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.
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.
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.
Visit our South and City College's website for extra information about the Digbeth campus, where thic course is based.
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.
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.
|BA (Hons) [Top-up]||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£6,000 per year||Apply via UCAS|
|BA (Hons) [Top-up]||Sep 2016||FT||1 year||£7,500||Apply via UCAS|
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UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
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You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
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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.
UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*
The personal statement 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:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
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.
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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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:
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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 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.