20,315 students were stuyding music in 2014/15 – 92% aged 24 and 8% aged 25+.
- 89% UK
- 11% international
- 97% full-time
- 3% part-time
Top five graduate destinations by sector:
- Arts, entertainment, and recreation
- Wholesale and retail
- Accommodation and food services
- Information and communication
What courses are available?
University and college courses include:
- Musical theatre
- Music education
- Music and communities
- Sound and music for games
- Commercial songwriting
- Music business
- Audio recording and production
- Music composition and technology
- Sound engineering
Conservatoire courses include:
- Instrumental performance
- Music (classical)
- Master of Composition
- Bachelor of Music
- Musical theatre performance
- Music management
Where can I study music?
You can study music at a university, college, or conservatoire.
- Conservatoires specialise and focus on performance-based study, with a strong emphasis on one-to-one tuition, group work, and performance.
- University and college courses tend to focus on theory-based disciplines such as analysis, harmony and counterpoint, music technology, and psychology of performing, as well as performance itself.
Entry requirements to study music at a conservatoire
Entry requirements for conservatoire courses could be qualifications, auditions, other skills and interests, and more. Selection is principally judged by a practical audition or a portfolio of work. Some conservatoires also ask for a minimum of two A levels, though a strong audition may mean academic entry requirements are relaxed.
International students need to demonstrate skills in spoken and written English too.
Entry requirements to study music at a university
For a first undergraduate degree, you will usually need a minimum of two A levels or four Scottish Highers, but this varies between course providers. In addition, you normally require five GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and English.
Applicants taking a performance music course will often be expected to have achieved a minimum of grade 7 ABRSM (or equivalent) in their main instrument or voice.
Many providers use UCAS Tariff points in their entry requirements, where A levels and other qualifications have been converted into points.
Vocational courses – other Level 3 qualifications (e.g. BTEC extended diploma in performing arts) may be accepted as an alternative to A levels by many universities and performing arts colleges. Check each course provider’s entry requirements carefully.
Personal statements form an essential part of the selection process, and in general, admissions tutors are looking for:
- a sense of what drives your interest and passion for the subject
- evidence that you have a real enthusiasm and are highly motivated, which could be demonstrated by:
- relevant work experience or voluntary work
- additional research, training, and relevant qualifications
- membership of related societies/clubs
- a well-written statement that shows you have something to contribute to the university or college
- the ability to work collaboratively and share ideas with others
Key areas of employment
Where can I find out more?
Visit the websites of the following professional bodies to find out more about courses and careers in music.