Applying to BIMM

Your UCAS Clearing Toolkit

14th June 2019

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UCAS Clearing is now open, so don’t think you have to wait until August to start the process of applying to BIMM! Here’s a useful list of tools and resources to help make your clearing process as smooth as possible. 

Personal Statement

The personal statement on your UCAS application is your chance to explain why you’re interested in your chosen field. So, be sure to include info on what makes you so passionate about music and the music industry, plus any relevant experience you might have, and what sorts of career goals you have in mind. You’ll find more details on the types of information to include in our Guide To Writing Your UCAS Personal Statement.

Assessments

For all courses you might be asked for an interview/assessment (either over the phone or face to face), for which you will receive guidelines ahead of time. If you are applying to a performance course, such as Guitar, you will be asked to attend an Assessment where you will prepare a performance, do some sight reading, techniques and theory exercises. When applying for Music Production, you will be asked to bring 4 examples of your work, i.e tracks which you’ve produced yourself.

If you are applying to a non-performance course, such as Music Business, you might be offered a phone interview. 48 hours before your interview you will need to provide either a CV showing any experience that relates to the course or evidence of any relevant experience.

Remember, these guidelines will vary across cities, and expectations will be adjusted for Diploma students. Put your best foot forward by having these prepared in advance and keep referring back to the guidelines which will have been emailed to you once you’ve applied. If you haven’t done so already, you can Apply Here.

Housing

It’s a common misconception that if you go through UCAS Clearing you may struggle to find somewhere to live. It’s important to remember there will always be other people looking for housing. Make sure to join our official Facebook pages below or check this advice post as soon as you have accepted your offer. This will give you the best chance of finding housing in advance of enrolment.

Brighton, London, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham

Student Finance

Once you have accepted your offer, don’t forget to update your student finance application to prevent any delays in receiving your loan. If everything has been confirmed you should have no issues in getting your student finance on time. However, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our Finance Team on [email protected] or 08442 646666.

Facebook

Make the most of social media and join groups to find fellow freshers. Search phrases such as ‘BIMM Freshers’ to find others on your course and to start building friendships. Facebook groups are an easy way to break the ice and start building connections, especially if you are moving to a new city. This is a great opportunity to find out who your course mates are and even find housemates if needed.

Freshers week

Get involved with Freshers’ events! Remember, everyone is in the same boat and will be feeling equally as nervous and excited as you. Attending Freshers’ Week events is the perfect way to get to know people and get a feel for life at BIMM. There is always such a variety of events on, so there will be something to suit you. Freshers event details will be announced in advance via BIMM’s social channels. So make sure to give your relevant campus streams a follow!

Tutorial System

No matter what course you are on, your Course Leader will be such a valuable contact throughout your time at BIMM. Take advantage of the tutorial system and make yourself known as early as possible. They can help if you have any issues crop up. Don’t forget we have an excellent Student Support team that will always be on hand to help in any way they can.

To find out more, head to our Clearing Guide.

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Ells Sivakumaran

Ells has recently completed a BA (Hons) Events Management Degree at BIMM Brighton, and has experience working in live events, social media and marketing.