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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

The FdA Music Practitioner degree will have a focus on the language of music, devising, performing, recording, composing, songwriting, improvisation, context and music soundtracks. 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.

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:

  • instrumental technique
  • performing and stagecraft
  • the language of music
  • musical improvisation
  • live sound
  • music project – live performance
  • developing composing and arranging skills
  • navigating a changing music industry
  • DAW/recording techniques
  • sound and vision
  • big world out there
  • music project – professional portfolio.
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 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

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.)


Course Code: UFM0003

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £7450

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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