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University of Surrey

Creative Music Technology

UCAS Code: W3G5

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

Overall: ABB - BBB Required subjects: Music or Music Technology. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. Applicants taking an A level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers. GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including between: 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit - 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Extended Project

A

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will receive our standard A level offer, plus an alternate offer of one A level grade lower, subject to achieving an A grade in the EPQ. The one grade reduction will not apply to any required subjects.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Overall: 32 Required subjects: HL5/SL6 in Music. If Music not taken in the IB, please contact us to discuss suitability. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths or Maths Studies HL4/SL4. If

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

DDM-DDD

Overall: DDD - DDM Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B-A,B,B

Overall: ABB - BBB Required subjects: Music or Music Technology. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. GCSE or equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Maths: Scottish National 5 - C

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B-A,A,B,B,B


Overall: AABBB - ABBBB Required subjects: Music or Music Technology at grade B. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. GCSE or equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Maths: Scottish National 5 - C

Overall: Pass overall with ABB - BBB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A levels. Applicants taking an A level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. Required subjects: A level Music or Music Technology. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

UCAS Tariff

120-152

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50%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Music technology

**Why choose this course**
This course offers a route to an exciting career in the arts and creative industries, developing the skills necessary for making innovative music in the 21st century.

We’re one of the UK's leading universities for music, with our courses ranked 2nd by the Guardian University Guide 2019. We also achieved 100 per cent overall satisfaction for this course in the National Student Survey 2018.

On this course you'll be taught by music technology experts and creative practitioners, and work in a unique environment using world-class professional facilities. You’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with students from across the department.

**What you will study**
On this practice-led course you'll study the creative use of music technology using a wide range of industry standard software and hardware, preparing you for a broad range of careers in the creative industries. You'll choose from among areas of study such as electronic music creation and performance, sound design, music for moving image and creative music programming. You may also choose to study traditional instrumental music, including performance.

Our vision is to create 'thinking musicians', so this course will also develop analytical and interdisciplinary creative thinking and fundamental transferable skills. You'll develop a strong portfolio of works that will help you in your career, and the skills you need to create professional work for a broad range of media.

Modules

To see the full range of modules for this course please visit our website – the link is under the Course contact details, to the right. You will also find full details of the programme, including programme structure, assessment methods, contact hours and Graduate prospects.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Surrey

Department:

Department of Music and Media (FASS)

TEF rating:

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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.

81%
med
Music technology

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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

90%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
96%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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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.

£21,000
high
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

48%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Other administrative occupations
5%
Engineering 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.

Music technology

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

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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