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BA (Hons) Commercial Music (Platform One)

Taught at Platform One in Isle of Wight


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3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBC - CCC

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

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DMM

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

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Michael Champion
"Platform One allowed me to develop the fundamental skills, confidence and awareness required to build and maintain an exciting career in the modern music industry." 

Course content

This is a unique opportunity for you to acquire and develop the range of skills and knowledge required to secure realistic and sustainable employment within the sector.

Please note that this course is only available at Platform One on the Isle of Wight.

Platform One is an independent college of music that offers state-of-the-art facilities and experienced music industry staff. For more information, please see the Platform One website.

Our facilities

Platform One

Platform One enjoys a working relationship with many of the world’s greatest manufacturers of music equipment. Endorsement deals ensure that students are using up-to-date, industry standard kit. Facilities include:

  • Sound proofed and fully equipped rehearsal rooms
  • Dedicated instrumental tuition rooms
  • Lecture and performance suites
  • Seminar rooms
  • A dedicated Pro Tools suite
  • Two high-end, professional recording studios running Avid HD3 systems with Audient consoles

Companies that support Platform One include Blackstar Amplification, Marshall Amplification, Ashdown Engineering, Audient, Zildjian, Mapex, Pearl, Peavey Electronics, Roland, Neutrik and Music Man.


Where this can take you

Students that successfully complete the BA (Hons) Commercial Music will have many viable progression options available to pursue, which include:

Self-employment / employment in the following areas:

  • Audio production & recording
  • Music performance
  • Live sound
  • Festival production
  • Music business and management
  • Events management
  • Session work
  • Cruise ship work
  • Composition for film, television and games

Work placements

The BA (Hons) Commercial Music allows for many professional opportunities to engage with the music industry. 

Past opportunities have included:

  • Live Performance
  • Events Production
  • Live Sound
  • Stewarding
  • Studio Sessions
  • Songwriting Collaborations
  • Artist Liaison
  • Studio Production
  • Journalism
  • European Tour
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Composition of Moving Image 

Indicative modules

The course has a diverse range of modules that contribute to a rounded skillset linked directly to employment opportunities.  Modules are grouped into four key strands – Musical Development, Popular Music Studies, Audio Production and Music Industry. 

Individual modules include;

  • Practical Musicianship
  • Songwriting
  • Creative Music Development
  • Professional Musicianship
  • Music Sociology
  • Digital Culture
  • Recording Principles
  • Mixing
  • Production Values
  • Professional Studio Practice
  • Commercial Project
  • Modern Music Industry
  • Live Sound
  • Event Management
  • Composition for the Moving Image
  • Music in Education
  • Employment in the Music Industry
  • European Tour 

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, practical work, project work, presentations, group tasks and seminar discussions. Assessments are mixed and varied and allow you to demonstrate your learning in different ways. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

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