Join us for an open day in Brighton. Book your place here



We've pulled together a list of the most common questions we're asked about WaterBear and our courses. If you can't find the information you are looking for, please get in touch using the form below.

How are the courses delivered?

Our courses are delivered on-site and online. Onsite courses (3-yr BA and 1-yr full-time master’s) feature weekly timetabled classes and activity, all backed up by a virtual learning environment rich with content and information. Fully online courses (2-yr BA and 2-yr part-time master’s) feature weekly webinars and remote tutorial support, with activities happening in the college streamed and available to access online at a time that suits you. 

What is UCAS clearing?

Clearing is part of the undergraduate application cycle for universities. It's an opportunity for you to apply for undergraduate courses that still have places available from July. It’s also a way for anyone who hasn’t applied to study at university by 30th June 2022 to make their application. So, if you haven’t applied to study at WaterBear by this date, you will need to go through Clearing.

There are a number of reasons you might apply through Clearing. These could be:

· You didn't get the grades set by your firm or insurance choice universities.

· You achieved grades that are higher than predicted so you'd like to apply for an alternative course with higher entry requirements.

· You've changed your mind about your preferred choice of university.

· You've applied but don't hold any offers from universities.

· You applied after 30th June which means you automatically get entered into Clearing.

If you find yourself without an offer on results day, don't worry! Clearing is a great opportunity to find the course that's right for you.

UCAS Clearing opens on the 5 July 2022 and runs right up until when the courses start in September, but you’ll have more of a chance of securing your place the earlier you apply.

You don’t need to wait for results day either, you can apply via the Clearing process at any time after this date.

If you’ve already had a 1-1 applicant session at WaterBear but have not yet applied, please call us on 01273 726230 to complete your Clearing Form over the phone.

Any questions? Call us on +44 (0)1273 726230 or email [email protected]

Is there student accommodation at WaterBear?

WaterBear does not provide its own student accommodation, but we work closely with a number of trusted local agencies to help source the best possible accommodation for you. Brighton is a busy student town, so we recommend anyone needing accommodation to get in touch with us as soon as possible and we’ll help you start the search to secure the right place for you to live.

Please find details of accommodation providers and our WaterBear accommodation group here.

Does WaterBear offer work experience?

Work experience and career development opportunities are central to the WaterBear experience.  We manage our student numbers carefully, in order that we may offer more experience opportunities to more of our students. Opportunities cover a broad range of activity, from festivals, touring, recording, session work, auditions, record labels, TV and radio, tech companies, publishing, PR and marketing, to live event management, musical instrument manufacturers, studio internships, teaching, merchandise, backline tech’ing, games audio, hospitality, and many more.

What's your approach to student wellbeing?

Wellbeing, and the health and happiness of our students is more important than anything. We have a commitment to smaller class sizes, one-to-one mentoring, and ongoing support services to make sure nothing gets in the way of you achieving your goals. We have a variety of different support services and activities designed to offer help and guidance across a range of issues that you may face during your time as a student.  These include:

·       Pastoral support

·       Counselling

·       Wellbeing and mindfulness

·       Physical and mental health and fitness

·       Academic and learning support

·       Study skills

·       Assessment guidance

·       Funding and finance

·       Accommodation

·       Career support and guidance

·       Social events and activities

We also offer a broad range of supporting materials and advice via our virtual learning environment, which is always accessible.  And the team of professional support staff at WaterBear are always on hand to help.  

Can students book the WaterBear Venue for their own shows?

Yes! There always student shows being out on at the Venue and we encourage you to get involved. It doesn’t matter what course you’re studying or even if you’re studying fully online, if you’re interested in putting on your own show, our events team can help.

Are there other performance opportunities within the college?

Yes. As well as The WaterBear Venue, we’re also work with other local venues and performance spaces where we run regular live performance workshops and events. These venues include Brighton Electric, The Prince Albert and The Green Door Store. You’ll also be part of a community of like-minded creative individuals, so there will be plenty of opportunities for collaborative work.

What are the term dates?

Term dates for the 22/23 academic cycle are as follows:

Study Block 1: 

  • Starts Monday 12th September 2022

Study Block 2: 

  • Starts Monday 16th January 2023

Study Block 3: 

  • Starts Monday 22nd May 2023

Please note – there are no timetabled teaching and learning activities scheduled during Study Block 3 for our 3-yr BA (Hons) courses. If you require any additional information, please contact us on [email protected]

How much do the courses cost?

Course tuition fees are as follows:

  • BA (Hons) Career Musician 3-yr: £9,250 per year.
  • BA (Hons) Career Musician 2-yr (online): £9,950 per year.
  • BA (Hons) Electronic Music and Business 3-yr: £9,250 per year.
  • BA (Hons) Electronic Music and Business 2-yr (online): £9,950 per year.
  • MA Music Industry Enterprise 1-yr full time: £9950.
  • MA Music Industry Enterprise 2-yr part time: £4975 per year.
  • MA Music Performance, Production and Business* 1-yr full time: £10,750

* Subject to approval Spring 2022

All courses are designated for UK government tuition fee loans.  Maintenance loans are also available for 3-yr BA (Hons) courses. For more information regarding eligibility and availability of student finance visit

More information can be found on Funding and Finance here.

How are my fees spent?

You can find out more about how your fees are spent by viewing this diagram.

How do I apply for a course and what qualifications do I need?

You can start an application for any course at WaterBear by hitting the Apply button above. BA (Hons) course entry requirements are A levels (or combination with AS/EPQ/BTEC/Cambridge Technical) equivalent to 104 UCAS tariff points (BTEC / OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma at DMM). Note these are guidelines only; anyone not meeting the stated requirements may still be eligible for a place and should book a consultation to discuss individual circumstances. The MA minimum entry requirement is an honours degree, or if you don’t have an honours degree qualification, you can still meet the minimum entry requirements via the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APEL) process. For more information, or to book your 1-to-1 applicant session with one of the WaterBear team, call us on 01273 726230 or email us at [email protected].

How long do WaterBear courses run for?

Our BA (Hons) courses have two options available – the 3-yr on site option and the 2-yr accelerated online (distance learning) option. The MA Music Entrepreneur course runs as both a 1-yr full time option (starts September), or a 2-yr part time option (starts January).  The MA Music Performance, Production and Business course runs as a 1-yr full time option, starting in September.

Why is the college called WaterBear?

We’re named after a creature called a Tardigrade (aka Water Bear, Moss Piglet), which is a water-dwelling, eight-legged micro-animal. They have been found everywhere; from mountain tops to the deep sea and in volcanoes, tropical rain forests and even the Antarctic. They are among the most resilient animals known, with individual species able to survive extreme conditions that would be rapidly fatal to nearly all other known life forms. It is this resilience that inspires us in everything we do.

Ask Us a Question

Back To Top

Tel: +44 (0) 1273 726230
Email: [email protected]

WaterBear Education Ltd, Hanover House,
118 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG, UK  Map

Why We're WaterBear...

- ‘Water bear’ is the common name for a Tardigrade.
- Tardigrades are micro creatures, found everywhere on earth.
- They are the most resilient creatures known.
- They can survive and adapt to their surroundings, even in outer space.
- Their resilience and ability to adapt and survive inspires us in everything we do. We love them.

© 2022 WaterBear, The College of Music. All rights reserved.
Site by: