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BA (Hons) Music

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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 Years Full Time

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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):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Levels: BCC - CCC


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. For more information on this process see below - Audition Details and FAQs.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Scholarships available for selected instruments – please enquire with the Head of Music.

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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 three-year BA (Hons) Music programme focuses on music which is engaged with the musical world in all its diversity and excitement. You will study a range of styles, genres and approaches with a course that can be tailored to suit different strengths and interests. With a community of around 1000 student performers, a balance between contextual and practical work, and with an emphasis on the development of skills in problem solving, analysis, self-management and interpersonal relationships, you will leave the University of Chichester prepared for a career in the music industry.

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

We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. Our music programmes are taught out of our £4.8 million conservatoire building.

These include:

  • Computerised recording and media studios
  • Well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons)
  • An acoustically superb performance venue
  • Soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons
  • Lecture and seminar rooms
  • Our on-site Chapel, which is a fantastic venue for performances and rehearsals, and is the centrepiece of the campus

Our Learning Resource Centre has a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research as well as areas for quiet and silent study. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Hub, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. 

Where this can take you

You will have the opportunity of developing a broad range of skills to enhance employability in a range of areas beyond university.

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

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include: 

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.

Volunteering also 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.

People you'll meet

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. 

For more information on see our staff profiles.

Indicative modules

The modules you take may vary

  • Style & Genre
  • Performance Development
  • Modern Jazz: Seven Steps to Heaven
  • Reading Popular Music
  • Self-Employment, Marketing and Promotion
  • Music and Society
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Structures and Politics of Rock Music
  • Club Music
  • Expressing Music Through Movement & Gesture

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

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 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.



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.

Audition Details and FAQs

For more information on the audition process download the Music audition booklet here.

Audition booklet



I can’t log in to ChiView. What do I do?

If you have never logged in to ChiView before you need to create your account. Go to and then click ‘New User/ Forgotten Password’. You will need to input your applicant number (be careful, this is not your enquirer number or UCAS number), your surname, and your birth date in the format DD/MM/YYYY including the slashes. ChiView will then send you a temporary password. Please check your junk folder as this email often gets filtered into there.

Will there soon be more dates available on ChiView?

Typically auditions and interviews run from December – March, although each subject can vary. Usually only two or three dates will be available to book on ChiView at a time, but as the first batch of dates close the page will refresh with new options. If you cannot see a date which suits you, the best course of action is usually to wait until the page refreshes. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

When/ how will I find out if I have been invited to attend?

You will receive an email either way. If you have been invited to attend an interview or audition your email will guide you to log on to your ChiView portal, find ‘My application’, and then click ‘Respond to interview invitation’. Here you will find the first batch of dates to choose from.

Where do I find documents relating to the interview/audition?

Once you have booked an audition or interview you will only then have access to the relevant documents. On your ChiView portal find ‘Events schedule’ and then click ‘View details’. Here you will be able to view, download, or print the documents which will tell you how to prepare and what to expect on the day.

I can't see the 'View details' button next to my interview/ audition details on ChiView, so can't access the relevant documents.

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone, the dimensions might not allow you to see all elements. Please try again on another devise.

You may need to clear your browser history. Advice about how to do this can be found here:

If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition/interview by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

If all else fails, you are welcome to email Please have your applicant number ready. The Admissions team will be able to check whether your audition/ interview is booked and email you relevant documents.

How do I change my interview/audition date?

If you have booked an interview or audition and now you are unable to attend please visit your ChiView portal, find ‘Event schedule’, and then click ‘Cancel attendance’. You will need to inform the admissions team via so that we can issue you a new invitation.

Can I park on-site, and are there disabled parking available on both campuses?

Yes, you can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket. It is worth noting that demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, parking controls and restrictions are implemented to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.

There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both the Bognor and Chichester campuses. More information about travel can be found here:


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