Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

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)
  • Piano (Jazz)
  • Saxophone (Jazz)
  • Trombone (Jazz)
  • Trumpet (Jazz)
  • Violin (Jazz)
  • Voice (Jazz)

Secondary instrument/specialism

  • Clarinet (Jazz)
  • Double Bass (Jazz)
  • Drumkit (Jazz)
  • Electric bass (jazz)
  • Flute (Jazz)
  • Guitar (Jazz)
  • Piano (Jazz)
  • Saxophone (Jazz)
  • Trombone (Jazz)
  • Trumpet (Jazz)
  • Violin (Jazz)
  • Voice (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 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 310F
Institution code B34
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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 32 points GCSE passes in 5 subjects (grade 4 or above) must include English Language
Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects.
Must have been achieved at the point of application.
A level EE All subjects considered
Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP All subjects considered
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Intermediate/Higher/Advanced Higher in 5 different subjects, of which 3 are at Higher level
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Students who complete the full IB Diploma:
Obtain a minimum of 24 points. Students who do not complete the full IB Diploma:
Obtain a total of 8 points or above from two Higher Level Subjects
Audition required AND English Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 5 subjects at grade C or above, 4 of which are at the Higher Level
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PP All subjects considered

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.


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
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
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 audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
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

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 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.

Provider information

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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road
Birmingham
B4 7XR


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