Applying to BIMM

UCAS Application Guide

11th October 2020

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So, you’ve decided you’d like to apply for an undergraduate course at BIMM Institute. That’s awesome! Next, you’ll need to complete a UCAS application. This can take a little time, so we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

 UCAS stands for the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. It’s the standard point of entry for the vast majority of undergraduate university courses. All undergraduate BIMM Institute applicants are required to apply this way, and you can start your application via the UCAS website

Let’s assume at this point that you’ve already done some research into which course you’d like to study. If not, you can check out all your options here.

#1 Registration

First, head to ucas.com. You will need to register in the UCAS hub to start and access an application.

You’ll be prompted to follow a step-by-step guide to create your profile by submitting personal details such as your name, email address, password and security answer. Be sure to set up your profile using information you can recall easily!

#2 Selecting Your Course

Once you’ve registered, head back to the UCAS home screen. From there, follow these instructions:

  • Use the ‘Search for courses’ drop-down menu 
  • Select which level course you’re interested in (for example: undergraduate, postgraduate, 16-18) along with which subject you’d like to study, such as Music Production
  • After hitting the ‘Search’ button, you’ll be met with all the universities offering this subject/level. However, you can narrow your search further by typing ‘BIMM’ or ‘BIMM Institute’ in the search bar on the left of the page
  • Next, you’ll need to make your course selection along with which BIMM Institute campus you’d like to study at

BIMM Institute Courses 

We have a range of undergraduate courses on offer, including single and joint honours:

Single Honours

  • BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance – Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals and Keyboards
  • BMus (Hons) Songwriting
  • BA (Hons) Music and Sound Production
  • BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production
  • BA (Hons) Music Business
  • BA (Hons) Event Management
  • BA (Hons) Music Marketing, Media and Communication

Joint Honours

  • BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance & Songwriting
  • BA (Hons) Songwriting & Music Production
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance & Music Production
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance & Music Business
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance & Event Management
  • BA (Hons) Music Business & Event Management
  • BA (Hons) Music Production & Music Business
  • BA (Hons) Songwriting & Music Business

Clicking on a course brings up essential information, including: 

  • A brief description 
  • Course duration 
  • Module breakdown 
  • Assessment methods 
  • Entry requirements 
  • Fees 
  • Other additional points 

You can use this information, along with our in-depth course descriptions on the BIMM Institute website, to ensure you’re making the correct selection through UCAS. 

To make the correct course selection, you’ll need to note the correct corresponding course code, institution code and campus name. These will be listed together on the relevant UCAS webpage and at the top of our own course description pages.

Completing your Course Selection

To complete this step, carefully submit the course code, institution code, and campus name on the UCAS site. You’ll also need to select which year you’d like to start the course. You can find course codes and other information here.

Not sure which college you’d like to study at? Come and take a look first by attending one of our Open Days.

#3 Education

Now, you’ll be prompted to input details on your past and current educational achievements, including any predicted grades you’re yet to receive. This can include school grades, college qualifications and any other official grading you’ve received on your instrument or area of specialism (if applicable).

#4 Employment

Next, you’ll need to add your employment history. This is where you can add details of what sort of jobs you may have had and how long you were employed for. Don’t worry if you have nothing to add here, though.

#5 Personal Statement

Your Personal Statement is the next stage of the process. In your own words and style, this is your chance to explain why you chose to study your particular course choice at BIMM Institute. 

Be sure to include plenty of detail here, including any prior achievements in your chosen subject. You could refer to your school/college coursework, as well as any extra-curricular activities you feel are relevant. You could also mention your potential career aspirations and anything else you’d like to include.

#6 Reference

The last section of the UCAS application is your reference. This can come from one of your tutors or an employer. If you’re applying through your school or college, this won’t show up until later. However, if you’re applying independently, you’ll need to fill in your referee’s details here. 

Click on the link to request a reference, and UCAS will email your referee with further instructions. Please note, BIMM Institute won’t receive your application until your referee has completed this section. For this reason, we recommend taking care of your reference as swiftly as possible to ensure your application is processed smoothly.

#7 Submit Your Application

You will need to make a payment to UCAS to submit your application for your choices.

UCAS charges a fee of £22 for a one-course choice or £26.50 for five. This payment is made directly to UCAS.

This year’s deadline is Wednesday 26th January 2022 at 18:00 (GMT).

#8 After Your Application Has Been Received 

Once your UCAS application has been received, our Admissions team will be in touch to invite you in for an audition or interview. For performance applicants, this is your opportunity to demonstrate your skills on your chosen instrument. For non-performance applicants, this takes the form of a friendly interview about your interest in your chosen course. Music Production applicants will be required to provide examples of audio tracks that they have produced independently. Alternatively, if you clearly meet the entry criteria for the course you’ve selected, we’ll offer you a place.

If you have any remaining doubts about completing your UCAS application, check out the official UCAS videos. Many helpful guides give further details on how best to proceed.

Remember, if you’d like to speak to a member of our Admissions team about any aspect of your application, you can contact them via phone on 44 (0)3442 646 66 (be sure to have your UCAS Personal ID Number to hand). Alternatively, you can contact them via email: [email protected] or Live Chat on the BIMM Institute Website.

Author

James Watts

Social Media Assistant, Professional Bassist and Music Journalist. Career highlights include performing at some of the UK's premier music festivals, recording in Abbey Road and interviewing Debbie Harry.