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King's College London, University of London

Music

UCAS Code: W302

Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. Must include Music, or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar). Students studying only two A levels: We are aware that some students at specialist musical schools and conservatoires are only able to study two A levels alongside their performance training. In such circumstances we may be able to consider a student for entry to the BMus programme, following an academic interview with our Admissions Tutor. We would recommend any student considering applying with this academic profile to contact the Admissions Office in advance of submitting their application to discuss their potential suitability for the programme.

Access to HE Diploma

D:33,M:12,P:0

Either: Access to Humanities Diploma (or similar subject) including study of Music at Level 3. Supplementary information and achievement, e.g. marks for certain credits/subjects, may be required depending on course content. Or: Access to Humanities Diploma (or similar subject), in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examination or similar).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted by King’s as one of your Pre-U Principal subjects. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered. Must include Music, or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

including 6,6,5 at Higher Level with either HL in Music or a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar). Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2

Must include Music, or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

Please see our online prospectus for further details on our BTEC entry requirements.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

Must be combined with three Scottish Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject. Must include Music, or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

Scottish Higher

A,A,B

Must be combined with two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

UCAS Tariff

93-136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Music

With a huge range of options covering all musical periods, genres, and countries, studying Music at King’s enables you to immerse yourself in the world of sound, stretching across the centuries and around the globe. Today, music is the most global cultural expressions, and we pride ourselves not only on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, but also on the diversity of the approaches we employ, including compositional creativity, close reading of scores, aural training, contemporary critical theory and historical scholarship, ethnographic and scientific studies. There is plenty of opportunity at King’s or the Royal Academy of Music to participate in concerts and chamber music groups and to receive first-rate coaching. You will have the opportunity to play a leading part in the College Orchestra and to sing in the Departmental choir. Recitals take place throughout the year. A particular strength of the Department is that we offer you individual lessons at the Royal Academy of Music. In your first year you will study with an Academy postgraduate student. Depending on your performance level, you may be able to subsequently change to an Academy professor.

Teaching

We think it is incredibly important that you receive close personal attention. We teach some modules, such as Music History, through lectures and seminars or tutorials. Others we teach largely as seminars, with students making presentations followed by group discussion. We teach a few modules through small tutorial groups of four or five. For lessons in Advanced Composition and in Performance you will be taught one-to-one. Our Department has an international reputation for its excellence in teaching and research and our staff aim to connect research and teaching, both in the classroom and at the many research seminars held in the Department..

Assessment

You are assessed through a variety of methods according to the subject matter and the level. These may include essays, examinations, portfolios, in-class assessments, recitals, dissertations or other forms of musical analysis.

Location
London is a city of music. We are fortunate to be located in a beautiful building overlooking the River Thames at the heart of its arts district. You will have easy access to London’s endless live music offerings at the South Bank arts complex, at the Barbican Centre, at London opera houses and the innumerable music clubs and concert venues. Within 20 minutes’ walk of the Music Department are the West End Theatres, Cinemas and Art Galleries. The Maughan Library with its extensive music holdings will be at your disposal as well as the Senate House Library of the University of London.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

King's College London, University of London

Department:

Music

TEF rating:
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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.

75%
med
Music

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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
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

62%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
62%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

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.

98%
high
Employed or in further education
71%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Childcare and related personal services
12%
Teaching and educational professionals

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.

£14k

£14k

£25k

£25k

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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