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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

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):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 - 120 (A levels or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB - BCC 
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of level 3 units at Merit
  • International Baccalaureate: 28 points 
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Interview: Candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability in instrumental and vocal performance in an audition. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer. For more information on this process see below - Audition Details and FAQs.

Course content

Delivered by highly experienced practitioners in musical performance, this course offers access from first year onwards to training in singing or instrumental performance and students will have opportunities to engage with one of the most extensive musical performance programmes in the UK.

All students can opt to audition for our six orchestras, nine other large ensembles, five choirs and more than 70 small ensembles, and to take part in performance work on campus, within the region and on regular overseas tours.

This is a flexible degree where you will select coordinated modules from our departments which allow you to explore themes, critical, and theoretical modes of analysis, and a whole world of musical, cultural, and historical texts.

  • Across the degree you will develop your skills as an independent researcher in a supportive environment, focusing on the issues you find interesting and important.
  • In the final year research projects you will focus this experience with our expert advice in your own exploration of these varied topics.
  • You will have the opportunity, in your second year, to spend time at one of our international partner institutions, to further broaden the scope of your work.
  • The degree is taught in collaboration between our Music and History departments, which work closely together and share a belief in interdisciplinary research.

Our facilities

Bishop Otter campus – where you will be based

This programme is mainly taught at our Chichester campus and is located in one of the largest music departments in the UK, with enviable teaching, performance and practice resources. 

These currently include:

  • On campus and off campus performing spaces, including box office and other facilities
  • Studio performance space
  • Lighting and sound equipment
  • a suite of 30 practice rooms
  • dedicated pit band and orchestral rehearsal rooms
  • dedicated chamber music building
  • new high quality kits, amps, PA, mics and other equipment
  • new concert pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons
  • new practice grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons

Our Learning Resource Centre 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, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. 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.

Working with our partners you will also have access to a network of leading museums and archives that link you directly to the world of work. Partners include: Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Tangmere Aviation Museum, and West Sussex Record Office.

Where this can take you

Students will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills to enhance employability in a range of areas beyond University. Course progression in the department has been very high, with a number of students going on to further study at masters level in some of the most prestigious conservatoires in the country and in PGCE teacher training.

Work placements

We offer placement modules so that you can gain vital experience in the workplace. You will be able to work closely with local institutions that are also engaged with questions of literature, culture and history, including New Park Cinema, The Festival Theatre, and Pallant House Art Gallery.

The city of Chichester, with its rich history and literary culture, is a perfect place to enhance your knowledge of our cultural past and present.

Indicative modules


Modules introduce various approaches to performance that can serve to assist the student when communicating music to the listener. A variety of skills particular to their individual vocal or instrumental style will be explored with teachers. 

An extensive range of contextual study module options includes:

  • A suite of specialist Jazz modules
  • Rock, Pop and Club music modules
  • The Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism and other modules focused on music in the Western Classical tradition

Throughout their study all students can access our Professional Resilience modules which explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and introduce students to a number of different models of successful self development.

Course elements will vary, but may include:

  • Get out of your mind for free, how to handle unwanted Private Events (thoughts, feelings, physical sensations);
  • Love your Ears - Raising Awareness about Dangers of Hearing Loss;
  • Mood and Food, explore the Relationship of what you eat and how you feel;
  • Making Achievable Goals;
  • Spirituality and Wellbeing;
  • An Introduction to Colour Analysis and Style;
  • Employability and Careers;
  • Mindfulness and Creative Practice, offering techniques to help ‘quiet your mind’ and relax in the present moment;
  • Active Listening;
  • The Performing Body, using Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method;
  • Yoga for singers and instrumentalists
  • Tai Chi

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment

We bring a great amount of enthusiasm, skill and expertise to our teaching. We are a diverse department, committed to the study of theology, philosophy, religions and ethics. We’re enthusiastic about the relevance and importance of our subject.

Your future tutors pay an enormous amount of attention to your future career choices. In an ever increasing range of work, philosophical, ethical, and religious knowledge is a highly-prized asset. Our aim is to match your interests and skills to the right career. We will also ensure students from all disciplines that register on the programme, and successfully complete the necessary preparation, have the opportunity to apply for internships.

Additional Costs

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