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University of Sussex

Music Technology

UCAS Code: W351

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

A-levels must include Music or Music Technology, at least grade B. Alternatively you must have other evidence of advanced musical accomplishment (for example, a pass in grade 7 theory, or a grade 7 instrumental/vocal pass from a certified exam board such as ABRSM, Rockschool or others recognised by Ofqual, or equivalent professional music experience). You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21,P:0

The Access should be in the Humanities or Social Sciences. In addition to the Access to HE Diploma, you will need to have either A-level Music (or Music Technology), with at least grade B, or other evidence of advanced musical accomplishment (for example, a pass in grade 7 theory, or a grade 7 instrumental/vocal pass from a certified exam board such as ABRSM, Rockschool or others recognised by Ofqual, or equivalent professional music experience).

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at ug.applicants@sussex.ac.uk

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-32

This score should be from the full IB Diploma. You will need Higher Level Music, with at least grade 5. Alternatively, you must have other evidence of advanced musical accomplishment (for example, a pass in grade 7 theory, or a grade 7 instrumental/vocal pass from a certified exam board such as ABRSM, Rockschool or others recognised by Ofqual, or equivalent professional music experience).

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

DDM

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma would normally be in Music or Music Technology. If it is in another discipline, it will need to be combined with either an A-level in Music or Music Technology or with other evidence of advanced musical accomplishment (for example, a pass in grade 7 theory, or a grade 7 instrumental/vocal pass from a certified exam board such as ABRSM, Rockschool or others recognised by Ofqual, or equivalent professional music experience). You should have a broad range of GCSEs grades 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Scottish Higher

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


Highers must include Music with at least grade B. Ideally, you will have Music at Advanced Higher, also grade B. Alternatively, you must have other evidence of advanced musical accomplishment (for example, a pass in grade 7 theory, or a grade 7 instrumental/vocal pass from a certified exam board such as ABRSM, Rockschool or others recognised by Ofqual, or equivalent professional music experience).

UCAS Tariff

120-147

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

75%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Music technology

**About the course**

Focus on creativity, innovation and research on our Music Technology BA.

We combine studio recording, music production and electronic music with other creative work, such as building instruments and audiovisual performance systems.

You can tailor your degree with our range of options - such as composition, performance, film music, popular music, music for interactive media and music theatre. We offer a great environment for music making and studies, including masterclasses and concerts in addition to your lectures, seminars and workshops.

You'll develop the skills to define musical practices of the future through our modern approaches to composition, performance and production. And Sussex is a great place for performance. You have 24-hour access to practice rooms, and use of the newly transformed Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

**About Sussex**

Sussex graduates change the world. Our students become the leaders of the future, making discoveries, improving lives and changing things for the better.

Study with us to join a welcoming and inspiring community of staff and students from more than 140 countries.

**Location**

We shape the world from a fantastic campus on the UK’s beautiful south coast.

We are the only UK university surrounded by a national park, so you can step off campus to explore the hills and woodlands of the South Downs. The vibrant, colourful and creative seaside city of Brighton & Hove is just nine minutes away.

With Brighton voted the happiest city in England for students, (Student Living Survey, Sodexo, 2018) there can be few better places to study.

Modules

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Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Sussex

Department:

Music

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.

70%
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

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
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

61%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
76%
Male students
24%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

94%
low
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
9%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services
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.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£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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