BA Music (W300)

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UCAS code W300
Application method Full time: UCAS
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £22,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year

  • Part-time tuition fees will normally be charged on a pro rata basis

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Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study 6 year(s) part-time
Six years with daytime, weekday teaching

About BA Music

Our BA in Music is a well-established and highly regarded programme. Our graduates go on to work in the music profession, the creative industries and a host of other careers.

We offer a broad range of units in musicology, composition and performance, across diverse styles and genres. These are complemented by weekly concerts, regular masterclasses and performances in the department, and opportunities to get involved in the dynamic music scene in the city of Bristol. The department is exceptionally friendly and welcoming and staff run ensembles and perform with students.

You will be taught by internationally recognised musicologists and composers and by a team of professional instrumental and vocal tutors. We will discuss and analyse music and musical culture; arrange, conduct and compose; and perform music to a high level. Our teaching and music-making takes place in the magnificent nineteenth-century Victoria Rooms, a familiar Bristol landmark with a 530-seat auditorium.

The first year lays a solid foundation in musicology and composition and (if you choose) performance, preparing you for more advanced study in subsequent years.

In years two and three most of the curriculum is optional. You might specialise in your particular area of interest or explore a more varied selection from acoustic and studio composition, performance, editing, analysis and research-led history units, covering such topics as medieval music, opera, romanticism, music and war, aesthetics, film music, music and migration, and African-American music.

You will have an average of at least ten contact hours per week, with a host of additional activities to choose from. You will also have the opportunity to take units in other subjects and to spend part of your second year abroad at a partner university if you wish.

View all our Music courses

See a list of all Music degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.

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

Standard offer
ABB including Music
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBC including B in Music
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Music
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in 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, and Merit in ABRSM/Trinity Grade 8 Practical or Theory or B in A-level Music
BTEC offer DDM plus either B in A-level Music or Merit in ABRSM/Trinity Grade 8 Practical or Music Theory
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB including Music, and Standard Higher: AABBB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade
European Baccalaureate offer77% overall, with 8.0 in Music
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
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.
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.
Additional requirementsWhere an academic qualification in Music is not available, Merit in ABRSM/Trinity Grade 8 Music Theory can be considered.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

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