Buckinghamshire New University
Music Production and Performance BA (Hons)
Buckinghamshire New University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The key aims of the course are to develop a wide range of music production and performance skills, making use of technologies to compose, perform, record and produce original music. This will lead to a substantial portfolio of original work in performance, composition and production.

Throughout the course you'll develop your problem solving, listening and research skills and in turn you can direct these entrepreneurial abilities towards a productive freelance future.

Why study this subject? Considering a career as a music producer, performer, composer, researcher or educator?

By combining music production and performance you'll give yourself a unique blend of skills, opening up numerous career opportunities within the music industry. With the UK music industry alone contributing £5.8bn to the UK economy in 2019, (Music By Numbers, UK Music) there has never been a better time to follow your passion.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? BNU pioneered Music Business and Management degrees over 20 years ago. Studying with us means you'll be associated with our highly regarded teaching programme and you'll benefit from learning with a leading team of expert lecturers. Our teaching staff have a wealth of professional and academic experience, with many still actively working in the music industry.

At the heart of this course is a commitment to preparing you for work in areas like studio-based music production, live sound, composition, performance and music-related entrepreneurial ventures. The course offers a vibrant, innovative and engaging curriculum that delivers work-ready graduates who'll be equipped to compete in the national and international employment marketplace.

What facilities can I use? We have extensive and advanced industry standard recording facilities at BNU, including three recording studios with separate vocal booths and live rooms, as well as three professional edit suites.

The course builds on existing department strengths and partnerships, including relationships with impressive industry names like Sennheiser and Focusrite.

What will I study? This course will help you to develop many of the skills required by the creative industries, preparing you for life in music environments, such as studio-based music production, live sound, composition, performance and music related entrepreneurial ventures.

On completion of this course you'll be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in the use of music equipment and technology. Moreover, you'll have the intellectual curiosity and potential for continued artistic and creative development. These attributes will be demonstrated through your leadership, listening, critical reflection, teamwork, and organisational skills.

How will I be taught and assessed? A variety of assessment formats will be used throughout the course, including in-class assignments, workshops and presentations. Assessments will be appropriate to the task, achievable, motivating and vocationally focused, forming a constructive part of your learning process.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 13 graduates of Music Production and Performance BA (Hons) at Buckinghamshire New University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Music.

Overall student satisfaction
76 /100
13 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Music Production and Performance BA (Hons) at Buckinghamshire New University

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Music Production and Performance BA (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19000 £22500 £25000
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £24000 £17500 - £25500 £19000 - £30000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Music

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20088 £19411 £23181
25-75 percentile range £16374 - £24612 £14340 - £24328 £17441 - £29439

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Music Production and Performance, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Music Production and Performance BA (Hons) at Buckinghamshire New University

20% Business and public service associate professionals
15% Teaching Professionals
15% Managers, directors and senior officials
10% Sales occupations
10% Administrative occupations
10% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
10% Web and Multimedia Design Professionals
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations
0% Customer service occupations

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 88 - 112. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Music Production and Performance, BA (Hons).


Tuition Fees Music Production and Performance BA (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £14250 year 1
International £14250 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Buckinghamshire New University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Buckinghamshire New University in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #55 
    • #67 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 24 September, 2022]
    • #73 
    • #86 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

See all university rankings of Buckinghamshire New University

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About Buckinghamshire New University

Buckinghamshire New University, also known as Bucks, was founded in 1893, in the town of High Wycombe, South East England. This university has chosen to divide its academic offerings into seven separate schools, which is reflected in that learning resources such as libraries are located in their relevant areas to reduce crowding and also increase the ease of looking for the materials the student needs. Bucks has been the recipient of numerous awards, among which we can find the Silver Award from TEF.

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Where is this programme taught

High Wycombe Campus
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