Coronavirus update

Updated 28th September 2020

How we’re keeping our students and staff safe.

In preparation for welcoming our students, lecturers and staff back into our colleges we have put in place strict measures and guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone.

Over the Summer months, we have developed detailed plans for each college, building and outside venue, to ensure the appropriate measures are put in place to be able to safely welcome everyone back into the buildings. Each building and outside space we use has undergone a detailed risk assessment and building schematics are in place with designated one-way systems, protective screens, PPE stock and reporting procedures.

It is also important that our students understand their individual responsibility for keeping themselves and their peers safe. In order to make this as clear and simple as possible, we have developed and issued a Student Charter which outlines the responsibilities of our students when they are on campus and these have been shared with students prior to their return, as well as being displayed around the buildings alongside our own commitment to their wellbeing.

We are delivering some of our teaching remotely in Semester 1 up to Christmas to ensure all students are able to engage effectively with their chosen course and experience the highest quality specialist music teaching. Our approach to learning and teaching will continue to be informed by the latest government guidance as we move through the coming months, and we are well prepared to move our teaching fully online in the event of a national or localised lockdown situation. Our fully online teaching model is also available to students who may be self-isolating or unable to attend offline classes in Semester 1.

How we’re responding to reports of the localised outbreaks in Manchester.

We currently have a small number of students affected by the Coronavirus outbreak in Manchester and we are providing additional support to those individuals through our Manchester Student Services and Management Teams.

If you are the parent or guardian of one of the students affected in Manchester and would like to discuss any concerns you may have, please email  [email protected] or call 161 244 8210 for more information on the support that is available.*

As always, we are here to help answer any questions you have or provide more information on BIMMs response to the Coronavirus pandemic. If you’d like to get in touch with us, please contact our Admissions Team via email [email protected] by phone 0844 2 646 666 or LiveChat.

*While we cannot discuss specific students in detail without their written consent, we can provide general information on the support that is on offer.

We are currently hosting a range of online activities which will replace our Open Days in their current format. While we appreciate that it’s not the same as being in the building, we will be offering opportunities for you to still get all of the information you would normally receive at an open day.

Book your place on a virtual open day.

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Auditions and interviews at BIMM Institute will be conducted remotely by a BIMM assessor using an online video platform called Zoom.

If you are unable to use Zoom, or do not wish to, please contact our Admissions Team who can send you Remote Audition guidelines which is simply submitting your work and form to us so a BIMM assessor can review it and an offer can be made.

If you would like more information about booking a Remote Audition via Zoom or the Remote Audition Submission, please contact our Admissions Team via email [email protected] by phone 0844 2 646 666 or LiveChat on our website.

We also have a dedicated page which contains a step-by-step guide on how to audition/interview via Zoom, as well as general advice on how to ace your audition.

 

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BIMM has always been a creative community and, as such, we place a great deal of emphasis on the audition and interview element of your application, as your creative ability and goals are at the heart of our curriculum.

We would like to reassure you that BIMM will primarily be focussing on your audition or interview with us when making an offer. While a level of academic achievement is required for all of our courses, we will continue to offer places to students who we believe will get the most out of the BIMM experience.

As further guidance is received from the Government around how grades will be determined, we will continue to update our website and our applicants directly on BIMM’s response to this.

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While there is not currently a fixed date when we will be able to reopen, what is certain is that this situation is not permanent, and we are looking forward to welcoming our new students to BIMM in September 2020. While our buildings remain closed to visitors, our staff are all working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our teaching and admissions processes moving forward.

You can find our plans here: www.bimm.ac.uk/applicants/2020-21-curriculum-delivery/

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Although exams in May and June have been cancelled in 2020, the government in conjunction with OFQUAL have confirmed that students will still be awarded a final grade in the qualification that they were studying towards (e.g. A-Levels, BTEC Extended Diploma).

The final awarded grade will be generated for each student, considering several factors such as predicted grades, mock exams, any coursework/units already submitted and the input of teachers.

If you were studying towards an A-Level, you will still be awarded this qualification, but the final grade will be determined in a number of ways and not based on summer exams, as it typically would.

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We understand that this is a very confusing and uncertain time. If you would like to discuss your options further, our Admissions team are open as usual and are on hand to give you all the support you need and answer any questions you might have.

You can access them via email [email protected] by phone 0844 2 646 666 or through LiveChat where you can also access up to date information on our revised admissions process and future online open days. While our buildings remain closed to visitors, our staff are all working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our teaching and admissions processes moving forward.

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Our Admissions team are open as usual and are on hand to give you all the support you need and answer any questions you might have. You can access them via email [email protected] by phone 0844 2 646 666 or through LiveChat.

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If you require a Tier 4 Visa to study at a below degree level (Diploma), you must obtain a valid Secure English Language (SELT). Please ensure you complete one of the following English tests:

  • IELTS for UKVI with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each band
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) Pass
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI with a score of 50 overall, including at least 42 in all four skills

Please consider the approved test centres here:

www.gov.uk/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests.

If all tests centres in your country are currently closed, please contact [email protected] for support and further information. Please do not book any alternative tests, as they will not be accepted for Tier 4 Visa support purposes.

Our international team will check if a SELT (UKVI IELTS) is currently available in your location. If this is not currently available, we will arrange for an alternative approved test option. Please do not book any alternative tests independently, as this may not be accepted.

