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BA (Hons) Music
BA (Hons) Music

BA (Hons) Music

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

A levels,

  • AAB including A in Music

  • If you are not taking A level Music we will accept AAB in three A Levels plus ABRSM or Trinity Grade 5 Theory and Grade 8 Performance. Other equivalent qualifications and exam boards may be considered on a case by case basis.

Access to Higher Education Diploma, 36 credits from units awarded Distinction and 9 awarded Merit or higher. An additional A Level or equivalent qualification in Music will be required.

BTEC National Extended Diploma, DDD in Music. If you are taking a BTEC in a different subject, an additional A Level or equivalent qualification in Music will be required.

Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, M2 including D3 in Music

European Baccalaureate, 80% overall, including 85% in Music

International Baccalaureate, 35 

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components


Course Information

We come into contact with music every day: on the internet or radio, in the street, in a club, on film, or in a concert hall. This experience can be fleeting or intense, relaxing or frustrating, trivial or life-changing, looked-for or unexpected, solitary or social.

Studying music at university gives you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of that experience and to look at how music has shaped and responded to the world. The story of music is always about people and their creativity – even in a world full of music, what it is and what it does still matters.

You'll learn from musicians who are leaders in their fields and benefit from the working relationships we have built up with our professional partners – an enviable roster of artists-in-association. We teach in small groups and individual tutorials, which means you'll always be actively engaged in discussion with your lecturers.

York Music graduates are creative, critical, independent thinkers. Our degree programme develops these qualities through a modular teaching system covering all forms of musical activity: performance, composing, analysis, musicology and music technology are all valued. Both flexible and challenging, we deliver a balanced musical education and develop key skills, providing you with opportunities to specialise and pursue your own choices of study under expert guidance.

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Year 1

Core modules

You will take core skills modules which may include:

  • Developing Musicianship

  • Listen to This! 

  • Performance Studies 

  • Making Music, Studying Music

As part of the Making Music, Studying Music module, you'll take part in the first-year Practical Project. This will take up the majority of your first term and involves the preparation and public performance of a music theatre work or small opera. The project involves around 50 hours of rehearsals, lectures, workshops and tutorials and includes classes on writing and research skills. 

First-year 'Project'

In the second half of the Autumn Term, you may take Musical Analysis. This is designed to give you the experience of the 'project' format (skill-based exercises, researching materials, delivering seminar presentations, academic writing) before entering the full cross-year modules in the Spring Term.

In your Spring Term, you'll take a selection of option modules. We update these modules every year.

  • Recent examples of module options

Year 2

You'll focus on developing your independence, critical thinking and confidence; improving your core skills; and continuing your instrumental/vocal studies. You'll also begin to prepare for your Solo Project, Composition Folio and/or Recital in your final year. The Critical Thinking and Listening module develops critical reflection on music and its performance, while your specialist option modules allow you to explore the areas you are most interested in. 

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Critical Thinking and Listening 

  • Performance Studies 2 

Option modules

You will choose a selection of further option modules. You'll be able to choose from a similar range of options as in your first year, although modules do vary year on year.

  • Recent examples of module options

Year 3

During your final year, you'll specialise further with Recital and Composition Folio options alongside your choice of option modules.

You will also have the opportunity to devise, research and produce a Solo Project. Building on skills you've acquired across your degree, this is an opportunity for you to develop a piece of large-scale work that will be useful to your future career. Past Solo Projects have included dissertations, editions, albums, innovative performance events, orchestrations, film music, community music projects and many other types of work.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Developing Professionalism 

  • Ensemble Studies 

Option modules

You can choose a selection of optional modules. Examples of which may include:

  • Solo Project (minor) or Solo Project (major)

  • Composition Folio (minor) or Composition Folio (major) 

  • Recital or Extended Recital 

You will choose from similar options to those available to you in your second year. 

  • Recent examples of module options

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our graduates go on to build successful careers in music, as well as in fields such as law, finance and management. Recent graduate careers include:

  • UK Concert Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra

  • General Director of the Southbank Sinfonia

  • Opera direction (including Opera North, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and the Royal Opera House)

  • BBC production (Proms and Radio 3 and 4)

  • Freelance jazz musicians (including the World Service Project)

  • Classic FM production

  • London Symphony Orchestra

Others have gone on to work in:

  • broadcast and media

  • professional performance

  • arts management

  • teaching and community education

  • university lecturing

  • music outreach

  • music publishing (most major houses)

  • major music agencies

  • orchestral management

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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