School of Performing Arts

Popular Music

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

The BMus (Hons) Popular Music degree at the University of Wolverhampton prepares you for a career in the music industry.

The BMus (Hons) Popular Music degree at the University of Wolverhampton prepares you for a career in the music industry.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W390
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BMus (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

Why choose this course?

The BMus (Hons) Popular Music degree at the University of Wolverhampton prepares you for a career in the music industry. 

A popular music degree opens the door to a fulfilling and varied career that enables you to follow your interests and talents. Performing professionally as a solo artist, a member of a band or as a session player is a natural progression for many students. Careers as a songwriter, arranger, transcriber, programmer, instrumental teacher or musical director are other pathways you can pursue as a graduate. A sustained career in popular music however, will most often be a portfolio of these roles and a degree in popular music from the University of Wolverhampton will provide you with the range of skills you need for an established career in a field that you already love.

You will engage with a range of workshops, lectures and seminars that develop instrumental skills, performance and stagecraft, songwriting and music production. An experienced staff of performers, composers and producers will encourage and stimulate your interest and passion for popular music and will help sharpen your musical development over three years of study.

If you choose to study at popular music at the University of Wolverhampton you will receive one-to-one instrumental tuition as part of your course and you can see some of our acclaimed tutors below. 

Meet our Guitar Tutor - Mike Holt


Meet our Drum Tutor - Neil Bullock

Meet our Vocal Tutor - Genervieve Sylva

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Can't decide which course you love the most?  Why not look at our joint options... BA (Hons) Music Technology and Popular Music.

 

 

What happens on the course?

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. The craft of songwriting consistently underpins your development whilst the latest music technologies will help you express and communicate your creative work to the largest possible audience. The study of research and analysis modules will enable you to understand and apply music theory to professional practice, widening your career choices and future directions.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The course stimulates your innate love of popular music, explores and identifies what music is, what it does, and what it means, and provides a structured approach to your career progression as a performer, composer, technologist, teacher or academic.

The University’s proximity to many established and nationally recognised gig venues, such as The Jamhouse and Robin 2, allows you to perform at a professional level. You will also be able to meet, network and learn from a range of national and international musicians, whose master classes and seminar sessions will assist you in becoming a professional musician. 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The BMus Popular Music course has a strong focus on practical performance-based work and you will create and recreate music in equal measure. We are very proud of our excellent, well-established team of visiting musicians, who contribute to the programme. As a provider of music education, we are aware of the challenges you face as a learner in the 21st century so this course has been structured in a way that is contemporary, providing flexible study patterns to suit you. You will gain a fascinating insight into the world of music, broadening your horizons for lifelong learning whilst developing a creative and entrepreneurial flare ready to respond to the technological and artistic innovations of the industry.

The University of Wolverhampton continues to develop state of the art facilities to greatly enhance your learning experience. The Performance Hub, opened in 2011, has a diverse range of fully equipped music teaching, performance and practice rooms (accommodating single person to large band / ensemble), two high-end professional recording studios, and two bespoke technology suites boasting sixty Apple iMacs running industry standard software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Max, Pure Data and SuperCollider.

Our two recording studios offer the perfect blend of digital and analogue technologies giving students the opportunity to combine classic analogue recording technique with the flexibility and reliability digital technology provides. As well as a dedicated live room each for recording, for increased flexibility and choice of room acoustic, any of the music rehearsal rooms surrounding each studio can also be patched into the studio's control room.

 

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Steve Cooper

 

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

  • apply analytical, critical and creative skills to music, popular music and music technologies
  • use your knowledge and understanding of the history, theory, global and cultural context of music, popular music and music technologies
  • show the attributes of an enterprising, professional musician
  • demonstrate a sound practical ability on your principal instrument or voice
  • become an adaptable and flexible musician with the ability to work at the forefront of digital technologies
  • have confidence in communicating effectively using a range of media.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional Materials - Nil

Additional Field trips - £1000 - All Performing Arts students will have an opportunity to partake in the bi-annual trip to New York, costs vary according to cohort size and programme of events but can be expected to be in the order of £800 - £1,000. There will be opportunities to attend Musicals and Theatre performances in London and across the UK, recent examples: Hair, Kinky Boots, Hamilton, Rent

Additional Events/Performances - £250 - Final performances and productions are by individual design as as such costs in this area are difficult to quantify. Potential spend areas: venue hire; props; costumes; choreographers; sets etc

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

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

2019 Entry

  • BBC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM; BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
  • Rockschool Level 3 (RSL) Extended Diploma in Music Practitioners grade D
  • Rockschool Level 3 (RSL) Diploma in Music Practitioners grade D*
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Read further information on the audition process here

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 http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

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

 

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 gov.uk 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 (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/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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