BA Music (W300)

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UCAS code W300
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study 6 year(s) part-time
Six years with daytime, weekday teaching
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 62 overall for all Single and Joint Honours courses.

About BA Music

Our Music degree allows you to develop knowledge and skills across a range of areas as you proceed through the course.

Year one introduces the history of music, acoustic and studio composition, analysis, technical and practical studies (performance). All units are mandatory with a choice of Practical Studies units, providing a foundation for more advanced study later in the course.

Years two and three allow you to specialise in one or more areas. In your second year, two advanced units in music history are mandatory, while optional units include:

  • acoustic and studio composition
  • performance
  • advanced technical studies
  • analysis
  • transcription/editing
  • research-led music history units.

In your final year all units are optional and you will complete at least one major project (10,000-word dissertation / portfolio of compositions / 30-minute recital).

More about Music

Find out more about studying Music at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Historical Studies I / II;
  • Technical Studies I / II (harmony, harmonic analysis, pastiche composition)
  • Composition (acoustic and studio)
  • Practical Studies (instrumentation / conducting and performance) or an open unit in another department.

Second year

  • Two mandatory music-history units
  • Optional units include:
    • Further Written Techniques
    • Performance
    • Analysis
    • Writing for Orchestra
    • Acoustic composition
    • Studio composition
    • Transcription / editing
  • Specialised research-led music history options (normally six per year, taught jointly to second and third-year students)

Third year

  • Major projects in composition, studio composition, performance or musicology
  • Minor projects in the same fields
  • Optional units include:
    • Editing
    • Advanced technical studies
    • 20th-century aesthetics and criticism
  • Specialised, research-led music history options (normally six per year, taught jointly to second and third-year students).
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Music

Typical offer for BA Music - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
ABB with A in Music
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBB including Music
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
32 overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Music
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 overall with 15 at Higher Level including 5 in Higher Level Music
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A Levels, where grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Music) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit.
BTEC offer DDM in any BTEC plus grade A in A-level Music; or DDM in Music BTEC plus Grade 8 Theory at Merit
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AABBB and AH: AB with A in AH Music
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer77% overall with 8.5 in Music
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
no specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application. We may interview mature applicants and applicants with non-standard qualifications.

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