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What makes Music Education at Worcester special?

This course offers a creative, innovative and fresh approach to becoming a 21st century musician.

It's an exciting degree which combines a passion for studying Music and Education. You'll develop your skills in musicianship together with an exploration of teaching and learning in education, which will prepare you for a wide range of careers.

This course starts in September 2019. You may be interested our other Institute of Education courses running this year.

Key features

  • Study your first instrument to an advanced level together with a second instrument to support teaching and learning
  • A unique opportunity to work with the Business School to develop basic skills in Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Work placements available in different formal and non-formal educational settings
  • Study an aspect of Music Education to a high level through independent study and research

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points      

A minimum of Grade 5 or equivalent on at least one instrument. Candidates are also expected to show a basic understanding of Musical Literacy

Shortlisted applicants will be required to submit a filmed audio recording to demonstrate that they are at the required standard of performance

Obtained an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Musical Performance
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Practical Skills in Musicianship
  • Musical Contexts and Traditions
  • Child Development           


  • Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Languages

Year 2


  • Musical Performance
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Continuing with Musical Performance and Pedagogy
  • Musical Contexts and Traditions
  • Work Based Learning
  • Research in Education


  • Advertising Theory and Practice
  • Languages

Year 3

  • Musical performance
  • Work based learning
  • Music Education Leadership
  • Reflective Practice in Music Education
  • Independent study

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, together with a practical exploration of themes through workshops and small group activities to enable you to develop skills of independence and autonomy. Individual tuition is provided for all students on their first musical instrument with the acquisition of skills on a second instrument being facilitated mainly through peer teaching and learning in ensembles and supporting workshops.

Embedded within the course is work-based teaching and learning where you will have the opportunity to undertake placements in both educational settings such as schools and alternative educational establishments, for example, music libraries and community music. 

We have a strong personal academic tutor system with each student being allocated a personal academic tutor from within the course team. Your tutor will guide and support you both academically and pastorally, throughout your course with meetings scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of the course alongside more informal meetings when necessary.

Between years 2 and 3, you have an opportunity to pursue an area of particular interest in music education through the completion of a self-funded, yearlong placement in a setting of your choice, including an international placement.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 14-16 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 10 hours of interactive workshops, lectures and seminars to include practical activities
  • One hour per fortnight of individual tuition on your first instrument
  • 4 – 6 hours developing practical musicianship skills in ensemble and small group activities
  • Additional time to work in small groups to prepare for workshops and seminars

Work-based learning will be a feature of your contact time throughout the three years. This will vary in length from four in year 1, up to four weeks in year 2 and longer in year 3.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities to both prepare for and follow up on seminars, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online and preparing for both coursework assignments and presentations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with expertise in both music education and musical performance.

All of the lecturers have a Masters degree in an aspect of Music and Education and visiting professional practitioners hold qualifications pertaining to their area of expertise. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and 100 per cent of course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles for Julie Payne and Kim Harris.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

Assessment methods include essays, reports, portfolios, performance, viva voce, presentations and a final year independent studies research project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1   
2 presentations
1 individual and 2 group performances
2 assignments    
1 portfolio
1 reflective journal
1 teaching guide / toolkit for teachers

Year 2     
1 individual and 1 group performance
2 reflective portfolios
1 presentation
2 assignments     
1 group assessed project

Year 3   
1 independent study research project of 8,000 words
1 individual performance
2 viva voces
1 reflective portfolio
2 assignments
1 group poster


You will receive feedback on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.


Where could it take you?

This course will offer you the flexibility to pursue employment in a range of alternative educational settings within the Music Industry including Community Music, Youth Music, peripatetic instruction and working within Music Services. It would also offer a fantastic progression route to QTS if you want to teach in a school with Music subject leadership.

Those who graduate with a 2:1 degree or above will be guaranteed an interview for Primary PGCE teacher training at Worcester providing you meet the national pre-requisites for the course.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week (2018/19 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Music Education BA (Hons) - W321


UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions Office

01905 855111