Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

Music (Song Writing & Performance) + Foundation Year Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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We want to ensure you become who you want to be musically and can make your living working with music, whether performing, creating or producing or a combination of these.
Our Music courses help you develop your skills in popular, contemporary and commercial music and equip you with the essential business skills to succeed. You’ll develop a broad range of skills across performance, composition, song writing and production.
Through two specialist degree options, you can choose the degree that best fits with your ambition from day one. They are Music or Music (Song Writing & Performance) and Music (Song Writing and Production).
You get your music in front of an audience through frequent gig nights, regular festivals and industry showcases. Aside from the business, you also learn how to match your music with an audience. You can collaborate with students from other courses, for example: recorded and live sound, lighting design and management students.

Course details


Foundation Year:
Ensemble Performance Skills
Individual Performance Technique
Music Business & Context
Music Skills
Music Technology and Production
Music Theory
Popular Music Studies
Songwriting and Arranging
Year One:
Instrumental / Vocal Technique 1
Music Creation 1
Music Production 1
Music Professional Practice 1
Musicianship Skills 1
Popular Music Contexts 1
The Professional 1
Year Two:
Instrumental / Vocal Technique 2
Music Creation 2
Music Production 2
Music Professional Practice 2 (The Professional 2)
Musicianship Skills 2
Popular Music Contexts 2
Year Three:
The Music Creator (Option)
The Producer (Option)
The Music Professional (The Professional 3)
The Performer Popular Music Contexts 3

Assessment method

Learning is largely tutor-led in the first two years, and you gradually take on greater responsibility for managing your learning. By your final year, learning is largely industry focused, project-based and self-generated. Rehearsals and performances are assessed. Depending on which degree you choose, you may be required to submit songs, compositions and/or productions for assessment throughout the course. You also produce a final research paper which is relevant to your interests and career.

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 W3F2
Institution code L48
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
UCAS Tariff 48 points Minimum of five GCSEs grade C required (these should normally include
Maths and English Language). For applicants taking the reformed GCSE
qualifications, we will consider the new grade 4 as being equivalent to
a grade C.

Minimum of 48 UCAS points is normally required. This equates to:
* Two A-Levels at grade D. All A-Level subjects accepted excluding
General Studies. Points from AS and Key Skills are not counted
* BTEC Extended Diploma – Pass, Pass, Pass
* BTEC Diploma – Merit, Pass

We accept all equivalent UK and overseas qualifications including
Advanced Diplomas, Irish Leaving Certificate, Scottish Highers, European, International and Welsh Baccalaureate, Abitur, Vitnemål and SAT/ACT.
At least one of your Level 3 qualifications as listed above should
normally be in Music and/or Music Technology. If you don’t have this
experience, please contact our Admissions team for guidance.
Music theory knowledge is not required as this will be a key element that
you learn during the year.

Please note: Mature applicants applying for the Foundation Certificate
in Popular Music & Music Technology may not need the above
qualifications if they have had additional relevant experience.
A level DD Two A-Levels at grade D. All A-Level subjects accepted excluding
General Studies. Points from AS and Key Skills are not counted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP BTEC Extended Diploma – Pass, Pass, Pass

Additional entry requirements



Some applicants will be asked to submit demo tracks for preliminary review prior to being considered for an audition in person.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Additional fee information

International students studying on our four-year BA Music (Songwriting & Performance/Production) programmes pay the lower £9,250 fee rate for the first, foundation year, then £16,700 in each of the subsequent three years of study.

Provider information

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Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Mount Street
L1 9HF

Course contact details

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LIPA Admissions Department

0151 330 3000

Fax: 0151 330 3131