BA (Hons) Professional Music Performance and Production – Top-up

Professional Music Performance and Production

BA (Hons)

Top-up degree

Key facts

BA (Hons) Professional Music Performance and Production
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
One year full-time, two years part-time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: 814X
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-Level grades CCC or above.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Explore current trends in the music industry and gain the skills you’ll need to pursue a professional career in music.

  • Develop a professional portfolio in areas such as performance, production, live sound or composition.
  • Make your mark in the music industry by learning how to promote your work.
  • Benefit from extensive recording and performance opportunities on this music performance and production degree.

This exciting Top-up degree focuses on current trends and career development in the music industry. You’ll produce a professional portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability to work in various roles within the industry, or in related positions in the wider creative sectors. Studies in marketing and promotion also make it ideal if you're looking to launch and sustain a freelance music career.

What you'll learn


Professional Music Performance and Production focuses on the development of advanced technical skills for those with a music performance or production background.

Its inbuilt flexibility will allow you to explore your own specialisms in areas including performance, composition, live sound and event management, alongside gaining fundamental business know-how to maximise your employment or self-employment opportunities. 

You'll undertake a substantial research project on a music-related topic that interests you; this will further prepare you for postgraduate study.

Taking advantage of our top-of-the-range equipment, you’ll also receive accredited training in Ableton Live and Logic X, and produce high quality audio products of either your own music or for visiting musicians.

Top-up degrees are Level 6 qualifications that enable the conversion of a Foundation degree or equivalent into a full Honours degree.

Course structure

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document or course handbook (below the main image on this page) for more information.

  • Professional Development
  • Research Project
  • Specialist Skills Portfolio.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via a combination of practical exams and coursework. The assessment breakdown is 20% practical exams and 80% coursework. There are no written exams on this course.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, skills practice, performances and studio workshops.


Field trips

Students on this course are invited to attend optional studio visits and residential trips at an additional expense. In recent years our students have recorded their own music at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, Monnow Valley Studio, Rockfield Studios, Modern World Studios and Sawmills Studio.

Work placements, industry links and internships

You’ll be offered the chance to enhance either your voice or instrument skills with one-to-one sessions with our lecturers and visiting guest experts.

Lectures and seminars are also enhanced by varied and inspiring talks by visiting music industry professionals, including award-wining musicians and producers and renowned session musicians.


Students who pass this course are eligible to apply for postgraduate study, such as the Master’s degrees in Music Performance or Sound (Production) at Bath Spa University.

Graduates of this course are also qualified to apply for various roles within the music industry, in audio engineering and record production, in radio and in other areas of broadcasting, and in related sectors such as events and education.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Our music courses are based in the artistic and collaborative environment of our Loxton Campus in Weston-super-Mare, which includes studio and performance spaces. You'll also be taught at the state-of-the-art teaching learning facilities at the redeveloped Winter Gardens in Weston.


Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £8,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

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2023/24 Entry

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Year 3 Published Jan 2025

International students full time

2021/22 Entry

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Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

A related Foundation degree with an average grade profile of 50% or above, T Levels – grade Merit-Pass (C+) preferred in a relevant subject, or a Higher National Diploma at Merit, or equivalent. Applicants are also required to submit a portfolio of creative work and attend an interview.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

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