BIMM - British and Irish Modern Music Institute
Popular Music Performance & Songwriting BMus (Hons)
BIMM - British and Irish Modern Music Institute

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

About the course Perform and compose music with our BMus Popular Music Performance and Songwriting degree. Throughout the course, you’ll learn the necessary skills to have a sustainable and successful career in the music industry of today – and tomorrow.

You’ll gain invaluable stage experience as well as build expertise around performing music, creating parts and interpreting songs. You’ll focus on core topics of performance, technique, musicianship, theory and technology. These topics will ensure that you have all the necessary tools to be articulate and expressive in your chosen musical and compositional output.

Once you have this foundational knowledge under your belt, you can tailor your course according to your own goals and aspirations via our range of optional modules. Our optional modules allow you to specialise in certain areas that interest you the most. These include creative performance, complementary instrument skills, global music styles, technology, writing for media, recording, teaching, and research. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a broad portfolio of skills to succeed in whichever career you choose.

Day to day learning will take place in large live rooms, smaller studio settings and in lecture-based classrooms. You’ll also have the chance to collaborate with other aspiring industry professionals. These collaborations are possible because of our flourishing BIMM community that brings together talented students from all areas of the music industry.

Our lecturers – all of whom are still active in the music industry – will guide you through your studies. No matter which route you choose, you’ll always be supported to reach your goals, both personally and professionally.

So, what are you waiting for? Combine your passion for music performance and songwriting today for a fulfilling music industry career in the future.

The BIMM Graduate We make sure that when you graduate, your attributes and skills mirror the employment and creative needs of the music industry – both today and in the future.

We aim to equip BIMM graduates with the following qualities, so they have a long lasting career.

  • Employable and Entrepreneurial

  • Creative, Collaborative and Connected

  • Resilient and adaptable

  • Globally Aware

  • Professional

  • Intellectually Curious

  • Self-aware

This course is approved and awarded by BIMM Institute

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 723 graduates of Popular Music Performance & Songwriting BMus (Hons) at BIMM - British and Irish Modern Music Institute for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Music.

Overall student satisfaction
62 /100
723 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of all UK Graduates of Music

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19045 £17710 £21517
25-75 percentile range £15951 - £23247 £12504 - £22119 £15656 - £27019

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Popular Music Performance & Songwriting, BMus (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Assessment methods are varied and balanced to suit a wide range of students and may take practical, written, portfolio or other form. Students are given the opportunity to work collaboratively with those studying other music related disciplines, representative of the way in which the Music and wider Creative Industries also require collaboration. All written and portfolio assessments are submitted electronically by way of a Virtual Learning Environment and where possible, feedback is delivered in audio and/or video form, as well as written. Examples of methods used: - Practical Exams - Written exams - Practical coursework - Multimedia coursework - Written coursework - Presentations

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Minimum of 2 A-levels at Grade E or above (32 UCAS points), OR BTEC Level 3 equivalent, and normally three GCSEs at a minimum grade C/4, including English Language. Mature applicants (19+) who do not hold the minimum entry criteria can be considered for RPP - Recognition of Prior Practice. This is an essay based submission focused on prior professional practice or experiential learning.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 a minimum of 5.5 must be achieved in each band (Reading, writing, listening, speaking)
Cambridge English Advanced A minimum overall score of 170, and no lower than 165 in each band
TOEFL (iBT) 80 the minimum points must met in each band: Listening - 19 Reading - 19 Speaking - 21 Writing - 21
PTE Academic 50 A minimum score of 50 overall. At least 42 must be achieved in all four skills

BIMM Institute welcomes applicants from International countries that will require a Student Visa to study in the UK. Applicants must meet requirements set by UKVI. Upon acceptance of an offer you will be required to attend a consultation with a member of

Applicants from low income backgrounds can access our Bursary Schemes: Low-income Scheme Care Leaver bursary Further information can be found on our website: https://www.bimm.ac.uk
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Popular Music Performance & Songwriting, BMus (Hons).

Costs

Tuition Fees Popular Music Performance & Songwriting BMus (Hons)

Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £15950 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £15950 year 1

Additional fee information

The tuition fee shown is for year 1 of study only.
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
computer and software/instrument/books

BIMM offer two bursaries on an annual basis:

Low-income Scheme
Care Leaver bursary

Further information can be found on our website: https://www.bimm.ac.uk

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 26, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About BIMM - British and Irish Modern Music Institute

The British and Irish Modern Music Institute is a group consisting of eight member colleges, with its locations spread mainly across the United Kingdom, and two locations in Germany. With each campus situated in a major city full of cultural activity, students can expect to have the opportunity to bring their musical abilities to real performance situations outside of the college building. In terms of staffing, BIMM only hires and works with experienced professionals in their respective industries, ensuring applicants that they’re in the best hands for moving forward in their music career.

Where is this programme taught

BIMM Brighton - West
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BIMM Manchester - Great Marlborough Street
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BIMM Birmingham
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