Royal College of Music

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Bachelor of Music (Honours)

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Course summary

Undergraduate study at the Royal College of Music balances high-level training in composition, solo, chamber and ensemble performance with critical enquiry into music past and present. Students investigate music in context and how it operates in contemporary cultures. The RCM also provides a range of options for developing practical and applied skills. The nature of your undergraduate experience at the RCM depends on your principal study specialism. In essence, it includes individual lessons with distinguished musicians; core units in historical, technical, practical, and vocational subjects delivered in small groups; and a variety of performances. Our undergraduate programme is designed to be flexible, especially in years 3 and 4, ensuring you can undertake study directly relevant to your needs and aspirations. A variety of options helps every student develop their interests during their time at the RCM. From the very beginning of the course you will be able to draw on exceptional resources and opportunities, such as the RCM Library, the Centre for Performance Science, Creative Careers Centre and RCM Sparks – our outreach and education programme. Royal College of Music courses are internationally recognised, with successful students awarded their qualifications under the RCM's Royal Charter. Most students have the option of taking a second study on this course. Second study allows students to receive tuition in a second specialism, taught and assessed at a lower intensity than their principal study, in an area that does not qualify for related study. Second study specialisms are subject to successful audition and the agreement of the relevant Head of Faculty. Auditions take place during the first few weeks of the course, and students will have the opportunity to register for these auditions shortly before the start of the academic year. There is no need to inform the RCM at the point of application.

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
  • Bassoon (Historical Performance)
  • Cello
  • Cello (Historical Performance)
  • Clarinet
  • Clarinet (Historical Performance)

Secondary instrument/specialisms

  • Bassoon
  • Bassoon (Historical Performance)
  • Cello
  • Cello (Historical Performance)
  • Clarinet
  • Clarinet (Historical Performance)

Modules

Years 1 and 2 • Performance studies in Principal, Related, and Second instruments, with regular faculty-based workshops, activities, and opportunities for performance • Training in music education • Courses in music history and performance practice, practical musicianship/stylistic studies, aural awareness, study skills, Alexander Technique, and musicians' wellbeing • Options in music history and stylistic studies topics in Year 2 • Opportunity to fast track to higher levels of study in aural awareness and practical musicianship Years 3 and 4 • Continuing work in performance studies • Creation of a personalised programme of study from a variety of options (offered on either a yearly or two-yearly basis)

Assessment method

Assessment for undergraduate students is grouped into subject, general and key skills. The assessment tasks within the RCM's undergraduate courses are varied, including technical assessments, performance exams, take-away assignments and practical assessments in performance or practical modules; unseen written exams, essays, individual and group presentations in academic or theoretical modules; and reflective diaries, workshops, and vivas in skills-based modules.


How to apply

*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

Course code:
300F
Institution code:
R56
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

The Royal College of Music has a long tradition of welcoming international students from all over the world. Our broad community of staff and students makes the RCM an exciting and diverse hub of musical activity. Almost half of our students are from outside the UK, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The application form is the same for students of all nationalities, however deadlines may differ for some of our overseas audition venues.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Audition

Details of audition requirements can be found at http://www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/auditions/


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 5.5 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
PTE Academic51Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 51 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2Overall score of 160-179 and no less than 160 in any component.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity ISE II certificate. Must include a pass in all components.

Nationals of majority English speaking countries (as defined by the UK Home Office) are not required to provide proof of their level of English. Some other exceptions apply - please consult our website for details.

The RCM's English Language Requirements are available in full at this link:

http://www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/englishlanguagerequirements/


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
London£110£110
Recorded Audition£110£110
USA (New York City)£115£115
Singapore£110£110
Bangkok£110£110
Hong Kong£110£110

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
London£160£160
Recorded Audition£160£160
USA (New York City)£160£160
SingaporeNot available at this location
BangkokNot available at this location
Hong KongNot available at this location

Additional information

Auditions for all principal studies are available in London. Our main audition period runs from late November to mid-December. Application deadlines, application fees and audition dates vary between venues and some overseas venues may have an initial pre-screening process; please see http://www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/auditions/auditionlocation/ for details. Applicants who are unable to travel to a live audition may submit an audition by video recording.


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees are still to be confirmed for 2022. More information can be found at www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

The RCM is able to support many students with scholarships thanks to the generosity of charitable trusts, companies, businesses, individual members of the public and legacies. Every student who applies for a place on one of the RCM's performance or composition courses commencing will be considered for scholarship, whether you have applied by video or attended an audition or interview in person. There is no separate application process. Scholarships are awarded on merit based on performance at audition (or interview for composers).

Bachelor of Music (Honours) at Royal College of Music - UCAS