Music (Popular with Folk) Leeds College of Music


Delivered through one-to-one tuition, band work, lectures and seminars, this very practical course supports students’ development into highly skilled specialist performers. Focus is placed on developing technical proficiency and artistry, as well as enhancing compositional, musicological and critical listening skills. Additional business focused modules are embedded throughout the programme, alongside tuition in Folk performance and repertoire.

Please note that applications are now closed for vocalists for BA (Hons) Music (Popular) for 2019 entry

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    1 September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details



Specialist Study 1, 2, 3 (Performance)
Specialist Group Study 1, 2 (Performance or Composition)
Contextual Studies 1, 2, 3 (see below for options)
Professional Studies 1, 2, 3 (see below for options)
Creative Project (year 1 only) (various options are offered that refresh each year)
Final Project (year 3 only)

Specialist Study is split so that one to one study (solo performance) is taken on the Pop pathway and Specialist Group Study (ensemble work) is studied on the Folk pathway.

Contextual Studies 2 options:
• Introduction to Music Technology
• Songwriting
• 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. Performances, Audio Recordings, Presentations, Technical Tests, Essays, Aural Exams, and Portfolios are all methodologies used, dependent on module choice, to assess how students meet the required learning outcomes.

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 code W312
Institution code L30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points 96 UCAS tariff points from level 3 studies or equivalent, which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject.

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


Applicants will need to attend an audition for each pathway, these will be scheduled on the same day.

Audition guides can be found on our website:

Performance standard (assessed at audition)

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard of Grade 8 (commensurate with ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School (as appropriate for the pathway)).

Composers/songwriters 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.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

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