Royal Northern College of Music

BMus (Hons) Performance/Composition Royal Northern College of Music Degree level: Undergraduate UCAS Conservatoires


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Course summary

TEF Gold

Royal Northern College of Music has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.

Find out more about the TEF.

This programme comprises a student's Principal Study, plus skills needed for artistic development in a variety of areas such as digital skills, critical thinking, music culture and performance, research and entrepreneurship. It combines intensive training in performance or composition with academic rigour, and first-hand knowledge of the profession providing you with thorough preparation for a successful career as a rounded musician.

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

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Composition
  • Cornet
  • Double Bass
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • Guitar (Classical)
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Horn (Baritone)
  • Horn (French)
  • Horn (Tenor)
  • Oboe
  • Percussion (Orchestral) & Timpani
  • Piano
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone (Bass)
  • Trombone (Tenor)
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice (Baritone)
  • Voice (Bass)
  • Voice (Bass-Baritone)
  • Voice (Contralto)
  • Voice (Counter-Tenor)
  • Voice (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Voice (Soprano)
  • Voice (Tenor)

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 R57
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level EE

Additional entry requirements




Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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
Recording £75 £85
RNCM £75 £85
China £75 £85
Singapore £75 £85
Hong Kong £75 £85
Russia £75 £85
South Korea £75 £85

Joint principal specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
Recording No fee charged
RNCM No fee charged
China No fee charged
Singapore No fee charged
Hong Kong No fee charged
Russia No fee charged
South Korea No fee charged

Additional information

Please note that to be selected for audition, all applicants should submit a composition portfolio via alongside their UCAS Conservatoires application. Information on requirements for the compositon portfolio can be found at

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Our course fees enable us to maintain the high quality of a Royal Northern College of Music degree, invest in your wider student experience and offer a range of bursaries for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Tuition fees for 2020 entry onwards will be published in early 2020. For information on current tuition fees please see

Provider information

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Royal Northern College of Music
124 Oxford Road
M13 9RD

Course contact details

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+44 (0) 161 9075 210

Fax: +44 (0) 161 9075 375