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11th May 2013

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Ever fancied studying the history of Iron Maiden? Or maybe the the mechanics of Yngwie Malmsteen's blistering solos? Well, you can now, as a college in Nottingham is now offering an accredited degree in Heavy Metal Performance.

No, really.

The two year foundation degree (which can be topped up to a full BA Hons) covers everything an aspiring rocker could want to know, from the history of key bands through to Heavy Metal's relationships with religion, philosophy and society. The second year of the course even involves going on tour and playing shows.

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However, education campaigners have universally decried the course suggesting that it could leave students at a disadvantage when it comes to post graduate employment.

"The problem is I don't think this will have credibility in the marketplace", said Chris McGovern of the Campaign For Real Education. "I'm not against Heavy Metal at all, I just don't think it will impress an employer to find a youngster has a degree in Heavy Metal. It could become a 'disqualification'."

Nottingham has a rich history in the Heavy Metal scene, from pretty much hosting the Download Festival to it's iconic Rock City venue, which a lot of bands see as a rite of passage to play. The course is being run by New College, Nottingham and was launched in a response to public demand.

Course lecturer Liam Maloy said: "You can study music at Oxford, Cambridge and in all cities all over the UK, but here in Nottingham we wanted to offer something special that reflects our city's culture and employment opportunities.

"Heavy Metal is an extremely technical genre of music and the study of its culture and context is a rising academic theme, so we're very excited to be at the forefront of its integration with education."

The course starts in September and has already attracted students. The tuition fees will be £5,750 a year.

If you want to find out more about this course, you can follow this link to the New College Nottingham website.


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