Take a degree in FdA Music Performance


Two Years


Foundation Degree

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If you want to gain the instrumental and professional skills to work as a professional musician, then this foundation degree is for you!

Please note this course is subject to successful validation from Nottingham Trent University.

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. you will...

You will engage in a variety of composition and arrangement projects, working on your own and with others. You will also compose a piece of music for visual media.
Learn how to work effectively in recording studio environments, working with other musicians, sound engineers and producers. You will also gain an understanding of the development of recording technology and how this has impacted on music.
You will focus on developing your musicianship including sight reading, listening skills and improvisation. You will perform in a variety of situations, both solo and in groups, and you will integrate the use of technology to enhance your performances.
You will get to understand the contemporary music industry, working on commissions from clients and on self-directed projects, which will develop your industry practice.
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  • Develop your creative career
  • Get Industry experience
  • Get a qualification
  • Day to Day practicalities
  • Signing Up
Develop your
creative career

Choosing this Music Performance foundation degree is a great way to break into the creative industries.

The creative sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the UK economy and a great and exciting place in which to work.

This foundation degree can lead onto:

  • A top-up one year course leading to a full BA degree.
  • Employment, or self-employment, in the creative industries. This may be as a freelance musician, or it may be into another area of the music or creative industries.
  • A creative higher apprenticeship as a stepping stone to work.
Get Industry experience

Being at Access is so much more than just doing a course. You will have the chance to get first-hand experience of the music and creative industries.

Here are some of the opportunities you can take advantage of:

  • EVENTS: You’ll have unique opportunities to showcase your work. These range from a local gig to the chance to perform on a festival stage at events such as Latitude organised by partner, Festival Republic.
  • MUSIC GLUE: Music Glue is a global direct-to-fan platform used by 26,000 artists worldwide to sell tickets, merchandise, music and more direct to their audience from one customisable website.
  • DISTRIBEAT: A partnership with worldwide distribution company, Distribeat, which allows you to market your music through all major online stores including iTunes.
  • MASTERCLASSES: Access promotes industry masterclasses by artists represented by Tri-Tone and 7pm Management. These enable you to gain advice and guidance from working musicians and producers.
  • TWINE: All our students get free Twine membership, which is an online platform allowing creative people to collaborate on projects and earn money!
  • FOCUSRITE: Access is proud of its partnership with Focusrite. You will have the chance to get your hands on over £500 of FREE Focusrite audio plug-ins, supported by special Focusrite workshops.
Get a qualification

On successful completion you will get a recognised qualification which you can add to your creative CV:

  • Foundation degree in Music Performance accredited by Nottingham Trent University.
  • Please note this qualification is subject to successful validation.
Day to Day practicalities
  • The Music Performance foundation degree lasts for 2 years.
  • It is delivered 3-4 days per week, from September to June.
  • Tuition fees are still TBC.
Signing Up

At the moment we are taking expressions of interest from potential students via the form below.


  • You will be required to provide evidence of your prior qualifications (achieved or predicted) at your interview.
  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age on 31st December on the year of entry.
  • You will be required to achieve a recognised Level 3 qualification (e.g.RSL, BTEC, A Levels) which generates a minimum of 64 UCAS points (2017 tariff) in a music related subject, or where music is a key component.
  • All candidates must have achieved A* – C in GCSE Maths and English.
  • Mature candidates (21+ years of age) with non-standard qualifications and/or substantial experience in the music or related industries, are encouraged to apply and will be considered if the demonstrate appropriate ability through interview.
  • Students who do not have English as a first language are required to achieve the equivalence of a minimum of 6.0 overall with no band below 5.5 from a Secured English Language Test (SELT), the most common being IELTS, PTE or CAE. A student may be advised to undertake additional language courses or receive language support toward achieving the required standard by the start of the course, during the first term or by the end of the first year, as the situation demands.


  • Interviews will last about 45 minutes and will include an audition, a discussion about your professional and personal qualities and intentions of progression supported by a portfolio of work.
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