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Course summary

Develop your talent as a musician and performer through the practical and theoretical study of popular music. Our course provides a unique opportunity for you to excel in performance while developing a critical mind and becoming an intelligent, multi-skilled musician. Popular musicians learn in different ways so the course uses accelerated learning techniques to ensure that all students progress in areas of musicianship, making clear links between performance, context, theory and professional practice. The Department is committed to this holistic method of study, helping you to understand the value in what you are learning as you become confident, creative musicians. Our Department also has excellent links with industry professionals and visiting professors. On this highly practical course, you will have the opportunity to develop extremely useful skills such as recording techniques, live PA mixing, songwriting and arranging – all essential for working in the music industry. Large multi-purpose performance spaces and music specific facilities, such as soundproof rehearsal rooms and a range of performance and recording equipment, will ensure you get the most out of your degree. Graduate careers include musician, songwriter, music promotions manager, sound engineer, music teacher or events organiser.


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

Assessment method

You will submit a variety of work for summative assessment, including solo and group performances, presentations, recordings, composition portfolios and written essays.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please note that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs. ABRSM Grade 8 or equivalent on your instrument (or voice), and the ability to read music, would be preferred. Do not let this put you off applying; reading music is not essential and if you don't have grade 8 we will probably still offer you an audition. (Applicants will usually be required to attend an audition.) Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry requirements, or who have non-standard qualifications and/or relevant music experience, are encouraged to apply and will be considered if they can demonstrate appropriate ability through their audition.

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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

The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
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