BA Music (W300)

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UCAS code W300
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees

Fees quoted are for 2018 entry only. Fees for 2019 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2018.

  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £20,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study 6 year(s) part-time
Six years with daytime, weekday teaching

About BA Music

If you want to create, perform, talk, or write about music, then our BA in Music is for you. Bristol offers an excitingly broad course of study, weekly concerts and regular masterclasses. Performance opportunities range from symphony to our unique laptop orchestra, from baroque to jazz, and include an array of vocal ensembles.

You will learn to discuss and analyse music at a high level, perform music professionally, arrange, conduct and compose. From medieval chant all the way to 21st-century music and hip-hop, you will learn the history and grammar of different styles of music.

In the first year all units are mandatory, providing the foundation for more advanced study in years two and three. Year one introduces the history of music, acoustic and studio composition, analysis, technical studies and performance. Years two and three allow you to specialise in one or more areas, with optional units including:

  • acoustic and studio composition
  • performance
  • advanced technical studies
  • analysis
  • transcription/editing
  • research-led music history units.

In your final year, all units are optional and you will complete at least one major project including your choice of dissertation, portfolio of compositions or a 30-minute recital. Performance students receive one-to-one tuition throughout their degree with specialist tutors.

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.

Typical offer for BA Music - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
ABB including Music
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBC including B in Music
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Music
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
29 points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Music
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Music) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, and Merit in ABRSM/Trinity Grade 8 Music Theory or B in A-level Music
BTEC offer DDM plus either B in A-level Music or Merit in ABRSM/Trinity Grade 8 Music Theory
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB including Music, and Standard Higher: AABBB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade
European Baccalaureate offer77% overall, with 8.0 in Music
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, Merit in ABRSM/Trinity Grade 8 Music Theory can be considered.

How we assess your application

Admissions statements relate to 2018 entry and will be updated for 2019 entry in summer 2018.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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