Applied Music Practice FdA

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Combine academic study with work-based learning. Develop the skills and knowledge required by the versatile musician working in today's music environments. Graduate and immediately apply for jobs or progress to an honours degree.

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Overview

This two-year course combines academic study with work-based learning and it is designed with job opportunities for musicians in mind.

At the end of the course, you could immediately apply for a job. Alternatively, you could progress to the BA (Hons) Music (Top-Up) at the University of Sunderland. This would ‘top-up’ your qualification to an honours degree, with one year of additional study at the University.

Why us?

  • Delivered at Sunderland College, which has specialist facilities for music alongside excellent IT and library resources

Course structure

Teaching methods include creative projects, skills training, lectures, seminars, workshops and e-learning.

Assessment methods include exercises in arranging, compositions, essays and coursework.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Creative Digital Technologies (20 credits)
  • Practical Arranging (20 credits)
  • Venue Performing (20 credits)
  • Harmony and Analysis (20 credits)
  • Applied Music Project (20 credits)
  • Teaching and Facilitating Music (10 credits)
  • Health and Safety in The Music Industry (10 credits)
  • Popular Music in Context (20 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Practical Arranging (20 credits)
  • Venue Performing (20 credits)
  • Harmony and Analysis (20 credits)
  • Applied Music Project (40 credits)
  • Creative Digital Technologies (South Tyneside College) or Composing (Sunderland College) (20 credits)
  • The course is delivered at Sunderland College, which has specialist facilities for music, dance and drama alongside excellent IT and library resources. As a student, you will also have access to the library and resources at the University of Sunderland.

    Sunderland College is a world-class provider of education, with five campuses located across the city.

    Please contact Sunderland College for more information about facilities and location.

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    Sunderland College

Facilities

The course is delivered at Sunderland College, which has specialist facilities for music alongside excellent IT and library resources. As a student, you will also have access to the library and resources at the University of Sunderland.

Sunderland College is a world-class provider of education, with five campuses located across the city.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 56 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 GCSEs/A Level/AVCE or equivalent. We will also accept PPP at BTEC Extended Diploma level.

We also require 2 passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £8,200 if you are from the UK / EU

Please note that this course is not available to international students.

If you need support or have any queries about applying for your finances for this partner college programme, or want to get in touch with our Partnership Liaison team, you can find out more in our Help and Advice article.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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Employment

This course provides skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to the all-round, versatile musician working in today's music environments. The range of potential careers includes performing, teaching, arts management and entrepreneurship in the creative sector.

Transferable skills

The content of the course reflects the views of employers on the skills needed by musicians. These include skills in:

  • Performing, composing and arranging
  • Using technology for recording and other creative work
  • Planning and research
  • Facilitating the work of others
  • Working in groups
  • Communication and problem-solving

Work experience

Work experience is a core element of several of the modules. You will have the opportunity to perform in a number of venues such as mainstream and special schools, local pubs and clubs, care homes, parks and other open air venues. Possible placement providers include performance venues, schools and community centres.

Top-up

If you choose to continue your studies at the end of the course, there is a natural progression to the Music (Top-Up) course at the University of Sunderland. This would ‘top-up’ your qualification to an honours degree, with one year of additional study at the University.

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