Higher Education

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September TBC Full-Time Bede Campus University Level Qualification Apply Enquire

A guidance of 48 UCAS points is needed to apply for the course.

It is also desirable that you have at least a Level 2 qualification in English and Maths (for example, a grade 4 at GCSE).

You will require one of the following:
- A BTEC Level 3 qualification or equivalent (such as A-Levels)
- An Access to Higher Education certificate received from an approved Further Education institution
- Related work experience

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

All candidates will be interviewed and auditioned prior to an offer being made.

If you have achieved a qualification such as a Higher National Certificate, or have gained credit at another Higher Education provider, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire In some cases, instrumentalists will need their own equipment. Guitarists and bass guitarists would need to bring their own instruments, as with brass, woodwind or string players. We also try to arrange course-related trips, which are not covered in the course fees.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used that encourage learners’ creative and musical development.

Methods used will encourage both individual and collaborative learning through the use of practical workshops, live performance projects, interactive lectures, seminars, guest lectures, tutorials, discussion and critiques and rehearsals.

Students will critically reflect on their own development of skills and performance and that of others. There will be opportunities presented to attend a variety of shows, encompassing different genres.

Assessment can by via the form of live performance work, ensemble sessions, presentations, portfolios, essays, podcasts, online blogs and practical demonstrations.

It is desirable that you have a Level 2 in English and Maths (e.g. GCSEs at grade 4 or above).

We have exceptional relationships with professional venues, studios and other educational establishments that you will benefit from during your time on the course.


The purpose of the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Music is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the music industry and adapt to a constantly changing musical backdrop. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

You will study modules includingL

Year 1 -
- Live Performance 1
- Arranging Music
- Popular Music: Society, Culture & Context
- Sound craft: Recording & Live Studio Techniques
- Understanding Music
- Personal Portfolio 1

Year 2 -
- Live Performance 2
- Sound Design for Media
- Composing & Arranging
- Music Education & Facilitation
- Music Research in Practice
- Personal Portfolio 2

Level 5

What’s next?

The programme gives you an extremely well-rounded skill set from industry professionals. You could either gain employment in the music industry or continue studies to achieve BA (Hons) via a top-up year.

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