BA (Hons) Music
We want you to find your optimum music future.
This is your chance to be the you who you want to be musically and to learn about the business, match your music with an audience and plan a working life playing music.
We will also develop your musical literacy and technical skills. It shares key modules with the Music (Performing Arts) degree (up to 80% depending on option choices).
It has five main themes: music performance, creation, production, the music business and the context in which music happens.
We have sound links with the music industry and hold frequent in-house auditions and showcases for record and publishing companies. Our students have won many songwriting competitions. We also have our own record label and are featured in the music press. Our graduates have achieved chart success across the world, as writers, producers and performers.
Many have signed recording and publishing contracts. Career outcomes include working as session musicians, as music producers and as music writers for computer games and advert campaigns. In addition, you are eminently qualified to pursue careers within music education or within the wider world of business.
Education: tariff score 260
You will need five GCSE passes at a minimum grade ‘C' or above. These should include Maths and English Language.
A minimum of 260 UCAS tariff points, which could be as follows:
- B, C, C from A-Levels or AVCE Level. All A-Level subjects accepted, excluding General Studies. Points from AS Levels and Key Skills are not counted towards tariff points.
- Merit, Merit, Merit profile from BTEC National Diploma.
- xyz from Advanced Diplomas.
- All equivalent UK and overseas qualifications are accepted also including Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate, European and International Baccalaureate, Abitur, Vitnemål and SAT.
- We expect all students to have acquired a good working understanding of music theory so Grade 5 in music theory (for example, London School of Music, Popular Music Theory or ABSRM) or equivalent is required by the time you enrol with us. Overseas students are considered on an individual basis and may be tested on their music theory ability at the audition stage.
You should have performance experience (eg solo, band, ensemble, choir, gigs etc). You should also have experience of writing songs, compositions or arrangements or an interest in developing these skills. You may also have experience or a strong interest in music production and music technology.
Some of our students come to us with experience of working in other areas of the performing arts, such as a secondary performance skill, the management of projects - such as band promotion or involvement in technical aspects of performance. Not all candidates have this experience, but all candidates should be able to demonstrate interest and knowledge in other art forms.
The ability to communicate well is pivotal, both verbally and in writing.
We are looking for evidence that you are able to work on your own initiative. Good examples may be projects you have been involved with that are not part of your school qualifications.
We recognise a wide variety of qualifications obtained overseas and are able to translate overseas grades and transcripts to UK equivalents. If English is not your first language, you may be asked at interview or audition stage to provide evidence of your linguistic ability. The following may be acceptable evidence of your proficiency in English:
- International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): minimum average score 5.5.
- Cambridge First Certificate in English: Grade 'A/B'.
- TOEFL (American Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum 511 or above (paper test), 183 (computerised test), 65 (Internet test).
- Cambridge University Certificate in Advanced English: Grade 'B'.
You may be asked as a condition of your offer to provide evidence that you have already attained one of the above qualifications or be asked to take the IELTS/TOEFL examination within a specified time to attain a specified result. LIPA offers ongoing english language support for international students once they have enrolled.