City of Liverpool College University Centre

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Popular Music, Foundation Degree

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The Foundation Degree in Popular Music specialises in popular music and its professional applications, and includes a work placement underpinned by an agreement drawn up between the student, the placement employer and the College. The course is designed to develop specialist knowledge and skills in music performance, composition and arranging to a high level so that they can be applied in the music industry and in other contexts such as education and music in the community. The course also develops the skills and knowledge involved in the academic study of popular music in its historical and cultural contexts, to provide a wider and deeper understanding of the subject and as preparation for further study (at Level 6 and above) or music teaching. A key special feature of the programme is work experience and work-related learning. Students undertake a short (up to 4 hours) assessed group community music project in level 4, and an individual assessed work experience placement or work-related project of 70 hours in total in level 5. In both cases, the learning outcomes are clearly identified but can be achieved in a wide range of ways to allow flexibility for the diversity of students and modes of music-related employment, and the 70-hour placement may be organised in any way that is convenient for the student and provider (one day a week in a school over 12 weeks, for example). Due to the main (level 5) work experience placement being in semester 2, during semester 1 of level 5, students will be given guidance and preparation time in finding a suitable placement during tutorial sessions, making use of existing college partnerships and staff contacts, where necessary. An alternative work-related project may be considered, as long as it is of a professional nature, meets the 70-hour requirement and can be documented sufficiently.

Course details


Level 4 Modules: Music Theory & Keyboard Skills (20 credits) / Practical Musicianship 1 (20 credits) / Studying Popular Music 1 (20 credits) / Sequencing/Notation Software & Composition (20 credits) / Practical Musicianship 2 (20 credits) / Music in the Community & Education (20 credits). Level 5 Modules: Advanced Harmony & Arranging (20 credits) / Advanced Practical Musicianship (20 credits) / Studying Popular Music 2 (20 credits) / Developing Professional Practice (including work placement) (20 credits) / Performance Project (20 credits) / Session Styles & Recording (20 credits).

Assessment method

Assessment methods vary according to the nature of each module. There will be some written work required for most modules, which could be in the form of a report or essay, or a different form of written assignment such as a presentation or musical composition or arrangement. The more practical modules may require you to keep some sort of log of your activities, and there are periodic exams in music theory and solo performance. Assessment dates and deadlines will be given at the beginning of the academic year, and you will be provided with written and verbal feedback within an agreed period and as soon as possible after each assessment.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8278 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8278 Year 1
Scotland £8278 Year 1
Wales £8278 Year 1

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City of Liverpool College University Centre
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Roscoe Street
L1 9DW

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