New College Stamford

Music New College Stamford Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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This course provides opportunities for you to gain industry experience in your specialist area, as well as allowing you to create a professional portfolio of work suitable for employment in the music industry or for further study. Our lecturers are all currently active in the music industry and are experienced in live performance, music production, media and research, so you will have the opportunity to gain first-hand advice from industry professionals.

How will you Learn?
You will learn through a series of tutorials, seminars and practical demonstrations. You will develop your critical analysis, evaluation and reflection skills through the creation of a portfolio.

Methods of Assessment:
A range of assessment methods will be used including presentations, academic essays and work-based projects. The portfolio that you develop through the completion of these modules can be presented to potential employers within the industry. It will shows both your academic writing and practical abilities, as well as showcasing your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.

Progression Routes:
Successful completion of this course will provide you with the qualifications required to ‘top-up’ to a full Bachelor’s Degree at university in just one year. This ‘top-up’ can be in any music related subject, such as Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Events Management and Music in Education. Acceptance on to these courses is at the discretion of the institution offering the top-up.
You can also progress in to the music industry locally, nationally or worldwide in job roles such as a: Live Sound Engineer, Music Teacher, Post-production Audio Engineer, or Session Musician.
Using the skills they have developed on the course, past students have also progressed to become Freelance Music Producers or write and record their own music.

Trips and Events:
You will have the opportunity to take part in running a show on your own with the Infinity Radio Station Project, as well as working towards the release of an EP with our professional record label - Infinity Records. Trips are scheduled throughout the year and include visits to other Higher Education establishments for those who wish to progress on to Level 6 after completing the course.

Work-based Learning and Employability Development:
You will be encouraged to develop your own professional portfolio and will be encouraged to use the recording studio facilities accessible to you outside of lesson times. You will have talks from industry professionals and have the opportunity to plan and take part in both internal and external live events. These events include ‘Live Lounge’ style performances, and a Battle of the Bands concert.

Facilities and Support:
You will have access to professional recording studios which feature industry standard mixing consoles with a range of outboard effects, microphones and monitors. You will also have access to our post-production and synth studios, as well as our fully equipped sound-proofed rehearsal rooms. In addition, our facilities include two Mac suites, with all the software you will need to support your studies.
You will also have access to an Academic Support Tutor to assist you with your studies and careers advisors to help you with your future employment.

Course details


Year 1:
Professional Development
Marketing and Promotion for Musicians
The Music Industry
The Evolution of the Instrument
Recording Technology
Sound Engineering Fundamentals
Compositional Techniques
Fundamentals of Composition

Year 2:
Creative Research Project (30 credits)
Advanced Composition Techniques
Creative Portfolio
Advanced Sound Engineering
Mixing and Mastering
Advanced Events Management
Developing as an Artist

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 W370
Institution code N33
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
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points • 96 UCAS points typically from A Levels or a Level 3 Diploma in Music, although students from other subject specialisms are encouraged to apply
• Mature students who may not have formal qualifications are encouraged to apply for an interview where you will be considered on your experience, enthusiasm and commitment

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6,500 Year 1
England £6,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6,500 Year 1
Scotland £6,500 Year 1
Wales £6,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Specialist kit: £40 (this includes studio quality headphones, hearing protection Cubase Student Edition and a USB stick)

Provider information

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New College Stamford
Drift Road

Course contact details

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Admissions Office (for course details, phone 01780 484311 or email

01780 484334

Fax: 01780 484301