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Music Practitioner

Course Code: UFM0003

Level: 5
Subject area: Music
Awarding body: Plymouth Marjon University
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Three days a week, 9.00am - 4.30pm or 1.00pm - 8.30pm

About the course

Full Fee

Full-time £14,900 (£7,450 per year)

This Music Practitioner Foundation Degree is a unique and innovative programme designed for those musicians wishing to continue their music studies at university level. This two-year course focuses on the language of music, devising, performing, recording, composing, songwriting, improvisation, context and collaboration with other creative media.

You will be able to take the work that you have made at the College and apply its principles elsewhere. You will be able to reach out, beyond the City and nationally, indeed internationally, to other cities via touring and festivals. It has been shaped by feedback from recent successful students, who were asked what it is they “want and need” from higher education and, as a result, is designed to support students in finding employment.  

During the course, students will be deeply immersed in the industry structures and business processes necessary to help them develop their skills as independent freelance music practitioners.

The course will enable you to develop the creative, technical and employability skills essential for working in today’s highly diverse music industry. You will organise and take part in activities ranging from staging events, publishing original music, and liaising and collaborating with a broad range of clients in a wide range of performance contexts throughout the year.


What you'll learn

You will study the following subject areas:

First year modules:

  • Performing and Stagecraft
  • Instrumental Technique
  • The Language of Music
  • It goes up to 11 (Live Music Production
  • Raising the roof: Live Performance Project.

Second year modules:

  • Developing Composing & Arranging Skills
  • Recording Techniques
  • Navigating a Changing Music Industry
  • Sound & Vision (Collaboration with Media students)
  • Big World Out There (music in terms of genre, place and time).
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have all of the following:

  • 64 UCAS tariff points (to include a full level 3 qualification)
  • five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, to include English and maths

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.

You will be required to undertake an audition and interview. 

International students will be expected to meet the English language requirements of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent and have the equivalent of the above level 3 qualifications or professional experience.


You will be assessed through assignments, written, practical and/or work-based (depending on the topic).

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to the BA (Hons) Music top-up degree at the College.

Other employment routes include a wide range of careers within the music industry, such as live performance; composing, producing and distributing your own music; collaborating with other media such as film, television, theatre, dance and computer game design.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.
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