Music and Popular Music BA (Hons)

Key information


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Entry Requirements

As part of our application process, applicants are normally required to attend an Applicant Interview and Music Experience Day where you will either have an interview or a short audition with an academic member of staff. This is your chance to demonstrate your passion for the subject and allow us to make a decision on your application. (There is an option for phone or Skype interviews).

A level requirementsABB. Offer may be reduced to BBB for those candidates achieving grade 8 distinction in any instrument. (this is the typical entry requirement) for this course.
Subject requirementsTo include A level grade B in Music or ABRSM Grade 8 in Music Theory at Distinction. If an applicant is taking Grade 8 in any instrument (or singing) a dual offer can be made: ABB or BBB with Grade 8 Distinction.
BTEC Level 3 National Extended DiplomaBTEC applications are encouraged. We evaluate each BTEC application on its merits and may make offers at DDM.
International Baccalaureate33 including Higher Level 6 in Music, with no score less than 4
Irish Leaving CertificateH1, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in Music
Scottish Higher/Advanced HigherScottish Highers at AABBB plus Scottish Advanced Highers grade B in Music, combinations are also welcome.
Welsh Baccalaureate AdvancedAccepted including 2 A levels at BB (including Music)
AccessNot acceptable without an A level in Music or ABRSM Theory Grade 8
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Extended Project QualificationApplicants who offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and meet our offer criteria will be made the standard offer, plus an alternative offer. This will be at one A Level grade lower plus a grade A in the EPQ, for example the offer would be ABB or BBB plus A in the EPQ.

Please note that Humanities and Social Sciences Honours Select programmes which have a Management, Law or Sociology component will not accept the EPQ.

Alternative entry requirements

Contextual offers pilot

For 2021 entry, we are piloting the use of contextual offers for applicants offering a 2-grade reduction* from the standard offer for the following under-represented groups:

  • Students from English neighbourhoods with historically low participation in Higher Education (known as POLAR 4 Quintile 1 postcodes, after the dataset used by the Office for Students to track this metric)
  • UK Care Experienced students (ie qualifying students who have spent any amount of time in Local Authority care and meet associated eligibility criteria used nationally)

*Please note, programmes in Medicine and Dentistry are currently excluded from this pilot.

For more informatiom see our information on the 2021 Contextual Admissions Pilot.