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BA (Hons) Music

Our three-year BA (Hons) Music programme is one of the largest and liveliest in the UK and focuses on music which is engaged with the musical world in all its diversity and excitement.

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS W300

Course Length:

College 3 Years Full Time

Entry requirements 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 96 to 112 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: MMM

International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Interview: Candidates will be required to demonstrate, in a performance audition, ability in an instrument or voice and display musical awareness and skill. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer.

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Postgraduate Pathways

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters. 

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Saara Sofia Paakko
The atmosphere at the university is lovely due to the small size of the institution, and I love being around like-minded people.

Course content

Our courses are focused on practical work, with specialist routes available in: performance; composition and improvisation; musical theatre; instrumental or vocal teaching; music business and community music.

There is an extensive programme of professional concerts and masterclasses on campus, free to students, as well as the chance to experience similar events at major UK conservatoires – places where many of our students go on to study as postgraduates.

The three-year BA (Hons) Music course can be focused on composition, with choices in composition through improvisation; composing for film and multimedia; devising for dance; composing for music theatre; and arranging for choirs, ensembles and orchestras.

You will be taught by a core team of  experienced and highly-qualified tutors together with a wide-ranging team of more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.

Tuition takes place in our modern music facilities, which include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons) and an acoustically superb performance venue.

There is an extensive programme of professional concerts and masterclasses on campus, free to students, as well as the chance to experience similar events at major UK conservatoires – places where many of our students go on to study as postgraduates.

Why this course?

  • Study a range of different styles, genres and approaches
  • Course can be tailored to suit different strengths and interests
  • We have a large number of choirs, orchestras and ensembles students can join
  • Around 75% practical work
  • Community of 400+ student performers
  • Experience of conducting and directing other musicians
  • Emphasis on the development of skills in problem-solving, analysis, self-management and interpersonal skills

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Tuition takes place in our modern music facilities, which include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons) and an acoustically superb performance venue. The Music department have access to several soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. The Chapel is a fantastic venue for performances and rehearsals, and is the centre piece of the campus.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Where this can take you

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.In addition to the work placements and sector-specific employability and enterprise modules that many of you will have embedded in your course, we’ve developed a student and graduate internship scheme.

Our commitment is to make sure that students and graduates from all disciplines that register on the programme, and successfully complete the necessary preparation, have the opportunity to apply for internships.

The areas our graduates have progressed into include:

  • Solo Performance
  • Teaching at all levels of education
  • Musical theatre
  • Music leaders
  • Opera singers
  • Group instrumentalists
  • Cruise musicians
  • Postgraduate study options

Volunteering plays a big part in the undergraduate experience of many Music students and can be a perfect way to build your confidence and expand your skills.

You will be heavily involved with local charities – a great way to meet like-minded people and students who get involved in the local community are rewarded with a real sense of achievement and a much enhanced CV.

Work placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you’ve the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

In addition to the work placements and sector-specific employability and enterprise modules that many of you will have embedded in your course, we’ve developed a student and graduate internship scheme.

Our commitment is to make sure that students and graduates from all disciplines that register on the programme, and successfully complete the necessary preparation, have the opportunity to apply for internships.

Indicative modules

Some of the typical modules you can expect to study include:

  • Music Now
  • World Music
  • Introduction to Popular Music
  • Style & Genre
  • Popular Music in the Community
  • Musical Grammar
  • Writing about Music
  • Performance Development
  • Classicism
  • Modern Jazz: Seven Steps to Heaven
  • The Baroque
  • Reading Popular Music
  • Self-Employment, Marketing and Promotion
  • Music and Society
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Romanticism
  • Structures and Politics of Rock Music
  • Modernism
  • Club Music
  • Expressing Music through Movement & Gesture
  • Musical Event
  • Ensemble
  • Personal Study

As you progress through your degree programme, you’ll need to enhance and build on your skills as a musician, as a performer and as a scholar. In making your module choices, you‘re able to draw on study skills modules that you feel are relevant to your personal developmental needs. Some of the study skills modules you might take are:

  • Musical Grammar
  • Writing about Music
  • Listening Skills 1
  • Music and Society

Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly-qualified tutors together with a wide-ranging team of more than 40 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.

Tuition takes place in our modern music facilities, which include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons) and an acoustically superb performance venue.

There is an extensive programme of professional concerts and masterclasses on campus, free to students, as well as the chance to experience similar events at major UK conservatoires – places where many of our students go on to study as postgraduates.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, exhibitions, performance/practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions. Our course will include a mix, so that you will be assessed on different types of work. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers throughout the course. Special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Field trip costs

Some optional field trips ask for a student contribution (usually 50%) which can range from £50 to £250.