Bradford College

Music for the Creative Industries Bradford College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Bolton


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Course summary

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This is Level 6 Top-up programme designed to allow you to progress from a prior approved qualification to an honours level degree.

The programme underpins the development of your practical skills as a musician with key theories, context and the development of academic skills. It is intended to be predominantly practical in its assessment and delivery, but with key theories and contextual information delivered as part of the course programme to underpin these practices. You are expected to develop vocational skills that will help you to learn in a more real world and vocational scenario. This could be through putting on a performance project or working with students from a different department to produce the piece of assessed work.

The programme is delivered by experienced practicing music professionals and academics, all of whom have a wide range of skills and relevant industry experience.
It encompasses a broad range of learning and teaching opportunities in Music, including conceptual, technical and commercial, and builds on your previous learning and experience, giving you the opportunity to produce work of a professional standard within your music specialism. The programme includes the option for you to develop skills in project management, or develop the pedagogical skills and knowledge required to begin a career as an educator.

We have significant partnerships with local venues and music service providers to ensure that professional experience is embedded within your programme, which provides the opportunity to work collaboratively across different disciplines, creating a professional and vocational experience at every opportunity. The department is fully equipped with industry standard equipment and facilities. We use the Logic and Sibelius software packages and the IT equipment is all Apple Mac based, as is the norm in the music industry. There is live sound and production equipment available, including a state-of-the-art control room and live room. The PA equipment is of professional standard, with RCF speakers, Allan & Heath and Behringer digital mixing desks and industry standard.

The programme offers significant opportunities to enhance your learning: overseas trips, visiting guest lecturers, live performance opportunities and professional commissions. We offer students a high level of pastoral and academic support with accessible and helpful tutors. The College is committed to working in partnership with students – recognising the importance of the student voice and providing regular and timely informal and formal feedback to all students to support their learning experience and development as a practitioner.

You will use technology within some of the sessions for composition and notation. You may also notate pieces of written work by creating a blog or website. You will also utilise the College’s own VLE (Moodle) to embed. All the resources are posted on here, and you can engage further with it by taking quizzes and submitting assignments via Turnitin.

Tutorial sessions are worked in to the scheme of work for each unit to ensure that you are offered one to one support with your transition and to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what is required in each unit. You will also be supported through regular assessment workshops.

There will also be guest masterclasses from visiting professionals periodically throughout the year to give further context to the content delivered in lectures.

Course details


Modules covered: Creative Technology; Independent Project; Pre-production Professional Portfolio; Advanced Musicianship.
Plus one option from Teaching and Mentoring in the Creative Industries or Freelance Working and Self-Employment in the Creative Industries.

Assessment method

Critical reflection forms a major part of the assessment for all the modules, with the development of portfolios providing much of the evidence for your reflection of learning and development. This should also help to provide you with a completed portfolio of work that could help you to enter employment when finishing the programme.

This project work allows for formative assessment to be ongoing throughout a module. Your tutors will maintain close contact with you throughout these projects, giving evidence for both formative and summative assessment whilst the module progresses.

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 W310
Institution code B60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
HND (BTEC) P Typically a Higher National Diploma qualification in Music or a related discipline or 120 credits at NQF Level 5, or equivalent.

Additional entry requirements


You should be qualified to at least Grade 6 (or equivalent) on your primary instrument and you will be required to demonstrate this in an audition.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8,750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,750 Year 1
Scotland £8,750 Year 1
Wales £8,750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Bradford College is committed to delivering quality, affordable degrees. We work hard to cut the cost and not the corners on our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The tuition fee rate per year is fixed for the duration of the course providing there is no break in study. You will not be asked to pay these fees up front, as you should be eligible for loans to cover the tuition fees and assist with living expenses from Student Finance England. However, please ensure that you have made your application and secured funding for your course prior to registration.

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