Music BA(Hons)

Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Develop a portfolio of skills that will prepare you to work within the modern music industry. If you are stylistically eclectic, willing to take risks and experiment while preparing for your future career as a contemporary and entrepreneurial musician, this is the course for you.

Whether you're a performer, composer, sound artist, musicologist, or work in a mixture of these disciplines we'll offer an insight into the modern music industries – where stylistic and technological boundaries are constantly pushed. You'll also have the opportunity to grow through tuition in a music specialism of your choice, as well as composition or studio production lessons.


  • One-to-one and small group instrumental lessons, or
  • Composition or studio production lessons
  • Play regularly in ensembles, including vocal group, laptop orchestra, and Taiko drumming
  • Regular guest speakers and artists, such as Graham Fitkin (Composer), Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) and Darcus Beese (Island Records)
  • Take advantage of Falmouth's annual jazz summer school, held in collaboration with Yamaha

Fees, Costs and Funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£9,250 - full-time UK/EU

£15,000 - full-time international

Typical course costs

£150 - Recurring annual costs

£550 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration

Additionally, if you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs


For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page

How to Apply

You'll need to apply via ucas using University code F33, and course code W300

For detailed information on the application process and entry requirements, use our application guidance.

Successful applicants will then be invited to attend an interview. For details on what to expect and how to prepare, read our course interview information.


All UK/EU applications must be made through UCAS by 15 January. Late applications will be considered if there are places available on the course.

International fee payers may apply after the deadline but are encouraged to apply as early as possible, to have plenty of time to make visa and travel arrangements.

Course-specific tasks

This course requires all applicants to attend an interview. Applicants who are based outside of the UK may request an online interview.

You will be required to prepare two recorded examples of your music or creative practice for your interview. You should also prepare a 400 word written statement about the portfolio that details how and why you made that work.

Once you've applied, we'll email you with a personal login for the Falmouth Applicant Portal where you will see more information about these requirements.

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator
Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page
English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.
If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page
Our Applicant Services team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.
+44 (0)1326 213730
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How the course is taught 

We put creativity and artistic exploration at the heart of what we do, creating a supportive environment for you to research new ideas, cross stylistic borders and work collaboratively with a wide range of people.

You'll be in lectures and seminars studying a wide range of ideas and techniques. We'll also support you through tutorials as you work out how to apply that learning to your own music making.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     

What you'll do 

Year one 

In your first year, you'll consolidate and challenge the fundamentals of music-making, across performance, critical listening, composition, recording, theory and notation.

  • Composition studies: the elements of music
  • Performance studies: self and sound
  • Music in culture and critical theory
  • Contemporary techniques
  • Professional practice
  • Independent project
  • Ensembles and lunchtime Concerts

Year two

In year two, you'll choose from specialist modules such as Film Music, Music Education, Studio Composition or the Music Business. In other modules, we look at cutting-edge trends in today's music scene and think about career opportunities available to you.

  • Music at the cutting edge
  • Applied music
  • Options projects
  • Proposals for practice
  • Independent project
  • Ensembles and lunchtime concerts

The second year will also be the point in the degree where you can choose to study abroad with one of our partner institutions through the Study Abroad and Erasmus Exchange programmes.

Year three

Your third year begins with an off-campus project, designed to place your music in a professional context. Recent projects have included community music-making in Kenya, researching American Folk music in New York, and working as a film composer in Sri Lanka. Other possibilities include placements in the UK in schools, orchestras or record labels. When you're back, you'll work on self-devised projects, such as writing an album, putting on a major performance, or composing a score.

  • Practice in context
  • Dissertation
  • Professional practice project


The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts' incredible facilities include:

  • High-spec studios for acoustic and amplified music
  • Recording studios and practice rooms for bands and solos
  • Some of the best studio hardware, software and collection of microphones in any UK higher education institution


Our core staff team comprises performers, composers, producers, sound artists and musicologists, working across a wide range of musical styles. You will also have access to our large team of associate staff, including leading instrumental tutors, composers and songwriters, industry contacts and our team of technical support staff.


Assessment is a combination of practical exams and coursework.


Our graduates are freelance musicians, composers, business owners, teachers and community music leaders. They have worked with Elvis Costello, Madonna, Mark Ronson, and the Philharmonia Orchestra, amongst many others. Typical careers include:

  • Freelance performer, composer, producer or writer
  • Work as a session musician or ensemble work
  • Extended involvement with arts organisations or community music leader
  • Career in music journalism
  • Teaching or running workshops

Student mentor scheme 

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second-year student, to help you settle in and find your feet.

Our mentors can be reached on the Music BA(Hons) Facebook group

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for LGBTQ studentsdisabled studentsmature studentsinternational students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to