This course allows me to work and network with other musicians constantly, a valuable skill for anyone wanting a career in music. I know I’ll be graduating with all the knowledge and tools I need to be successful in the music industry.


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    A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

    Learn the skills you need to enjoy a successful career in the music industry.

    Our purpose-built creative arts building provides the latest recording facilities, as well as sound-proofed practice rooms, performance spaces and editing software.

    Our supportive tutors are highly skilled musicians with real world international experience. They’ll give you the chance to perform, produce and compose music across a range of styles for stage, screen and studio environments.

    Why Study Commercial Music with Foundation Year?

    Wherever your passion in music lies, our course offers you plenty of opportunity to hone your skills and study areas of commercial music that are new to you.

    Popular music is at the heart of this course and you'll be developing strong skills in performance, instrumental technique, songwriting and composition.

    During the foundation year, you'll learn about core aspects of commercial music and you'll gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level.

    As you progress through the degree, you'll have opportunities to perform, record, produce and compose music in specialist facilities, and you'll study the creative, technological and managerial elements of the music business as an industry. You will also have regular vocal and/or instrumental lessons.

      All about the course

      During the foundation year, you'll gain an introduction to commercial music and you'll develop essential study skills to help you throughout your degree.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      All applications will be considered on an individual basis according to qualifications, background and experience. Particular importance is placed upon instrumental/vocal ability, songwriting skills and/or sound production experience.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      Each academic year is divided into two semesters, which are separated by a two ­week assessment period in January. During each semester you'll take three 20 credit modules. 

      The teaching on each module will vary but typically includes lectures, practical workshops and seminars. You'll also have regular access to your module tutors and you'll be supported in one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor. 

      Information about modules and a variety of learning and support materials is available through our virtual learning environment and you'll have access to IT and library facilities throughout the course.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves working on performance, composition or production projects, reading, practicing your instrument and rehearsing and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops or seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific activities to complete before class.

      For the Independent Project in Year 3, you'll undertake independent research, working under the supervision of a member of the course team who you'll meet with regularly.

      Your contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected. Typically, a 20 credit module involves 3-4 contact hours per week, but there are variations in some modules, particularly where a module might be delivered predominantly by individual tutorials or in smaller groups for instance.

      Your overall workload typically consists of around 10-12 contact hours per week plus additional hours of independent study, practice and rehearsals for instance.

      The teaching team consists of highly qualified academics and practitioners who have a range of expertise and experience. Current staff include a professor, principal lecturer, senior lecturers and associate lecturers. 

      All staff are practitioners and are active as performers, producers, composers and/or researchers.

      You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

      A foundation year provides an introduction to academic study and life at university, supporting every student to achieve their full potential.

      Martin WattsFoundation Year Programme Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      The balance of assessment type depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose, but you will be assessed by a range of methods including practical work (such as performances, recordings, composition work – in the form of recordings or scores), written work (such as commentaries and essays), and presentations.


      You will receive feedback on all your assessments and we aim to provide you with your feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Industry links

      The University is a partner and principal sponsor of the Canterbury Festival. 

      DJ/Producer Matthew Herbert is one of our Artistic Researchers

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