University of Aberdeen

Community Music University of Aberdeen Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Community Music at Aberdeen gives you the brilliant opportunity to learn, compose and perform with world-renowned composers, conductors, musicologists and researchers working in all genres, styles and periods, taking advantage of first-class facilities, instruments and opportunities to perform. You will then specialise in the role, potential and practice of music of all kinds in non-formal community settings. When you enter our highly-regarded BMus programme, you might already have many specific career aspirations including editing, writing and presenting music, composing, and performing. If you are still considering your music career however, our programmes are specifically designed to give you the time to explore and develop your interests with a broad two-year foundation in music before choosing your specific programme. You will study performance, composition, theory, musicianship and a broad overview of music history which serves as the foundation for future study and specialising in subsequent years. In the BMus Community Music, you will then specialise in growing your knowledge and skills in understanding communities and the role and potential of music in non-formal community environments, including a community placement in your final year. You will graduate well prepared for a career in community education or other work with music in communities, or to apply your skills in other settings in education, media, or the music business.

Course details

Assessment method

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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 W390
Institution code A20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BC A Levels - BC, with Music A Level at a minimum grade B.

GCSE in English or English Language is also required and a minimum of 3 additional GCSE passes.
Scottish Higher BBBB Overall a minimum of BBBB required in four distinct disciplines (Music cannot be double-counted). Music at Higher Grade A preferred.

Also required: English at Standard Grade 1, 2 or 3 or National 5 at Grades A, B or C.
AS 4 AS Levels at BBCC including Music with a minimum grade of A.

GCSE in English or English Language is also required and a minimum of 3 additional GCSE passes.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points At least a Grade 6 at Music at HL.
English at a minimum of Standard level required.
Candidates should have Grade VIII Associated Board (or equivalent), in their main instrument/voice or who show great potential and intend to take Grade VIII.

Candidates should demonstrate musical attainment and potential. Candidates should have Grade VIII Associated Board (or equivalent) in their main instrument/voice or who show great potential and intend to take Grade VIII. Musical skills are assessed at interview, at which competence on piano will need to be demonstrated. Further information about the interview process is available on the Music Department website. Applicants outside the UK must also meet the above performance requirement.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements



English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 Listening - 5.5 or above Reading - 5.5 or above Speaking - 5.5 or above Writing - 6.0 or above Overall - 6.0
PTE Academic 54.0 Listening - 51 or above Reading - 51 or above Speaking - 51 or above Writing - 54 or above Overall - 54 or above
TOEFL (iBT) 78.0 TOEFL DI code is 0818: Listening - 17 or above Reading - 18 or above Speaking - 20 or above Writing - 21 or above Overall - 78

In all cases, all English language qualifications must be taken within two years of the start date of your desired degree.

Undergraduate Degrees - English Requirements are detailed here:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £1,820 Year 1
International £15,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £1,820 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

International Applicants: When you are thinking about studying overseas, it is important that you understand all the costs involved and budget accordingly. It is essential to budget for your studies prior to leaving your home country, and arrange all your funding for BOTH your tuition fees and your living costs. Our new fixed fee structure means that new international undergraduates (excluding Medicine) are charged the same tuition fee each year, for the duration of their programme of study. Rest of UK (RUK) Applicants: Tuition fees for entry at the University of Aberdeen, for students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are £9,250 per annum, but the University has capped this so that no student will pay more than £27,750 in total for their three or four year Honours degree, or £37,000 for a five year Honours degree (with the exception of Medicine). There are no up-front tuition fees, as you can apply for a government loan to cover the fees. The loan is not repayable until after graduation.

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