BMus (Hons) Performance

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: Birmingham City University
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Course summary

A BMus (Hons) Music degree at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire can be studied following one of a choice of three Principal Study areas: Instrumental/Vocal Performance, Composition, or Music Technology. The course provides 30 hours of individual specialist tuition in your principal study per year (increasing to 35 in year four), which is far more than is typically offered by academic university music courses. You are also allocated an additional five hours that you can use for other areas of support. As an instrumental/vocal specialist options will include study on a second instrument, Alexander Technique or Performance Coaching. Our priority is to provide the ideal preparation for a successful career in instrumental/vocal performance. We pay care and attention to treating musicians as entrepreneurs, and aim to prepare you for the opportunities and challenges presented by the future of the profession; ensuring you are employable in a variety of spheres. In addition to benefiting from individual tuition, you will enjoy a range of other activities designed to develop your artistry, musical fluency and personal/professional awareness. On the practical side, you will benefit from masterclasses, individual ensemble coaching sessions, performance and composition workshops and much more. You will find yourself with regular opportunities to perform in our many orchestra and ensembles and, as the course progresses, the chance to tailor your studies to your individual interests. In your academic work you will explore themes such as the language and history of music, performance traditions, pedagogy, community music-making and professional development. Also as part of the course, you will have the opportunity to undertake collaborative projects not only with other music students, but also those from a wide range of disciplines across Birmingham City University; such as Acting, Media, Art and Design, Fashion, New Technologies and Visual Communication. This is an exciting time in our long history – our new £57 million facilities opened in 2017, closely followed by our institution receiving a Royal Title and becoming Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Our new facilities include five state-of-the-art public performance spaces, including a 500 seat Concert Hall, flexible black box performance space called The Lab, and our very own jazz venue – the Eastside Jazz Club. Our stunning new building also houses seven industry standard recording studios and over 70 practice rooms, ensemble rooms and workshops. We are proud to offer purpose designed, acoustically advanced teaching and performance facilities, which are among the first of their kind in the digital age.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.

Alternative single specialism

You may audition for two instruments, with the intention of studying one instrument as a single specialism. The outcome of the audition will determine which instrument is taken as the main specialism.

Instrument/specialisms

For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Cornet
  • Double Bass
  • Euphonium

Secondary instrument/specialisms

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Cornet
  • Double Bass
  • Euphonium

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

1 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code300F
Institution code B34
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 32 points
A level EE A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3. Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 32 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades DDDDD is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers.
AS Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 32 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) PPP
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 32 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD • Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) " Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 32 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level minimum grade H1/H7 (or A-D / A1-D3 up to and including 2016
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE passes in 5 subjects grade C/4 or above must include English Language. Acceptable equivalents:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - English Key Skills level 2 - Communication English Language at grade C/4 Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish Credit Standard Grade Scottish National 5 Must have been achieved at the point of application.
HNC (BTEC) Pass with 120 credits at Level 4 Must be in a music related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required and successful audition.
HND (BTEC) Pass with 240 credits at Level 5 Must be in a music related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4 and level 5. A transcript will be required.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma PPP
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 32 pts

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Audition

Interview

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Institutions Own Test. For applicants who audition in the UK. Candidates will be required to demonstrate general musical knowledge and musicianship skills, including harmony and aural.

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Music Test. For applicants who audition in the UK. Candidates will be required to demonstrate general musical knowledge and musicianship skills, including harmony and aural.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Minimum overall score of 6.0, with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.

Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee££
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee££
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee££
Singapore Performers only /local fee£75£75
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee£75£75
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only)£75£75
Birmingham Conservatoire£75£75

*Fee not collected by UCAS

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee££
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee££
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee££
Singapore Performers only /local fee£105£105
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee£105£105
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only)£105£105
Birmingham Conservatoire£105£105

*Fee not collected by UCAS


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU - Equivalent or lower qualifications fees £11,590 Students studying Equivalent or Lower Qualification in higher education are assessed to see whether they are looking to study at the same level to a qualification they already hold or at a lower level to a qualification they already hold. Students categorised as studying for an ELQ at the Birmingham Conservatoire will be charged a tuition fee rate that is higher than the standard published rates. This is because in 2008 the government announced that it would no longer provide funding to support universities teaching students who were classed as ELQ status.
BMus (Hons) Performance at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS