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Course summary

Ostereo’s Music Business programme is designed for people keen to study the intricacies of the music industry from a modern-day perspective. The programme places a particular emphasis on the digital; how to most effectively use music streaming platforms like Spotify and social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram in line with industry expectations. The programme will also give each student a dedicated industry mentor, so that they can develop their understanding with expert guidance. In addition, the course features a guaranteed work placement so that learners can embed themselves in a real-life music industry organisation and graduate with relevant industry experience under their belt. The course spans a 3-year programme of full-time study. Students will be provided with an overarching understanding of the music industry and its practices, both traditional and modern. Learners will be based in the heart of Greater Manchester. With a rich cultural heritage and one of the best music scenes in the UK, there are few settings so well equipped to deliver an unforgettable university experience and allow students to develop their music industry knowledge.


Level 4: Music Consumption Music Distribution Know Your Rights Introduction to the Music Business Studying the Music Business Rightsholders in Music Level 5: Campaign Planning Work Placement A&R (optional) Audiences and Trends Music Law Music in Media (optional) Playlisting Level 6: Branding Releasing Music Royalty and Accounting Careers in Music Business

Assessment method

For the assessment methods of the proposed programme, Ostereo wishes to combine traditional assessments with more authentic forms of practical assessment drawn from industry. Traditional assessments include: - Essays - Presentations - Viva Voces - In-class tests - Reflection journals - Dissertation Whereas the practical assessment methods will align with industry expectations and may include: - Curating Playlists - “Songwriting Session” - Working with Artists - Producing royalty accounting statements - Reviewing an Entertainment Contract - Song Submission for Synchronisation opportunity - Data Analysis The intention with the latter assessment methods is to allow students to complete, and consequently be assessed, on tasks and responsibilities which they would carry out if they are ultimately successful in securing a job in the industry.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course has restrictions on who can apply.

EU applicants may only apply if they have Pre-settled or Settled status

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants with Non-standard qualifications will also be considered

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English language requirements

GCSE English at Grade c/4 or above will be required. For students where English is not the first language, we require IELTS at 6.0 or higher.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

We cannot accept international applicants on this course. EU applicants will only be accepted if they have Settled or Pre-settled status
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