BA Music (W300)

2022 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: £25,900 per year
  • International students: £25,900 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 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 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 one and two most of the curriculum is optional. You might specialise in your particular area of interest or explore a more varied selection, including 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.

Your final year includes one major project (musicology dissertation or composition portfolio) or 30-minute recital. Performance students receive one-to-one tuition with specialist tutors throughout their degree.

You will have an average of at least ten contact hours per week and may take units in other subjects. You can also choose to spend part of your second year studying abroad at a partner university.

Our Liberal Arts courses allow you to select a specialist music pathway, combining music units with foundational units exploring issues in the arts and humanities and building skills in analysis and communication.

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
AAB including Music. Where a candidate is not taking A-level Music we will accept AAB plus Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity) at Pass.
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBB including Music. Where a candidate is not taking A-level Music we will accept BBB plus Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity) at Pass.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Music. Pass 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. Pass 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, and M3 is C.
Access to HE Diploma offerAccess to HE Diploma in Humanities, Social Sciences, Law or History (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include at least 21 credits at Distinction and 24 at Merit, plus either B in A-level Music or Pass in Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity)

Mature students can contact to check the suitability of their Access course.
BTEC offer DDD EITHER in Music Technology BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma OR in any Applied General BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma. All applicants must also meet our Music requirement (eg with an A in Music at A-level (or equivalent) or Grade 8 in a Trinity or ABRSM practical or theory exam)
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB including Music, and Standard Higher: AAABB. Pass 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.

Where a candidate is not taking EB Music we will accept 80% overall plus Grade 8 Theory or Practical (ABRSM or Trinity).
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, Pass in ABRSM/Trinity Grade 8 Music Theory can be considered.

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For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

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