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Music

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Overall: BBC Required subjects: Grade B in Music. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. Applicants taking an A level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

Access to HE Diploma

D:21,M:24

Overall: QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including: 21 at Distinction and 24 at Merit. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

Overall: 31 Required subjects: Music HL5/SL6. If Music not taken in IB, please contact us to discuss suitability. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. GCSE or Equivalent: English, HL4/SL4 (including MYP). Maths, HL4/SL4 (including MYP). Maths Studies, SL4.

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

DMM

Overall: DMM Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. Required subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Overall: BBC Required subjects: Grade B in Music. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. GCSE or Equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Maths: Scottish National 5 - C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,B

Overall: BBBBB Required subjects: Music Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required. GCSE or Equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Maths: Scottish National 5 - C

Overall: Pass overall with BBC from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A levels. Applicants taking an A level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers. Required subjects: A level grade B Music. Grade 5 Theory (ABRSM) or equivalent proficiency is also required.

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112-136

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Music

**Why choose this course**
We’re one of the UK’s leading universities for music, with our degrees ranked in the top ten by the Guardian University Guide 2021.

Our music course offers training in a huge range of styles from classical and popular, to musical theatre, jazz and contemporary music. You’ll be able to make music on your own and with others, perform in orchestras, choirs and bands, and work with improvisation.

As a performer, you’ll receive free instrumental/vocal lessons, enjoy 24/7 practice room access and the opportunity to take part in regular concerts. As a composer you’ll have access to excellent recording facilities, state of the art Mac labs and many opportunities to showcase your work. All music students benefit from visits by industry professionals, including: performers, composers, promoters, publishers and educators.

Whether you’re interested in performance, composition, music history, analysis or the music industry itself, our experienced staff and vibrant musical community can help unlock your musical potential.

**What you will study**
On our course you’ll take performance and/or composition in each year. Alongside these, you’ll study music across history and within culture. You’ll develop advanced knowledge of music theory and analysis.

You will graduate from our course with a BMus (Hons) qualification, which denotes a practical emphasis - we use performing and/or composing as the key ways to increase your knowledge of music and develop your musicianship. You’ll learn about music of the past and the present, in both classical and popular styles.

In your final year, you will develop a large-scale individual project; this is a good example of the flexible approach you can take to your learning - it can be a substantial written investigation, or a performance or composition project, with complementary writing.

On our four-year degree, you’ll also be able to take a year-long Professional Training placement and gain experience in the music and wider arts industries.

Modules

To see the full range of modules for this course please visit our website – the link is under the Course contact details. You will also find full details of the programme, including programme structure, assessment methods, contact hours and Graduate prospects.

Extra funding

Applicants who require a Student Visa to study in the UK:
To apply for a Student Visa, students must have a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) for the University they wish to study at. This is a unique number which will enable students to apply for their visa. The University is under no legal obligation to sponsor any individual and exercises caution with respect to issuing a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to not risk its status as a Student sponsor.

Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) will issued in accordance with the Visa Sponsorship and CAS Issuing Policy, available at: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/policies

The Uni


Course location:

Stag Hill

Department:

FASS - Department of Music and Media

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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.

87%
high
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

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

75%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
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?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
72%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

48%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Other administrative occupations
5%
Engineering 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.

£17k

£17k

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

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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