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Degree level: Undergraduate

Popular Music Performance & Songwriting

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Course summary

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About the course Perform and compose music with our BMus Popular Music Performance and Songwriting degree. Throughout the course, you’ll learn the necessary skills to have a sustainable and successful career in the music industry of today – and tomorrow. You’ll gain invaluable stage experience as well as build expertise around performing music, creating parts and interpreting songs. You’ll focus on core topics of performance, technique, musicianship, theory and technology. These topics will ensure that you have all the necessary tools to be articulate and expressive in your chosen musical and compositional output. Once you have this foundational knowledge under your belt, you can tailor your course according to your own goals and aspirations via our range of optional modules. Our optional modules allow you to specialise in certain areas that interest you the most. These include creative performance, complementary instrument skills, global music styles, technology, writing for media, recording, teaching, and research. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a broad portfolio of skills to succeed in whichever career you choose. Day to day learning will take place in large live rooms, smaller studio settings and in lecture-based classrooms. You’ll also have the chance to collaborate with other aspiring industry professionals. These collaborations are possible because of our flourishing BIMM community that brings together talented students from all areas of the music industry. Our lecturers – all of whom are still active in the music industry – will guide you through your studies. No matter which route you choose, you’ll always be supported to reach your goals, both personally and professionally. So, what are you waiting for? Combine your passion for music performance and songwriting today for a fulfilling music industry career in the future. The BIMM Graduate We make sure that when you graduate, your attributes and skills mirror the employment and creative needs of the music industry – both today and in the future. We aim to equip BIMM graduates with the following qualities, so they have a long lasting career.

  • Employable and Entrepreneurial
  • Creative, Collaborative and Connected
  • Resilient and adaptable
  • Globally Aware
  • Professional
  • Intellectually Curious
  • Self-aware
This course is approved and awarded by BIMM Institute

Course details

Modules

Students can expect to study the following core modules: YEAR 1: - The Creative Industries and you 1: Finding your path - Context and culture of the creative industries - Digital Music - Core instrument skills - Applied instrument skills - Songwriting techniques - Styles and genres - Creative technology YEAR 2: - The Creative Industries and you 2: Creative Collaboration) - Creativity, identity and agency - Interpretive instrument skills - Digital performance portfolio - Music creation with technology - Songwriting and arrangement YEAR 3 - The Creative Industries and you 3: Professional Portfolio - Final Project - Performance showcase - Showcase and showreel. A range of optional modules can be selected in years 2 and 3, subject to availability and student demand. Please visit the course information page on the BIMM Institute website for a full break down.

Assessment method

Assessment methods are varied and balanced to suit a wide range of students and may take practical, written, portfolio or other form. Students are given the opportunity to work collaboratively with those studying other music related disciplines, representative of the way in which the Music and wider Creative Industries also require collaboration. All written and portfolio assessments are submitted electronically by way of a Virtual Learning Environment and where possible, feedback is delivered in audio and/or video form, as well as written. Examples of methods used:

  • Practical Exams
  • Written exams
  • Practical coursework
  • Multimedia coursework
  • Written coursework
- Presentations


How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2020.

If you already have a 2020 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*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!

Application codes

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

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

BIMM Institute welcomes applicants from International countries that will require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. Applicants must meet requirements set by UKVI. Upon acceptance of an offer you will be required to attend a consultation with a member of the International Admissions team. Tier 4 students can currently study at our Brighton, Bristol, London and Manchester campuses.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 32 points Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade E or above (32 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language. Mature applicants (19+) who do not hold the minimum entry criteria can be considered for RPP - Recognition of Prior Practice. This is an essay based submission focused on prior professional practice or experiential learning.
A level EE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP

Additional entry requirements

Audition

Once your application is received, you will be contacted by a member of the admissions team to arrange an audition in person or by a demo submission. Full guidelines on what to prepare will be emailed to you.

Interview

Once your application is received, you will be contacted by a member of the admissions team to arrange an interview in person or by phone/skype Full guidelines on what to prepare will be emailed to you.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6a minimum of 5.5 must be achieved in each band (Reading, writing, listening, speaking)
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum overall score of 170, and no lower than 165 in each band
TOEFL (iBT)80the minimum points must met in each band: Listening - 19 Reading - 19 Speaking - 21 Writing - 21
PTE Academic50A minimum score of 50 overall. At least 42 must be achieved in all four skills

We also accept the following qualifications: - ESOL Skills for Life Level B2 (Higher B2 on CEFR Scale) - IGCSE English Language (First Language) at C/4 or above - IGCSE English Language (Second Language) at B/3 or above - International Baccalaureate English Language at 5 or above in English A or B Applicants must have met the minimum requirement and be in receipt of results prior to enrolment.


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
International £13750* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The tuition fee shown is for year 1 of study only. Fees may be subject to increase on an annual basis, and do not cover additional costs such as: Visa application costs Living costs (rent/bills/travel) Equipment required for your course (computer and software/instrument/books) BIMM offer two bursaries on an annual basis: Low-income Scheme Care Leaver bursary Further information can be found on our website: https://www.bimm.ac.uk

Sponsorship information

Applicants from low income backgrounds can access our Bursary Schemes: Low-income Scheme Care Leaver bursary Further information can be found on our website: https://www.bimm.ac.uk

Popular Music Performance & Songwriting at BIMM Institute - UCAS