BIMM Institute

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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The BIMM Songwriting degree is both academically and musically challenging, providing the perfect balance between practical and technical skills, and theory and analysis. To succeed as a great songwriter, a detailed understanding of the music business is essential. We’ll share our knowledge of music publishing, contracts and recording technology, and will deliver our teaching in line with the latest trends and directions in the evolving music industry. You’ll be part of a creative community of gifted writers, performers and music industry professionals who you can collaborate and network with to help bring your talent to life. Through a range of optional modules, including Writing for Commission, Music for the Moving Image, Song Production and Writing for Stage, you can tailor the degree to fit your own personal goals. You’ll get to attend unique and inspiring Masterclasses by some of the best musicians in the world which will stretch you as a songwriter. Your course will culminate in a Song Project designed to give you the opportunity to develop a live industry project of your choice, and to give you a head start into the workplace when you graduate. So to make your way as a songwriter, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music. Course provision at our UK campuses is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change for courses commencing in September 2020. Applicants will be notified of any changes once they have been confirmed.

Course details


Year 1 Songwriting Styles and Genres Songwriting Techniques Music Business Artist Development and Entrepreneurship Live Performance Workshop Music theory in Practice. Year 2 Research Methods Cultural Perspectives Writing for Digital Media Music Publishing Creative Processes Optional Modules: Performance in Context, Applied Music Theory and Critical Listening, Studio Musicianship and Studio recording (students must select one module to study). Year 3 Professional Project Professional Development Analytical Perspectives Commercial Songwriting Optional Modules: Ensemble Performance, Music Teaching Practice, Music Theory & Analysis and Online Music (students must select two optional modules to study).

Assessment method

Students are assessed in the following ways: Practical Exams Written exams Practical coursework Multimedia coursework Written coursework Presentations

How to apply

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

UK Campuses: Applicants that require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must meet guidelines set by UKVI and will be required to have a consultation with a member of the admissions team upon acceptance. Tier 4 students can currently study at our Brighton, Bristol, London and Manchester campuses. BIMM Berlin and Hamburg Applicants requiring a study VISA must ensure that one is awarded before travelling to Berlin or Hamburg to begin the course. Students cannot under any circumstances start at BIMM Berlin and BIMM Hamburg using a tourist VISA, even if the decision on your study VISA is pending. If your application is unsuccessful, please let us know and we will investigate the situation for you.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 32 points To include two A Levels at grade E, or an equivalent level 3 qualification such as a BTEC Diploma at PP
A level EE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP

Additional entry requirements


Once your application is received, you will be contacted by a member of the admissions team to arrange an assessment to determine your suitability for the course


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6A minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved, with no lower than 5.5 in each of the bands.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum overall score of 170 must be achieved, with no lower than 165 achieved in each section of the test.

Applicants must have met the minimum requirements and be in receipt of results prior to enrolment.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands €7950* Year 1
EU €7950* Year 1
England €7950* Year 1
Northern Ireland €7950* Year 1
Scotland €7950* Year 1
Wales €7950* Year 1
International €13450* 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. Payment plans are available, please contact Admissions for further information. 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 such as computer and software/instrument/books etc

Sponsorship information

Each academic year, we’re able to offer scholarships and bursaries to talented and dedicated applicants who are in financial hardship. For further information please visit the BIMM website: Applications will open in April 2020

Songwriting at BIMM Institute - UCAS