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Cerddoriaeth a Hanes (BA)

  • UCAS code: WV31
  • Next intake: September 2021
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Mode: Full time

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.


Entry Year

A violinist and a pianist.

Why study this course

Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding for the similarities and differences they encounter between the two subjects. Often there are complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills that link the subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or the ability to experience and contribute to cutting–edge of research.

You will spend a similar amount of time on each subject, developing your music understanding and skills and pursuing a range of enquiries in different historical periods and topics.

The School of Music and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion offer challenging and fascinating suites of modules in their respective subject areas. The flexibility of the course allows you to specialise and develop your own interests, while acquiring a solid, broad-based education and developing transferable skills.

Home to the arts, Cardiff is a great location for the study of music and history in the UK. The city has a professional opera company, Welsh National Opera, and a professional symphony orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The School of Music enjoys a fruitful relationship with both organisations that allows, for instance, students to attend dress rehearsals and buy cut-price tickets for concerts.

The University has a superb historical research collection and historical sites in the city include Cardiff Castle and the resources of the National Museum.  

You are expected to have gained or shown evidence of working towards Grade 8 in one or more instruments or voice at the time of your application. You may be considered if you are not taking A-level Music but have (or are working towards) Grade 7/8 Theory and are studying appropriate Humanities subjects at A-level.

 

Distinctive features

  • This course is especially suited to those interested in seeing music within a broad cultural context, embracing the literary, the social, the historical and the political
  • There are no compulsory modules in either discipline
  • Your optional third year dissertation may draw on both disciplines
  • Instrumental tuition is fully funded by the School of Music on your principal study instrument if you are taking a Practical Musicianship module
  • Business of Music modules offer a short work placement
  • Composition workshops, performance masterclasses, the University concert series, the John Bird lectures presented by visiting academics and the careers talks provides many opportunities for contact with active music professionals

Where you'll study

Yr Ysgol Cerddoriaeth

Mae ein Hysgol fywiog, sydd dan arweiniad y gymuned, yn cynnig hyfforddiant cerddorol trylwyr a chyfleoedd gwerthfawr i berfformio, cyfansoddi ac i astudio cerddoriaeth.

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Yr Ysgol Hanes, Archaeoleg a Chrefydd

Rydym yn chwilfrydig am brofiadau bodau dynol dros filoedd o flynyddoedd a diwylliannau, ac eisiau deall ein gorffennol yn well er mwyn goleuo ein presennol a gwella ein dyfodol.

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Entry requirements

ABB-BBB. Rhaid cynnwys Cerddoriaeth. Bydd ymgeiswyr heb Safon Uwch mewn Cerddoriaeth yn cael eu hystyried fesul achos i bennu lefelau priodol o berfformiad cerddoriaeth a sgiliau theori (megis Theori Cerddoriaeth Gradd 6/7). Lle na ellir pennu lefelau sgiliau yn ôl cymwysterau amgen, efallai y cewch eich gwahodd i glyweliad. 

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.

DDM mewn Diploma Estynedig BTEC mewn Cerddoriaeth. Bydd ymgeiswyr heb BTEC Music yn cael eu hystyried fesul achos i bennu lefelau priodol o berfformiad cerddoriaeth a sgiliau theori (megis Theori Cerddoriaeth Gradd 6/7). Lle na ellir pennu lefelau sgiliau yn ôl cymwysterau amgen, efallai y cewch eich gwahodd i glyweliad. 

Lle na ellir pennu lefelau sgiliau yn ôl cymwysterau amgen, efallai y cewch eich gwahodd i glyweliad. 

Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.

Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 51 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.

Other accepted qualifications

Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.

Mae'n rhaid eich bod chi wedi bod yn gweithio tuag at:

- Iaith Saesneg neu Gymraeg ar radd TGAU gradd C / 4 neu gyfwerth (fel Safon Uwch). Os oes angen fisa Haen 4 arnoch, rhaid i chi sicrhau bod eich cymhwyster iaith yn cydymffurfio â gofynion UKVI.

- TGAU Mathemateg gradd C / 4 neu gymhwyster cyfatebol (pwnc a gradd). Os ydych chi'n cymryd Mathemateg Safon Uwch (neu gyfwerth), nid oes angen Mathemateg TGAU. Gellir derbyn Mathemateg Craidd hefyd yn lle TGAU Mathemateg.

- gradd 8 Cerddoriaeth Ymarferol mewn offeryn neu lais.



Nid ydym yn derbyn Meddwl yn Feirniadol, Astudiaethau Cyffredinol, Astudiaethau Dinasyddiaeth na phynciau cyfatebol tebyg eraill.

Byddwn yn derbyn cyfuniad o bynciau BTEC, Safon Uwch a chymwysterau eraill, yn amodol ar ofynion gradd a phwnc penodol y cwrs. 

