Foundation Course Programme

Foundation Course Programme

The foundation course into the PGCert/MA is an innovative new offering from Voice Workshop designed to facilitate access to Higher Education for those who would otherwise be excluded. This course is 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.

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 4,000 words, and a tutor will supervise you throughout the writing process.

We are now taking applications for the Foundation Course. Our closing date is June 28th, 2021, for entry into the October 2021 programme.

The schedule for the July 2021 Foundation Course is as follows:

Course Start Date: Monday, July 5th – We will provide you with a link to the course materials

Live Introductory Meeting: Monday, July 5th, 5 pm-6 pm (UK time) – this session will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

First Draft Submission Deadline: Tuesday, August 3rd – You will complete the Introduction identifying the key themes of the essay. You will also explore one key theme by this date.

Live Group Tutorial: Monday, August 9th – Building on your academic skills – this session will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

Second Draft Submission Deadline: Friday 3rd September

Final Submission Deadline: Friday, September 24th

Please note: All live tutorials are recorded and available to watch in your own time, allowing flexibility with your study.

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.

Carla Higgins

‘Voice Workshop 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 Workshop 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 Workshop.’

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 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 Workshop.” 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 Workshop will fulfil 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 Workshop 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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