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Music and Performing Arts

Course Length

2 Years




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Foundation Degree

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Foundation Degree (FdA) Applied Music Practice

Regulatory Body

University of Sunderland

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Who is this course for?

This programme is run in partnership with the University of Sunderland, the qualification you will receive is awarded by the University of Sunderland.

This course is for people with a background in music who are looking to specialise and build on a Level 3 qualification.

What do you need to apply for the course?

The usual requirement is 140 UCAS points from A Level/BTEC or equivalent.
All students must also have a minimum of grade C in GCSE Mathematics and English Language or an equivalent.
Other acceptable qualifications, include an appropriate Access to Higher Education course accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency.
All candidates will be interviewed and practical work will be viewed wherever appropriate and possible.

The University and College will seek to provide study opportunities on this programme to all who have the potential to benefit from them. Factors such as work experience or vocational training can be taken into account when considering an application and admissions tutors have considerable discretionary powers to assess each case on individual merit.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This foundation degree develops the skills and knowledge required by the all-round, versatile musician working in today’s music environments. Practical experience and performances are core elements of the course.


Modules on this course include:

Year 1

  • Creative Digital Technologies
  • Practical Arranging
  • Venue Performing
  • Harmony and Analysis
  • Applied Music Project
  • Teaching and Facilitating Music
  • Health and Safety in The Music Industry
  • Popular Music in Context

Year 2

  • Practical Arranging
  • Venue Performing
  • Harmony and Analysis
  • Applied Music Project
  • Composing

For full programme details please see University of Sunderland programme by clicking here.

How you will learn

You will be taught through a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, practical workshops, independent learning and individual research projects.

There are numerous ways you will be assessed, including live performance, studio projects, presentations, tests and portfolio work.

Where could this course take you?

After successfully completing the course you could move on to a music one-year top up at university. This could be followed by a P.G.C.E teaching qualification. Alternatively you could also find a role within the music industry.

What costs will you incur?

£7,500 tuition fees are per year (though there is a £1,200 fee reduction for all Sunderland College students, meaning you only pay £6,300 per year)

Other course costs: Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.
Purchasing of course texts is optional. You will have full free access to Sunderland College Learning Centre books, journals and internet and computer use and The Murray Library at University of Sunderland.
You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, and folders.