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Foundation Year
Foundation Year
Foundation Year

Popular Music Foundation YearFoundation Year

Students applying for any of the Resonance undergraduate degrees who show great potential in terms of musical skills and personal attitude, but do not have the required formal entry qualifications, can add a Foundation Year to make it a four-year degree programme.


Students applying for any of the Resonance undergraduate degrees who show great potential in terms of musical skills and personal attitude, but do not have the required formal entry qualifications, can add a Foundation Year to make it a four-year degree programme.

The Foundation Year gives you the opportunity to explore popular contemporary music performance and production at university level in preparation for the undergraduate programme.

On completion, students transfer to one of the following options:

  • Digital Music – Start Date: Coming Soon
  • Popular Music Performance and Production
  • Popular Music Production

For further information on how to apply, please see ‘How to Apply’.

Aims of the course
  • to nurture a deep enthusiasm for popular music and production
  • to stimulate academic curiosity and research
  • to foster critical and creative autonomy
  • to acquire an understanding of the music industry as a whole
  • to understand how the industry has evolved and to what extent new technologies have shaped this process
  • to develop practical, technical and creative skills
  • to develop professional attitudes
  • to enhance career potential within a broad range of music-related professions
  • to develop reflective, independent and co-operative attitudes to learning
  • to prepare for further undergraduate study

This course will involve practical projects designed in partnership with industry
The course will be delivered through a combination of interactive lectures, seminars, masterclasses, tutorials, workshops and guest presentations.

Assessment methods include commentaries, essays, individual projects and reports, plus group presentations.

At the end of the course students will have a solid foundation of technical and academic skills ideal for progress onto the Resonance undergraduate programme.

Digital Music (Introduction) Core This is your primary module for learning how to navigate and successfully use a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to produce your own original music.
Popular Music Production (Introduction) Core Develop an understanding of studio techniques, song formats, instrumentation, and the popular music production industry contextually.
Musicianship Core Develop the language to communicate musical ideas. You will learn how to describe and analyse songs and musical productions.
Music Industries Core Research a wide variety of music industry professions, gaining insight and potentially helping you to choose your future music related career.
Music in Context Core Learning about key events, technological developments and musical advancements can be vital in understanding current conventions and practices regarding contemporary music production / composition / performance.
Major Project Core A synthesis of the student’s practical, theoretical, music/aural and/or multimedia skills, which demonstrates an, analytical and critical inquiry, culminating in the presentation of an individual body of work.
  • 48 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points

Applications to Resonance are via UCAS, students wishing to apply for the Foundation Year may do so by applying to the following degree courses:

Digital Music – Coming Soon

Popular Music Performance and Production – APPLY NOW

Popular Music Production – APPLY NOW

This will take you to the related course page on the UCAS website, where you can complete your application.

Click here for instructions on how to add your chosen Resonance degree course as a UCAS choice.

If you have any problems, please contact

If you would like to apply for more than one Resonance course, please add each option as a choice on your UCAS application.


The Foundation Year and degree courses provided by Resonance are validated by Solent University which is registered with the Office for Students (OfS).

Fees for the 2024/25 academic year are £9,250 for all UK and Channel Islands students. Additional fees may apply to non-compulsory excursions, tours and extra-curricular activities. Students will be notified of these extra fees in advance.

Resonance offers bursaries and scholarships to assist with the cost of tuition or accommodation, subject to a letter of application. Each bursary or scholarship will be considered by the Board of Trustees.

Additional costs will apply to Quals Plus courses and will vary according to the assessment process.

Other costs – such as accommodation, books, stationery, instruments, accessories, computers, optional summer school, personal expenses, food, and entertainment – are not included.

Costs also apply to the graduation ceremony, i.e. hiring an academic gown (currently £45) and photography (starting at £15). Full details will be provided at the beginning of the fourth year of full-time study.


Undergraduate students wishing to study at Resonance are officially registered as Solent University students and are entitled to apply to Student Finance England for support.

Full-time students can apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans. For further details on how to apply, please visit:

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