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With a Music degree, you’ll find that there are a number of different routes you can take. Through a Music degree you can choose from a number of specialisms that range from performance, composition and engineering, to business, theatre, education and so on.
Studying a music degree will equip you with a diverse array of skills invaluable for your chosen discipline. These can include self-management, learning how to perform individually and as part of a wider team, how to perform under pressure and how to plan a project. You will find these skills incredibly useful in life, not just in music.
If your grades don’t meet the entry requirements to study a Music degree at your firm or insurance choice universities, don’t feel too disheartened. You still have plenty of other options to consider, including searching through Clearing 2020 to find an alternative course to apply to.
Music Degree Entry Requirements
The minimum UCAS tariff points to study a course ranges from 96 points (CCC at A-Level) to points 168 (A*A*A* at A-Level), with the average being 128 points (ABB at A-Level).
For applicants with
A-Levels, some universities will require you to have studied Music. If you are taking a performance-based music course, you will often be expected to have achieved a minimum grade of 7 ABRSM (or equivalent) in your main instrument. However, other universities will have no specific entry requirements. Typically, subjects such as General Studies and Critical Thinking are excluded and cannot be counted as part of your points total.
Entry requirements for
BTEC applicants range from from D*D*D* for the top universities, to as little as MMM-DD. In some cases you’ll need to have studied a music-based subject or have a combination of BTECs and A-Levels.
A small number of universities do offer Music degrees with integrated foundation years, specifically for students who don’t have the required qualifications to gain direct entry onto their degree programme. The first year is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills for degree-level study.
The entry requirements for these courses are much lower - as little as 32 UCAS points - so could be a good option for you. It’s important to remember though, that not only will your degree take longer to complete, the extra year will add additional course fees (up to £9,250) and living expenses to the cost of your studies.
Note: The exact entry requirements for Music courses will vary from university to university. It’s important to check the individual course pages for exact entry information - including information on what other qualifications may be accepted - before making any applications.
It’s important to remember that universities don’t just assess you on your grades or UCAS points totals. They will also take into account your
personal statement and how well you’ve communicated your passion for the subject and for your chosen career path. They will also want to see what you can contribute to university life, so will look favourably on students who’ve been active members of clubs and societies at college/sixth form.
Some universities may also ask students to attend an
interview or selection day and your performance here will form part of your application success.
Top tip: If you have only just missed out on the grades/UCAS points needed for your chosen university, it’s worth giving them a call to see if they would be willing to accept you - based on your personal statement and interview performance. There are no guarantees, but it’s worth a try.
The Best Universities for Music
According to the Complete University Guide 2021 subject rankings the best universities for Music degree courses include:
Durham University (1
Royal Academy of Music, University of London (1
st for Graduate Prospects)
University of Southampton (1
st for Research Quality)
Ulster University (1
st for Student Satisfaction)
Other universities found in the overall top 10 include: University of Cambridge, University of Manchester, University of Oxford and University of Birmingham.
Don’t feel too disheartened if your UCAS points total doesn’t meet the entry requirements to study Music at these highly-ranked universities. And don’t assume that universities offering Music courses in Clearing are ‘bottom of the pile’. Many top universities, like those listed above, may have vacancies left to fill for any number of reasons.
How to Compare Music Courses in Clearing 2020
Other important information to look at when choosing a Music course include: what the module choices are, how you’ll be taught and/or assessed, whether there are placement opportunities and what the graduate employment rates are.
You can compare courses based on all these important factors right here on Whatuni. To start your search, head over to Whatuni’s
Clearing hub and enter ‘Music’ into the search bar. Then you can start browsing through the information pages for each course, comparing them on all the important factors listed above.
Top Tip: During Clearing, some universities have been known to lower the entry requirements for some of their courses. There is no way to tell if this will happen to Music courses in Clearing 2020, but if a university has a lot of vacancies to fill, they may be willing to accept students with lower grades.
The easiest way to see which courses your grades make you eligible for is to click the
‘YOUR GRADES’ button located at the top of the search results page and fill in the onscreen form.The list will then be personalised with matching courses:
Once you’ve compiled a list of courses, you then need to decide which of the shortlisted universities you’d be most happy living at for the next three to four years. A good place to begin your research is the university’s
prospectus, which will give you an overview of what they offer students in terms of learning facilities, accommodation, social activities, financial support and student support.
We would also advise you to
book an open day at each university - if you have time to do so. This will give you a chance to have a closer look at the campus and perhaps speak to some current students and/or potential tutors. Open day events are really useful for helping you build a picture of what your life there might be like and whether you’d enjoy it.
Before making any final decisions, we’d also suggest you check our
student reviews. They will give you an honest insight into what it’s really like to study and live at your shortlisted universities. Simply enter the university name and/or subject name to see what students are saying:
What if I Can’t Find a Music Course in Clearing?
If you haven’t been able to find or secure a place on a suitable Music course in Clearing, don’t despair. There are still a number of other options available to you:
Apply for a joint honours degree: If you can’t find a suitable Music course to apply for, then one alternative is to search for a joint honours course where Music makes up one half of the degree. Common subjects to be paired with Music include: Business, Drama, Education and Electronic Engineering. Just make sure to think carefully about your future career aspirations before making a decision.
Study a Music HNC/HND: Higher National Certificates and Diplomas are vocational based courses that are the equivalent to one (HNC) or two (HND) years of a Bachelor's degree. They aim to produce graduates who are ready for employment in a wide range of Music-related careers. The entry requirements for Music HNCs and HNDs are a lot lower than for a degree - as low as 21 UCAS points.
Study a Music foundation degree: Much like HNDs, foundation degrees (FdSc) are vocational-based courses that last two years full-time and are worth two years of a Bachelor’s degree. Entry requirements range from 32 and 120 UCAS points (EE - BBB) at A-Level or PPP - DMM-DDM at BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. They are ideal for those who didn’t get the grades for entry onto a degree or for mature students looking to re-enter higher education. After completing a Foundation degree students can progress onto the third year of a BSc/BA degree or gain employment.
Resit your exams: If none of these alternative options appeal to you, or you have your heart set on a particular course at a particular university, then you could opt to re-sit your A-Level exams and apply for university entry in 2021.