Leeds Conservatoire
Music (Jazz) with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
Leeds Conservatoire

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Leeds Conservatoire's jazz degree was the first in the UK, and over the last 50 years we've become a leading authority in jazz across the UK and Europe. Our course was the first Jazz degree to be established in Europe. Our Foundation Year route gives you an extra year to focus on your musical development. Led by Programme Leader, Jamil Sheriff, and supported by a host of renowned jazz musicians, our highly collaborative curriculum will shape you into a forward-thinking, creative artist grounded in tradition but with a hunger to take music to new dimensions.

This course follows the same specifications as our three year BA (Hons) Music (Jazz) except that the extra Foundation Year allows for students who need an extra year of study to achieve the standard of our entry requirements for the 3-year BA. On completion of the Foundation Year you will continue to Year 1 of the BA (Hons) Music (Jazz).

You’ll play with jazz musicians from all backgrounds, from raw talent to polished, and from progressive to purist. You’ll also benefit from working alongside students from other pathways, collaborating with producers, sound engineers, composers and entrepreneurs on your own independent projects. As well as one-to-one tuition with experts in your specialism, you will form innovative ensembles, develop composition, musicology and critical listening skills, and receive expert advice and instruction from illustrious performers, composers and music industry professionals.

Graduates from Jazz degrees at Leeds Conservatoire have gone on to a wide variety of careers including Recording Artists, Band Leaders, Composers, and Performers.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 32 graduates of Music (Jazz) with Foundation Year 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
85 /100
32 total respondents
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 (Jazz) with Foundation Year, 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 (Jazz) with Foundation Year BA (Hons) at Leeds Conservatoire

40% Artistic, literary and media occupations
25% Teaching Professionals
10% Other Educational Professionals
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Caring personal services
5% Elementary occupations
5% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals

The course is assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the diversity of creative and professional practice. Assessment methods include recitals, coursework, musical portfolios, recordings, technical tests, presentations and written work. The exact nature of assessments will depend on the Musicianship Skills, Contextual Studies and Professional Studies module options chosen at Level 3, 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

64 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.

Please visit the international page on our website for further information: http://bit.ly/UCAS-international-apply
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Tuition Fees Music (Jazz) with Foundation Year 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 £14500 year 1
International £14500 year 1

Additional fee information

If you are paying international fees you will pay £14,500 TBC for the Foundation Year only, then your subsequent years will be £17,500 TBC.

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:

October 1, 2023

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:

  • Foundation

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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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