Jazz BMus

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Degree level: Undergraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
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Course summary

The recent launch of our Eastside Jazz Club has helped consolidate the integral role that Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has to play in a major UK city that enjoys a thriving jazz scene. While Birmingham’s jazz scene has been established over many years, our bespoke new venue strengthens the promise of an exciting future for Jazz in the city. Our Jazz Department is based around the Club, where student musicians share a platform and get invaluable side-by-side performance experience with the best on the scene, whom we welcome to our stage on a regular basis. This course meets with the needs of the modern jazz performer – it places emphasis on practical work, with the majority of time dedicated to one-to-one lessons, small group coaching and private practice. You'll study modules that have been specifically and skilfully designed for jazz musicians, and as part of your learning we encourage you to explore in depth the relationship between improvisation and composition, which is central to developing your individual voice. You will graduate as a versatile, professional musician who is knowledgeable about the entrepreneurial opportunities available to you, and aware of the commercial realities for musicians joining today’s UK jazz scene as a portfolio musician. Delivered by performers, band leaders and composers who enhance their teaching with professional experience, insights and connections, the course hones both your performance and professional awareness. As well as having our own club that has taken its place on Birmingham’s vibrant jazz scene, our students enjoy professional experience opportunities with external gigs that familiarise them with the industry – for example through our partnership with Cheltenham Jazz Festival – one of many ways we prepare you for the future.

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

  • Clarinet (Jazz)
  • Double Bass (Jazz)
  • Drumkit (Jazz)
  • Electric bass (jazz)
  • Flute (Jazz)
  • Guitar (Jazz)

Secondary instrument/specialisms

  • Clarinet (Jazz)
  • Double Bass (Jazz)
  • Drumkit (Jazz)
  • Electric bass (jazz)
  • Flute (Jazz)
  • Guitar (Jazz)

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 code310F
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

Audition

Interview

Admission tests

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.


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
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
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.
Jazz BMus at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS