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Being British: Music, Landscape, Place

Level 4, 10 Credits.

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What does being British mean to composers living today? What did it mean to composers living a century ago? This course will explore the notion of ‘Britishness’ in classical music, from Elgar, Holst and Vaughan Williams through to the present day. It will consider the role of Empire and folk song, of landscape and a sense of place, the impact of the First World War, and other factors that have helped shape British music over the past 150 years.

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Who is this course for?

Anyone who is interested in music. No previous knowledge of this topic is assumed, neither is the ability to read musical notation (all works and extracts will be explored through listening and discussion).

Learning and Teaching

The course will be taught over 10 two-hour sessions, delivered on a weekly basis. This will involve:

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

It goes without saying that students’ understanding of the music studied in a course is usually considerably enhanced if they read and write about it. You will not have a formal examination but you will be asked to produce some written work. This can take the form of a course journal, portfolio, presentation, questionnaire or essay. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

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What else is on offer?

If this course interests you then you should be aware that the Continuing & Professional Education offers a number of varied and exciting music courses. Please see our Choices Catalogue for further details, or visit our website, and click on ‘Music’.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on

(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.