BA (Hons) top-up Popular Music

Start date(s):
11 Sep 2017
1 year
Level 6
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This top-up programme will provide you with interdisciplinary and collaborative working opportunities, and an opportunity to explore the aspects of popular music that interests you most.

You will develop your own music practice within a variety of professional contexts, whilst refining your academic skills and technical understanding. The programme aims to reflect the professional reality of the contemporary music industry, preparing you to creatively respond within a range of professional situations.

You will be provided with opportunities to study projects that explore performance, analysis and the creative practice necessary to produce technical professionalism and application. You will engage in entrepreneurial activities that are likely to support future work in the field of music, such as work in music performance, creative practice, freelance work and music education. With a teaching team that combines practitioners and academics, it is intended that you will be supported to develop confidence in conceptual thinking, problem solving, presenting ideas and project management.


  • Encourage development of professional, innovative and creative outcomes in a supportive work-focussed learning environment
  • Engage in academic activities and negotiated projects, as simulated or live client briefs, underpinned by personalised learning and individual focus
  • Promote engagement in industry focussed work, supporting the acquisition of professional skills relevant to employment or self-employment opportunities within the music industry.


Modules could include:
Creative Practice
Individual Recital
Ensemble Performance Project
Working to a Client Brief
Research Project.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will receive 1-1 tutorial support with coursework,peer and tutor support through critique and seminar activities, academic study support with writing, and Personal Learning Coach support with time management.

You could progress to a master's degree, PGCE, or employment / self-employment within the industry.

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Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Entry Criteria

You should be working towards, or have attained, a Level 5 qualification (HND/FdA/international equivalent 120 ECTS Credits) in a music-related discipline.

All applicants must be auditioned or interviewed to ascertain working level of music ability and experience (international applicants via internet/email respectfully).