Nid yw'n ofynnol i chi gwblhau gwiriad DBS (Gwasanaeth Gwahardd Datgelu) na darparu Tystysgrif Ymddygiad Da i astudio'r cwrs hwn. Os ydych chi'n destun unrhyw amod trwydded neu gyfyngiad monitro ar hyn o bryd a allai effeithio ar eich gallu i gwblhau'ch astudiaethau yn llwyddiannus, bydd gofyn i chi ddatgelu'ch cofnod troseddol. Mae'r amodau'n cynnwys, ond heb fod yn gyfyngedig i:

  • mynediad at gyfrifiaduron neu ddyfeisiau sy'n gallu storio delweddau
  • defnyddio offer / dyfeisiau rhyngrwyd a chyfathrebu
  • cyrffyw
  • rhyddid i symud, gan gynnwys y gallu i deithio i'r tu allan i'r DU neu i ymgymryd â lleoliad / astudiaethau y tu allan i Brifysgol Caerdydd
  • cyswllt â phobl sy'n gysylltiedig â Phrifysgol Caerdydd.

Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year. Fees for the previous year were £9,000.

Students from outside the EU (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.

Additional costs

Course specific equipment

Other than your principal study instrument, you will not need any specific equipment.

Accommodation

We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.

Course structure

We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2021 and this page will be updated by end of October 2021 to reflect the changes.

This is a three-year full-time degree, consisting of 120 credits a year, split between the two Schools. Most modules in Music are worth 10 or 20 credits; those in Years 2 & 3 History are weighted at 30 credits.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

You will take 60 credits in Music and 60 credits in History.

In Music, year one provides the foundations for you to take advantage of the creative and intellectual benefits of higher education. You will receive instruction in analysis, harmony and counterpoint, history of music, composition and practical musicianship. The History side of your degree will comprise three survey modules designed to introduce you to broad periods and historical subjects, from the medieval world to the modern Far East.

Note that some Music modules are ‘prerequisites’, providing essential preparation for more advanced modules if you wish to pursue them in later years.

To complement your academic study, you are actively encouraged to join the University Choir or Orchestra and other ensembles.

Year two

You will take 60 credits in Music and 60 credits in History.

In Music, courses are more advanced and you will focus on more specialist topics, choosing from four groups: Composition and Electroacoustic Studies, Written and Practical Musicianship, Analytical and Critical Skills, and Historical Studies.

Our year two modules on the Business of Music I/II are designed to help you better understand different branches of the music profession and give an opportunity for a short placement in an area related to music or the arts, either in one block or as a series of regular workplace visits.

In History your courses become more chronologically focused with particular subject areas that build on the survey modules of Year 1.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Digital Games and the Practice of HistoryHS160230 credits
Making Modern AfricaHS160330 credits
Modern France, 1789 to the presentHS160530 credits
Approaches to HistoryHS170130 credits
Exploring Historical DebateHS170230 credits
Entangled Histories: Wales and the wider World, 1714 - 1858HS170330 credits
War, Peace and Diplomacy, c.900-c.1250HS170730 credits
Reformation and Revolution: Stuart Britain, 1603-1714HS172130 credits
Blood and Honour: the Viking Age in the WestHS172330 credits
The British Civil Wars and Revolution, c.1638-1649HS174230 credits
A Great Leap Forward China Transformed, 1840-presentHS175230 credits
Europe between the two World WarsHS175330 credits
From King Coal to Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000HS175630 credits
"An Empire for Liberty": Race, Space and Power in the United States, 1775-1898HS176030 credits
Urban Visions, Rural Dreams: City and Country in Britain and the United States, 1850-2000HS176430 credits
India and The Raj, 1857-1947HS176530 credits
The Search for an Asian Modern: Japanese History from 1800 to the Post-War EraHS176830 credits
Belonging in early modern Europe: identity, community and cultureHS176930 credits
Martyrs and Collaborators: Catholicism behind the Iron CurtainHS177230 credits
Europe, East and West, 1945-1995HS177530 credits
The Soviet Century: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905-1991HS177630 credits
A global history of riversHS179430 credits
Opera WorldsMU211110 credits
Opera WorldsMU211220 credits
Music Sounded Out: Interpreting Oral and Recorded Genres and FormsMU212220 credits
OrchestrationMU216120 credits
The Business of Music 1MU216410 credits
Performance Practice and Organology: the Long Eighteenth Century, 1700-1830MU216710 credits
Performance Practice and Organology: the Long Eighteenth Century, 1700-1830MU216820 credits
Reading Film SoundMU217910 credits
Reading Film SoundMU218120 credits
Music in France Since 1900MU221110 credits
Music in France Since 1900MU221220 credits
Tonal Common Practice: Styles and TechniquesMU221420 credits
Studio Techniques 1: Midi and SynthesisersMU223120 credits
Ethnomusicology 2: Music in Cross-Cultural PerspectiveMU227120 credits
The Business of Music 2MU227220 credits
Analysing 20th Century MusicMU229120 credits
Composition 2MU232020 credits
Practical Musicianship 2MU235810 credits
Practical Contribution Portfolio 2MU236010 credits

Year three

You will take 60 credits in History and 60 credits in Music.

