BMus Music with Foundation Year - Full-time



The BMus Music degree is a flexible programme, covering key skills in music whilst also giving students the freedom to pursue their own interests. Our rigorous curriculum is exceptionally diverse, covering psychological and anthropological approaches to the study of music, alongside performance, composition and musicology. We offer academic and practical study in most music genres, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music. Our teaching ranges from the very ‘academic’ to the very ‘hands-on’.

For more information visit the BMus Music webpage.

Foundation year

The foundation year of the programme provides people with non-standard entry qualifications a thorough and supportive academic preparation for successful degree level study in the Department of Music. The foundation year to this degree is carefully designed to build your confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

The foundation year is taught mostly within the Department for Lifelong Learning, where we have nearly forty years’ experience working with adult learners, helping them to unlock their potential to succeed through offering accessible foundation courses that can lead to full and part-time degree level study. During this year, you'll be learning alongside other students who are studying for a number of different degrees, typically in small classes, supporting one another to develop and succeed. Students will also study a foundation module within the Department of Music. The foundation year includes a range of other opportunities to become involved in the life of the Department of Music.

Progression to the Department of Music

Students will progress to the Department of Music after completing their foundation year, subject to meeting progression thresholds which differ across courses and departments. These will be discussed with applicants at interview. These thresholds can also be found by searching for the relevant degree course within the University's Programme Regulations Finder and viewing information relating to 'Year 0'.

Attendance and length of programme

Attendance on this course will be one year (full-time) at the foundation level within DLL, where modules are taught both during the daytime and in the evenings. You will then study in the daytime at the higher levels of study within the Department of Music.

It will take you one year (full-time) to complete the foundation year and, if you successfully pass that, it will take you three years  (full-time)  to complete the degree within the Department of Music.

Teaching and learning methods

During the course a number of teaching methods may be used, including:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Problem solving classes
  • Independent study
  • Skills and subject-based tutorials
  • Group work
  • On-line activities.
  • Revision workshops

Programme details

The links below will take you to  more detailed information:

About the programme structure

About the higher levels of study of this degree programme

About the Department of Music

UCAS code: W301

To apply for this course

To apply for the full-time course you will need to apply for admission through UCAS, using the course code: W301.

Before you apply please read these pages carefully:

Applicants to BMus Music with Foundation Year must also demonstrate:

  • Evidence of prior musical learning, which could include Music GCSE, Grade V theory and/or Grade VIII practical (ABRSM or equivalent)