Leeds Conservatoire
Music (Folk, Roots and Blues with Classical) BA (Hons)
Leeds Conservatoire

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Develop your skill set in more than one subject area and study with a wider range of expert staff on this Folk with Classical combined course at Leeds Conservatoire. You’ll take your Specialist Study modules in Folk and your Specialist Group Study modules in Classical.

Rebellion. Tradition. Activism. Our exciting, inclusive approach to folk and traditional music explores music, stories and traditions from all over the world. We explore traditional music from the British Isles and globally, expanding it through innovative performance, composition, arrangement and recording techniques. From this grounding in folk and traditional music, you will experiment with other genres and cultural identities, forming and joining innovative ensembles, building your repertoire in performance or composition. Your experiences in Folk and Classical will give you the chance to develop new sounds and new ideas.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 238 graduates of Music (Folk, Roots and Blues with Classical) BA (Hons) at Leeds Conservatoire for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Music.

Overall student satisfaction
79 /100
238 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Music

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19497 £18360 £22141
25-75 percentile range £15979 - £24075 £13492 - £22848 £16777 - £27979

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Music (Folk, Roots and Blues with Classical), 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 (Folk, Roots and Blues with Classical) BA (Hons) at Leeds Conservatoire

28% Artistic, literary and media occupations
17% Teaching Professionals
11% Elementary occupations
9% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
4% Administrative occupations
2% Sales occupations
2% Sports and fitness occupations
2% Caring personal services

The course is assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the diversity of creative and professional practice. Assessment methods include performance recitals, coursework, musical portfolios, recordings, technical tests, presentations and written work. The exact nature of assessments will depend on the Contextual Studies and Professional Studies module options chosen at Level 5 and Level 6, as well as the choice of project for the Final Project module at Level 6. Formal assessments tend to take place at the end of each semester or the end of the year. There are a handful of assignments with deadlines halfway through a semester.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

96 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 studies or equivalent, (which normally include A Level Music or a BTEC Extended Diploma in a Music-related subject), plus 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include English Language. Combinations of Level 3 qualifications are accepted.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

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Additional entry requirements: Applicants should also have achieved a minimum of three GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above. UCAS tariff points from music graded exams are also accepted (highest achieved per instrument (grade 6 and above), awarded by ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, Rock School). All applicants will be required to either attend an audition or submit a portfolio of work. Please see https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/audition for up to date details of our audition process. English Language requirements: All applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirement, as set by the conservatoire. For UK applicants this is GCSE English Language at grade C/4. Equivalent qualifications, such as Functional Skills English Level 2 or National 5 English grade C, will also be accepted. For applicants that require a Student Visa to study in the UK, the standard requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no sub-test less than 5.5.

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Tuition Fees Music (Folk with Classical) 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 £17500 year 1
International £17500 year 1

Additional fee information

For details of any additional costs associated with your course, please see https://www.leedsconservatoire.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate-study/fees-funding/tuition-fees/.

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)

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About Leeds Conservatoire

Leeds Conservatoire is a school that dedicates itself to providing music-based education at the higher education level, based in the Quarry Hill area of Leeds, England. Students have the choice, if they wish, to combine multiple subjects that the conservatoire offers. The Undergraduate courses that can be found here are considered pathways, which can lead to university, or the right to study some of the Master’s Degree courses that are available.

Where is this programme taught

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