Course summary

The Music: Production, Performance and Enterprise degree will equip you for a successful career in all areas of the commercial and popular music industries. The course will inspire you to develop expertise and experience in the key fields of commercial music: music production; music performance; music business/enterprise. Nowadays, only by having knowledge and understanding of all three specific areas will you be sufficiently prepared for employment and sustained career in music.

You might enter the course with a combination of aspirations to be a music artist, producer, performer, songwriter, composer, musicologist, journalist, DJ, technologist, entrepreneur, business specialist or educator - this course nurtures those aspirations, whilst also ensuring that a broad range of music-related skills is developed as well. The course also incorporates a strong focus on reflective practice and contextual studies, meaning that our students are positioned to become innovators and thought leaders for the future of the music industries, which change constantly and are impacted significantly by advances in technology advance. Graduates of the course are therefore empowered to follow a specific future career path, whilst also exhibiting the transferable skills required for employment in all areas of the music industry.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study in this course.

Year 1

Subjects of study include:

  • Artist Development
  • Individual and Professional Development
  • Music Business and Enterprise (Core for Enterprise pathway)
  • Music in Context
  • Music Industries Management
  • Performance and Musicianship (Core for Music Performance pathway)
  • Producing Music (Core for Music Production pathway)
  • Recording Techniques

Credit Level 4

Year 2

Subjects of study include:

  • Emerging Music Markets
  • Individual and Professional Development
  • Live Music Management (Core for Enterprise pathway)
  • Performance and Musicianship (Core for Performance Pathway)
  • Studio and Live Production (Core for Production pathway)
  • The Artist: Product and Persona
  • The Creative Industries and You

Credit Level 5

Year 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Bridging Into Work
  • Final Major Project
  • Music Business Specialism (Core for Enterprise pathway)
  • Music Contracts and Intellectual Property
  • Music Performance Specialism (Core for Performance pathway)
  • Music Production Specialism (Core for Production pathway)
  • Research Essay

Credit Level 6

Entry Requirements


One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels - CCC
  • International Baccalaureate - 26 points (minimum)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - MMP
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSEs – minimum grade 4 in Maths and English (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017)

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each element.

Our course encourages a diverse range of music styles and genres, covering everything including Rock, Pop, R&B, Grime, Jazz, Acoustic, EDM and more. Applicants with backgrounds and interests in music which fall outside of conventional music education such as DJs, underground music or electronica artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be asked to submit a short portfolio of work relevant to their chosen specialism of music production, performance or music business/enterprise.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an applicant open day spending time working alongside staff and students.


  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points (not to include Higher Level science)

If your first language is not English, you should have an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with a score of 5.5 in each element.

Career path

This course equips students for varied and diverse career opportunities, allowing you to follow a specific future career path, whilst also gaining the transferable skills required for employment in all areas of the music industry. Students are encouraged to develop their professional status whilst they are enrolled on the course, and to incorporate professional and industry-focused activities into their academic work. The music industries incorporate many different career paths including direct employment, freelance working and other entrepreneurial activities - this course will prepare you for each of these career approaches and will ensure that, regardless of your specialism, you are an asset to the music and creative industries with many options open.

Westminster music students have gone on to have successful careers as: music artists; freelance musicians; music producers; studio engineers; songwriters; film sound designers; music publishers; branding and marketing experts; artist managers, record label executives; music venue managers; live music promoters; social media managers; entertainment lawyers; music therapists; music educators; academics; music journalists.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 23, 2019
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13,400 GBP
international - UK/EU: £9,250 (fees per academic year)
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