Course Details

Find out what you will study on our classical music degree and pathway options.


A conservatoire education

Built around a mixture of one-to-one tuition, ensemble work and seminars, this highly performance-based degree course supports your development into a fine specialist performer or composer, focusing on technique, artistic development and the commercial skills to earn a living in a highly competitive field.


A culture of collaboration

Our environment is designed to support your uniqueness as a musician.

We want you to explore a variety of influences and genres, and whether you want to join our Chamber Orchestra, experiment with a cross-genre ensemble, perform on strings for our Big Band, or play on recordings for our Film Music students, you’ll be immersed in a culture that encourages you to collaborate with a range of musicians and art forms.
Working alongside degree students from other pathways will also broaden your perspective.

You could be recorded by Production students, develop your improvisation techniques with Jazz students or bounce ideas off Business students – keeping you adaptable and current.



Our modules cover developing musicianship, group study, contextual studies and professional studies that prepare you for industry.
Download the full course outline for BA (Hons) Music (Classical)


Specialist Study

Performers will deliver a stylistically informed performance with a command of appropriate musical and repertoire skills, whereas composers will have the opportunity to compose ambitious pieces and to have a highly developed awareness of your compositional identity and to be able to apply this in a consistent and focused manner.

The module gives you the opportunity to show a command in your execution and to realise and develop your emerging musical voice with appropriate expression, creativity and presentation.

Specialist Group Study

You will develop a secure foundation in ensemble performance and/or composition.

Issues of style and repertoire will be discussed and taught, alongside a developing awareness of rehearsal etiquette and good practice.

Composers will be specifically composing for group ensembles.


Contextual Studies

You will develop composition, musicology and critical listening skills, through a detailed examination of repertoire, its style and effects on the development of music.

Within the four themes of repetition, virtuosity, music and theatre and technology and music you will study key works, musicians, compositional techniques, reception and environment.

You will also be able to choose optional modules from a range of subjects, including Entrepreneurship, Collaborative Composition or Emerging Music Models.

Professional Studies

Additionally, as with all our degree pathways, you will be able to choose to study a number of professional studies modules that cover topics such as self-promotion and marketing, legal and commercial issues and digital and media literacy.

This focus on developing your business skills will help to prepare you for a successful career in the industry.


Pathway Options

You can choose to study an extra Foundation Year or combine the BA (Hons) Music (Classical) degree with another pathway.


Foundation Year

You can choose to add a foundation year to our BA (Hons) Classical pathway. This 4-year BA (Hons) with Foundation Year would be suitable for you, if:

  • You do not have the standard/traditional entry requirements

  • You need additional time and support to achieve conservatoire-standard musicianship

During your foundation year, you will receive one-to-one tuition in your specialist study, and develop performance, composition or production skills in preparation for degree-level study.

On successful completion of the foundation year you would progress directly to year 1 of the BA (Hons) programme.

Download the full Course Outline for BA (Hons) Music (Classical) with Foundation Year.


Combined Degree

You can combine the Classical pathway with Jazz, Popular Music, or Production, choosing one as your major and one as your minor. Our degrees with a Classical major are:

If you opt to combine two pathways, you will follow the Specialist Study modules in your major pathway and Specialist Group Study modules in your minor pathway.

For example, if you wanted to take BA (Hons) Music (Classical with Jazz), your one-to-one lessons would be in Classical and your ensemble group study would be in Jazz.