School of Performing Arts

Professional Music (Performance)

BA (Hons) Full time Distance Learning 1 year, Part-time Distance Learning 2 years

Students are at the heart of the Academy of Music and Sound, supported by our team of dedicated tutors.

Students are at the heart of the Academy of Music and Sound, supported by our team of dedicated tutors.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
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  • Start Date(s) 23 September 2019
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full time Distance Learning, Part-time Distance Learning
  • Course Length Full time Distance Learning (1 year), Part-time Distance Learning (2 years)
  • Campus Location Academy of Music and Sound Supported DL
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

Students are at the heart of the Academy of Music and Sound, supported by our team of dedicated tutors. We offer specialist music education, preparing you for a career in the modern music industry.

Equivalent to the 3rd year of a degree, this course is designed to follow on from studying a music-related foundation degree, HND or similar course. The course is suitable for those who have studies Singing, Songwriting, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals keys or other instruments.

Applicants should be confident, skilled performers, able to sight-read notation, improvise competently and adapt to a range of musical genres. Prior experience of playing/singing in front of an audience is essential.

For Industry Professionals:

We offer the opportunity to fast-track students with industry experience (5+ years) onto the BA (Hons). We map your previous experience against the two years of the foundation degree allowing you to progress straight onto the final year and achieve a full BA (Hons) in one year.

What happens on the course?

Course Overview

Whilst studying the course with AMS you will:

Have tuition, advice and guidance from industry tutors/mentors

Network and collaborate with fellow musicians and like-minded people

Gain a working in-depth knowledge of how business and music operate

Manage and market your own music products

Use your existing work or personal projects and apply them to elements of the course

Expand your CV and portfolio with real-life experience and products

During the BA (Hons) Professional Music (Performance) you will study:

The Professional Project

Work under the supervision of an assigned industry mentor to plan, organise and create a professional project in either solo performance, songwriting, music production, dissertation, event management or composition.

Employability and Enterprise in Music

Conceive an idea for a music event and then make it a reality. You will manage all aspects of the event including promotion, finance, health and safety, organisation and evaluation.

Music and the Moving Image

You will have the opportunity to research music used in animation, film, TV or gaming, where you will then compose and record a soundtrack for a piece of moving image of your choice.

Independant Study

Plan, create and promote a feasible music product of your choice, such as CD, book, teaching practice or masterclass service. You will create a business plan showing market research and product development alongside creating a website to promote the product.

University Ensembles

You will develop and put into practice a weekly rehearsal schedule with a large and small ensemble group, you will arrange suitable music for each ensemble, leading up to a 25-minute live performance with each collective.


Each year we have an enrichment programme attached to our Higher Education courses. Opportunities differ year on year, to keep them fresh and in line with the ever-evolving music industry. In the past, we have had Masterclasses from artists and producers, industry mentor visits, exclusive performance slots, visits to Sound City and work experience at festivals such as Bearded Theory Festival.


Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

You will be able to progress to study a Masters at postgraduate level. You will have honed your music-related skills to a professional standard, either to enter the modern music industry, freelance or build up your own business and reputation. As well as leaving with a comprehensive business plan, you will have gained an extensive transferable skill-set and experience.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The Academy of Music and Sound partners with the University of Wolverhampton to deliver students the BA (Hons) Professional Music.

The Academy of Music and Sound gives students studying on an AMS campus access to industry standard recording software and equipment, free rehearsal and recording space and access to local music industry work opportunities. We offer an environment for musicians to network, grow and prepare for work in the Music Industry.

At AMS, you will not get lost in the crowd. We pride ourselves on our low student-to-tutor ratios, ensuring that you'll get exclusive and focussed attention from the tutor in each class.

Demonstrate the ability to create, manage and critically evaluate events, including performance and networking.

Apply appropriate theoretical and practical concepts in music

Use industry technology and software such as Logic Pro X in a creative and professional capacity.

Gain insight into commercial awareness plus current and future trends within the music industry.

Utilise transferable and practical skills, to enhance career and employment prospects.

Who will teach you on this course?

The Academy of Music and Sound tutors are professional musicians with strong links to the music industry, who are happy to help and advise you on how to get to where you want to be.

Each study location has their own unique and talented set of tutors, who all have industry experience and excellent musicianship skills. You can find out more about the Academy of Music and Sound's tutors by contacting AMS directly via

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full time £ per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £ per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £4110 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £4110 per year# 2019-20

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

Entry Requirements 2020

A Foundation degree or HND in Music Performance or a related subjecj

Applicants will usually have an interview and/or audition as part of this process.

It is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. Please see for further information

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

“I would 100% recommend the Academy of Music and Sound to any aspiring musician, fantastic people and environment to learn in’ - Sirin Bozkurt, Exeter

“Everyone is so welcoming went in today and everything was a success, I highly recommend this to anyone who is really into their music and want to go somewhere with it!!” - Beth Coulson, Gateshead

“Came here to study the BA(Hons) and was amazing. Very professional and our lecturers were very thorough. All round a great place to study”. - Lloyd McAllister, Scotland

“Had some real awesome memories and times here. Come here for the realism and insight to the industry, also to develop yourself. You'll sure as hell get it here! Thanks AMS for the past few years, will never forget them!” - Steven Stuart Munro, Scotland

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

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.


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