BA Music (W300)

2020 entry

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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: £24,000 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

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

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. Our teaching and music-making takes place in the magnificent 19th-century Victoria Rooms, a familiar Bristol landmark with a 530-seat auditorium. A number of our students have secured organ and choral scholarships with our local churches and Bristol Cathedral.

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.

Course structure

The first year lays a solid foundation in musicology and composition and (if you choose) performance, preparing you for 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 composition, performance, editing, studio, 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.

In your final year, you will complete at least one major project (musicology dissertation or composition portfolio); or performance (30-minute recital). Performance students receive one-to-one tuition throughout their degree with specialist tutors.

You will have an average of at least ten contact hours per week, may take units in other subjects, and spend part of your second year abroad at a partner university if you wish.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Music

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

A-level
Standard offer
AAB including Music. Merit in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity) can be accepted in place of A-level Music.
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBB including Music. Merit in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity) can be accepted in place of A-level Music.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Music. Merit in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity) can be accepted in place of Higher Level Music.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Music. Merit in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity) can be accepted in place of Higher Level Music.
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, M3 is C
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Music) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, plus either B in A-level Music or Merit in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity).
BTEC offer DDM plus either B in A-level Music or Merit in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity).
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB including Music, and Standard Higher: AAABB. Merit in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity) can be accepted in place of Advanced Higher Music.
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade
European Baccalaureate offer80% 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

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Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact our Enquiries Team:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649
Email: choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk

Enquiries about part-time applications should be directed to:
Email: david.fowler@bristol.ac.uk

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