Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

School of Music

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BA Music with Enterprise

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UCAS code Qualification Duration and mode of study
3P84 BA

3 Years Full Time

What you study

This exciting course is aimed at students with interests in music and entrepreneurship.

In your first year you’ll study core modules that introduce you to theoretical, historical and social aspects of music alongside music technology and the psychology of music. You’ll also choose from core modules on different aspects of business and social enterprise, and decide whether to pursue composition, solo or ensemble performance.

You’ll build on this knowledge in the following year, when core Music in Context modules feature the research interests of your tutors. You’ll have the opportunity to study music from a variety of different perspectives, ranging from traditional musical studies of performance, composition, critical/analytical and historical studies to popular music, aesthetics, music psychology and music technology. Business modules will explore enterprise planning, innovation and entrepreneurship.

In your final year you’ll demonstrate your knowledge and skills with an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice, which might straddle both disciplines. At the same time, you’ll study advanced entrepreneurship and actually develop a new enterprise idea in a final year project.

What facilities are available

At the heart of the School of Music is the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, a beautiful performance space which hosts a large and varied programme of concerts in term time. The entire concert programme is free to students.

The School of Music has its own purpose-built building complete with rehearsal, performance and practice spaces, a lab for studying the psychology of music and four lecture theatres.

There are also studios for sound recording, software development and computer music composition – we have a wide range of professional recording equipment and up-to-date music software to help you with your studies.

In addition our instrument collection includes a specially commissioned gamelan, historic and modern keyboard instruments and a large selection of orchestral and world percussion.

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Why Leeds

You’ll have the opportunity to explore analytical, critical and comparative methodologies through Music pathways, with a focus on composition, performance, music psychology or other topics. At the same time, you’ll study modules in planning, managing innovation in business, development, creativity and social enterprise with the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Studies at Leeds University Business School.

The course culminates in an Enterprise Development Project, when you’ll have the chance to model a new enterprise; you can make music the object of your venture. You’ll learn how theory and practice interact, which may lead to future opportunities such as creating your own business or social enterprise and leading new initiatives for existing organisations, as well as more traditional music career options.

Studying music at Leeds is more than taking part in lectures and ensembles organised by the School. You can also be involved in extra-curricular activities through the student union, or through creating your own ensembles and bands. Leeds University Union Music Society (LUUMS) is one of the Union's largest societies and boasts four auditioned ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Chamber Choir) and several non-auditioning groups (Brass Band, Wind Band, Sinfonia and LUUMS Choir). Each ensemble, run and conducted by students, gives regular concerts and some go on tour in the summer holidays. LUUMS prides itself on the quality of its performances and its parties, and there are many social events throughout the year. For more information visit their website.

The campus hosts a diverse range of other musical societies, including the Forum of Composers and Musicians, Revelation Rock Gospel Choir, Clothworkers Consort of Leeds, Opera Society, Stage Musical Society, Music Theatre, Band Soc, Big Band, Punk Soc, Rock Soc, and Jazz and Blues Society. Students perform in the city's live music venues too, and are active in civic groups ranging from Leeds Improvised Music Association to the Leeds Festival Chorus. Performance at Leeds is what you make it - it is social, student-focused and enables you to develop your skills in a relaxed environment.

Applying, Fees, Funding

You are typically required to achieve one of the following (or equivalent):

  • A level grades AAB, normally with an A in Music (other A levels can include General Studies, but not Practical Music)
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB (A in Music)
  • BTECs: a minimum of Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a music (not music technology or practical music) specialism. Evidence of musical participation is also normally required in the form of ABRSM Grade 5 music theory and advanced practical examinations (Grade 7 or above)
  • IB 35 with at least a 6 in Music
  • Apolytirion 19 with 19 in Music plus at least 1 A-Level at grade B.

We normally interview all eligible applicants to the BA Music with Enterprise programme. Our typical offer is AAB including Music, and is based on the merit and ability of each applicant as demonstrated by the information provided in the UCAS form and performance at interview. In cases of a high quality application and interview we may make a lower offer. Though most applicants study A Level Music, we will consider other subjects in lieu of Music (especially if it is not taught at an applicant’s school/college) where the applicant is taking at least one essay-based subject at A Level and has theory (minimum Grade 5 ABRSM) and practical (minimum Grade 8) music qualifications.

Offers are made in terms of specific grades, not UCAS tariff points. We normally also require a good, broad-ranging performance at GCSE, with a minimum of passes in 3 different subjects, one of which must be English Language at grade C or above.


Those applying to the BA Music with Enterprise programme will be invited for an interview as part of the selection process. Admissions tutors will consider the applicant’s experience, skills and knowledge in relation to the academic demands of the course. For those applicants predicted grades lower than AAB, or who are not holding standard entry qualifications, the interview is particularly important for demonstrating relevant musical experience, skills and knowledge, and the chance to discuss any enterprise ideas you may have. Interviews take place from November-March, typically during one of the post-application open days when applicants will have the opportunity to look around the School of Music and meet some of our staff and students. Applicants will receive a written invitation from the School to attend an interview that will last approximately 20 minutes on a specific time or date. We request that applicants let us know as soon as possible if an alternative date is required. We will do our best to accommodate such requests but this cannot be guaranteed.

