Commercial Music

UCAS codes

  • W340 -

Course contact

Jim Prime
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outside UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BA - 3 years
  • BA Hons - 4 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

Music is one of the UK’s largest creative industries by export alone and this BA Commercial Music aims to enable those with talent, drive and ability to forge varied, lifelong careers in music promotion, tour management, sound engineering and production.

BA Commercial Music - University of the West of Scotland

SQA Highers: BBBC including English or relevant alternative
GCE A-Levels: CCC including English or relevant alternative
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: H3 H3 H3 H4 including English or relevant alternative
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 4, 4 at HL)
SQA Advanced Highers: BBC, plus HG English
GCE A-Levels: BBC
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
SQA HNC: Music; Music Performance; Music Technology; Music Production; Music Business, or relevant discipline
BTEC Level 4 HNC: Music; Communication; Media or relevant discipline
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Music; Performance; Music Technology; Music Business

Developed in response to industry requirements, the focus is on a rapidly developing modern music business and the exciting opportunities brought about by new media. Lecturers are practising music industry professionals and guest speakers have included Shirley Manson and Ricky Ross.

Designed for songwriters, producers and DJs, and those wishing to run small record companies or stage live events, you will develop a variety of specialisms, making you a sufficiently versatile graduate.

Year 1

An introduction to performance, production and the sociology/industry environment.

Year 2

Core subjects include analysis of media sources and intellectual property rights. Performance options include song-writing and instrumental/group skills. Production elements include digital music production, new media and website design.

Year 3

You will undertake a major self-directed project and further explore options including song-writing and production modules. Work-related learning is also an option.

Year 4 (Honours)

You will undertake a major research project (dissertation) and produce a music project whereby you release a single on a variety of platforms. You will work towards the prestigious showcase event and awards ceremony at Glasgow’s CCA.

Graduates work as record company scouts, promoters, tour managers, sound engineers, producers and performing and recording artists.

Further study

Graduates could continue their studies on the MA Songwriting and Performance or the MA Music: Innovation and Entrepreneurship courses at UWS.

A work-related learning module provides opportunities to gain experience in a relevant organisation or company. Project work, including record releases and performance events, will be staged regularly. Students have undertaken placement/work-based learning with organisations such as DF Concerts,EmuBands and SSE Hydro.   

 BA (Hons) Commercial Music is part of the UWS Creative Skillset Media Academy, is an Avid Authorised Training Partner and has JAMES accreditation.



Useful Information

  • 97% students in work/further study (HESA 2016)

    All applicants will be expected to submit a strong personal statement and reference. Applicants may be invited for interview and/or audition.

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