Foundation Course Programme
Foundation Course Programme
The Foundation course facilitates access to Higher Education for those who would otherwise be excluded. The initiative forms part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme and aims to mitigate education inequality within our industry.
This course is for students who do not have the relevant qualifications to be eligible for the PGCert or MA programme. We work alongside you to improve your academic skills, such as academic research, writing, and keeping to a tight deadline.
The Foundation Course is a precursor to MA/PGCert Professional Practice (Voice Pedagogy).
This course is a 3-month programme and is structured to emulate a PGCert module in Music Performance Anxiety. There will be:
- 4 hours of online lectures accessible within your own time
- Access to our academic library
These resources introduce you to the module topic, facilitating the completion of a Master’s level essay. The assignment is 2,500 words, and a tutor will supervise you throughout the writing process.
We will begin taking applications for the MA programme for May 2022 in October. The foundation course will run again from 1st November 2021, and we have a rolling open entry. You will need to have completed the course within three months before April. We are aware that people have different time commitments, and we, therefore, allow for open enrolment enabling you to tailor the course around your needs.
Upon completing the course, the essay is assessed and graded at level 7, and you will be able to enroll in the MA programme.
The foundation course fee will be deducted from the total cost of the PGCert/MA, and the graded essay can be submitted formally as part of the PGCert/MA.
The fee for this course is £750.
‘Voice Study Centre Foundation Course was probably one of the best things I have done in a long time. Having always been an academic at heart, I had reluctantly accepted that I would not be able to study on a degree pathway again after having to terminate previous studies due to ill-health. Therefore, finding the Foundation Course felt like the opportunity of a life-time, I was delighted to discover such an inclusive course which was the perfect pathway to enable me to enter onto a degree pathway and it also was the perfect opportunity to ease myself back into studying after such a long time and build up my academic skills to the level required.
I was apprehensive to begin with, it felt like such a huge leap going from completing A-levels many years ago to studying at MA level, however, Debbie Winter soon put my mind at ease. Debbie and her team at Voice Study Centre were so supportive and with Debbie’s expertise and pastoral support she guided me through the course and believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I had access to a fantastic library of resources, live webinars and 1-to-1 tutorials, all of which were a tremendous help in completing the course.
Debbie was always there to answer any questions or concerns I had and honestly has given me the gift of a life-time. Now I have completed the Foundation course I am excited to begin my studies on the MA and I look forward to the next 3 years of study with Debbie and her team at Voice Study Centre.’
Nicholas Taylor Grigsby
Nicholas Taylor Grigsby is one of the first students to complete the Foundation Course, with intensive tutoring and academic support. Based in the USA, Nicholas left school to pursue a vocational pathway and found he could not go on to postgraduate education due to financial constraints and academic inexperience. Throughout his journey with Voice Study Centre (formerly Voice Workshop), Nicholas gained access to key resources and received valuable one-to-one tutoring on academic writing. He plans to begin the PGCert in Professional Practice (Voice Pedagogy) in May 2021. A voice teacher since 2017 and a performer since 2012, Nicholas chose to do the Foundation Course because of the breadth of researchers involved with the MA process, “Seeing the names of some researchers that I have a lot of respect for having been involved with Voice Study Centre.” He was attracted to “the open-endedness of the programme, the accessibility and the affordability compared to an American university.”
During his studies on the Foundation Course, Nicholas has focused on vocal motor learning and the relevant psychology and neuroscience. He is planning to pursue this further and continue looking at the psychology and neuroscience of both speech and song. He feels that the Foundation Course has given him a strong academic base from which to go on to confidently study at postgraduate level.
“It’s been a great help. Debbie’s guidance has been super valuable and she is always there to answer any questions or concerns I have about how to move forward. There’s also an online library of resources, papers, video lectures all sorted by topic. That’s really, really useful for a crash course in whatever Voice Ped topic you’re curious about.”
Looking ahead to the PGCert, he expects to continue expanding his knowledge base. He is confident that his studies with Voice Study Centre will fulfill his aim of becoming a better teacher and a better performer. “I’ve already experienced that, so I’m positive that that trend will continue.”
Voice Study Centre and UWTSD look forward to welcoming more students like Nicholas onto the MA pathway, who would not have had the opportunity to study at postgraduate level without this carefully designed academic access course.
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