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BA (Hons) Music Performance and Production

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Course summary

We believe we’ve designed the ideal course for any performer, songwriter or composer who wants to work in music. There’s room for everyone with creative ideas on our course, even if you haven’t gained a formal music qualification. We’re interested in anyone who feels compelled to make music in some way.

We don’t want to dictate your musical path. You’ll tell us where you want your music to take you. Then our teachers – all producers, composers, theorists and performers themselves – will help you find your way there.

We’ll develop your specialist skills in music production, songwriting, performance and sound design. We’ll give you the facilities and equipment to create with and the stages to perform on, and we’ll underpin all this with a thorough examination of the history, culture and business of music.

Not only will we equip you to land a music industry job, we think you may just end up being the job!

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If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email

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Room for creativity

We’ll help you experiment and create so you can find your own voice and follow your vision as a music maker.

All-round approach 

You’ll learn inside and outside the University of East London, combining work at our superbly equipped studios with organised performances at arts venues in east London’s thriving cultural community.

Kick-start to your career

You’ll gain the skills you need to enter a wide range of music-related careers, from songwriting and performance to experimental composition, production and teaching.

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Entry requirements


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A Level
Including passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects. Must include a music-related subject
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths (See below for accepted equivalences)


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

We will also consider the UEL New Beginnings pre-entry course

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

To us, music is a broad church. It could mean the creation of a top-40 pop song, an experimental sound installation at Tate Modern or a viral track online. So we’ll offer you a broad spectrum of studies, too.

In your first year, you’ll learn basic skills in areas such as musical arrangements and solo and group performance. You’ll become more professional about your music.                                                                          

In your second year, you‘ll pursue your own identity as a songwriter or performer. You’ll also think more about how you’re going to produce your music.

Over the three years, your theoretical studies will include music history, investigations into how technology affects the composition and consumption of music and explorations into how sound connects with the body.

By the third year, you’ll bring all your knowledge together to fashion a professional portfolio in your chosen field ready to present to the music world.

What you'll study and when

Computer Music Production (core)
Performance Skills 1: Collaboration and Improvisation (core)
Music Skills 1: Arranging for Musicians (core)

Contextual Studies 1: History of Music Genre, 20th-21st Century (core)

Sound and Music for Moving Image (core)
Performing Skills 2: Live Performance (core)
Music Skills 2: The Songwriter’s Identity (core)
Contextual Studies 2: Music Technology, Industry and Writing (core)
Computer Music 3: Live Electronic Sound (core)
Contextual Studies 3: Music, Sound and the Body (core)
Professional Practice: Employability and the Music Professional (core)
Final Project (core)

How you'll be assessed

To fit the particular nature of this course, all assessment is carried out through coursework. There are no exams.

Students with disabilities and/or particular learning needs should discuss assessments with the Course Leader to ensure they are able to fully engage with all assessment within the course.

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How you'll learn

Your teachers are industry practitioners who value creativity above all else. So they’ll help your ideas flourish by nurturing the development of your musical understanding, production skills and reflective practice.

The Music Performance and Production course team comprises performers, songwriters, composers and producers with vast and varied experience on the international stage.

They’ll help you gain the self-management skills that will be key to building your career.

They’ll oversee your studio work as you collaborate closely with your colleagues on the Music Technology course. Our new, £33 million University Square Stratford building will be your creative playground, with its £750,000 of specialist equipment housed in purpose-built recording studios, post-production suites and rehearsal and performance areas.

Your tutors and lecturers will encourage you to be daring. You’ll spread your wings with performances at Stratford Circus and other lively east London venues in Shoreditch and Brick Lane.

Course Leader Steve Betts says, “These events are crucial because they help you understand how networking can be the driving force behind a music career.”

Your future career

Our course is designed to turn our students into highly employable modern music professionals. The pathways that lead from our course into the industry are varied and stimulating.

You could forge a career in contemporary or experimental music. Or you could choose to stay in the pop world. Or write film soundtracks. You could end up composing music for computer games.

Anything would appear possible when you consider the range of careers that just a small cross-section of our students gone into since leaving us.

Some go into the recording business, like Joe Power and Stephen Peeling, who are signed up to an independent record label with the post-rock band, Codes in the Clouds.

While some graduates go on to work as music producers, sound designers and DJs, others opt for the business side of the industry in areas such as music journalism and music teaching.

Others choose to continue their studies, like Tomas Peckys, who’s doing a PhD in Lithaunian dance culture.

One of our alumni now even boasts a double musical life. By day, Phoebe Osborne is a music teacher but she moonlights as a singer-songwriter for the alternative folk band, Penniless Cove.

You see, we can help give you the best of both worlds.

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