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Looking to start a career as a session musician, songwriter or performing artist? Hoping to upgrade your existing qualifications and secure a full honours degree? Southampton Solent University’s popular music performance top-up programme will help you build on what you learnt at HND level (or equivalent), providing you with access to Southampton Solent University’s extensive professional facilities and experienced teaching teams.
This exciting top-up programme combines practical performance skills with in-depth study of music, enabling students to convert existing HND level qualifications into a full honours degree.
Emphasising the core rock and pop instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, vocals and keyboards, the course underpins an in-depth understanding of performance skills with an academic study of popular music.
You’ll learn, write and perform material (including your own compositions) in a wide range of styles, often as part of a band. These recordings can form the basis of professional portfolios.
Outside of the seminars and workshops, students are encouraged to engage with Southampton’s music scene. By promoting or performing their own shows, students can cultivate their talent and expand their understanding of arrangements, composition, and stagemanship as they relate to real performance.
Do you want to hone your composition, song writing and performance skills? With close industry links, an eclectic mix of experienced teaching staff and ample opportunities to build a body of work in our studios, this year-long programme is the perfect way to upgrade your existing qualifications and get your career in performance off to a great start.
OptionsFilm Music Technology and Production Songwriting Portfolio Experimental Music Production Experimental Music Performance Advanced Live Music Production Advanced Music Production Advanced Mixing and Mastering Creative Sound Design Languages
Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
You will be assessed in the following ways: public performances, studio sessions, instrumental assessments, project work, essays and seminar presentations.
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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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
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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