Popular Music and Music Production — BA (Hons) Top-Up

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Course information

New course for 2019 (subject to validation by Open University).

This BA (Hons) Top-Up programme is a direct progression route for students
successfully completing the Foundation Degree in Popular Music or similar Level
5 programme at the college or elsewhere (such as a HND in Music). It is designed
to allow students to build on their knowledge and skills and specialise in a
chosen area such as performance, composition or music in the community and
education, while also conducting research into contemporary issues in music and
developing themselves professionally. A key special feature of the programme is
work-related learning, not only in the area of employability but also
self-employment, enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Skills and knowledge developed: This programme develops the level and
application of specialist skills and knowledge required in the music profession,
along with a critical understanding of issues relating to the study of popular
music. Students build on their own particular area(s) of expertise in fields
such as performance, composition, education or community music in
assignment-based and project-based work. Students also develop their
intellectual, critical writing and research skills appropriate to an Honours
level programme, through assignment work (in the Contemporary Issues in Music
module) and the option of writing a dissertation.

Teaching methods: Teaching methods vary according to the subject and type of
module being delivered, but may include tutor-led learning such as lectures,
seminars involving a high level of student interaction, practical sessions
overseen by a tutor but led by students, and online/blended delivery using the
VLE or other online resources. Being a Level 6 programme there is an expectation
of a high level of self-directed and independent learning with tutorial support,
particularly for the Major Individual Project module. Students choosing an
education or community music project will be expected to liaise closely with a
suitable organisation/client in the planning, preparation and delivery of their
project, and students choosing performance or projects involving recording are
expected to similarly liaise with fellow musicians and technicians/engineers.

Assessment methods: The programme is assessed through the submission of
written essays, critical evaluations and logs/blogs, project or performance
based practical assessments, and a final project or the submission of a
dissertation. Formative feedback will support student progression in both
written work and practical outcomes. Self and/or peer assessment in
convener/critique situations will be an element of all projects and the feedback
from these will enhance student achievement and progression.

The programme is worth 120 credits at Level 6.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

BA Popular Music and Production Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)

Course validated by The Open University.


BA (Hons) in Popular Music

This course leads to...

This programme will produce graduates skilled in a range of specialist areas. Progression will be through direct entry into the music profession or through further study at postgraduate level, including teacher training.

Entry Requirements

Indicative requirements: Level 5 qualification in Music or Popular Music (e.g. Foundation Degree or HND).
A high level of competence on an instrument or voice (around grade 8 ABRSM, Rockschool or equivalent) and a good understanding of music theory. All applicants will be auditioned and assessed on their theory knowledge (a sample paper will be sent when invited for audition).

Applicants with appropriate prior learning (or who can demonstrate that they have achieved all the learning outcomes required at Level 5) will be considered. Applicants without one of qualifications indicated above may be considered on the basis of previously achieved certificated learning, experiential learning and/or work-related experience.Suitably qualified applicants who are not at the levels of music performance or theory indicated above will be asked to provide marked examples of their Level 5 academic work, and if this is of sufficient quality they will be offered a place on the understanding that they should opt to specialise in an area not involving performance or score writing.

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Course ID: 158019

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/student-finance, or contact our HE team at HEoffice@liv-coll.ac.uk.

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