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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 the musical and creative skills required by a performer, composer or producer, learn how to work well in teams and demonstrate leadership, organisation and decision-making skills. This programme will help you to develop a profile suitable for an artist looking for employment within the music industry and reflect on individual progress as an artist, learning how to improve along the way.

Key Areas

Key areas include:

  • Production
  • Group projects
  • Techniques
  • Live recording
  • One-to-one instrument 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 4 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
  • Level 3 Diploma in creative and media skills
  • A recognised (Kitemarked) Access Course
  • ABRSM/Rockschool
  • Other relevant international qualifications

International applicants will be asked to demonstrate equivalents of the above qualification levels and an IELTs score of 6 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 a successful audition.

To find out more about UCAS points, please visit

What Next

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

Course options

  • 2019/20 Full Time Day


    Birmingham City University


    Digbeth Campus

    Mode of attendance

    2019/20 Full Time Day


    Full Time Week

    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    - September | 2019/20 £0.00 Fees to be confirmed 2 Academic Year(s) -
    Hours Per Week Study Details Minimum Age Average Class Size Max Class Size Material Fees International Fees
    - - - - - 6,500.00

    Leisure Program Fees Further Information International Comments
    0.00 - -
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    UCAS Application Information

    Institution Code Name: SCCB
    Institution Code: S20
    Course Code: 143W
    Click here to apply for this course on UCAS website.