Music and Performing Arts

Popular Music BA (Hons) (Performance and Production Routes)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

September 2019 3 Years

Entry requirements

96 tariff points from:

  • Three Cs at A Level
  • National Certificate – distinction, distinction
  • National Diploma –merit, merit, merit
  • Higher National Diploma – strong exit grade
  • Mature students are accepted on an individual basis via the interview process

You will be required to attend an interview and audition upon application.

You will achieve

  • BA (Hons) Popular Music (Performance) or
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music (Production)

Awarding Body

Validated by the Sheffield Hallam University

UCAS Course Code

3R11

Course overview

The BA (Hons) Popular Music (Performance or Production Route) will prepare students for a career in the music industry or progression onto higher level academic study or training. The course provides opportunities to develop a broad range of both practical and academic skills.

BA (Hons) Popular Music (Performance Route) covers areas such as solo and band performance, through studio and stage technology to composition and case study. BA (Hons) Popular Music (Production Route) covers areas such as sound recording, mixing and production as well as computer music, composition for media, music business and promotion and video production for the music industry.

All modules link to music industry contexts such as working as a session musician, songwriter, media composer, arranger, performer, studio or live sound engineer, music producer, sound designer, instrument and effect programmer, events promoter, educator or researcher. This leads the student to produce both practical and academic work which is deemed to be of a professional standard within the music industry, culminating in all students working professionally in their final year work experience (which forms part of the Employability Skills for Music module).

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Music Industry and Society
  • Composition for Popular Music 1
  • Musicianship Skills 1
  • Ensemble Performance 1
  • Studio and Stage Technology
  • Solo Performance Skills 1

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Music Business and Society
  • Composition for Popular Music 2
  • Musicianship Skills 2
  • Session Musician Skills
  • Ensemble Performance 2
  • Solo Performance Skills 2

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Music Case Study
  • Ensemble Performance 3
  • Advanced Session Musician Skills
  • Employability Skills for Music
  • Portfolio: Solo Performance Skills/Composition for Popular Music 3

BA (Hons) Popular Music (Production);

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Music Industry and Society
  • Composition for Popular Music 1
  • Ensemble Performance 1 (DJ skills and live sound manipulation included)
  • Studio and Stage Technology
  • Audio Principles, Synthesis and Sampling
  • Music Technology 1

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Music Business and Society
  • Composition for Popular Music 2
  • Ensemble Performance 2
  • Recording and Mixing Techniques
  • Production Project
  • Music Technology 2

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Music Case Study
  • Ensemble Performance 3
  • Employability Skills for Music
  • Promotion and Video Production for Music
  • Production Project Portfolio

You will learn through lectures and seminars, workshops and studio activities. Your work will be assessed through portfolios, practical demonstrations, written assignments and promotional critiques.

No equipment required.

Church Street Campus
Church Street
Barnsley
S70 2AN

Graduates have gone on to work as performers, session musicians, composers, songwriters, teachers, sound engineers or producers for groups or artists. Some have chosen careers in other media, including advertising, film, installations and game.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £5,995 per year. 

Extra information

As a Higher Education student living in England you may be eligible for the non-means tested Tuition Fee Loan from the Government. For further details go to: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

A Maintenance Loan of up to £6,904 per year will be available to eligible students living with parents or up to £8,200 per year to those living away from home. EU Students cannot apply.

Students with children or dependant adults may qualify for a Childcare Grant or Adult Dependants’ Grant. Students can apply for these at the same time as applying for a Maintenance Loan.

Remember: Eligible students will not have to pay tuition fees in advance and can apply for the Maintenance Loan before they start the course.

Apply online at www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Popular Music BA (Hons) (Performance and Production Routes)

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