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Royal College of Music

Bachelor of Music (Honours) - Composition Only

UCAS Code: 380W

Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

E,E

Two A Levels at grade E or above in any subject. Or One A Level (grade E or above) and two AS Levels (one at grade D or above and one at grade E or above) Most UK applicants will take A Level music or equivalent and achieve a Grade A or B. If you are choosing your subjects now, we recommend that you choose music if possible.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

E

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

P3,P3

Cambridge Pre-U certificate in at least two principal subjects at P3 level or above.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H8

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

PP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

PPP

Scottish Advanced Higher

D,D,D

Scottish Higher

D,D,D

Three Scottish Higher grade passes at grade D or above

UCAS Tariff

32-96

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Music

Music composition

Please apply for this BMus (Hons) course if your principal study is composition.

Undergraduate study at the Royal College of Music balances high-level training in solo, chamber and ensemble performance with critical enquiry into music past and present. Students investigate music in context and how it operates in contemporary cultures. The RCM also provides a range of options for developing practical and applied skills. The nature of your undergraduate experience at the RCM depends on your principal study specialism. In essence, it includes individual lessons with distinguished musicians; core units in historical, technical, practical, and vocational subjects delivered in small groups; and a variety of performances. Our undergraduate programme is designed to be flexible, especially in years 3 and 4, ensuring you can undertake study directly relevant to your needs and aspirations. A variety of options helps every student develop their interests during their time at the RCM. From the very beginning of the course you will be able to draw on exceptional resources and opportunities, such as the RCM Library, the Centre for Performance Science, Creative Careers Centre and RCM Sparks – our outreach and education programme. Assessment for undergraduate students is grouped into subject, general and key skills. The assessment tasks within the RCM's undergraduate courses are varied, including technical assessments, performance exams, take-away assignments and practical assessments in performance or practical modules; unseen written exams, essays, individual and group presentations in academic or theoretical modules; and reflective diaries, workshops, and vivas in skills-based modules. Royal College of Music courses are internationally recognised as full degree courses with succesful students awarded their qualifications under the RCM's Royal Charter.

Modules

Your four-year undergraduate experience at the RCM will vary depending on your Principal Study. In essence, it includes individual lessons with distinguished musicians; core units in historical, technical, practical, and vocational subjects delivered in small groups; and a variety of performances – solo, duo, chamber music, large ensembles, orchestras, Big Band, choir, chorus, and opera chorus. You will also have opportunities to attend and take part in masterclasses and workshops delivered by invited musicians. You will be using the RCM’s Virtual Learning Environment, where you will interact with your peers, complete set tasks, and prepare and submit your course work. The RCM’s undergraduate programme is designed to be flexible, especially in Years 3 and 4, to ensure that each student can undertake a study directly relevant to their needs and aspirations. Exchange programmes are available for study in Europe, USA and Australia.

Extra funding

All applicants are considered for RCM Scholarships at the same time as for places, whether attending interview in person or via live video link. Scholarships are awarded on merit based on performance at interview.

English-domiciled UK students and EU students on the Bachelor of Music programme may be eligible for funding support from the UK Government through the Student Loans Company (SLC). Student loans can cover full tuition fees (UK and EU students) and maintenance (UK students only). UK students domiciled in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland are subject to different arrangements.

The Uni


Course location:

Royal College of Music

Department:

Composition

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
med
Music
80%
med
Music composition

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

67%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

53%
UK students
47%
International students
49%
Male students
51%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate
346

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

96%
med
Employed or in further education
55%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£11k

£11k

£15k

£15k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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