University of Winchester

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The University of Winchester

Commercial Music

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Course summary

  • Explore the global nature of music-making in the 21st century
  • Study for a degree that offers you a unique balance of practical, creative and critical learning opportunities
  • Benefit from a strong emphasis on your professional development as an artist through songwriting, performance and production
  • Access world-class practical and academic learning resources, including our industry- standard recording studio complex and multimedia centre
  • Enjoy expert academic support in modules designed to enhance your portfolio and industry-focused employability
  • Produce and perform music as an active stakeholder of both local and wider music industries and communities
Do you wish to explore the music industry and commercial songwriting? Do you aspire to produce your own music and perform it live? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Our dynamic Commercial Music programme has been specially designed to facilitate music-making with industry in mind. At the University of Winchester we have world-class technological resources and inspiring staff who lead through academic and creative opportunities for you. You will spend a great deal of your time in our industry-standard music production facilities where the recording studios and multimedia centre provide world-class resources. These are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You are supported throughout by our core team of lecturing staff comprising highly skilled musicians, producers and academics, affording a challenging and industry-aligned experience for you. This hands-on three-year degree course will enable you to take more control of the production process, from studio to stage. As a contemporary music maker you will embrace entrepreneurship and place creativity at the centre of your professional practice. On our multi-disciplined programme you will explore engaging songwriting, modern live performance, and real-time business activity inside the music industry, including promotion, self-funded tours, and collaboration on songwriting and production projects with other artists. Alongside these core stages, there is a strong emphasis on your professional development as an artist. This allows you to develop a keen sense of your transferable skills, as well as encouraging meaningful engagement with the music industry. Guest lectures, enrichment activities and volunteering are just some of the ways on offer to help you achieve a deeper understanding and experience of the music industry. Having gained a unique balance of practical, creative and critical learning skills, graduates are well prepared to pursue successful careers in the music industry. They can find work in sound recording and music publishing industries, at record labels, in the entertainment business, or across the digital sector.

Course details

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

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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
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

*Please note, the tuition fee for students from the rest of the EU (excluding ROI) are yet to be confirmed by the University. For further information about any additional costs associated with this course please see the individual course page on the University of Winchester website (
Commercial Music at University of Winchester - UCAS