Music has a profound effect on us as individuals and shapes wider society. It's used for personal pleasure, intellectual stimulation, celebration, mourning, and political propaganda.
This course is designed for talented UK students with a passion for music but whose personal circumstances make achieving our usual entry requirements difficult (see Personal Circumstances below for more information). This could be your opportunity to study your subject of choice at a top 20 UK university (Times Higher Education Rankings 2022).
Through a range of engaging modules spanning the arts and humanities, the foundation year gives you an opportunity to develop key skills such as communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and digital capability. Your foundation year tutors will support you in developing the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence for undergraduate study.
During the foundation year you will be a full member of the university, with all the opportunities this offers, including the same accommodation options as direct entry students.
Upon progressing from the foundation year to the three-year Music BA you'll explore how music affects society and how your creativity can produce music that people will remember. All of our students receive a common introduction to the basic building blocks of music across styles, genres, cultures and traditions. You'll then have the freedom to choose, with options to specialise in musicology, performance, composition or technology.
Visit our Foundation Arts web pages to discover more about the foundation year.
What do past students say about the Arts Foundation Year?
"Despite arriving at Nottingham with less than perfect A-level results I have gone on to achieve first class marks so far during my time at university. The catalyst for that change is not only the support networks, but also the variety of assessment methods. I admit that I hate exams! But I discovered that in essays I perform really well. Because the foundation year has a really wide variety of different assessments, you can find your niche and start to improve yourself." Calvin, a past Arts Foundation Year student