Hereford College of Arts

Popular Music Hereford College of Arts Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)


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Course summary

TEF Silver

Hereford College of Arts has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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The course will include fundamental skills including performance skills, the music business, song writing/composition and musicianship as well as introducing new topics such as events management, 'The Self-Promoting Musician', web marketing, production, recording and workshop skills to enable students to progress into a range of employment opportunities. Students will also have the opportunity to work on placement with local community music organisations, recording studios and music festivals.

Course details


Year 1 (Level 4) Modules; Popular Music Histories (20 credits), Music Promotion (20 credits), Principal Study 1 (20 credits), Performance Ensemble (20 credits), Music Theory (20 credits), Live and Recorded Audio (20 credits), Year 2 (Level 5) Modules: Popular Music Studies (20 credits), Management of Music and Events (20 credits), Principal Study 2 (20 credits), Professional Practice 1 (20 credits), Professional Practice 2 (20 credits), Music in Practice (Experiential Learning) (20 credits), Year 3 (Level 6) Modules: Popular Music Research (20 credits), Preparing and Leading Music (20 credits), Principal Study 3 (20 credits) plus two of the following Modules: Practice in Context Three (30 credits, Negotiated Practical project (30 credits) or The Session Musician (30 credits)

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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

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Course code W341
Institution code H18
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points We would normally expect applicants to have achieved 80 UCAS Tariff Points at entry but whilst qualifications are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results and we may make offers based on other evidence of talent and suitability for the course.
Portfolio submission (where applicable) and successful interview or audition are required.

Mature applicants with relevant experience will be considered. Portfolio and interview also required.

Applicants whose first language is not English and require a Tier 4 Student Visa must achieve Level B2 in an approved secure English language test prior to enrolment. For further guidance please visit the UK Visa and immigration website:

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

The HCA Cash Bursary: is designed to benefit students who are new undergraduates starting Higher Education for the first time in 2019, are ordinarily resident in England and from a low income family (£25,000 a year or less). Each cash bursary is £1,000 which students receive in their first year only. For more information, please visit our website: Partner Colleges: A first year bursary of £500 is available to students from our progression partner colleges* who have successfully completed their Level 3 or equivalent course within the last 2 academic years and progress on to a degree programme at Hereford College of Arts. *Partner Colleges include: Bath College, Belfast Metropolitan College, Cirencester College, City of Bristol College, Coleg Powys (Newtown Campus), Coleg y Cymoedd, Dudley College, Evesham College, Gloucestershire College (including Forest of Dean and Cheltenham & Gloucester campuses), Gower College Swansea, Grantham College, Halesowen College, Heart of Worcestershire College, Herefordshire & Ludlow College, Malvern Hills College, Newent Sixth Form College, North West Regional College - Derry, Plumpton College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (including Stroud, Wise & Filton campuses), Stratford-upon-Avon College and Worcester Sixth Form College. Internal Progression Bursary: All students who have studied and successfully completed a Level 3 course with the last 2 academic years at Hereford College of Arts and progress to undergraduate study at HCA will be eligible to receive a bursary of £500 in their first year.

Provider information

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Hereford College of Arts
Folly Lane

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01432 273359

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