In Music, you choose again from the four subject groups, and can pursue one of the three major academic projects: Dissertation, Project in Ethnomusicology, or Project in Music Analysis.

You may complete a short composition portfolio (Composition IV) and/or an ‘open’ recital in front of examiners and an invited audience (Practical Musicianship IV).

History modules in the final year place considerable emphasis on working with primary documents. These are often unique materials uncovered during your lecturers’ researches. From these foundations students are encouraged to build complex historical interpretations, and to challenge received ideas and accounts in their chosen field of study.

The option in both subjects to write a dissertation lets you choose a topic that draws on both disciplines, if you wish.

Module titleModule codeCredits
DissertationHS180130 credits
Ridicule, Republics, Revolutions: The (Awkward) Enlightenment in EnglandHS180230 credits
The World of the Anglo-Saxons, c.500-c.1087HS180330 credits
Kingship: Image and Power, c.1000-1399HS181330 credits
City Lives: Urban Culture and Society, c.1550-1750HS182630 credits
Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and IrelandHS182830 credits
Germany's New Order in Europe, 1933-1945HS183230 credits
Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945HS183830 credits
Fascism and Anti-Fascism in FranceHS184830 credits
Race, Sex and Empire: Britain and India, 1765-1929HS185530 credits
Cymru, y Mudiad Diwygio a Chwyldro Ffrengig 1789HS185730 credits
Glimpses of the Unfamiliar: Travellers to Japan from 1860 to the Post-War EraHS185830 credits
Remembering the Holocaust in Germany: Coming to Terms with the Past?HS186430 credits
Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales, 1918-39HS186830 credits
Health and Medicine in Early Modern BritainHS187530 credits
Violence and Ideology in Inter-War Soviet RussiaHS188330 credits
Czechoslovakia: The View from Central EuropeHS188430 credits
Europe and the Revolutionary Tradition in the Long Nineteenth CenturyHS188730 credits
Slavery and Slave Life in North America, 1619-1865HS189030 credits
The Dangerous City? Urban Society and Culture, 1800-1914HS189630 credits
The Arts in War and Peace: Culture and Politics in Britain, c.1930-1960HS189730 credits
Challenging Tradition: Counterpoint from Bartok to BartschMU312020 credits
Studio Techniques 2: Audio and Hard Disk RecordingMU316320 credits
The Birth of ModernismMU316520 credits
Nineteenth Century Italian OperaMU316920 credits
Women in 19th Century MusicMU321220 credits
Jazz, Culture and PoliticsMU328720 credits
EnsembleMU329220 credits
Practical Musicianship 4 (Performance)MU334420 credits
DissertationMU335140 credits
Composition 3MU335340 credits
Project in Music AnalysisMU335740 credits
Project in EthnomusicologyMU335840 credits

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

In Music, you will be taught by academic staff with expertise across composition, performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, and popular music.

Instrumental tuition is fully funded by the School on your principal study instrument if you are taking a Practical Musicianship module. This includes accompaniment at your final recital. You will receive 24 half-hour lessons over the course of the year.

We use a range of teaching and learning styles, including lectures, small-group seminars and workshops, individual tutorials, ensemble instrumental tuition, rehearsals and independent study.

History modules are delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars, classes, document workshops and individual tutorials. Students also undertake independent study and research, under the guidance of a supervisor.

How will I be supported?

For both subjects at the start of each year you will be given a guide to module aims, learning outcomes, methods of assessment, module syllabuses, and reading and listening lists. Your allocated personal tutor will be able to provide advice and guidance on module choices and you will have regular meetings with them.

You will have a personal tutor in both the School of Music and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

For the final-year projects you will have a supervisor to monitor progress and provide individual consultations by arrangement.

You will have access through the Learning Central website to relevant multimedia material, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.

The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’, such as:

  • asking the right questions of complex texts
  • identifying and applying relevant data
  • critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice)
  • oral and written communication skills
  • coping with uncertainty/complexity
  • creativity and innovative thinking
  • computer literacy
  • leadership, teamwork and self-management
  • identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments

Careers and placements

Career prospects

School of Music

In 2015/16, 95% of the School of Music’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

The skills developed within a music degree help our students to progress to a wide range of careers, both within and beyond the music profession. Employability skills are embedded in modules at the School of Music so that you will learn both music-specific and academic skills that are transferable to other domains, especially the workplace.  Our annual series of talks on Careers in Music offer a great chance to meet professionals active in a range of fields such as performance, music education, music journalism, arts and artist management, production and licensing, and composing for media.

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

In 2013/14, 94% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

We believe in giving its graduates the best opportunities to find employment. We organise interactive workshops with the Careers Service to help students identify their skills and attributes and have our own, in-School Workplace Placements and employability officer. Some of our graduates enter professions which make direct use of their academic expertise. The majority however compete very successfully in a wide range of other fields

Placements

Year two modules on the Business of Music I/II give an opportunity for a short placement, either in one block or as a series of regular workplace visits.

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