University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute

Music Education University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Essex


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The BA (Hons) Music Education programme has a unique design that examines education in both the private and public sectors. Modules in 1-1 teaching, workshop skills and leadership are delivered alongside modules in classroom teaching, educational theory and practice. A foundation of core musical and creative skills is developed in the first two years of study, whilst in the third year of the programme students have the opportunity to follow their own musical or educational interests by realising a substantial project.

1-1 lessons instrumental/vocal lessons allow students to develop their performance skills whilst the experience gained through self-study of an unfamiliar instrument encourages a greater awareness of the needs of those new to musical study. Students participate in ensembles by playing, writing and conducting.

A range of musical styles are examined from the classical, world, jazz and pop traditions; this develops deeper analytical skills along with a broad musical outlook. Musical techniques are then applied creatively in composition and arranging. As students progress through the course they are required to observe and reflect on different approaches to music teaching. This prepares the ground for experience gained in a school placement and in the delivery of 1-1 lessons and a workshop.

A substantial negotiated project in year 3 allows students to pursue their own particular interests by undertaking an in-depth and detailed study.

Course details


The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Most modules count for 15 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Further information on the modules currently offered on this programme can be found on the University Centre Colchester website.

Assessment method

Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

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 4A58
Institution code C75
Campus name Colchester Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

Applicants applying from outside of the UK will need to provide evidence of their qualifications, English level and passport/visa documents. Colchester Institute requires applicants to have an English level of IELTS 6.0 (with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all being at least 5.5) for all of its courses.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points
A level Achievement of 96 UCAS Tariff points from A-level study.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma Achievement of a Pass mark from Access to HE Diploma.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 Colchester Institute requires applicants to have an English level of IELTS 6.0 (with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all being at least 5.5) for all of its courses.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8,250 Year 1
EU £8,250 Year 1
International £8,250 Year 1
England £8,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,250 Year 1
Scotland £8,250 Year 1
Wales £8,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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01206 712777

Additional information

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