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Ulster University

Drama with Music

UCAS Code: W4W3

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

To include grade B in Music. Applicants may satisfy the requirement for the final A level grade in the above grade profiles (C or B grade) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University. Alternatives to A level Music: a recognised Diploma (e.g. LRAM, ARCM, LRSM, ARCO, LTCL, LGSM, LLCM, RIAM) OR Grade 8 practical together with Grade 8 theory (preferably at distinction) is required. Further alternative qualifications to satisfy the Music entry requirement are stipulated within the other qualifications sections. Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned by Music as part of our entry criteria. Although we expect candidates to be able to demonstrate a high level of performing ability, at this stage we are evaluating potential as much as achievement.

Please note that you must satisfy the requirement for Music grade B (or equivalent) for entry to this course. In addition: For Access qualifications validated by Ulster University or QUB the entry requirement is: An overall mark of 65% For GB QAA accredited Higher Education Diploma qualifications the entry requirement is as follows: Award of the HE Diploma in a related subject area, achieving a minimum of 18 credits at distinction and 24 credits at merit in the 45 level 3 graded credits. Please see the other qualifications sections for acceptable qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements for this course . Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Please refer to the University’s general entrance requirements.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

International Baccalaureate Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of: To include 12 at higher level to include Music at HL5 Please see other sections for alternative acceptable qualifications to satisfy the Music subject requirements. Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

To include grade H3 in Music . Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria. RIAM qualifications will also be considered in lieu of H3 Music.

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

DMM

To include a minimum of 8 distinctions in level 3 units Acceptable Music awards = Performing Arts (Musical Theatre), Music and Music Technology (preferably with grade 5 Theory). Other Extended Diplomas will be considered if candidates can satisfy the A level Music grade B or equivalent subject requirement.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,D

Scottish Advanced Highers To include grade C in Music. Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University. Please see other sections for alternative acceptable qualifications to Music grade C at Advanced Higher. Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C,C

Scottish Highers To include grade B in Music. Applicants may satisfy the requirement for an element of the offer grade profiles (equating to the final A-level grade stated in the standard 3A level offer profile - grade C) by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as defined by the University. Please see other sections for alternative acceptable qualifications to Music grade B at Higher. Please note that all applicants for the degree course may be interviewed and auditioned as part of our entry criteria.

UCAS Tariff

112-117

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

50%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Drama

Music

Study Drama with Music at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Drama in the School of Creative Arts and Technologies provides an exciting and challenging programme with an emphasis on contemporary performance practices. Our approach to teaching and learning integrates theories and practices of performance in order to extend our understanding of Drama as an art form in its social, political and cultural contexts.
Our expert lecturing staff are internationally-recognised researchers with a range of industry-related experience. Students are able to take advantage of our nationally-acknowledged teaching expertise and will have opportunities to extend their experience of contemporary performance practices through contact with part time staff and key visiting lecturers. The Drama programmes benefit from extensive links with theatre practitioners and key Irish theatre companies, who use our spaces for performances and delivering practice-based workshops.
Drama allows students to learn in a rigorous and stimulating environment where they are encouraged to develop essential skills as thinking creative practitioners.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£4,275
per year
International
£14,060
per year
Northern Ireland
£4,275
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Magee, Londonderry

Department:

Magee Campus

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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.

79%
med
Drama
92%
high
Music

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.

Drama

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

91%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
40%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Music

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
96%
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

96%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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.

Drama

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.

£16,354
low
Average annual salary
82%
low
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Other elementary services occupations
21%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Drama is a very popular degree subject — in 2015, over 5,000 degrees were awarded to UK graduates. With so many graduates around, jobs in acting are very sought-after and often gained through personal contacts, or through your careers service so be prepared to practise your people skills and to make full use of your university facilities. But there are lots of roles in the arts for drama graduates, in direction, production, audio-visual, set and clothing design and PR. The skills taught by drama courses can be useful elsewhere — a lot of the economy can use people who can perform and present in front of others, and so drama graduates can be found in teaching, management, advertising, project and events organisation and community work. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once — one in ten drama graduates last year had more than one job on the go at once after six months. And starting salaries are not the best - but nevertheless the large majority of drama graduates going into acting still felt that it was just the job for them regardless of pay.

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.

£16,354
low
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Teaching and educational professionals
12%
Customer service occupations
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.

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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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