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University of West London

Music and Sound

UCAS Code: W331

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

48

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

2.0 years | Distance learning | 2021

Subject

Music

Most popular music practitioners are freelancers pursuing a diverse portfolio of activities; consequently, today’s music professionals need to be multi-skilled and adaptable so that they can take full advantage of any opportunities that come their way. A Foundation Degree is a combined academic and vocational qualification, equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. It is anticipated that those who complete the Foundation Degree in Music & Sound will progress to the BA (Hons) top-up in Music & Sound. Learners can choose to specialise in performance, music technology or production whilst also developing an essential mastery of multi-media that will significantly increase their employment prospects upon graduation. With its small class sizes, the Academy of Music and Sound offers an exclusive boutique-style learning environment led by active music professionals that will ensure that students do not get lost in the crowd; furthermore, access to detailed support materials and high-quality instructional videos via its Virtual Learning Environment means that the Academy of Music and Sound is the only instrument-specific education provider that can put learning in the palm of your hand allowing for true flexibility to learn at any place or time.
Further flexibility is provided by the option of choosing to study the course either in a traditional ‘in class’ setting or via supported distance learning which will suit those who work, live in a geographically remote location or who find it difficult to attend a centre due to physical or mental health issues.

The Uni


Course locations:

Academy of Music and Sound (Exeter)

Academy of Music and Sound (Gateshead)

The Academy of Music and Sound

Department:

London College of 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.

78%
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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

89%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
42%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
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.

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.

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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