The University of York
Music and Sound Recording BA (Hons)
The University of York

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our Music and Sound Recording course offers students a bespoke training in music production methods. It is aimed at students who seek employment in media-related industries, small businesses, or as independent artists. The course covers a range of production situations aligned to music from classical, non-western and popular music genres. You will encounter production strategies from a wide variety of perspectives during your time on the course. Course content: Relevant aspects of acoustics, psychoacoustics and electroacoustics, combined with practical experience of microphone techniques and editing methods for classical recording, introduce you to the behaviour of sound, our perception of it and the aesthetic and technical issues that must be addressed to capture it successfully and meaningfully. The more overtly interventionist techniques that typify pop, rock and electronic music production are explored in detail covering: signal processing techniques and technologies.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 25 graduates of Music and Sound Recording BA (Hons) at The University of York for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Music.

Overall student satisfaction
74 /100
25 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Music and Sound Recording BA (Hons) at The University of York

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Music and Sound Recording 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 £20500 £19500 £24000
25-75 percentile range £18500 - £25000 £14000 - £23500 £19000 - £29000


Salary of all UK Graduates of Music

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19045 £17710 £21517
25-75 percentile range £15951 - £23247 £12504 - £22119 £15656 - £27019

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 and Sound Recording BA (Hons) at The University of York

45% Teaching Professionals
20% Administrative occupations
15% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Customer service occupations

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution



Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Essential Subjects: Music or Music Technology (or equivalent) at grade A is essential. If you are not taking A level Music or Music Technology we will accept ABRSM or Trinity Grade 5 Theory and Grade 7 Performance. Other exam boards may be considered on a case by case basis.

Only acceptable in conjunction with Scottish Advanced Highers.

Pass Access to HE Diploma with 36 credits at Distinction and 9 at Merit or higher including Music-related units.

Acceptable in conjunction with Scottish Highers. Advanced Higher Music at grade A is essential.

If you achieve a C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A Level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.

With 6 in Higher Level Music.

We consider a range of BTEC qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels, or in combination with A Levels or other qualifications. A Level in Music (or equivalent qualification) at grade A is essential. We may also consider relevant units in your BTEC as A Level Music equivalent.

We consider a range of OCR qualifications equivalent to 3 A Levels, or in combination with A Levels or other qualifications. A Level in Music (or equivalent qualification) at grade A is essential. We may also consider relevant units in your OCR Cambridge Technical as A Level Music equivalent.

We will consider this qualification alongside or in combination with A Levels or other qualifications, as equivalent to one A Level.

Cambridge Pre-U Music at grade D3 is essential.

Although we do not typically hold interviews for this course, mature candidates and those with special circumstances and/or qualifications may be invited to attend an interview. We consider a wide range of qualifications for entry. We may also make reduced offers where applicants are eligible for our contextual offer scheme, or are taking specific additional qualifications.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

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

    • 6.0
    • 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 and Sound Recording, BA (Hons).

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of York is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees Music and Sound Recording BA (Hons)

EU £19600 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £19600 year 1

Additional fee information

For additional information please see our web pages at: https://www.york.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-funding/

Average student cost of living in 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, 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:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of The University of York in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The University of York in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #14 
    • #18 
    Music
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #27 
    • #36 
    Music
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]

See all university rankings of The University of York

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About The University of York

The University of York, usually abbreviated to Ebor, is a collegiate research university based in the historic and picturesque city of York, England. It has two main campuses, East and West, which are just a few minute’s walking distance apart. It also has another site known as King’s Manor just North-West of the city centre.

  • Living on campus
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Where is this programme taught

The University of York
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Main Site - Heslington
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