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

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Establish your own exciting route in the live music sector with BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance. This course is perfect if you’re a musician looking to take your technical, performance and musicianship skills to a professional level. Applicants will be required to choose a discipline of focus for the duration of their studies as follows:

  • Guitar

  • Bass

  • Drums

  • Vocals

  • Keyboard (UK Colleges only)

The programme combines core topics such as performance, technique, musicianship, theory and technology to help you find and develop your niche as a performer.

You’ll be able to further tailor your course to your own artistic and career aims through our wide range of optional modules. These include a specific focus in areas such as creative performance, session skills, songwriting, composing, arranging and more. You’ll become equipped with the skills and drive required to be successful in any musical situation.

You’ll become fully immersed in the flourishing BIMM community with plenty of opportunities to collaborate with a diverse range of talented peers. And you’ll spend a lot of time on stage, too. You’ll have the chance to play live and perform with your fellow students.Throughout these performances, you’ll receive expert guidance from our BIMM lecturers. Our lecturers who guide you through your studies are all experienced and highly sought after professionals with invaluable expertise and experience that will help you progress through the course.

Day-to-day learning will be in large live rooms, smaller studio settings and lecture-based classrooms using our world-class facilities.

So, what are you waiting for? Start your career in Popular Music Performance today.

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 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, 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 learners: Practical Exams Written exams Practical coursework Multimedia coursework Written coursework Presentations Video/Multimedia submissions Project/Portfolio submission Analysis Ensemble/Individual performance

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

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, BMus (Hons).

Costs

Tuition Fees Popular Music Performance 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

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