UWS Clearing

Commercial Music


BA (Hons)

4 years full-time


September 2023


About the course

The BA (Hons) Commercial Music will assist you in developing the critical skills to secure a role in the ever-evolving commercial music industries.

Whether you’re interested in music promotion, songwriting, teaching, tour management, research, sound engineering or instrumental performance, you’ll be able to customise the programme to suit your career aspirations.

Developed in collaboration with music industry professionals, this degree focuses on contemporary issues in commercial music and the opportunities new media has opened up.


  • Covering a broad range of subjects, this degree will prepares students for progression towards a variety of roles in the commercial music industries.
  • Guest lectures from industry professionals and degree alumni will provide you with first-hand insight into the commercial music industry and great networking opportunities with key contacts.
  • Flexible study options mean you can customise your learning experience to suit your circumstances and career goals.
  • This degree is part of UWS’s Creative Skillset Media Academy, is an Avid Authorised Training Partner and has JAMES accreditation.

Applications for this course are open to people currently residing in:


Year 1: Open

Year 2: Open

Year 3: Open

Rest of UK (Eng, Wales & NI) & Republic of Ireland

Year 1: Open

Year 2: Open

Year 3: Open

International (including EU/EEA)

Year 1: Closed

Year 2: Closed

Year 3: Closed

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Scottish Highers: BCC (69 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: DDD (72 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points
  • Scottish Wider Accesss Programme: Access to Humanities BBB including Higher (SCQF Level 6) English or equivalent (e.g Comms4 and Literature 1)

All students will be interviewed as part of the application process.

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBC (136 UCAS Tariff points) including English
  • A levels: BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points) including English
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
  • SQA HNC /BTEC Level 4 HNC: Music or Music Performance or Music Technology or Music Production or Music Business or Sound Production

All students will be interviewed as part of the application process.

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Music or Performance or Music Technology or Music Business (for SQA awards, ith Grade B in the Graded Unit)

All students will be interviewed as part of the application process.

How to Apply


You can apply for this course, as well as keep up-to-date with your undergraduate application, via the UCAS Hub.

Your UCAS Hub account will be updated once a decision has been made on your application and you’ll be notified.

Clearing Guide

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Enquire about this course

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we are here to help!

T: 0800 027 1000 (Freephone within the UK)
T: +44 (0)141 849 4101 (outwith the UK)
E: clearing@uws.ac.uk


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