Popular Music (Top-Up) - BA (Hons) [Top-up]

UCAS Code:
W341
Attendance:
Full Time (1 year)
Starting:
September 2016
Campus:
South and City College Birmingham

The course prepares students for a career in the Popular Music Industry as professional artists and practitioners. In addition the course will enable students to progress to postgraduate study in a range of music disciplines including teaching.

What's covered in the course?

The BA (Hons) Popular Music (one year top-up) course is designed to build on practical, commercial and academic skills acquired at level 5.

You will cover Performance, Composition, Music Production and Live Sound.

Why Choose Us?

This course is delivered in the heart of Birmingham at South and City College’s superbly equipped Digbeth Centre.  With an exciting balance of academic and practical activities, delivered by current industry practitioners, this is an excellent opportunity to upskill and advance.  Students will enjoy high level resources including 400-seater auditorium, 5 recording studios, numerous rehearsal spaces and production facilities, in the vibrant environment of Birmingham’s creative quarter.

This course is open to International students

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Visit our South and City College's website for extra information about the Digbeth campus, where thic course is based.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the programme, which are as follows:

240 credits achieved from a relevant level 5 Music qualification such as a HND or foundation degree, this should include a minimum of 60 credits at level 5 with a merit grade. In exceptional circumstances candidates with 240 credits at level 4 and 5 without a merit grade profile may be considered for admission if the applicant can demonstrate at interview or audition the ability to successfully fulfil the requirements for this level 6 programme.

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) [Top-up] Sep 2016 FT 1 year £6,000 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) [Top-up] Sep 2016 FT 1 year £7,500 Apply via UCAS

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Course breakdown

Year one

Dissertation

This aims to enable students to undertake an in depth study independently and critically evaluate research evidence for a selected area of interest within a popular music socio-historical context. Students will demonstrate their ability to gather information using appropriate research techniques, develop ideas and construct arguments critically.

Creative Project

This module draws together all the disciplines (performance, composition, live sound, music technology) and underpinning knowledge pursued throughout the programme for students to undertake a project reflecting the creative, business and technical aspects of the music industry. It reflects the current focus on employability, and will provide students with a learning experience showcasing their practical skills and knowledge.

Advanced Techniques for Emerging Artists/Practitioners

This module aims to develop advanced creative techniques in a chosen discipline (e.g. performance, composition, live sound) applying them in a commercially appropriate creative product. Thus aiming to enhance students' individual artistic development through the use of advanced and contemporary techniques. The module allows students to develop technical skills and showcase them in a creatively contemporary setting.

Music as Art

The aim of this module to is to study, analyse and musically respond to music outside the norms of commercial music. It will develop skills in music criticism, contextual awareness of experimental and contemporary art music, and in associated practical and creative skills. The module encompasses academic music studies and interpretative insight, linking practically with specialist techniques and individual musical identity.

Music Business Realisation

The aim of this module to equip students with the business, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills required for successful freelance activity and self-employment within the commercial music industry.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Employment Opportunities

Successful completion of the BA (Hons) in Popular Music can lead to postgraduate study in a range of music disciplines. Graduates may also pursue a career in the music industry as professional artists and practitioners. There are a range of opportunities to develop a career in community music, youth work and many music graduates continue their studies to develop a career in teaching or education.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Studying in the UK is better

Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.

The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.

So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.

Overall measures: ranked positions
UK
Australia
Canada
NZ
US
Undergraduate 2014 2014 2014 2013 2014
Recommendation 1 4 3 5 2
Overall satisfaction 1 4 3 5 2
Arrival overall 1 2 4 5 3
Learning overall 1 4 3 5 2
Living overall 1 2 5 3 4
Support overall 1 4 5 3 2

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Facilities

This course is delivered at South and City College Birmingham's Digbeth Campus.

Find out more about Digbeth Campus

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295