English and Music BA (Full time) 2018 start
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)
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.
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.Back to top
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.
|Studying and Researching English||5 credits|
|Writing Critically||20 credits|
|Prose: Reading and Interpretation||20 credits|
|Poetry: Reading and Interpretation||20 credits|
|Drama: Reading and Interpretation||20 credits|
|Understanding Music||20 credits|
|Ensemble Performance||20 credits|
|Sound, Technology, and Music||20 credits|
|Introduction to the Psychology of Music||20 credits|
|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|
|Final Year Project|
|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|
Broadening your academic horizons
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.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in English and (minimum) B in Music, excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Access to HE Diploma
D3, M1, M1 including D3 in English and M1 in Music.
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.
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.
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 requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
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.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
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.
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.
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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