BA (Hons) Music (Vocal Performance) – Bath Spa University

Music (Vocal Performance)

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) Music (Vocal Performance)
Bath School of Music and Performing Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W302 or W303
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Typical offers include A-level grades at CCC, including grade C in Music or a related subject.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Specialise in vocal performance in this training course for singers.

Places still available through Clearing

Call our Admissions team now on +44 (0)1225 875 550

Find your place

  • Enjoy specialist Conservatoire style training for singers, one-to-one tuition, language classes, and acting and stage skills workshops.
  • Participate in staged opera and musical theatre productions and benefit from intensive rehearsal towards your public performances.
  • Boost your career with industry-focused modules, masterclasses with visiting major performers and an optional work placement.

Due to Covid-19, we have made changes to teaching and learning for the 2020-21 academic year.

Please see the 2020 Undergraduate Programme Changes page for information about specific changes to this course.

Please note the changes are for the 2020-21 academic year only.

The 'Programme Document' beneath the main image on this course page shows you the programme specification as normally delivered.

Bath Spa has a reputation for vocal excellence. Activities have grown considerably since 1997 when we first staged the UK premiere of Philip Glass’s opera, "Satyagraha". This programme brings together all aspects of vocal performance into a single, focused course that includes one-to-one lessons, coaching, stage and acting skills, vocal health classes, annual staged opera and musical theatre performances and numerous masterclass opportunities with nationally and internationally renowned artists.

You'll develop practical and critical skills in tandem, first gaining a grounding in all areas of music - performance, composition, technology, musicology, world music and musicianship. Ample opportunities to enhance your employability include work placements, multi-and-interdisciplinary collaborations, public performances and the opportunity to study abroad in year two.

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“Every year the music department stages Opera and Music Theatre productions to a very high standard, which is something that really interests me. There are a large number of ensembles to take part in, and also the support and facilities to start your own if you wanted to.”

Joe Gatley, Music graduate

What you'll learn


Vocal Performance gives you "Conservatoire style’" training in all aspects of classical and musical theatre, including concert and recital work, staged performances and a wide range of choral and ensemble performances.

You'll have regular voice lessons, coaching, language classes, acting and stage skills workshops, and intensive rehearsal periods towards public performances - both concert and staged.

Course structure

Year one
The first year provides a grounding in all aspects of music. One-to-one lessons in performance focus on vocal technique, aural analysis, ensemble and choral performance. You'll study composition - musicianship skills, notation, free composition, writing for the voice and music technology, and musicology - history, style and context. You'll also benefit from a study of the music of other cultures in our Global Music module.

Year two
The focus is performance - one-to-one lessons, solo and group performance workshops, languages, coaching and vocal health. You'll embark on Opera Project 1 - comprising rehearsal and public performance, and Stage Skills for Singers 1, which includes acting and musical theatre performance skills. Optional modules include Music research 1, where you'll focus on musicicology, opera and song topics. You'll need to be industry-aware, and the option to undertake a work placement supports you in your second year. 

Year three
You'll continue to develop your vocal performance skills with one-to-one lessons, solo and group performance workshops, language training, coaching, vocal health awareness and by taking part in public recital performances. Opera Project 2 comprises rehearsal and public performance, and Stage Skills for Singers 2 furthers your acting and musical theatre repertoire. In Music Research 2 (optional) you'll study musicicology, opera and song topics. The Independent Study module (optional) comprises a creative project or dissertation.

How will I be assessed?

You'll be assessed by recitals and technical studies, practical ensemble assessments, staged performances and coursework in the form of written work, journals, essays and reports.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in collaborative lectures/seminars/workshop sessions guided by tutors and peers, as well as one-to-one vocal lessons, ensemble/group rehearsals and coaching. You'll rehearse intensively for staged works.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Performance 1
  • Composition 1 (Technology)
  • Musicology 1 (Historical Contexts)
  • Performance 2
  • Composition 2 (Instruments)
  • Musicology 2 (Global Contexts)

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Professional Musician
  • Performance 3
  • Composition 3 (Methods)
  • Musicology 3 (Specialist Study)
  • Jazz Studies 1
  • Stage Skills for Singers 1
  • Performance 4
  • Composition 4 (Collaboration)
  • Music Analysis
  • Music Psychology
  • Jazz Studies 2
  • Community Music Practice
  • Opera Project 1
  • Work placement
  • Song Production
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Independent Study 1
  • Independent Study 2
  • Performance 5
  • Composition 5 (Contexts)
  • Musicology 4 (Specialist Studies)
  • Stage Skills for Singers 2
  • Jazz Studies 3
  • Community Music - Professional Music Leader
  • Performance 6
  • Composition 6 (Event)
  • Jazz Studies 4
  • Opera Project 2
  • Music Psychology - applied and experimental
  • Composition for Media


Work placements, industry links and internships

You'll take part in masterclasses with visiting major performers and have the opportunity to take part in internships/placements at UK opera houses.


Many of our students have gone on to enjoy careers as soloists and performers in professional choirs and on stage. Tenor Anthony Gregory is one of our alumni.

Professional placement year


This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for, and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.


Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Community Music is taught at Newton Park's Michael Tippett Centre, which has numerous ensemble rehearsal spaces, a concert hall and practice rooms. 

You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities, including: 


UK and EU students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

International students full time

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £14,700
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022
Year 3 Published Jan 2023

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for talented singers who are passionate about all aspects of vocal performance. We value commitment to learning, so the ability to be open to challenges is an important trait that we look for in candidates.

Typical offers

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

  • A-level – grades CCC including grade C in Music or a related subject
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma in Music or related subject accepted at grade Merit, Merit, Merit (DMM) accepted
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 26 points required in addition to evidence of Music ability and/or other graded Music qualifications
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher) accepted in addition to evidence of Music ability and/or other graded Music qualifications.

You should be at or working towards Grade 8 in Music Practical and Grade 5 in Music Theory. We'll consider applicants without these qualifications if they can demonstrate at audition that they have ability to this standard or are very close.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Course leader: Tom Worley

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