Songwriting with Foundation Year

Leeds College of Music

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

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Delivered through one-to-one tuition with songwriters and regular timetabled sessions in band practice rooms, this course supports students’ development into highly skilled songwriters. Focus is placed on original composition as well as developing skills in industry-standard software like Logic Pro. Additional business focused modules are embedded throughout the programme, enabling students to forge a sustainable career in a highly competitive field.

Course details


Specialist Study: Foundation, 1, 2, 3 (Songwriting) Specialist Group Study: Foundation, 1, 2 (Collaborative writing and Logic Pro) Contextual Studies: Foundation, 1, 2, 3 (see below for options) Professional Studies 1, 2, 3 (see below for options) Theory and Aural (Foundation Year only) Musicianship Skills (Foundation Year only) 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 • 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

Students are assessed in a variety of ways. Portfolios, Audio Recordings, Presentations, Technical Tests, Essays, Aural Exams, and Performances are all methodologies used to assess how students meet the required learning outcomes. Final degree classifications are calculated with a 30% weighting on Level 5, and a 70% weighting on Level 6 grades. Specialist Study accounts for over 50% of the credits available on the Songwriting Pathway, with Specialist Group Study (Band and Logic Pro work) and Specialist Study Composition carrying 60 of the total 120 credits required at Levels 4 and 5. At level 6, 80 of the total 120 credits required will be undertaken for the Specialist Study and Final Project modules. The Final Project module allows students to apply their discipline to a selected project. The remaining credits include Contextual Studies, Professional Studies, Creative Project and Final Project (depending on the year of study). The vast majority of assessment deadlines fall at the end of each semester, with a handful of small credit-bearing assessments taking place during term time.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*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!

Application codes

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

Course codeW3J4
Institution code L30
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 64 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 3 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


Songwriting applicants will be required to attend an audition. Auditions will be taking place week starting 22 October 2018, week starting 17 December 2018 and week starting 11 February 2019. Audition guides can be found on our website: Performance standard (assessed at audition) Applicants 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 and to identify those applicants who need to take a Theory module at Level 3.


Applicants living overseas only.

English language requirements

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

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:
Songwriting with Foundation Year at Leeds College of Music - UCAS