Music BA (Hons)

Bath Spa University
3-4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Music BA (Hons)

Throughout this music degree you’ll study practical performance in areas such as classical music, jazz and contemporary styles, instrumental and vocal studies, composition and musical contexts from medieval through to the present day.

You can also study areas such as music psychology, community music, world music and issues within the music industry.

We currently have over 20 ensembles open to all students, including numerous choirs, symphony and chamber orchestra, wind band and jazz big band, jazz small groups, our own Javanese Gamelan, brass, wind and string ensembles, folk, and experimental music groups.

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Admission requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level - grades BCC-CCC including a Grade C in Music, Music Technology or a related subject.
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma grades from Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM) to Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) in a related subject, or evidence of experience in Music or Music technology.
  • T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate - a minimum of 27 points are required in addition to evidence of a high level of experience in music, composing, music technology or music performance.
  • Access to HE courses - typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) together with evidence of a high level of experience in music, composing, music technology or music performance.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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

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Program content

Year One (Level 4 modules)

  • Performing Music 1A (Musicianship)
  • Creating Music 1A (Tools)
  • Understanding Music 1A (Historical Contexts)
  • Performing Music 1B (Practices)
  • Creating Music 1B (Concepts)
  • Understanding Music 1B (Global Contexts)

Year two (Level 5 modules)

  • Performing Music 2A (Skills)
  • Creating Music 2A (Skills)
  • Understanding Music 2A (Analysing Music)
  • Performing Music 2B (Specialisms)
  • Creating Music 2B (Strategies)
  • Understanding Music 2B (Practical Research in Music)
  • Employing Music (Production 1)
  • Employing Music (Production 2)
  • Work placement
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6 modules)

  • Performing Music (Independent Project)
  • Creating Music (Independent Project)
  • Understanding Music (Independent Project)
  • Employing Music (Independent Project)
  • Performing Music 3A (Identity)
  • Creating Music 3A (Applications)
  • Understanding Music 3A (Rethinking Music)
  • Employing Music 3A (Community & Education)
  • Performing Music 3B (Professional)
  • Creating Music 3B (Interdisciplinarity)
  • Understanding Music 3B (Research as Product)
  • Employing Music 3B (Management & Industry)

Scholarships & funding

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


  • UK students full time for 2021/22 Entry is Year 1 £9,250
  • International students full time for 2021/22 Entry is Year 1 £15,530

Career paths

Graduates from BA (Hons) Music at Bath Spa go on to successful careers in a range of roles including those in education, special needs and community music, performance, composition, promotion, publishing and other aspects of the music business.

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Bath Spa University

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Bath Spa University

Newton Park
BA2 9BN Bath
United Kingdom

Phone no: +441225875875

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