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York St John University

Music

UCAS Code: W300

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

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

UCAS Tariff

88-104
90%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Music

There are many examples of 21st century musicians who are able to cross from one type of music to another and draw upon a wide range of contrasting practice in their work. At York St John we believe the study of music should be eclectic and embrace the widest variety of musical genres; this is not a course about classical music or rock music, it is a degree programme which allows you to experience a broad spectrum of musical activity in which you will study and perform music of all types. Our degree provides a relevant, contemporary and challenging programme of study which crosses musical boundaries and equips you with the diverse range of skills which are essential for today’s musicians. Music pervades every aspect of our culture and it surrounds us as we go about our daily lives. We live in an age when there is easy access to music from all times, in all styles and from all around the world. Technological developments make it possible for us to create new music at the touch of a button and as the barriers between genres are broken down, composers and performers have access to new audiences. As a subject, music offers unique opportunities to engage in new creative projects and to work with young people and community groups. The teaching of music is led by practice, whether in performing, composing, listening or understanding and you will gain considerable insight from this ‘hands on’ approach to learning. We are looking for open minded, creative musicians with strong practical skills and the potential to succeed.

Modules

Modules may include: Level 1: Vox; Drumming; Music Skills; Perspectives on Music. Level 2: Ensemble Performance; Improvisation; Composition; Solo Performance; Film Music; Music in Education & Lifelong Learning; Community Music; Experiments in Music; Sounds New Approaching the Contemporary. Level 3: Enterprise & Employability in Music; Advanced Solo Performance; Advanced Composition; Community & Wellbeing; Ensembles & Leadership; Collaborative Project; Dissertation.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

York St John University

Department:

Humanities

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
26%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

After graduation


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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.

£16,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
24%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Other elementary services 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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Music

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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