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Popular Music (with Foundation Year)

Entry requirements


A level

D,E,E

Access to HE Diploma

M:0,P:45

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

P3,P3,P3

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

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

H4,H4,H4

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

MM

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

MPP

Scottish Higher

B,C,C

or CCCC

UCAS Tariff

64

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Popular music

The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

**By studying at the University of Northampton, you can be sure that:**

- You will experience student life at the University’s £330 million Waterside Campus. Come along to an Open Day and find out more.

- Students enrolling on this course at Northampton will be provided with their own brand new laptop* to keep at no additional cost. All sports clubs and societies are free to join at Northampton and every essential course text book is available via the library, meaning you won’t have to purchase copies. For more information on this visit our website (northampton.ac.uk/benefits).

- Based on the evidence available, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

- Our expert academics teach in small groups supported with one to one assistance. Our academics and students form a tight bond, providing individualised support and guidance whilst challenging students academically.

- We invest more money into your education than 90% of Universities in the UK**

- Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

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Modules

**FOUNDATION:**

All modules are compulsory.
**STAGE 1a** Transition to University – Learning to Learn
(Compulsory)
Investigating Your Subject
(Compulsory)
Foundation in Arts Specialist Study
(Compulsory)
Negotiated Learning Project
(Compulsory) **STAGE 1b**

• DAW 1 (compulsory)

• Popular Music Studies 1 (compulsory)

• Performance 1 (compulsory)

• The Recording Studio (compulsory)

• Cultural Theory 1 (compulsory)

• Composition and Theory 1 (compulsory)

**STAGE TWO:**

• DAW 2 (designated)

• How Music Works (designated)

• Performance 2 (designated)

• The Creative Practitioner (designated)

• Performance with Technology (designated)

• Composition and Theory 2 (designated)

• Cultural Theory 2 (designated)

**STAGE THREE:**

• The Philosophy of Music (designated)

• Professional Project 40 (designated)

• Popular Music Dissertation (designated)

• Pop and the State (designated)

• Music and Sound Design for Media (designated)

• Performance 3 (designated)

• The Record Label (designated)

• Advanced Recording and Production (designated)

• Music Education (designated)

Module information is quoted for 20/21 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed in a number of ways:

• Practical project work

• Seminar presentations

• Essays

• Examinations

All performance assessments take place in a public venue in Northampton in front of a live audience.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Northampton

Department:

Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology

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What students say


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.

Popular music

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
E

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.

Design, and creative and performing arts

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
54%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Other elementary services occupations
15%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
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.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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