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Commercial Music (Professional Placement Year)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-C,C,C

A level Grades BBC-CCC including Music, Music technology or related subjects preferred but not essential. Applicants with standard A levels who can evidence music ability will be considered.

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher). Any selection procedure/further requirements will also apply. Applicants must also provide evidence of a high level of performance or composing skill, music technology experience or performance experience.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

A minimum of 27 points are required along with evidence of a high level of performance or composing skill, music technology or performance experience.

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

DMM

Extended Diploma in Music Technology or related subject grades Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) accepted.

T Level

M

Grade Merit is preferred.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2022

Subject

Musicianship and performance studies

This is the 4-year course which includes a Professional Placement Year.

Commercial Music at Bath Spa University offers a vocational course for songwriters, producers and performers that will build your career through personal development and industry engagement. If you have a flair for original music ideas, our Commercial Music course can take you on a creative journey to inspire and define a lifelong career. This course is about creation: songs, projects, bands and entrepreneurial ideas.
- We focus on original creativity.

- We build careers through personal development and industry engagement.

- Write original material alongside exploring identity, promotion and the wider business context of your music.

- All our staff have music industry experience at a high level.

**More about the Professional Placement Year**
A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers and Employability Team.

Modules

Year 1 focuses on songwriting, performance and production; this raw material will determine this structure of your second year. During the first year you will write songs songs, create journalistic and promotional material, and learn how to produce and develop your material in the recording studio.

In Year 2 you’ll write, produce and record your own original material, explore practical and theoretical topics. You will also create an online presence for yourself, designing and editing your own promotional video, as well as other web and audio-visual content, using this for promotion where you’ll set up your own national tour.

Your Final Year will see you specialise in production, songwriting or music business, whilst exploring an aspect of music culture for a final dissertation. You’ll also be given ‘seed funding’ to work with a team on a music related business project.

Please refer to our website for more information.

Assessment methods

There are no formal exams. You’ll be assessed through the production of your portfolio materials which will include: songs, live performances, audio productions, promotional material, website design, photographic output, video staging, video editing, critical thinking, tour management, written dissertations, business plans, business diagnostics, and presentations.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

Department:

School of Music and Performing Arts

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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.

81%
med
Musicianship and performance studies

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.

Music

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

59%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

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.

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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
69%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Teaching and educational professionals

What about your long term prospects?

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

Performing arts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

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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