Extended Project Qualification

If you are undertaking an EPQ in a related discipline (e.g. music, history, sociology, psychology) the School may make an offer in addition to an offer based on your three A-levels (or equivalent qualifications). This offer would be one A level grade below that of our standard offer on the condition that you achieve a grade A in your EPQ.

Science A-Level

If you are taking a science A-Level, then you would normally need a Pass in the practical component.

Though this is not a requirement for admission, if you want to study performance on the BA you will normally need a grade of at least Grade 7 Distinction/Grade 8 Merit in one of the standard practical board examinations (ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall, Rockschool etc.) by the time you arrive in Leeds. However, we are happy to advise, audition or arrange consultation lessons for those without these grades. Please contact music@leeds.ac.uk if you wish to discuss this.

We welcome applications from candidates of all social and ethnic backgrounds and are committed to the promotion of equal opportunities.

For further information, please refer to the School's Admission Policy, available for download from the website.

How to apply

Please apply online via UCAS. If you need help with their online application process please telephone UCAS on 44 (0)871 468 0468.

For some tips on completing your UCAS form when applying for our courses click here.

Entry / admissions tests

Selection principles


For information about our fees and details of the financial support that may be available to you please visit www.leeds.ac.uk/yourfinances

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Leeds has one of the most comprehensive financial support packages available. One in four students qualifies for a bursary and in addition we have a series of scholarships Further information about scholarships and other types of financial support available here.

There are also a number of music-specific scholarships available to students offered by Leeds Parish Church and Leeds Cathedral. Click here for more information.

Course Content

Tutors in the School of Music are leading practitioners and researchers, carrying out cutting-edge research which directly informs their teaching. To help you benefit from their expertise, a variety of learning and teaching methods are used.

Depending on the modules you choose, these are likely to include lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as online learning tasks, solo and ensemble rehearsals, studio time for composition and technology, and even lab work in music psychology.

Independent study is also an important part of the degree, since this is where you will develop your analytical and research skills. Our experienced technicians and tutors are on hand to help if you need them, and you’ll have access to our expert instrumental and vocal teachers if you are studying performance.

You’ll also have many opportunities to enrich your learning – for example, the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Studies offers the chance to hear entrepreneurs discussing their own experiences through the Enterprise Speaker Series, as well as opportunities for group work, reflective and experiential learning.

We use different types of assessment. You will complete exams and essays, but you may also be assessed through performances, project work, composition portfolios, presentations, concert reviews and recordings, depending on the modules you choose.

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor who will meet with you individually at least twice a year, and tutorial support for your other modules is always available on request. All staff have office hours where you can drop in and ask for help if you need it. There is an extensive programme of support for students offered through the library's skills programme.

Current modules taught

For a full list of modules taught please visit the Module and Programme Catalogue.

Career Opportunities


A degree in Music with Enterprise will allow you to develop a wide range of subject knowledge and skills; you’ll also gain strong commercial awareness and transferable skills that are very attractive to employers.

You’ll be a good communicator who is able to collaborate and work well in a team, but you’ll also be confident working independently. You’ll also have the chance to develop analytical, research and organisational skills. Spending time developing a new enterprise will demonstrate that you have initiative and planning skills.

You can access student enterprise societies, the Social Innovation Zone, Spark business advice and mentoring services, a Business Plan Competition and Enterprise Scholarships, all of which are offered to help students make the most of their talents and put enterprising ideas into practice. You will benefit from opportunities to work with students engaged in enterprising activities from different disciplines, while accessing support and information from a range of related student services. Professional and alumni links are available to all our students with a particular focus on the music industries; this degree will equip you with innovative ways of applying your musical abilities to commercial environments.

We run a series of careers events every year in collaboration with the University Careers Centre to help you explore your options.

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Study Abroad, Work Placements

Study abroad opportunities

During your second year you’ll be able to apply to transfer to our BA Music with Enterprise (International) programme. This allows you to extend your degree by a year and spend your third year studying at one of our many partner universities worldwide. A new option is the Horizon study abroad year, which provides the opportunity to focus on language learning and intercultural understanding at one of a few specific Horizon destinations.

It’s a great opportunity to enhance your CV and gain a new perspective on your studies, as well as deepening your cultural awareness through more varied experience. In addition to being a highlight of your degree, it can give you real confidence in a competitive job market.

Read more about Study Abroad

Work placement opportunities

If you transfer to our BA Music with Enterprise (Industry) degree in your second year, you can extend your programme by a year to spend your third year working in the music industry. It’s a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and contacts – and some students go on to work for their placement companies after they graduate.

We have established internship opportunities with major music organisations such as Warner Music, English National Opera, and the Leeds International Concert Season, but you can also explore placements such as music therapy, education, orchestral or band management, in the UK or abroad.

Students have taken placements in organisations such as Faber Music, Grand Union Orchestra, and Scottish Opera. One graduate has opened the New York office of WilKatPR, following a placement with the company.

Read more about Year in Industry

If you have a workable business plan, you can also apply to spend a year developing your business. The year in enterprise works just like the year in industry – you extend your degree by a year and spend the third year benefiting from the Leeds Enterprise Centre’s support to get it off the ground.

Read more about Year in Enterprise


If you wish to contact the School of Music for more information about the course or to book a department visit, please use the details below:

School of Music Reception

Tel: 0370 837 5874

Email: music@leeds.ac.uk

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