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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-22

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Why Popular Music?

Our Popular Music degree equips you with a range of practical abilities, while you build a professional portfolio and network of contacts to help launch your career. You’ll develop skills in songwriting, performance, music production, visual media, live events and community music practice. With opportunities to work on live briefs and gain work experience on placements with organisations such as EMI, Universal Music, ITV, Warner Bros and the BBC, our graduates stand out from the competition. There is also the chance to get involved with projects such as BBC Introducing, undertake roles at Wychwood and 2000trees music festivals, and work on our annual European Capital City Showcase in cities such as Barcelona, Amsterdam and Prague (additional costs may apply, see course web page for details).You’ll draw on the expertise of experienced lecturers whose diverse industry experience includes musical direction for Blur and Gorillaz, soundtrack production for ‘Broken’ (2013) and ‘8 Minutes Idle’ (2012), work for Sony and Universal and even BAFTA award wins. You’ll also benefit from state-of-the-art recording studios and digital suites with industry-standard technologies. This gives you opportunities to compose, rehearse, perform and record work in a dynamic range of spaces.

Why University of Gloucestershire?

We’ve been using our expertise to support and inspire students since 1847. Join us and you will benefit from professional-standard facilities in the beautiful, historic surroundings of Cheltenham and Gloucester. With the University of Gloucestershire offering a wide variety of courses, you will have the best of both worlds - a large learning community with more than 80 societies and sports clubs to enjoy while also benefiting from lecturers who know and value you as an rough our innovative Your Future Plan scheme, you will be challenged and supported to become the graduate that you want to be, ready to succeed in your chosen field. Your personal tutor will help you build your network of connections and take advantage of a range of opportunities including field trips and placements, offering invaluable experience outside of the lecture theatre. Our students never tire of finding inspiration here in the beautiful county of Gloucestershire, home to over 45 festivals every year, including 2000trees, Wychwood and the world-famous Cheltenham Literature festival. Many students gain valuable skills and experience working at these events alongside their studies.

After the course

Your story with us doesn’t end at graduation. We are proud of our record that 95% of University of Gloucestershire graduates are in work or further study six months after completing their course, and throughout your studies we are committed to working with you to develop your future plan. Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), 2016/17.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 14,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level : CDD - BBB

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we invite all applicants to interview. Your suitability for the course is assessed and we will confirm your place after we've had a chance to meet you, if we feel you are a good fit. As well as unconditional offers for the right applicants, we make conditional offers based on your achieving certain grades in your A-levels or BTEC qualifications.

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University information

University of Gloucestershire

  • University League Table

    96th

  • Campus address

    University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH, England

A diverse and inclusive community, welcoming students from over 60 countries worldwide.
Placements, internships, trips and career experiences help prepare students for success after graduation.
A wide range of bursaries and merit scholarships are available for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    74th out of 87 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    125 61%

    44th

    11
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    45 45%

    76th

    19
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%

    54th

    22

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