So, you’ve decided you’d like to apply for a Degree at BIMM. 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 degree-level university courses. All degree-level BIMM 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.
Firstly, head to ucas.com and click “register”. 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. Using the ‘search for courses’ dropdown menu, select which level course you’re interested in (undergraduate, postgraduate, 16-18, etc) along with which subject you’d like to study. For example, Music Production.
After hitting the ‘search’ button, you’ll be met with all the universities offering this subject/level, but you can narrow your search further by typing ‘BIMM’ in the search bar at the top (see picture).
Next, you’ll need to make your course selection along with which BIMM campus you’d like to study at. Please note: our course options can vary depending on which campus you choose, so bear this in mind if you don’t immediately find what you’re looking for.
Our course options include Event Management, Music Journalism, Music Business, Music Production, Songwriting or Professional Musicianship (Vocals, Guitar, Bass and Drums). Clicking on a course brings up all of its essential information, including a brief description, course duration, module breakdown, assessment methods, entry requirements, fees and any other additional points. You can use this information, along with our in-depth course descriptions on the BIMM website, to ensure you’re making the correct selection through UCAS. Please note: at this point, scrolling to the bottom of the page will also show you all other BIMM campuses offering your course.
In order 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 descriptions page (see the coloured box in the image).
To complete this step, carefully submit the course code, institution code and campus name you’ve chosen when making your course selection on the UCAS site. You’ll also need to select which year you’d like to start the course. Note: If you’re not sure which campus you’d like to study at, why not come and take a look first by attending one of our open days. Please note, to use their services, UCAS charges a fee of £18 for one course choice, or £24 for five.
Now, you’ll be prompted to input details on your past and current educational achievements, including any predicted grades you’ve 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).
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. This is your chance to say, in you own words and style, why you have chosen to study your particular course choice at BIMM. Be sure to include plenty of detail here, including any prior achievements in your chosen subject. You could refer to your school/college course work here, 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. We’ve put together another useful guide to assist with this portion of your application.
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. But 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 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.
Once your UCAS application has been received, we’ll invite you in for an assessment. For performance applicants, this is your opportunity to demonstrate your skill on your chosen instrument. For non-performance applicants, this takes the form of a friendly interview about your interest in a course of study. Music Production applicants will be required to provide examples of audio tracks which they have produced independently.
Alternatively, if you clearly meet the entry criteria for the course you’ve selected, we’ll offer you a place.
For more information, check out more of our UCAS application guides here.
If you have any remaining doubts about how to complete your UCAS application, check out this official UCAS video which gives 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 08442 646 666 (be sure to have your UCAS Personal ID Number to hand), or alternatively, you can contact them via email: [email protected]