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Hoping to turn your existing songwriting experience into a full UK honours degree? This one-year top-up course will support you as you learn advanced songwriting techniques under the guidance of our professional songwriting, production, performance and music industry team. The curriculum also covers the business of music, music culture and career building strategies, giving you the skills you’ll need to start a freelance career right away after graduation.
This songwriting top-up course enables students to go directly into the final year of our popular music programme, where they will explore songwriting through a carefully constructed programme of research projects, professional briefs, case studies and practical creative tasks.
The course is delivered by a dedicated teaching team that includes established published contemporary songwriters. These academics draw on their experience of writing for major artists and organisations to provide students with first-hand industry insight.
Student learning is aided by free access to our industry standard facilities. These include nine recording studios (networked with Protools HD and Logic), a range of mixing workstations equipped with Digidesign mixing desks, and a production lab with 24 Apple workstations (with Pro Tools HD, Logic Audio and Sibelius). Students also have access to large backline and PA equipped rehearsal rooms and a 200 seat performance space.
Career planning and freelance skills are deeply embedded in the curriculum, ensuring students graduate with a firm idea of what their next steps should be. These transferable freelancing and business skills can serve students well in a range of different industries.
Students also benefit from opportunities to collaborate with production, performance and digital music students, as well as students from television, film, games, fashion and other media disciplines.
Study abroad Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies Top-up degree
Core unitsMajor Project Songwriting Portfolio Live Project Brief Music Strategies and Entrepreneurship Instrumental Skill and Artist Development 3
How to apply
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!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|HND (BTEC)||M||Pass a relevant HND with an overall mark of 55% or Merit profile|
Additional entry requirements
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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