Music (with Foundation Year)

Bangor University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Music (with Foundation Year)

Our Music degrees offer the opportunity to study, create and perform music in a vibrant, creative environment. The School of Music is long established and embraces the traditional and the modern in the study of music. It is an exciting course that will allow you to explore music through a variety of subject areas including: musicology, analysis, performance, composition, critical theory, genre and more.

The BA Music (with Foundation Year) is a four-year integrated foundation year course leading to the same qualification as the three-year honors degree. The course is specifically designed for students who want to study at degree level but do not meet the entry requirements or do not hold traditional qualifications.

The foundation year (year 0) is an opportunity for you to broaden and strengthen your confidence, skills and knowledge - ensuring that you are ready and competent to progress to Year 1 of the undergraduate degree.

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Admission requirements

For 2022 entry:

Offers are tariff based, 48-80 tariff points from Level 3 qualifications eg

  • A levels (including: AS Standards, General Studies)
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Extended Project Qualification
  • We accept BTEC Diplomas and Certificates and Cambridge Diplomas / Technical Certificates
  • Cambridge Diplomas and Technical Certificates
  • City and Guilds Advanced Extended Diploma
  • We accept the Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Higher Certificate
  • We accept the Irish Exit Certificate
  • T levels: consideration is given on a case by case basis

We also welcome applications from older applicants.Mature students and / or those with other qualifications are considered on their individual merits

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 0

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Essential Skills for Arts& Hum
  • Arts, Humanities & the future
  • Intro to Research & Inquiry

Semester 2

  • Language of Music
  • Foundation Project

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Intro - Harmony & Counterpoint
  • Composition and Sonic Art A
  • Music since 1850

Semester 2

  • Solo Performance Year 1
  • Composition and Sonic Art B
  • Music since 1850

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • Genres & Composers A
  • Musicology Year 2
  • Notation and Editing
  • Composition Year 2
  • Acousmatic Composition
  • Solo Performance Year 2
  • You must choose at least two of the compulsory modules BUT if you choose Acousmatic Composition and Composition you MUST choose your third option from the same list

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

  • Dissertation
  • Edition
  • Composition (project)
  • Solo Performance Project

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


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Career paths

While many graduates pursue careers in the area of music, these degrees are also good preparation for a wide range of employment in administration, commerce, management, and other professions. Our graduates have become professional performers, composers, university lecturers, researchers, teachers, arts administrators, music therapists, music publishers, librarians, concert managers, community arts officers, stage managers, recording and broadcasting producers, and sound engineers. Many former students have followed these degrees with further musical training, as performers, scholars or composers, and there are opportunities for all these at Bangor.

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Bangor University

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Why study at Bangor University

A Top 30 university

The Complete University Guide 2022 results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 30 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). This reflects the University’s focus on the overall student experience.

Wide range of courses

We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers have been rated in the top 5 in the UK (WhatUni 2022).

World-class teaching & research

Study at a world-class university, which is recognised for the quality of teaching and research. 85% of Bangor University's research is world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021).

Work experience and placements

We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which include supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first-year students who apply by the deadline and select us as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation was rated Top 3 in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022.

Free membership of all clubs and societies

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies. There are over 150 different ones to choose from, so you can try something new, get involved with sports, meet new friends and get out and explore the local area.


Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea – has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

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