Bachelor of Music (Hons) Performance

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
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Course summary

The BMus Programme is a 4 year full-time programme for performers and composers of outstanding potential. It is practical in focus and vocational in purpose. Its structure and content are flexibly designed allowing you to develop the full range of your abilities and pursue musical interests and aspirations to a high level, with a view to postgraduate study or professional employment as performers, composers, teachers, or other portfolio careers in the music profession. Year 1 of the programme has a common structure for all students, designed to ensure you develop a secure theoretical grounding on which to base your practice, whilst consolidating and enhancing your performing/compositional skills and study skills. In Years II, III and IV an increasing range of practical, creative and contextual modules are offered as electives, along with choice modules from other programmes in RCS, in a flexible structure which is designed to promote individual achievement. 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.


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
  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Cornet
  • Double Bass


Principal study We are the only conservatoire in the UK to give every performance student 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

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 R58
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

Currently around 20% of our students come from outside the UK. Between them, they represent over 53 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire. The Conservatoire holds auditions at the locations below. If you wish to audition at any of the locations listed, please submit your application at least one month in advance of the audition date. For further information, please see our website -

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level Passes in two subjects at GCE Advanced level
Scottish Higher Passes in three subjects at Higher level

Additional entry requirements


Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition -


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.

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
New York£65£65

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
SingaporeNot available at this location
RecordingNot available at this location
RCSNot available at this location
New YorkNot available at this location
GuangzhouNot available at this location
BeijingNot available at this location
ShanghaiNot available at this location
SeoulNot available at this location
PurcellNot available at this location

Additional information

For more information what to prepare for the audition, please see our website -

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £1820 Year 1
International £16827 Year 1

Additional fee information

For more information on fees and funding, please see our website -

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 -

Bachelor of Music (Hons) Performance at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS