Performing Arts, BA (Hons)


This practical course has been designed to help students realise their ambition of working in the music industry, which contributed £4.5 billion to the UK economy in 2017 and supports more than 145,000 jobs in a range of roles.

It provides lots of opportunities for performance, including the Music Showcase we host every year as part of our Festival of Creativity.

You will have plenty of access to our studios and equipment, which includes an Audient ASP8024HE console, receive accredited training in the industry-standard Ableton Live and Logic X, and will be offered the opportunity to record your own or others' work in renowned studios at an additional expense.

Application status: Open

Course length: 
Full-time: 3 years (3 days a week)

Start date: 7th September 2020

Course codes:

Institution: B20
Course: PM11
Campus: C

Tuition fees:

Full-time: £8,250 per year
Part-time: £4,125 per year

Course detail

In recent years, UCW music studetns have visited Abbey Road Studios, Monnow Valley Studio, Rockfield Studios, Modern World Studios and Sawmills Studio.

UCW music students also benefit from a great guest lecture proramme, which in recent years has included composers, studio owners, technicians, designers and representatives from important industry organisations including the Musicians' Union.

The undertaking of a substantial research project on a music-related topic of interest also prepares students for post-graduate study.

The taught elements of this degree are also complemented by regular one-to-one and group skills workshops. So you can improve your instrument and equipment skills with our lecturers and experiences visiting experts - all at no extra cost.

Students on this course are based at our recently-refurbished Loxton Campus. It has ample rehearsal and performance spaces, and we put on a programme of our own shows throughout the year.

Students are also able to take advantage of everything on offer at our new University Centre in the Winter Gardens in the centre of Weston-super-Mare.

All of the modules on this course are worth either 20 or 40 credits each. Successful completion of 360 credits will lead to the award of the Level 6 degree.

Year 1

  • Live Performance (40 credits)
  • Music Performance and Production in Context (20 credits)
  • Musicianship (20 credits)
  • Studio Practice (40 credits)

Year 2

  • Composition and Songwriting (40 credits)
  • Individual Project in Music Performance and Production (20 credits)
  • Live Performance 2 (20 credits) or Live Events (20 credits)
  • Music Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (40 credits)

Year 3

  • Independent Research Project (20 credits)
  • Industry Engagement (20 credits)
  • Professional Development (40 credits)
  • Specialist Skills Portfolio (40 credits).

Career prospects

The music industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, with the combined economy worth in excess of £2.1billion per year.

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Meet the team


Lee Sullivan - Curriculum Coordinator

Prior to commencing a career in teaching in 1998, Lee worked as a professional session musician, musical director and studio engineer.

He has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide, working for organisations such as Mecca, Rank, the Hilton Hotel Group and P&O, and has also worked for numerous theatre companies as a pit musician and musical director.

Lee’s main areas of interest and specialisms include sound design, composing for film and TV, electro and acoustic composition, technology-driven performance and the design of computer-based performance environments.

Lee is an Apple Certified Logic Studio Master Trainer and was also awarded the coveted status of Ableton Certified Trainer in 2009.

He also has an Honours degree in Creative Music Technology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.


Susannah Scott - Programme Coordinator

Susannah has more than 15 years’ experience of the music industry and teaching students.

She is Grade 8 at piano, enjoys writing, arranging and directing music for choirs, and has toured and performed with a number of different bands.

Susannah has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Honours degree in Music, both from Cardiff University.

Delivered in partnership

This course is delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.

We have been working with Bath Spa over the last 200 years, and currently deliver 4000 courses in partnership with them.

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Student spotlight

Jeremy - Music, BA (Hons)

I chose to study at University Centre Weston because of the enthusiasm and energy of the teaching staff.

Moving to Weston gave me the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy life living in a vibrant community, right beside the sea.

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