A little bit of research I hoped TMPers could help with, with regards to studying music at BTEC and degree level. 1) With the news that there are far less university places for potential students has anyone on TMP had any experience of finding it hard to get on a good music degree course and how do they combat this? also, what's the best BA courses you have found and is it tough competition for places? 2) would students (of all ages) prefer a more flexible approach to taking a music degree course (full-time, part-time or distance) where options to include your music-making in bands and community groups played a part towards your credits and where you could fit it in around work or without having to move away, therefore more cost effective? 3) How many people have experience of BTEC study as opposed to GCSE or 'A' Level? Would you have preferred more vocational BTEC courses as opposed to academic paths and does anyone have an interest in taking any courses in later life to enhance their own development? I look forward to the responses with interest! Thank you!