School of Performing Arts


BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

BA (Hons) Music taught at Wolverhampton has a strong focus on practical performance-based work, enabling you to create and recreate music in equal measure.

BA (Hons) Music taught at Wolverhampton has a strong focus on practical performance-based work, enabling you to create and recreate music in equal measure.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W30B
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts
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Why choose this course?

BA (Hons) Music taught at Wolverhampton has a strong focus on practical performance-based work, enabling you to create and recreate music in equal measure. You will perform in a range of ensembles as well as in smaller instrumental popular music and contemporary performing groups; these are renowned features of the course and we have significant feedback from former students testifying to the quality of experience gained.

With a clear emphasis on making, understanding, shaping and experiencing music you can expect to study composition in a range of styles from Western Art music to song writing, and perform in different ensembles as well as develop your own technique as an instrumentalist and solo performer. We are very proud of our excellent, well-established team of visiting musicians, who contribute to the programme.

We consider the challenges you face as a learner in the 21st century and provide the opportunity to acquire a broad range of associated skills that will enhance your musicianship and employability, including: sound design, working in the community, music for media, and music therapy. All of these skills will be brought together in professional development modules, which will help you to identify and follow your chosen career. The course is designed to allow you to work collaboratively, experiencing music in a wide variety of contexts and cultures. You will meet interesting people and make long-lasting musical friendships and the course will broaden your horizons for lifelong learning.

What happens on the course?

The BA (Hons) Music degree at the University of Wolverhampton aims to develop your musical creativity, and help you to acquire the skills needed to become a versatile and practical musician. This course stimulates your innate love of music, explores and identifies what music is, what music does, and what music means and provides a structured approach to your career progression as a performer, composer, technologist, teacher or academic.

You will experience practical modules designed to enhance your natural musical skills and ability. The latest music technologies will help you to discover your creativity and will enable you to express it and disseminate it more widely. In addition, research and analysis modules will enable you to understand musical structures and will stimulate academic discussion and debate as well as developing your communication skills through essays, presentations and electronic media.

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As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  1. analyse, interrogate, explore, and evaluate musical materials, communicating the findings in a coherent form and showing critical awareness of issues of debate or uncertainty raised from analysing musical materials
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of musical contexts, including the relationship of music to historical, philosophical, cultural and social practices and phenomena
  3. demonstrate the advanced skills of teamwork, negotiation, organisation and decision-making in music creation, performance or improvisation with others
  4. demonstrate an individual musical personality or 'voice', through advanced technical skills and detailed interpretative insight
  5. produce professional-level independent work of high quality (rigorous, defensible, robust, imaginative and self-reflective) in academic and practical tasks in music
  6. demonstrate imaginative and articulate powers of presentation in a variety of appropriate media.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • Rock School (RSL) L3 Extended Diploma in Music Practitioner - grade M
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance and Production - grade HP

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Further details can be found at Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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