Study in the heart of the North East – Gateshead and Newcastle are famous for their electrifying nightlife and late-night cafes, and bustling and famously friendly local population is well-integrated into the student population. Enjoy a friendly and sociable atmosphere in a vibrant city with a great collection of intimate pubs, bars and clubs, located just South of the River Tyne.

Culture is integrated into every part of the city and can be seen interconnected with entertainment, from street performers through to public art, creating inspiration where ever you turn. With one of the most vibrant student cultures in the country, it is also home to some staple music venues such as The Cluny (Newcastle) and The Sage (Gateshead). The region is a first-class option for musical study.

2020 update

Of course, coronavirus has sadly impacted many of our local venues and arts centres, but with several of them having recently received Arts Council England funding, we think Gateshead will be quick to get back on its feet.

Online learning: Since March we’ve swapped the studio for home, and come September we’re confident we’ll be in a great position to offer flexible, online learning to students if we need to. We’re also spreading out, finding new spaces for learning so that classrooms can be bigger and class sizes smaller. We were quick to adapt to the changes back in the Spring, and received some hugely positive feedback from our students.

Group tutor sessions and live online performances have kept me feeling involved and uplifted during these crazy times
– Ella Crossland, Exeter student, April 2020.

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Gateshead Courses
  • RSL Level 3 Extended Diploma Music Practitioners

    This is an internationally recognised qualification with regular updates to mirror the developments within the music industry. It is written and developed by industry specialists with education professionals. Fully-accredited by OfQual and DfES, it is the equivalent to 3 A-levels with an outcome of up to 168 UCAS points.

  • Foundation Degree in Music and Sound

    The Foundation Degree in Music & Sound is developed to mirror the modern music industry, helping students gain the skills to be independent, multi-skilled music practitioners, fluent with various forms of multimedia. The Foundation Degree in Music & Sound is fully validated by the University of West London, which encompasses the London College of Music. A Foundation Degree is a combined academic and vocational qualification, equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree, it is anticipated that those who complete the Foundation Degree in Music & Sound will progress to the BA (Hons) top-up in Music & Sound.

  • BA (Hons) Music and 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. We provide the time, space and the opportunity to develop your own sound and work on your material alongside gaining valuable vocational skills.

  • M.Mus Popular Music Performance

    In partnership with the London College of Music and University of West London, this qualification has been developed to address the needs of contemporary musicians on a practical, academic and professional basis delivered by highly qualified professionals active in the music industry. Explore in-depth an area of musicianship that interests you, combine practical and academic study with extensive ensemble work and individual tuition to expand and develop your competitive edge, and gain academic recognition to explore theories and ideas.

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Notable Bands & Artists
Brian Johnson (AC/DC) • The Animals
Transport Links
Newcastle Train 10 mins Drive 10 mins • Leeds Train 2 hours Drive 1 hour 40 mins
Festivals and Venues
Leeds Festival – Evolution Emerging – V3 – The Cluny – The Sage
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