This flexible top-up year is designed to follow on from our Foundation Degree in Music & Sound..

Equivalent to the 3rd year of a degree, this flexible top-up year is designed to follow on from our Foundation Degree in Music & Sound, but would also suit any applicants studying a music related HND, Foundation Degree or indeed those with recognised industry experience backed up with qualifications. Validated by the University of West London, the course has been developed to mirror the modern music industry, allowing students to learn the skills to become independent, multi-skilled music practitioners, fluent with various forms of multi-media.

Before the start of each semester, you will be asked to pick any optional modules to study in addition to the core modules. The details of these follow below.

For Industry Professionals:

We offer the opportunity to fast-track students with industry experience (5+ years) onto the BA (Hons). We map your previous experience against the two years of the foundation degree allowing you to progress straight onto the final year and achieve a full BA (Hons) in one year.


Full time 2 x 12 week semesters Part-time 3 x 12 week semesters

Foundation degree or equivalent qualification in relevant subject. Fast-track option: 5+ years industry experience.

Core Modules and Optional Modules. For more information, please scroll down.

Core Modules & Optional Modules

Before the start of each semester, you will be asked to pick any optional module to study in addition to the core modules. The details of these follow below.

Core Modules

Engage in a large-scale project in an area of your choice: performance, songwriting, composition, dissertation, music production, event management or multi-media.

Study the academic theories behind matching music and sound with media and put them into practice when creating your own soundtrack to a given film clip.

There is a large market for music that film and TV production companies can take ‘off the shelf’ for genres such as sport, gameshows, wildlife etc. In this module, you will create your own portfolio of original music suitable for submitting to a publisher that covers a wide range of moods, styles and uses.

Develop a viable music industry product with all accompanying business research and requirements (business plan, website etc). This will be your calling card when you graduate.

Optional Modules

This performance-based module helps students to work towards presenting a live showcase that is supported by relevant and effective promotional materials.

Create your own portfolio of professional productions while developing a keen understanding of the techniques and working practices of leading producers.

Enjoy the challenges of making your own short radio play production that encompasses theme music, incidental music, sound effects (foley) and dialogue editing.

This module is largely self-directed: with the option of specialising in music or artists management, retail management or crowd funding.

What happens next?

Following successful completion, you may progress to post-graduate level study e.g. M.Mus or MA and PgCert. For example- the AMS online M.Mus Music & Sound

Application, Fees and Funding


To apply for a course with AMS online, complete the form on this website, then you will hear back from our admissions team, usually within a day.

You will be invited to attend a 1:1 video interview call that will last about 30/40 minutes.

The interview call is your chance to find out about AMS online and to determine if it could be the right fit for you and your studies. If you are happy that it is the right choice for you, and our team are happy, then you will be made a course offer. This will come in the form of a letter sent to you via email detailing your course, and the offer that you have been made*

Fees per academic year for this course are £7495.

Subject to eligibility you can apply for a student loan to cover fees.
Please visit for more information on student finance.

If you are not eligible for a UK student loan you will need to fund the course yourself. Payment is made direct to our partner institution, The University of West London. You can either pay in one lump sum, or three instalments.

*your offer will be dependant upon your prior qualifications and experience and may include advice on what you need to submit in order to satisfy the conditions laid out in your offer letter.


Find Out More