Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Bachelor of Music (Hons) - Joint Principal Study

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Course summary

The Joint Principal Study pathway is a 4 year programme aimed at performers of outstanding potential and who are equally accomplished in two Principal Study disciplines (e.g. Flute and Composition, or Trumpet and Piano, etc.) and who wish to maintain this intense level of dedication in their musical studies. The degree prepares you for either specialist postgraduate study or for employment as performers, teachers or other 'portfolio careers' in the music profession. Along with your Principal Study, the core units are key practical studies (performance classes, workshops and masterclasses, orchestral and ensemble work), practical and contextual studies (teaching and community placements) and applied Academic Studies. Choosing to study music in Glasgow means you will be part of the UK’s largest music economy, outside of London. Glasgow is home to the national companies including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Royal National Scottish Orchestra and Scottish Ensemble. We have partnerships with all of these organisations and our students benefit from playing opportunities, internships and masterclasses with our professional neighbours.

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

  • Accordion (classical)
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Composition
  • Cornet

Secondary instrument/specialisms

  • Accordion (classical)
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Composition
  • Cornet

Modules

Principal study Every performance student has a 90-minute individual lesson every week during the academic year. Our students work with personal tutors on a one-to-one basis during these lessons, improving performance and musical skills tailored to individual interests and overcoming technical and creative challenges. Performing opportunities The curriculum is centred around performance – it’s what we do. RCS programmes over 500 performances each year: students perform in orchestras, concerts, ensembles as well as supporting performances for the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Screen. Likewise, composers will hear their works performed and recorded by student performers and visiting professionals. Creative and Contextual Studies In addition to your principal study, you will study modules designed to enhance your theoretical and applied music skills and develop your awareness of music in historical and contemporary contexts. In later years you can select specialist options to complement your strengths and interests. Collaborative opportunities A distinctive feature of studying at RCS is the opportunity to collaborate with students from across the conservatoire, in drama, dance, production and screen. Our unique ‘choice’ modules allow you to explore other areas of the performing arts.


How to apply

This course is closed for the 2022 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2023 courses.

*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:
301F
Institution code:
R58
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Currently around 20% of our students come from outside the UK. Between them, they represent over 60 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A strong indication of potential is sought at the entrance audition for this programme. Successful applicants will normally be of a standard at least equivalent to Grade 8 with Distinction of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in their Principal Study. You can apply and audition without having obtained Grade 8 with distinction, however as an indication only, applicants are normally expected to have reached this standard in their performance.

Additional entry requirements

Audition

Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/music/


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
RecordingNot available at this location

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Recording£100£100

Additional information

For more information on what to prepare for audition, please see our website - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/courses/bmus-with-honours/.


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
89%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £18393* Year 1
International £18393* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

For more information on fees and funding, please see our website - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/apply/finance/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/apply/finance/scholarships/.

Bachelor of Music (Hons) - Joint Principal Study at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS