Bachelor of Music (Honours) Royal College of Music

Undergraduate

*Applicants for single or joint principal study Composition are requested to apply for course 380W.

Undergraduate study at the Royal College of Music balances high-level training in solo, chamber and ensemble performance with critical enquiry into music past and present. Students investigate music in context and how it operates in contemporary cultures. The RCM also provides a range of options for developing practical and applied skills.

The nature of your undergraduate experience at the RCM depends on your principal study specialism. In essence, it includes individual lessons with distinguished musicians; core units in historical, technical, practical, and vocational subjects delivered in small groups; and a variety of performances.

Our undergraduate programme is designed to be flexible, especially in years 3 and 4, ensuring you can undertake study directly relevant to your needs and aspirations. A variety of options helps every student develop their interests during their time at the RCM.

From the very beginning of the course you will be able to draw on exceptional resources and opportunities, such as the RCM Library, the Centre for Performance Science, Creative Careers Centre and RCM Sparks – our outreach and education programme.

Royal College of Music courses are internationally recognised, with successful students awarded their qualifications under the RCM's Royal Charter.

Available specialisms for this course (and secondary specialisms if applicable) are listed below. Please check this information carefully before completing your application.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    4 years


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.

Joint specialism

Two instruments are studied simultaneously. Both instruments will be given equal weighting for assessment. You may be required to audition for both the instruments you want to study.

Primary/secondary specialism

You will study for a main 'primary' instrument alongside another, 'second' instrument. You may be required to audition for both instruments you want to study.

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

  • Bassoon
  • Bassoon (Historical Performance)
  • Cello
  • Cello (Historical Performance)
  • Clarinet
  • Clarinet (Historical Performance)
  • Double Bass
  • Double Bass (Historical Performance)
  • Flute
  • Flute (Historical Performance)
  • Fortepiano (Historical)
  • Guitar (Classical)
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Horn (French)
  • Horn (Natural)
  • Lute
  • Oboe
  • Oboe (Historical Performance)
  • Organ
  • Percussion (Orchestral) & Timpani
  • Piano
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone (Bass)
  • Trombone (Tenor)
  • Trumpet
  • Trumpet (Natural)
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Viola (Historical Performance)
  • Viola da Gamba
  • Violin
  • Violin (Historical Performance)
  • Voice (Alto)
  • Voice (Bass-Baritone)
  • Voice (Contralto)
  • Voice (Counter-Tenor)
  • Voice (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Voice (Soprano)
  • Voice (Tenor)

Secondary instrument/specialism

  • Bassoon
  • Bassoon (Historical Performance)
  • Cello
  • Cello (Historical Performance)
  • Clarinet
  • Clarinet (Historical Performance)
  • Composition
  • Double Bass
  • Double Bass (Historical Performance)
  • Flute
  • Flute (Historical Performance)
  • Fortepiano (Historical)
  • Guitar (Classical)
  • Guitar (Jazz)
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Horn (French)
  • Horn (Natural)
  • Lute
  • Oboe
  • Oboe (Historical Performance)
  • Organ
  • Percussion (Orchestral) & Timpani
  • Piano
  • Piano (Jazz)
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone (Bass)
  • Trombone (Jazz)
  • Trombone (Tenor)
  • Trumpet
  • Trumpet (Jazz)
  • Trumpet (Natural)
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Viola (Historical Performance)
  • Viola da Gamba
  • Violin
  • Violin (Historical Performance)
  • Violin (Jazz)
  • Voice (Alto)
  • Voice (Bass-Baritone)
  • Voice (Contralto)
  • Voice (Counter-Tenor)
  • Voice (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Voice (Soprano)
  • Voice (Tenor)

Modules

Years 1 and 2
• Performance studies in Principal, Related, and Second instruments, with regular faculty-based workshops, activities, and opportunities for performance
• Training in music education
• Courses in music history and performance practice, practical musicianship/stylistic studies, aural awareness, study skills, Alexander Technique, and musicians' wellbeing
• Options in music history and stylistic studies topics in Year 2
• Opportunity to fast track to higher levels of study in aural awareness and practical musicianship

Years 3 and 4
• Continuing work in performance studies
• Creation of a personalised programme of study from a variety of options (offered on either a yearly or two-yearly basis)

Assessment method

Assessment for undergraduate students is grouped into subject, general and key skills. The assessment tasks within the RCM's undergraduate courses are varied, including technical assessments, performance exams, take-away assignments and practical assessments in performance or practical modules; unseen written exams, essays, individual and group presentations in academic or theoretical modules; and reflective diaries, workshops, and vivas in skills-based modules.


