Cardiff University Music
We offer rigorous musical training within a lively and imaginative liberal arts environment.
Our students work and study in a research community, learning from academic staff with expertise in composition, performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, and popular music.
Our undergraduate courses are flexible and challenging, allowing you to specialise and develop your own musical interests whilst acquiring a solid, broad-based education in aesthetics, analysis, composition, ethnomusicology, music history and performance.
For the BA Single Hons course, your primary focus will be on music but you may also get to broaden your education through the study of other subjects, subject to availability. If you would prefer to focus totally on Music, consider our BMus course as an alternative.
Home to the arts, Cardiff is a great location for the study of music in the UK. The city has a professional opera company, Welsh National Opera, and a professional symphony orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The School of Music enjoys a fruitful relationship with both organisations that allows, for instance, students to attend dress rehearsals and buy cut-price tickets for concerts.
We offer a number of instrumental and vocal entrance scholarships. You do not need to apply for these scholarships as you will be automatically considered when applying through UCAS. Visit the School of Music’s website for more information.
You are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards Grade 8 in one or more instruments or voice at the time of your application. You may be considered if you are not taking A-level Music but have Grade 8 Practical and Grade 7/8 Theory and are studying appropriate subjects at A-level.
The distinctive features of the course include:
- instrumental tuition which is fully funded by the School of Music on your principal study instrument
- Business of Music modules which offer a short work placement
- composition workshops, performance masterclasses, the University concert series, the John Bird lectures presented by visiting academics and the careers talks which provide many opportunities for contact with active music professionals
|Next intake||September 2017|
|Studying in Welsh||Up to 1% of this course is available through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information|
|Typical places available||The School typically has 70 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School typically receives 350 applications.|
For detailed entry requirements see the School of Music admissions criteria pages.
|Typical A level offer||AAB-BBB, with an A or a B in Music, and excluding General Studies. Music Technology will be counted as a separate GCE A-Level from Music. It may be substituted for A-Level Music if it is accompanied by grade 7/8 theory (ABRSM or equivalent). Applicants are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards grade 8 in one instrument, or voice, at the time of application. Consideration will be given to applicants who are not taking A-level music but have Grade 8 Practical and Grade 7/8 Theory and are studying appropriate Humanities subjects at A-level.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding Music. Applicants are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards Grade 8 in one instrument, or voice, at the time of application.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||32 points, including 6 at higher-level music. Applicants are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards grade 8 in one instrument, or voice, at the time of application.|
|Other requirements||Typical BTEC offer is Extended Diploma DDM. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.|