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Integrated Foundation Year

For Music and Performing Arts courses

Integrated Foundation and Undergraduate

    Key facts

    Bath Spa University Foundation Diploma in Music and Performing Arts, leading to BA (Hons) in one of our music or performance courses.
    Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
    Campus or location
    Newton Park
    Course length
    Four years full-time.

    UCAS codes

    Each Music and Performing Arts with Integrated Foundation course has its own UCAS code.

    Using our list of available courses under 'How do I apply?', choose the Integrated Foundation course you'd like to apply for.

    Apply through UCAS or contact our Admissions team to apply: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

    Entry requirements

    We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes.

    View 'typical offers' for more information.

    Explore Music and the Performing Arts through an integrated Foundation year before you progress onto your chosen BA (Hons) degree.

    • Prepare - give yourself the best opportunity to engage with an exciting Music or Performing Arts degree.
    • Develop - build your confidence, skills and knowledge in preparation for your undergraduate study.
    • Perform - extend your Music or Performing Arts skills in a community of practitioners.

    We want to ensure that you reach your full potential. That's why we've devised a concentrated one-year Foundation Diploma course that develops your abilities and knowledge, and prepares you for degree level study. Whether you're a UK student wanting to improve your qualifications, or have English as a second language and need to consolidate your skills before studying for a UK degree, this course will give you every opportunity to prepare.

    You'll acquire broad practical skills in music and/or performing arts, as well as knowledge and understanding of relevant theory and context. Alongside this, you'll develop study and research skills and enhance your communication skills. As the year progresses, you'll begin to specialise in your chosen discipline, acquiring advanced skills and knowledge in preparation for further study.

    Music and Performing Arts undergraduate courses

    The Bath Spa University Foundation Diploma in Music and Performing Arts can only be taken in conjunction with a full degree. You choose your undergraduate course when you apply (see the list directly below). When you're ready to apply, go to 'How do I apply?' (further down on this page) to apply directly for the full four-year course.

    What you'll learn


    This one-year course develops your portfolio of practical work, ready for you to progress onto your chosen Music or Performing Arts course. It also offers you maximum flexibility – if you develop new interests during your Foundation year, you can move to any of the other Music and Performing Arts courses, following audition / interview. 

    There are three course strands to the programme. Academic study modules in both semesters develop your research, essay writing and evaluative skills. You then have the opportunity to choose from Music or Performing Arts modules in semester one. The areas covered are music technology, music performance, performing arts textual studies, and performing arts devising. All of these modules combine practical training to develop your technical abilities, understanding of performance processes and the essential theory to support them. In semester two the Foundation Project engages you in creating a performance or piece that builds on your training to date.

    If you have an IELTS score of between 5.0 and 6.0 (at entry) you'll complete an accredited language test to facilitate progression onto Level 4 of the undergraduate course of your choosing. To support this, you have the option of taking an English Language module in semester one.

    Course structure

    Semester one

    To introduce you to your studies, you take a core academic study skills module that explores the skills you need to write essays and evaluations. It also considers your work in Music and Performing Arts through wellbeing and 'life-management'. 

    You then choose two of five modules which allow you to tailor the programme to your particular interests.

    Our Music Technology and Musicianship modules explore the technical processes required to produce music, and the performance and compositional skills required to make work.

    Our Performing Arts Text and Devising modules explore how to interpret words along with essential vocal or interpretive skills, and how to generate new work, drawing on movement and ensemble skills.

    For students who speak English as a second language, you can replace any of these four modules with a Communication Skills module that culminates in you taking an accredited language test.

    Semester two

    Our Personal Development Planning module develops your evaluative and target-setting skills. The Foundation Project allows you to create a practical piece that encapsulates your learning to date.

    All of these modules help you to develop the essential skills and processes you need for undergraduate study.

    Undergraduate degree

    On successful completion of the Bath Spa University Foundation Diploma in Music and Performing Arts, you'll progress to your chosen degree course. See individual course pages for the structure of your chosen degree programme:

    • BA (Hons) Acting
    • BA (Hons) Commercial Music
    • BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology
    • BA (Hons) Drama
    • BA (Hons) Music
    • BA (Hons) Theatre and Digital Production.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment activities at the end of each module will combine written work in the study modules, such as essays and evaluations. In the practical modules assessment is through performances or pieces of work that you generate in rehearsal, and presentation. The emphasis is on practical work supported by academic study.

    The Communication Skills module will prepare you to take a separate accredited English language test.

    How will I be taught?

    All teaching staff are practitioners. Teaching combines:

    • Classroom delivery
    • One-to-one tutorials
    • Rehearsals
    • Computer lab work
    • Presentations. 


    Cultural and community links

    Our aim is to connect you with the local Arts scene, so that you engage with the cultural life of the city. 

    Bath School of Music and Performing Arts offers all its students access to an exciting range of performances and workshops. Our production house, Bath Spa Productions, is one of the city's major producers of music and performing arts work. As a student at Bath Spa University you'll have lots of opportunities to engage with the work in each season. 

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    Bath School of Music and Performing Arts courses are based at Newton Park. You’ll benefit from access to:


    UK and EU students full time

    2019/20 ENTRY

    Course fees

    Year 0 £9,250*
    Year 1 Published Jan 2020
    Year 2 Published Jan 2021
    Year 3 Published Jan 2022

    *See "Scholarships" (below) for more details of the equivalent £3,250 fee reduction.

    International students full time

    2019/20 ENTRY

    Course fees

    Year 0 £14,300
    Year 1 Published Jan 2020
    Year 2 Published Jan 2021
    Year 3 Published Jan 2022


    After you progress to undergraduate level, you'll be awarded a progression scholarship at each level of study, from Year 1-3 of your BA course. The scholarships you will be awarded are detailed below, and apply to home and international students:

    Year 1 £1,250
    Year 2 £1.000
    Year 3 £1,000

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    Are you curious about your subject, hard-working, imaginative and playful? Do you enjoy working with others and are you hungry to learn? We're looking for artistic and intellectual potential that we can develop in preparation to you starting your degree programme.

    Typical offers

    We accept a wide range of UK and international qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

    • A Levels – grades CDD required including a C in a Music or Performance subject.
    • BTEC Diploma – grades Merit, Merit (MM) required.
    • BTEC Extended Diploma – grades Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP) required.
    • UAL Extended Diploma – Pass required.

    English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

    • IELTS 6.0, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

    Applicants will also need to provide a digital portfolio for review.

    How do I apply?

    Applications for this course will open soon. To learn more, please register your interest via the button in the centre of this page.

    Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages, or contact our Admissions team on +44 (0)1225 876 180 or admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

    Interview and portfolio guidance

    Once you apply, we'll invite you to audition or interview for which we'll ask you to provide a portfolio of work, or a pre-prepared piece of performance.

    Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
    Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

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