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Durham University


W301 Music with Foundation BA Undergraduate  2020


UCAS code W301
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 4 years full-time
Location Durham City
Alternative qualifications
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+44 (0)191 334 0172

Course Summary


Foundation Programme (Year 0)

The first year of this course is spent with the Foundation Programme developing the skills and subject knowledge required for successful study at degree level. The Foundation Year contains a number of core and discipline-specific modules. Compulsory modules are designed to develop higher level learning skills and familiarise you with studying and assessment at degree level. Discipline-specific modules help lay a foundation of knowledge that you will build upon as you progress to your chosen degree course. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the first year of your degree, once you have achieved the grade required for progression.

Foundation Modules

  • Academic Practice in Arts & Humanities 
  • Foundations of Music 
  • Foundations of Music; History and Form
  • English Literature 
  • Extended Research 
  • Introduction to Modern History 
  • Introduction to Liberal Arts
  • Understanding Language
  • Studying Social Life

Years 1, 2 and 3

As per years 1, 2 and 3 of W300 BA Music.


Course Learning and Teaching

This course is focused on non-traditional students and the modes of teaching and learning are designed to provide and facilitate high-quality teaching and learning in a supportive and productive environment which encourages self-awareness, reflective practice and cross-cultural awareness.

The course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials/workshops and practical classes. Typically, lectures provide key information on a particular area and this is consolidated through tutorials and/or workshops and practical classes where appropriate, particularly for laboratory and IT skills. The course provides up to 18 contact hours per week, but further consolidation takes place through independent study and/or voluntary workshops provided outside the course’s formal contact hours. Emphasis is placed on developing confidence and classes are generally small, normally with 25 to 35 students to ensure individual needs can be met.

Students who require additional language and academic support are normally provided with an additional 4 hours of seminar/ tutorial contact time and opportunities to take part in additional small group and individual tutorials as appropriate beyond the formal contact hours.

Towards the end of the year, greater emphasis is placed on independent study, not just in preparation for classes and reading around the subjects, but also with students completing an individual project related to their future progression route.

Throughout the course, all students also have access to an academic adviser who will provide them with academic support and guidance. Students will meet formally with their adviser two to three times a year. However, in addition, academic advisors and teaching staff are normally available to meet with students at certain times each week on a ‘drop-in’ basis.

After the initial year, students should refer to the teaching and learning information for W300 BA Music.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

All students are requested to contact the Foundation Programme for an Information, Advice and Guidance discussion before applying.

We welcome applications from:

  • Mature learners (over 21) with no formal qualifications*, but whose experience since leaving full-time education may have helped to equip them for further study.
  • Mature learners (over 21) with A levels (or equivalents) which were obtained over three years ago.
  • Young learners (under 21) with adverse circumstances which could not be mitigated by their academic provider (evidence will be required).
  • Young learners (18 to 21) who have not engaged in post 16 education, but whose experience since leaving full-time education may have helped to equip them for further study.
  • EU learners who have not had the opportunity in their home country to study qualifications suitable for direct entry to their chosen degree course at Durham University.
  • Non-native English speakers with suitable IELTS (or University recognised equivalent).

*Some courses require evidence of instrumental skills.

Formal qualifications are not normally required for UK students. Evidence of academic qualifications is required for EU students. Applicants must have reached Grade 8 ABRSM instrumental standard. Applicants are advised that an audition may be required for entry to this course. For a complete list of subject requirements visit


English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

Information relevant to your country

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £9,250.00 per year
Home Student £9,250.00 per year
Island Student £9,250.00 per year
International non-EU Student £20,500.00 per year

The tuition fees shown for home and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding 

Career Opportunities

Foundation Programme

Students successfully completing a Foundation Year course will progress directly to their chosen degree programme at Durham University. Our graduates enter a wide range of occupational areas both in the public and private sector, including science, teaching, business and finance. Durham has an excellent graduate employment record, and the skills acquired during study serve as a valuable preparation for life after university.

We have been expanding the range of progression routes to other Durham degrees for Foundation Year students and provide routes into all Durham University departments. 

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.

Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place:

Discover Durham Tours

Discover Durham tours offer a brief introduction to the University. The tour begins at one of our undergraduate colleges, where you will receive an introductory talk from a member of college staff, followed by a tour of the college by current students.

Overseas Visit Schedule

Department Information

Foundation Programme


We offer specially tailored study programmes to prepare students for degree-level study, specialising in helping mature learners return to education and preparing EU students who are unable to study to a sufficient level in their own country for direct entry to university courses in the UK. We can also support students who are changing between academic fields. 

Our students come to us from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds; many have had a long break from formal education. We help students to realise the skills and personal qualities they each possess and to apply these in developing the academic knowledge they will need as they progress through their studies.

Foundation Programme courses are fully integrated with Durham University degree programmes, counting as Year 0 of a full undergraduate degree. Students will progress directly on to their degree at Durham, once they have acheived the grade required for progression.


  • Over 90% of Durham’s subjects are ranked within the top 10 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019).


For a current list of staff, please see the Centre web pages.


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