Contemporary Music Performance course offers four pathways, drums, bass, guitar or vocals, and is taught by some of the finest music educators and practitioners in the world of contemporary music.

With mainly performance-based modules, this music course provides the right balance between practice and theory. You’ll be set live project briefs that replicate work in the industry and that engage with other disciplines, by working with other students and external organisations. You’ll achieve professional standards in a serious, demanding and challenging environment, and reach high levels of instrumental skill and musical literacy.

Year One
•Practical Musicianship
•Production Project
•Live Performance Workshop
•Music Theory
•Words and Music

Year Two
•Practical Musicianship 2
•Improvisation Techniques
•Live Performance Workshop 2
•Musicology
•Composition Portfolio

Year Three
•Performance Portfolio
•Professional Musician
•The Working Musician
•Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry
•Immersed in the city

Assessment methods

Course assessment is through regular coursework submissions, in addition to examinations in some areas.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£12,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cardiff

Department:

Drama and Music

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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.

65%
low
Popular music performance

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

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
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

76%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
76%
Course specific equipment and facilities
39%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Popular music performance

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

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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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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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