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English and Music BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2019 start

Key facts

UCAS code: QW33

Start date: September 2018

3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


Music and literature are vital elements of any culture or society. This Joint Honours degree gives you the chance to combine the two as you explore poetry, prose and drama in English alongside music in culture, in practice or in society.

You’ll be introduced to the richness of English literature and have the chance to explore composition, the sciences of music, or performance in your core studies. However, we offer an impressive variety of option modules for you to choose from, so you can tailor your degree to focus on the topics that interest you.

You could study aesthetics and criticism, music technology, editing or music psychology alongside Romantic poetry, medieval literature or world theatre. You could think about the politics of the language we use, or build your advanced performance skills. This course will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of two vital forms of human expression in a city with a vibrant cultural and musical life.

Specialist facilities

We have plenty of resources to offer for students of both English and music. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – a great asset for original research. The University Library also offers a comprehensive training programme that will enable you to make the most of our extensive library resources.

The School of Music also has plenty to offer, including purpose-built practice rooms, extensive rehearsal facilities, studio spaces, a music psychology lab, percussion instruments and plenty of specialist computing facilities.

The centrepiece is the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, which hosts a varied programme of concerts during term time, all free to students. The University and School also have a close partnership with Opera North, as well as hosting the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, and the University of Leeds International Concert Series.

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Course content

A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

You’ll spend your first year developing your academic writing skills and studying texts from across poetry, drama or prose in English. In Music, you’ll choose from optional modules covering the role of music in history and culture, composition, theory, research skills, performance or the sciences of music.

Once you’ve established a good knowledge base, you’ll deepen your understanding over the next two years. In English, you’ll take core modules focusing on literature in your choice of time periods and choose from a wide range of optional modules, from medieval Scandinavian literature to creative writing and post-Apartheid narratives.

At the same time, you’ll choose from modules covering topics like editing and source studies, aesthetics or music psychology, or you can choose to focus on composition or performance. Our world-leading research staff offer specialist topics in Music in Context modules, or you can experiment with Music in Practice.

You’ll complete a dissertation in your final year, to demonstrate the research, critical and analytical skills you’ve developed.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Studying and Researching English 5 credits
Foundations of English Studies 20 credits

Optional modules

Prose: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
Poetry: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
Drama: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
Understanding Music 20 credits
Composition 20 credits
Performance 20 credits
Ensemble Performance 20 credits
Sound, Technology, and Music 20 credits
Introduction to the Psychology of Music 20 credits

Year 2

Optional modules

Medieval Literature 20 credits
Eighteenth Century Literature 20 credits
Contemporary South African Writing 20 credits
Keywords: The Words We Use and The Ways We Use Them 20 credits
Interpreting Music 20 credits
Aesthetics and Criticism 20 credits
Music Technology Skills and Techniques 20 credits
The Psychology of Listening and Performance 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Final Year Project

Optional modules

Contemporary Literature 20 credits
American Words, American Worlds, 1900-Present 20 credits
Telling Lives: Reading and Writing Family Memoir 20 credits
Medical Humanities: Representing Illness, Disability, and Care 20 credits
Analysing Music 40 credits
Editing and Source Studies 40 credits
Music Technology 40 credits
Music Psychology 40 credits

For more information on typical modules, read English and Music BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

You’ll benefit from a wide range of teaching and learning styles across your two subjects, allowing you to make the most of your tutors’ expertise. Lectures, seminars and tutorials are among the most common methods used, as well as performance classes and ensemble rehearsals depending on the modules you choose.

However, independent study is also an important element of your degree, allowing you to build your skills and follow your own interests.


We also use different types of assessment. Written exams and essays are likely to be part of the mix, but coursework, project and composition portfolios, oral presentations, recitals and performances will also be included in some modules.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in English and (minimum) B in Music, excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, M1, M1 including D3 in English and M1 in Music.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level and 6 in Music at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in English and H3 in Music

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    Scottish Highers accepted in combination with Advanced Highers. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaurate: 80% including 85% in English and 80% in Music.

Normally students will have taken Music, but if you have not (especially if it isn’t taught at your school or college), you should have at least one essay-based subject, as well as a minimum ABRSM Grade 5 music theory and Grade 8 practical qualifications.

If you have taken Music, practical grades are not a requirement for this programme. However, if you want to study performance, you’ll need a minimum of ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall or Rockschool Grade 8 merit/grade 7 distinction (or demonstrate that you are of equivalent standard by the time you arrive in Leeds).

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in English and B Music (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including English and Music (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of English Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A degree in English and Music equips you with a diverse range of skills that are valued by employers.

As well as your subject-specific knowledge and performance and composition abilities, you’ll have strong research, critical and analytical skills, and you’ll be able to work independently or in a team. You’ll also have the organisation and time management skills that go with handling two different subjects.

Graduates have gone into careers both within and outside of music and the arts. They’ve gone into areas like performance, composition, journalism, advertising and marketing, publishing, education and law. Many others have gone onto postgraduate study or further training.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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