BA (Hons) Music & Sound

England & Scotland
Equivalent to the 3rd year of a degree, this flexible top-up year is designed to follow on from our Foundation Degree in Music & Sound, but would also suit any applicants studying a music related HND, Foundation Degree or indeed those with recognised industry experience backed up with qualifications. Validated by the University of West London, the course has been developed to mirror the modern music industry, allowing students to learn the skills to become independent, multi-skilled music practitioners, fluent with various forms of multi-media.
Before the start of each semester, you will be asked to pick any optional modules to study. The details of these follow below. If there are not enough students to run your chosen module at your centre, you may be offered to be taught that module online. 

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  • Encompasses all aspects of the modern day DIY musician, helping you to become an independent artist, band or business
  • Gain practical skills whilst building a portfolio of music, contacts and experience
  • Prepare to work within industries, such as music, gaming and advertising
  • Have time, space and the opportunity to develop your own sound and work on your material

BA (Hons) Music & Sound



Engage in a large-scale project in an area of your choice: performance, songwriting, composition, dissertation, music production, event management or multi-media
Study the academic theories behind matching music and sound with media and put them into practice when creating your own soundtrack to a given film clip.
There is a large market for music that film and TV production companies can take ‘off the shelf’ for genres such as sport, gameshows, wildlife etc. In this module, you will create your own portfolio of original music suitable for submitting to a publisher that covers a wide range of moods, styles and uses.
Develop a viable music industry product with all accompanying business research and requirements (business plan, website etc). This will be your calling card when you graduate.
Showcase Studies

This performance-based module helps students to work towards presenting a live showcase that is supported by relevant and effective promotional materials.

Advanced Studio Production
Create your own portfolio of professional productions while developing a keen understanding of the techniques and working practices of leading producers.
Advanced Radio Production
Enjoy the challenges of making your own short radio play production that encompasses theme music, incidental music, sound effects (foley) and dialogue editing.
Music Management Project 
This module is largely self-directed: with the option of specialising in music or artists management, retail management or crowd funding.

Level: 6
Length: 1 year

Price: £6165
Study Locations:
Edinburgh • Exeter • Gateshead • Glasgow • Southampton • Online

Entry Requirements

Foundation degree, HND or equivalent qualification in performance or production plus successful audition and interview. Applicants with relevant industry experience may be accepted through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


You will be able to progress to postgraduate level onto a course such as our M.Mus in Popular Music Performance. You will have honed your music-related skills to a professional standard and will have gained an extensive transferable skill-set. This could be used to either enter the industry or build up your own business.

Audition & Interview

Our qualifications require a successful audition and interview to enrol onto a course, but don’t be nervous! The auditions are on a 1-1 basis to assess your future potential to see what you can do, rather than what you can’t. It’s a great chance for you to see the centre, meet our fantastic tutors and ask any questions. You’re coming to us to learn and improve your skills, so we appreciate everyone has their strengths.

How to Apply
This course was validated in January 2019 for September entry. To receive application information please register your interest via the link below.