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 audition 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 code 300F
Institution code R56
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

The Royal College of Music has a long tradition of welcoming international students from all over the world. Our broad community of staff and students makes the RCM an exciting and diverse hub of musical activity. Almost half of our students are from outside the UK, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The application process is the same for students of all nationalities, however deadlines may differ for some of our overseas audition venues.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level EE Two A Levels at grade E or above in any subject.
Or
One A Level (grade E or above) and two AS Levels (one at grade D or above and one at grade E or above)
Most UK applicants will take A Level music or equivalent and achieve a Grade A or B. If you are choosing your subjects now, we recommend that you choose music if possible.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Scottish Higher DDD Three Scottish Higher grade passes at grade D or above
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal P3, P3 Cambridge Pre-U certificate in at least two principal subjects at P3 level or above.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H8
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PP
Scottish Advanced Higher DDD
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) E

Additional entry requirements

Audition

Details of audition requirements can be found at http://www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/auditions/


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Level B2 Overall score of 160-179 and no less than 160 in any component.
IELTS (Academic) 5.5 Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 5.5 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
PTE Academic 51.0 Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 51 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity ISE II certificate. Must include a pass in all components.

Nationals of majority English speaking countries (as defined by the UK Home Office) are not required to provide proof of their level of English. Some other exceptions apply - please consult our website for details.

The RCM's English Language Requirements are available in full at this link:

http://www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/englishlanguagerequirements/


Audition locations

In the event of a successful audition, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote audition recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an audition in person.

Single specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
Bangkok £100 £100
London £100 £110
USA (New York City) £150 £150
Tokyo £100 £100
Recorded Audition: Resident Outside of Europe Only £100 £110
Beijing £100 £100
Guangzhou £100 £100
Hong Kong £100 £100
Seoul £100 £100
Shanghai £100 £100
Singapore £100 £100
Shenzhen £100 £100

Joint principal specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
Bangkok £160 £160
London £160 £170
USA (New York City) £160 £160
Tokyo £160 £160
Recorded Audition: Resident Outside of Europe Only £160 £170
Beijing £160 £160
Guangzhou £160 £160
Hong Kong £160 £160
Seoul £160 £160
Shanghai £160 £160
Singapore £160 £160
Shenzhen Not available at this location

Additional information

Auditions for all principal studies are available in London. Our main audition period runs from late November to mid December. The RCM also holds auditions at venues in Asia and the USA. Application deadlines, application fees and audition dates vary between venues, please see http://www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/auditions/auditionlocation/ for details. We are unable to offer auditions for the following principal studies at our overseas venues: Percussion, Organ, Harpsichord, Fortepiano, Lute and other historical instruments requiring accompaniment on a harpsichord. Applicants who are resident outside Europe and who are unable to attend a live audition may submit an audition by video recording for most principal studies. This option is not available for Percussion, Harpsichord, Organ or Lute.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Tuition fees for 2019 entry will be published in Autumn 2018. Current course fees for 2018 can be viewed at www.rcm.ac.uk/apply/feesandfunding/

Sponsorship information

The RCM is able to support many students with scholarships thanks to the generosity of charitable trusts, companies, businesses, individual members of the public and legacies. Any student who auditions in person will automatically be considered for a scholarship or study award. There is no separate application process. Scholarships are awarded on merit based on performance at audition (or interview for composers). Unfortunately, performers who audition by recording cannot be considered for scholarships or study awards.