School of Performing Arts

Popular Music

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

The BA (Hons) Popular Music offers you the opportunity to experience a range of practical modules designed to enhance your skills and abilities that align directly with a portfolio career in the music industry.

The BA (Hons) Popular Music offers you the opportunity to experience a range of practical modules designed to enhance your skills and abilities that align directly with a portfolio career in the music industry.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W39A
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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?

The BA (Hons) Popular Music offers you the opportunity to experience a range of practical modules designed to enhance your skills and abilities that align directly with a portfolio career in the music industry. With a clear emphasis on creating, understanding, shaping and experiencing music you will study performance across a wide range of settings including group, solo and improvisation lessons as well as developing your own technique as an instrumentalist in one-to-one instrumental lessons.

The craft of song writing consistently underpins your development whilst the latest music technologies will help you express and disseminate your creative work to the largest possible audience. These are renowned features of the course and we have significant feedback from former students testifying to the quality of experience gained. We are proud of our excellent, well-established team of visiting musicians, who contribute to the programme. The study of popular music as a specialist subject began at the university in 2003 and since then, we have been consistently at the forefront of producing graduates who go onto successful careers in the music industry. You will network with our alumni and a wide range of established practitioners making long-lasting musical friendships that will underpin your own future success as a professional musician.

What happens on the course?

The BA (Hons) Popular Music degree at the University of Wolverhampton prepares you for a career in the music industry. This course stimulates your innate love of popular 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, songwriter, producer, teacher or academic.

You will experience a range of practical modules designed to enhance your skills and abilities, widening your career choices and future directions. An experienced staff of performers, songwriters and producers will encourage and stimulate your interest and passion for popular music and will help sharpen your development and application of musical craft over three years of study. You will meet, network and learn from a range of national and international musicians, whose master classes and seminar sessions will assist your career development in the music industry.

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

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

  1. articulate an individual musical personality or 'voice', through advanced technical skills and deeper levels of interpretative awareness
  2. demonstrate the potential for artistic and creative leadership and the ability to adapt and respond creatively to different professional and cultural environments
  3. demonstrate the ability to deliver innovative artistic, technical, aesthetic, and expressive digital skills
  4. devise, negotiate and manage independent work of high quality
  5. explore and evaluate interdisciplinary approaches to music creation, innovation, and research
  6. demonstrate imaginative and articulate powers of presentation.

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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