Popular Music Performance BMus (Hons)

On this course we see no boundaries between performance, production and composition. We look for creative and versatile musicians who wish to develop their performance, production and technical skills to a professional level in order to prepare for a career in the contemporary music industries.

We recruit musicians to the following principal studies: Vocals, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drum Kit. You will study in an artistic environment that fosters collaborative opportunities with students across a range of creative disciplines, and have access to our bespoke music facilities.

Performance, production and composition are integral to our approach whilst providing you with a clear understanding of the business of music and the structure of the music industries. Our experienced tutors and visiting industry professionals will support and stimulate the development of technical skills necessary to thrive as a working musician in the 21st century creative world. On graduation students will have the choice of a wide range of career options.

Most distinctively the course provides invaluable experience of working with fine artists, visual communicators, photographers, fashion designers, animators, filmmakers, graphic designers and creative advertisers as part of our world-facing specialist arts university. As a working musician you’ll come into contact with other creative artists during your career and our degree provides the unique opportunity to build important creative networks and an impressive musical portfolio from the outset of your professional life.

Note: We do not accept deferred entry for the BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance course.

BMus (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
3 years Duration
W315 UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course

Applicants must achieve by enrolment:

Passes at GCE A level, or a Rockschool Level 3 Music Practitioner qualification, or a National Diploma in a music-related subject with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points and

GCSE level English minimum grade C/4 and

Certified Theory of Music equivalent to either ABRSM or RockSchool or Trinity Grade 5 and

Pass a Leeds Arts University audition in the year prior to entry demonstrating a high level of performing ability – equivalent to ABRSM/Rockschool/Trinity Grade 8

Specifically - applicants do not need to hold a Grade 8 certificate, but will be expected to demonstrate energy and presence in performance to this level.

For mature students who are unable to provide formal evidence of an appropriate standard of English, the University may request completion of its own English proficiency test.

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