Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 years Level 5 Full-Time Bede Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

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

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

Entry Criteria: 56 UCAS points from A Levels, BTEC or equivalent. (This does not have to be in the subject of music, as entry is subject to a successful audition).

GCSE grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualifications) in Mathematics and English.

If you have studied for a GCSE which has an alphabetical grade then you will need to achieve a grade C or above.

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.

If English is not your first language, please refer to the University of Sunderland English Language requirements:

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 8750.00 *subject to change Fees for September 2022 - £8,750 (tuition fees are per year) It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years but the maximum increase each year will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI)£ Other course costs: Sunderland College provide all mics, speakers, keyboards, drum kits and PA and recording equipment. However, guitarists and bassists will be expected to use their own guitars, leads and tuners. Drummers will be required to provide their own stick bag. 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. Some modules may require a valid DBS, depending on the nature of chosen projects or placements. Financial support: For more information on Student Finance please go to our HE Finance page.

In total, your timetable will consist of 12 hours’ classroom contact time.

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

Independent learning:
When not attending lectures, seminars and practical sessions, you are expected to match your timetabled hours independently. This will involve reading, research, planning coursework, ensemble work and individual practice.

Overall workload:
Your overall workload consists of 12 class contact hours, and around 12 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity. However, many of our learners on the programme spend additional time in the Arts Academy using our specialist facilities for all aspects of their programme.

Academic support:
Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:
- Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
- Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
- Academic writing (including how to reference)
- Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
- Critical thinking and understanding arguments
- Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching staff:
You will be taught by an award-winning, experienced teaching team, whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team has significant music industry experience and are all qualified educators. You will also benefit from occasional masterclasses and guest Lectures from external practitioners.

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor.

You are assessed in a variety of ways throughout the programme via presentations, essays, practical tasks, performances, workshops, portfolios etc.

Each module has a guide that explains exactly how you are assessed and the weightings for assessment. All of the modules will feature some initial developmental tasks to allow your lecturer to give you some form of feedback via more ‘formative’ assessment.

For ensemble and practical sessions, feedback is constantly given as you develop and grow, both individually and collaboratively.

For the Popular Music in Context module, feedback sessions occur fortnightly, which focuses purely on your academic development.

Twice every term, more formal one to one feedback is given in tutorial slots with all of your lecturing team. Feedback and suggestions for future work is offered and these support sessions offer you a chance to discuss how you feel you are progressing with modules.

Feedback for formal assessment is given within 5 working days.

We have linked up with and performed in a vast amount of venues over the years, such as the Customs House, Sage Gateshead, Newcastle City, New York University and St. Mark's Theatre in Manhattan.

Through a variety of modules, you will gain vast knowledge and experience which will give you a real advantage in a music or music teaching career. The modules run through the course of all semesters, as opposed to some modules being completed during semesters.

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 consist of:

Year 1 -
- Creative Digital Technologies (20 Credits)
- Practical Arranging (20 Credits)
- Venue Performing (20 Credits)
- Harmony and Analysis (20 Credits)
- Applied Music Project (20 Credits)
- Teaching and Facilitating Music (10 Credits)
- Popular Music in Context (10 Credits)

Year 2 -
- Practical Arranging (20 Credits)
- Venue Performing (20 Credits)
- Harmony and Analysis (20 Credits)
- Applied Music Project (40 Credits)
- Composing (20 Credits)

These are all core modules and run over both semesters.

University of Sunderland

What’s next?

After successfully completing the course, you could move on to a music one-year top up at university. This could be followed by a PGCE teaching qualification.

Alternatively, you could also find a role within the music industry.

The music team has a wealth of industry experience and can guide and support whichever musical direction you choose. We are extremely proud of the various musical achievements that many of our students have gone on to do.

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