Music (Classical with Popular)

Leeds College of Music

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: University of Hull
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Course summary

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Our BA (Hons) Music programme is split into Specialist Study, Contextual Studies and Professional Studies. This degree allows you to choose your major and minor concentration within the Specialist Study strand, i.e. your one-to-one classes will be in your major – Classical, your ensemble group study in your minor - Pop. Our Classical Pathway allows you to become a consummate yet flexible performer or composer equipped to pursue a career in a fast-moving industry. Our Pop pathway allows you to build a portfolio, hone your musicianship, performance and songwriting skills and put them to work in the real world. Combining the two enables you to enhance your abilities in one area with thorough knowledge of another and collaborate even more readily with other musicians. Please note: our Popular, Music Production/Electronic Music Production, Songwriting, Film Music, Business and Folk Music courses are available as UCAS Undergraduate courses. Please visit (undergraduate section) for course details and/or to submit an application. Please note that applications are now closed for vocalists for BA (Hons) Music (Popular) for 2019 entry

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Accordion
  • Accordion (classical)
  • Banjo (tenor)
  • Baritone
  • Bassoon
  • Bassoon (Contra)


Specialist Study 1, 2, 3 (Performance or Composition) Specialist Group Study 1, 2 (Performance or Composition) Contextual Studies 1, 2, 3 (see below for options) Professional Studies 1, 2, 3 (see below for options) Creative Project (year 1 only) (various options are offered that refresh each year) Final Project (year 3 only) Contextual Studies 2 options: • Introduction to Music Technology • Songwriting • Music for the Moving Image • Collaborative Composition • Music and Ideology • Performance with Electronics • Entrepreneurship • Arranging and Orchestration • Musical Direction Contextual Studies 3 options: • Computer-Based Composition • Software Environments for Performance & Sound Creation • Electroacoustic Composition • Composition and Production for Film and TV • Composed Theatre • Extended Improvisation • Intercultural Music • Emerging Music Models Professional Studies 2 options: • Business Start-up • Working with Music in the Community • Instrumental Music Tuition • Self-Promotion & Marketing • Structure & Functions of the Film Music Industry • Concerts & Touring • Artistic Management Professional Studies 3 options: • Live Music Management • Community Music Project • Music Journalism • Business Leadership & Ethics • Film Music: Aesthetics & Narrative Function

Assessment method

This combined study is assessed via performance recitals/composition portfolios, technical tests, online portfolios, presentations or written work. The degree is weighted 30% on Level 5 and 70% on Level 6. The exact nature of assessments will depend on the Contextual Studies and Professional Studies choices that are made at Level 5 and Level 6. Formal assessments tend to take place at the end of each semester or the end of the year. There are a handful of assignments that have deadlines halfway through a semester. Specialist Study is split so that one to one study (solo performance/composition) is taken on the Classical pathway whereas Specialist Group Study (ensemble work) is taken on the Pop pathway.

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2019 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2020 courses.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

1 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code204F
Institution code L31
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please visit the international page on our website for further information:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 points From level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 A minimum of three GCSEs including English Language at Grade C / Grade 4 or above or equivalent international qualification, e.g. IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in each component).

UCAS tariff points from music graded exams are also accepted (highest achieved per instrument (grade 6 and above), commensurate with ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School).

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


Audition – Applicants will need to attend an audition for each pathway, these will be scheduled on the same day. Audition guides can be found on our website: Performance standard (assessed at audition): Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard of Grade 8 (commensurate with ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School (as appropriate for the pathway)). Composers/songwriters are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard of Grade 6 (commensurate with ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School (as appropriate for the pathway)). Musical theory standard (assessed at audition): Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played to ensure that they are suitable for the course.


For applicants living overseas only.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)65.5 in each component (IELTS Academic)

Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Recording (Applicants living overseas only)No fee charged
At Leeds College of Music (All UK Applicants)£50£50

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Recording (Applicants living overseas only)No fee charged
At Leeds College of Music (All UK Applicants)Not available at this location

Additional information

• Auditions for our UCAS Conservatoire courses will take place week commencing 22 October 2018 and week commencing 17 December 2018. Applicants must attend their given date. • Audition guides can be found on our website:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Fees for 2019 entry have not yet been set. Please visit our website for current fees:
Music (Classical with Popular) at Leeds College of Music - UCAS