Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

BMus (Hons) Composition Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Degree level: Undergraduate UCAS Conservatoires

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Course summary

This course provides 30 hours of individual specialist tuition with your personal composition teacher per year (increasing to 35 in year four), which is far more than is typically offered by academic university music courses. You are also allocated an additional five hours tuition for a support study of your choice. Our priority is to provide the perfect preparation for a successful career in diverse areas of composition. We pay care and attention to treating musicians as artists and entrepreneurs, and aim to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges presented by the future of the profession, with the intention that they leave us as employable music professionals.

In addition to benefiting from individual tuition, and group composition classes you will enjoy a range of activities designed to develop your artistry, musical fluency and personal and professional awareness. We have an emphasis on practice based learning, and you will benefit from masterclasses with esteemed visiting composers, composition workshops and public concerts with professional soloists, ensembles and orchestras, as well as time and space to develop your own ideas and performances, with tutor feedback in our experimental work space, the Lab. You will find yourself with numerous opportunities to compose and perform in many diverse contexts, and we support and encourage contemporary classical music in concert halls, experimental and conceptual work, projects in alternative spaces, electronic music (live as well as recorded and acousmatic), popular music, jazz, theatre music, and media/film music. From day one, you have the chance to tailor your studies to your individual interests.

The Composition Department works very closely with other creative departments and we run numerous projects in collaboration with acting, jazz and music technology.

This is an exciting time in our long history – you will be among the first students to benefit from our brand new facilities, including five public performance spaces, seven industry standard recording studios, around 70 practice rooms and Birmingham's only dedicated jazz venue. We have invested £57 million into 9,000 sq m of purpose designed state-of-the-art teaching and performance facilities, which will be the first of its kind in the digital age.

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.

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

  • Composition

How to apply

This course is closed for the 2019 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2020 courses.

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 301F
Institution code B34
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Institutions Own Test. For applicants who audition in the UK. Candidates will be required to demonstrate general musical knowledge and musicianship skills, including harmony and aural.

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

Interview


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
Birmingham Conservatoire £60 £60
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only) £60 £60
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee £60 £60
Singapore Performers only /local fee £60 £60
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
*Fee not collected by UCAS

Joint principal specialism audition

Location On-time Fee Late Fee
Birmingham Conservatoire £90 £90
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only) £90 £90
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee £90 £90
Singapore Performers only /local fee £90 £90
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee Fee not known
*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


Course contact details

Admissions Team

+44 (0)121 331 5901

Fax: +44 (0)121 331 5906