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Course summary

Foundation Year courses have been designed for students who do not have the necessary academic qualifications needed to enter directly into the first year of a degree but who have the ability and commitment to do so. Once the Foundation Year has been completed successfully, you can then go on to complete your degree. Gain a backstage pass to the best gigs, biggest festivals and the most spectacular club nights on the planet as you discover how to effectively capture the energy of music in words. The Music Journalism degree at Chester will give you the best possible start for exploring the fabulous world of words and music. From early on in your course, you will hear from professional writers from a range of genres, and have the opportunity to start writing and publishing reviews. Music professionals are involved at every stage of this degree, which focuses on real-world experiences and opportunities in music journalism. Our students have enjoyed placements at Mojo and Mixmag, and our Journalism graduates have found positions at well-known publications such as That’s Not Metal and Kerrang! Staff Expertise The course’s Programme Leader has reported on the music scene everywhere from Beijing to Brazil, Moscow to Marrakesh, and is a published academic. He edited Ministry of Sound’s Ibiza magazine for two years and has also produced and presented TV and radio. Our students have access to specialist iMac newsrooms, green screen and podcasting facilities to create magazines, video and podcasts, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with students from other courses.


For the latest example of curriculum availability on this degree programme please refer to the University of Chester's Website.

Assessment method

Assessment is designed to aid your progression through the three years, during which you will benefit from detailed levels of feedback from your tutors. A variety of assessment methods are used, but principally this will be project work, perhaps a portfolio of reviews, a project on a chosen artist, or a print or online music media product.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please note that the Welsh Baccalaureate and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.

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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

Additional fee information

All students (except Internationals) on this programme will be eligible for a £500 cash bursary – only at level 3/Foundation Year. The tuition fee for the subsequent years of study on the full-time undergraduate degree will be charged at the undergraduate degree fee level. This fee is currently £9,250 a year for students starting in 2019 but this is subject to annual inflationary rises in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index.
Music Journalism (including a Foundation Year) at University of Chester - UCAS