Music (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Music (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    WW33; Short form: BA/MFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to their chosen Honours degree programme. Do you enjoy creating original music? Our Music degree is a hands-on course which teaches you contemporary, new, experimental and fusion music forms, without relying on the approaches of traditional music education. It’s not just preparing people to be a recording artist; it is about preparing graduates for a range of careers: making music for audiences such as film, TV and video games, in addition to live music and professional recording. You will get to work on live projects from Year 1, and be encouraged to perform your own gigs and shows at various venues, and will also study relevant aspects of the music business such as strategies for marketing and working under commission.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Multidisciplinary Project

The Creative Musician

Devised Theatre 


Research and Contexts

Scriptwriting for Production

Sound Recording and Design 

Year 2

Composition and Performance 1 
Studio Composition
Music Research 1
Directed and Applied Music 1
Industry 1 

Year 3

Composition and Performance 2
Music Research 2
Directed and Applied Music
Industry 2  

Year 4

Composition and Performance 3
Music Research 3
Directed and Applied Music 3
Industry 3

Further Information

BA (Hons) Music at UCLan is about the composition and performance of original music using music technology, voice and electric or acoustic instruments. You will learn by doing and, as you progress throughout the course, opportunity will be given to concentrate on areas of personal interest through self-defined projects. Study also includes relevant aspects of the music business such as strategies for marketing, working under commission and event management.

Each December, students from  present a series of performances around Preston under the heading of Winter Sound. In spring we have a night of music called Avant Garden. Finally, the academic year ends with Future Sound, a weekend festival that brings together performances by undergraduates, postgraduate students, alumni, tutors and external artists. 

To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the successes and awards experienced by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page.


By opening up my perceptions of music and delving into different genres, the course has helped me to appreciate music more deeply. It has also given me the opportunity to work with lots of other musicians and I now feel more confident as a creative musician.

Luke French


Work experience is central to our Music course and you will be encouraged to put on gigs and shows at various venues. As part of the curriculum you will have the opportunity to run music festivals, work in schools or at record labels. You can also organise professional public performances and events both within the University and at local external venues such as the Continental and The Ferret.

Each year in May, our Year 2 (Year 3 if you started in the Foundation Entry) students run a Music Festival – The Production Line –at the Media Factory in UCLan, taking responsibility for everything from marketing, publicity, sound and lighting to video. In addition to this the Applied Project module in Year 2 (Year 3 if you started in the Foundation Entry) will give you the chance to work with live briefs and experience working with clients and students on other courses such as dance, film, animation and games to provide them with music.

In addition to academic study of the creative industries, there are also practical project building skills learned at each level of study:

  • Level 1 – Marketing: a project to create a marketing strategy based around creative work produced on the course
  • Level 2 - Event Management: 2nd year students manage all aspects of the end of year finalists shows
  • Level 3 - Career planning: You will develop career plans through research, visits, internships, applications and other means. You will also present portfolios of work in ways appropriate to a professional environment

This September the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries is offering Foundation students a unique opportunity to ‘Futureproof’ their ambitions and gain a National qualification free of charge as part of your studies.

Futureproof includes the PEARL qualification, a national GQAL accredited certificate, that will enable you to transfer key skills that can be taken forward into all areas of life, especially employment or further study.

The course will open doors for you with creative businesses and offers you extra coaching and access to high profile industry professionals. You will get additional support to help you recognise your strengths and apply them in creative work environments.

The five areas PEARL focuses on are, self-awareness, social skills, managing feelings, empathy and motivation.

Join us now to be a part of this innovative learning experience!


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2019/20

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

As part of the enrichment of the Professional Practice strand industry figures, some of the graduates of the course will speak to you on a variety of relevant topics from intellectual property rights to uses of technology. 

Visiting artists and speakers have included Chris Corsano: workshop covering techniques used with Bjork and Sonic Youth; Damo Suzuki who performed in the student run Future Sound festival; Kelly Wood, the North West Regional Officer for the Musicians Union covering a range of industrial issues and Tim Roe, a graduate of the course who now works for Sony, overseeing content for computer games and enhanced DVDs.

English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.

Professional Accreditation

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This course is Industry Accredited by JAMES representing APRS, MPG and associate industry bodies. Accreditation of a course by relevant industry bodies provides assurance to students and employers of its potential and value.

The course is part of the new JAMES Integrated Learning Centre (ILC) at UCLan, which is one of only three in the country. The ILC encourages the development of student collaborations as well as working with other courses within the School of Journalism, Media and Performance, reflecting the way that the creative industries operate. Degree transcripts from this course will have mention of the JAMES accreditation, making our graduates stand out from the crowd and an attractive prospect for professional employment. More information is available on JAMES official website.

Learning Environment and Assessment

As this is a practice based course the majority of sessions are practical classes and workshops. Much of your self-study time will be spent producing, developing rehearsing and recording your own creative work. Theoretical and contextual work is supported though lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Your work will be assessed by a wide range of methods, including performances, submission of recordings, installations, seminar presentations, viva voces and essay assignments. There are no written examinations.

This is quite an experimental course that opens your mind to different ways of composition. The teaching is very good, as we are taught by tutors who are interested in the subject.

Suzanne Hollens-Riley


Students leave with the skills and knowledge to work in many areas in the industry. Whilst some students will go on to work creating music, others have gone on to roles in music and artist management - highlighting the range of transferable skills provided within the course.

You could live, work and study abroad through schemes such as ERASMUS and ISEP. You will also be given the opportunity to visit local and regional venues and other arts facilities, meeting staff to discuss arts funding, running the resources and standards for public exhibition and performance.


You will have 24/7 access to the Media Factory housing state-of-the-art industry standard facilities. The building houses rehearsal and recording studios, theatres, a digital television studio with control galleries, a film and photographic studio, video editing rooms and industry standard Apple Mac suites.