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Music BA (Hons)

On this programme you will engage with the broadest span of musical activities, developing versatility and flexibility in musical practice. You will benefit from an array of experiences across specialisms and have the choice of composition or advanced instrumental tuition. This rich approach to musical learning will prepare you for the widest range of career opportunities.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018

Course overview

This is a course for all musics and musicians, irrespective of style, background, and culture: we believe the study of music should be eclectic and embrace a variety of genres. Study Music at York St John University and you will learn not only about classical, jazz and rock but also music from many different cultures.

All of our students learn through making music, often in a wide range of ensemble settings from samba band to string quartet, madrigal to metal and big band to barbershop. On our music courses you will actively collaborate with experienced musicians, community members, artists and arts organisations in order to develop performances, skills and professional networks.

If your musical interests span several musical disciplines and you are looking to gain a broad-based experience in music, this course provides options in performance, composition, education and community alongside a range of other stimulating, relevant and contemporary modules in which you learn through practical engagement with the subject.

Our degrees challenge you to realise your potential for creativity and individual expression, to develop a deeper understanding of music and its place in society and to gain and refine skills which are highly valued by employers. All students take a common first year in which everyone receives individual instrumental or vocal tuition, providing a firm basis for specialist study in subsequent years.

Our staff are professional performers, composers and community musicians who are active educators and practitioners locally, nationally and internationally.

We want to work with open minded, motivated and creative students who possess strong practical skills.

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Course structure

Level 1

Students on this programme choose freely from a broad range of options, including performance, composition and community specialisms. It offers a rich, exciting and varied musical experience designed to help you to achieve your full potential as a musician.

Modules include:

  • Vox
  • Drumming
  • Music Skills (including instrumental lessons)
  • Perspectives on Music

Level 2

Modules include:

  • Ensemble Performance
  • Improvisation
  • Composition
  • Solo Performance
  • Film Music
  • Music in Education & Lifelong Learning
  • Community Music
  • Experiments in Music
  • Sounds New. Approaching the Contemporary

Level 3

Modules include:

  • Enterprise & Employability in Music
  • Advanced Solo Performance
  • Advanced Composition
  • Community & Wellbeing
  • Ensembles & Leadership
  • Collaborative Project
  • Dissertation

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Disability Advice

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of disability advice services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

88-104 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

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Personal statement

Essential criteria

We are seeking students with an interest in, and awareness of, a wide range of musical styles and genres. This can be shown in a variety of ways, for example, through performance, composition, previous study and/or working with community groups. A good standard of written English is also expected.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this could include:

  • Demonstrating a wide range of musical interests/experience
  • Showing creativity through composition, musical arrangements, improvising or song writing
  • Playing/singing in ensembles or collaborating in performance and/or rehearsals showing a flair for team-work and cooperation
  • Listening to live performances
  • Using music technology
  • Demonstrating an interest in other arts subjects e.g. dance, theatre, art, etc.
  • Doing voluntary work

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2018 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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