BA (Hons) Music – Bath Spa University


BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single or combined honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) Music
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: W300 or W305
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 CCC, with grade C in Music or a related subject.

View "typical offers" for more information.

Create music with and for other people, and pursue your unique interests with our Music degree.

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

Find your place

  • Join a community of musicians – you'll work closely with staff, students and distinguished industry guests.
  • Experience a wealth of contemporary genres – from classical music to jazz, musical theatre, opera and world music.
  • Gain the skills you'll need to pursue a modern music career in education, community music, performance and more.

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.

Music at Bath Spa is varied, creative and contemporary. This is a practical, busy Music course, with weekly performances throughout the year (both students and visiting professionals).

You’ll devise, sing and play in a wide variety of styles, and have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other courses across the University. As part of the course, you'll be able to join a wide range of groups and ensembles such as orchestras, choirs, bands and world music groups including our own Javanese Gamelan.

As a Bath Spa Music student, you'll be part of Bath School of Music and Performing Arts. Based at the Michael Tippett Centre, you'll have access to a range of purpose-built facilities, and you'll be part of Bath Spa Productions, which organises events throughout the year including SparkFest – part of Bath International Music Festival. All this gives you valuable experience that you can demonstrate to potential employers and take with you into your future career.

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Want to study community music, singing or jazz?

We offer three specialised pathways in Music:

  • Community Music – encompassing aspects of music as therapy and music psychology, this music course could be your route to working with community groups, music for special needs and music for health and wellbeing. 
  • Jazz – contemporary music from all genres including pop, folk and rock is covered on this music degree, which allows you to specialise in your interests – with a heavy focus on practical performance skills. 
  • Vocal Performance – this course is for you if you want to specialise in singing for classical and/or musical theatre styles. You'll get to grips with singing in different languages, acting and stage skills through one-to-one tuition.

“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


Throughout this music degree you’ll study practical performance in areas such as classical music, jazz and contemporary styles, instrumental and vocal studies, composition and musical contexts from medieval through to the present day. 

You can also study areas such as music psychology, community music, world music and issues within the music industry.

We currently have over 20 ensembles open to all students, including numerous choirs, symphony and chamber orchestra, wind band and jazz big band, jazz small groups, our own Javanese Gamelan, brass, wind and string ensembles, folk, and experimental music groups.

Course structure

Year one
You’ll study performance, including regular one-to-one instrumental/vocal lessons, composition in a wide range of styles and genres, music technology in our industry-standard labs, world music lectures and practical workshops, musicology lectures and seminars, research and study skills.

Year two
You’ll develop skills in teaching and in the area of music management and promotion through the professional module, and have the option to undertake a placement in a musical organisation. You'll continue to develop your musical skills, and increasingly specialise in areas of particular strength and interest.

Year three
You’ll have the freedom for creative output in a wide range of specialisms, depending on your career aspirations and goals. You'll also choose from a wide range of supporting modules designed to prepare you for the professional world of music.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be assessed through coursework, including creative artefacts, written and spoken presentations, and through practical assessments such as recitals and public ensemble performances.

How will I be taught?

The Music course is taught through workshops, masterclasses, lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and instrumental/vocal lessons.

You’ll be taught by, and work alongside, a creative community of experts. Full-time staff are all practising performers, composers and researchers.

You’ll also be taught by visiting staff, many with international reputations.

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


Study abroad

There are opportunities through the Erasmus scheme to study abroad for a term or longer in year two – we have links with university music departments and schools in Europe, particularly Germany and the USA.


We give regular performances throughout the year in Bath as well as beyond. Each year we fully stage opera and musical theatre productions.

Field trips

In years two and three, you'll have the opportunity to engage with field trips and music projects in the community.

Work placements, industry links and internships

During the course you’ll explore the constantly changing needs of the employment market, and you can choose to take a placement in year two.

Recent placements have included the Bath International Music Festival, the BBC Proms, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, Royal Opera, BBC Music Magazine, Dorling Kindersley and Real World.

You’ll benefit from masterclass sessions from leading international musicians, composers and performers, as well as experts from the music industry.

Student prizes

We offer three cash prizes in performance, composition and ensemble to students in their final year.


Graduates from BA (Hons) Music at Bath Spa go on to successful careers in a range of roles including those in education, special needs and community music, performance, composition, promotion, publishing and other aspects of the music business.

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

Based at the Michael Tippett Centre, we have excellent facilities including:

  • A purpose-built concert hall with superb acoustics
  • 17 practice rooms, three with electronically variable acoustic
  • A wide range of medieval, renaissance and baroque instruments, and a large collection of percussion and orchestral instruments
  • A Javanese Gamelan
  • A high spec music technology laboratory
  • Five recording studios
  • Two band rehearsal rooms
  • Large, well-stocked Music Library and a wide range of online music resources.


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 £15,300
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 creativity, whether as a performer or composer. You’ll have an energy and passion for music in all its styles and genres and in its uses in industry, education, communities and everyday life.

Applicants will be working towards Grade 8 Music Practical or equivalent. You'll be auditioned at our Newton Park campus between December and March, where you'll be invited by email to:

  • Perform two contrasting items of repertoire at Grade 7/8 level
  • Bring examples of original compositions or theory work
  • Bring an example of a written essay in music.

More details will be provided on invitation.

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 Music Grade C or related subject
  • BTEC - Extended Diploma in Music or related subject accepted at grade Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) 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.

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.

Interview and portfolio guidance

We interview prospective students at interview days from December onwards. You’ll meet Music staff and see our facilities, as well as having the chance to discuss the course with students and staff.

We do not charge an audition fee.

For international students or students unable to come to Bath, we also accept an online Music portfolio in the form of video/PDF examples of your performance and work.

Admissions service:
Course leader: Tom Worley

Three year course

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