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This course is designed to provide the training and functional skills necessary for a wide range of careers within the music industry. You will develop knowledge and understanding of popular music practice, as well as creative and practical industry skills.


You will learn through workshops, lectures, recording sessions, seminars and tutorials. You will study the theory, wider contexts and contemporary issues surrounding the modern day music industry, and there will be regular visits from industry experts and artists. You will also develop musical and creative skills required by a performer, composer or producer, learn how to work well in teams, demonstrate leadership, organisation and decision-making skills, develop a profile suitable for an artist looking for employment within the music industry, and reflect on individual progress as an artist and learn how to improve.

Key Areas

  • Production
  • Group projects
  • Techniques
  • Live recording
  • One to one instrumental sessions

Entry Criteria

You will need to be aged 18 years or over on or before 31 August of the academic year the course commences.

You must have four GCSEs at grade C or higher and three A-levels or a minimum of 48 UCAS points, which may be gained from the following qualifications:

  • Scottish Certificate of Education/Scottish Qualification
  • Authority Intermediate/Higher/Advanced Higher/ Irish Leaving Certificates
  • International Baccalaureate
  • BTEC National Diploma or Certificate
  • A level 3 diploma in creative and media skills
  • A recognised (kitemarkedaccess course
  • ABRSM/Rockschool
  • Other relevant international qualifications

International applicants will be asked to demonstrate equivalents with the above qualification levels and an IELTs score of six or above.

As part of the application you will need to undergo an audition, qualification check and supply suitable references.

Students with significant, relevant experience may be accepted onto the course subject to successful audition.

What Next

On successful completion of the course and with appropriate credits achieved, students can progress to the B.A. (Hons) Popular Music Practice top-up degree at, or seek work as a professional musician.

Course options

  • 2018/19 Full Time Day


    Birmingham City University


    Digbeth Campus

    Mode of attendance

    2018/19 Full Time Day


    Full Time Week

    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    - September | 2018/19 £5,500 2 Academic Year(s) -
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