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Popular Music: Voice

  • Course Code

    CR 129

  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BA (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

    1st February

Course duration:

4 Years (8 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate
Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include either English or Irish. There is no specific Mathematics requirement. Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.

Please note the CAO closing date is 1st February, late application will not be accepted.

Garda Vetting
CIT uses the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. 

Entrance Exam
All applicants must sit the CSM’s BA in Popular Music Degree Course Entrance Test (provisional dates: Thursday to Saturday, 6th - 8th April 2017).

Each candidate who sits an Entrance Exam is awarded up to a maximum of 600 points that are added to the Leaving Certificate points for the purpose of determining entry. Each standard candidate must achieve the minimum threshold of 240 points in the Entrance Exam and must also meet the minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement in order to be eligible for admission.

NB: Candidates are NOT allowed to defer the results of the Entrance Exam from one year to the next.

Sample Paper:
Please CLICK HERE to download sample paper.




Leaving Cert Subjects:

Helpful subject is music.


CIT Cork School of Music

Location: CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork.

Popular Music is the music heard around the clock on radio, TV; in the theatres, clubs and venues all around the country. We use it to encompass all of the sub genres: rock, country, soul, blues, commercial, modern musical theatre, electronic music, dance music and so on.

Each student is assigned a matched group of peers to form a small popular ensemble, this becomes the centre of the learning experience. Lectures, classes and music technology labs provide supporting skills to the core training in performance.

Instrumental Tuition; Ensembles – everything from rock, pop, hip hop, blues, soul, metal, jazz, salsa, disco, electronica, funk, ska, reggae, etc.; Musicianship and Harmony – play by ear, harmonise, notate your favourite songs and solos; Music Technology – live sound and PA, studio engineering, computer-based music applications including ProTools and Logic Studio; Song Writing – mentored guidance and practical experience in realising your own composition; Arranging and Musical Direction – coordinate, arrange for, and direct a group of your musical peers.

Additionally, BAPM students will have the opportunity to devise and develop personal live and recorded music projects. Along with their BMus counterparts, BAPM students will be introduced to Community Music and Music Therapy as potential pathways. Students will also have access to specialist modules embracing arts marketing, professional promotion, and business for artist practitioners and career development.

Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates may apply either to undertake research (leading to the award of an MA and/or PhD), or to follow a Taught Master’s course in either

> Music (Performance, Composition, or Conducting)

Music & Technology.

Question Time

Are there any other special requirements?

Yes, there are Early Application Procedures. This is a Restricted Access Course and all applicants must sit the CSM’s BA (Honours) in Popular Music Degree Course Entrance Exam. All applicants must sit the CSM’s BA in Popular Music Degree Course Entrance Test (provisional dates: Thursday to Saturday, 6th - 8th April 2017).

Are sample exam papers available?
It is important to get the sample Honours BAPM Degree Course Entrance Exam from the CSM’s Administrator, Union Quay, Cork, to check that you can meet the requirements of the practical, aural, and written elements.

Can I defer the results of my Entrance Exam from one year to the next?

Candidates are not allowed to defer the results of the Entrance Exam.

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments, and exams.

For detailed module information, please click here.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Musician in a band

  • Singer songwriter

  • Session/Pit Musician

There are many employment opportunities for popular music graduates apart from the obvious one of performing. Composition, music for multimedia, song writing, playing in recording sessions, in theatrical productions and TV. Outside of this field is the associated area of promotion, festival and arts administration and the business side of the industry.

However, taking an Honours Degree in Music does not mean that a graduate is restricted to a music driven career for the rest of their life. In addition, a growing number of employers outside the specific music business favour music graduates because of the combination of intellectual training, digital skills, interpersonal sensitivity and greatly enhanced general response rates represented by a musical training.

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)

CAO 1st Round:


CAO Cut off:

CAO Average:

The Administrator, CIT Cork School of Music, Union Quay, Cork
T: 021 4807307