If you are an EU/EEA student (applying for any course level) or a Tier 4 student applying for an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Degree level course, please refer to the guidance below:

BIMM Institute can accept a range of robust English Language qualifications, these will be assessed in your application, but may include the following options, temporarily available to be taken at home:

TOEFL (iBT)*– at-home option is available in selected countries. Please follow updates here.

Important: We do not accept TOEFL ITP tests available in China. We kindly ask that applicants from China consider ESOL LanguageCert.

  • Required scores for Undergraduate students: 80 overall, including at least 19 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking and 21 in Writing
  • Required scores for Postgraduate students: 88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 22 in Reading, 23 in Speaking and 21 in Writing

LanguageCERT International ESOL – We will accept LanguageCert International ESOL at a B2 Communicator Level, when both Written (Listening, Reading, Writing) and Spoken (Speaking) tests have been completed. Click here to proceed with booking your online test.

  • Required scores for Undergraduate students: B2 Pass
  • Required scores for Postgraduate students: B2 Higher Pass

IELTS Indicator – is currently under review, in the meantime please book one of the tests above.

We will be happy to consider one of the following certificates which you may have obtained within the last 2 years:

Depending on where you have studied, your high school qualification may also be considered.

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Current Home Office guidance states that in order to issue a CAS letter, BIMM Institute must verify your final academic transcripts (grades) and certificates, as per your offer conditions. Applicants over the age of 19 have an alternative route to meet academic entry requirements – should there be a delay in the completion of your current qualification and obtaining an award, this may be an option for you. Please do not hesitate to contact [email protected] for further guidance.

Should this guidance be revised, we will share this information with affected applicants in a timely manner. Please rest assured that we will do everything we can to help students enrol in the nearest possible intake.

Please be aware that we can defer your entry to the next intake, in case there is no change in the Home Office guidance and you cannot provide the required documents in time. We will be happy to honour your offer for a future intake*.

*Conditional offer holders for Undergraduate courses will be subject to submitting a new UCAS application for the next academic year, in order to receive a deferred offer for 2021 entry.

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At present, we are accepting applications as usual. However, we take the safety and well-being of our students very seriously.

We will continue to follow Public Health Guidance to avoid further spread of COVID-19 and continue to monitor the situation across our colleges. We are working tirelessly to ensure our applicants for 2020 entry are able to enrol at BIMM Institute. We will ensure any changes to courses, processes, deadlines and entry requirements will be communicated as soon as possible and will act in accordance with BIMM Institute’s Terms and Conditions and Home Office Guidance.

Following our webinar on June 4th, we have provided you with further updates with regards to BIMM’s plans for delivery of our September 2020 intake. You can find these here: www.bimm.ac.uk/applicants/2020-21-curriculum-delivery/

When it comes to planning your arrival into the UK, please take the below guidance from the UK Border Force into consideration with regards to compulsory self-isolation rules: https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control. This guidance may possibly affect your proposed travel plans.

We are awaiting further Home Office guidance in the next three weeks on CAS issuance and subsequent steps for our Tier 4 Applicants.

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Please be assured that BIMM Institute is doing all it can to ensure our students are supported throughout these unprecedented circumstances. We understand that this is a worrying time and some of you may want to go home to be with your families. The UK Government’s advice is that students remaining at university in England should now stay where they are and not attempt to travel. Please also consult your respective Government guidelines with regards to travel into your home country.

If you are studying on a Tier 4 visa and are continuing your studies remotely, we will not withdraw you from your course. You will need to let us know of your travel plans by filling in and returning the form sent to you by the International Team, and you must continue engaging with your studies whether you are in the UK or at home.

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Whether you have decided to remain in the UK or return to your home country, your course and assessments have been delivered online from 6th April 2020 for the remainder of the academic year. Therefore, you will be continuing your studies through distance learning.  The UK government has given special permission for Tier 4 students to continue their studies through distance learning in the current circumstances.

At present, BIMM is allowed to deliver courses online until 31st May 2020. The UK government has advised BIMM and other education institutions that this date will be reviewed and may be extended depending on the impact of the COVID-19 virus in the coming weeks. BIMM will update you as soon as the government informs us of their decision about extending this date.

We have an attendance monitoring system in place for your online sessions and assessments. We are doing this to make sure that you can successfully complete your course and use all the teaching resources that BIMM is able to offer. Additionally, by monitoring your attendance, we will fulfil our obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor.

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We have instructed our lecturers to be mindful of time zones when scheduling online classes and encourage them to be as flexible as possible in their approaches to accommodate those who have limited access to specific resources.

However, we would also like to ensure that timetables run as normally as possible. This means that in order to attend your class and accommodate your fellow students, you may have to attend this at a time that may not match the hours you would study at BIMM Institute were you still residing in the UK.

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We understand that this is a very confusing and uncertain time. The Student Services Teams and counsellors are working remotely and are still happy to help.

You can access them via email studentsupport[enteryourcollege]@bimm.ac.uk or by phone 0844 2 646 666. While our buildings remain closed to visitors, our staff are all working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our services running now and in the future. The BIMM Assist helpline and website is also available for you to contact.

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Notice: When informing yourself of developments surrounding COVID-19, please do be mindful of incorrect information circulated and only consult trusted resources.


Contact us

If you require any further assistance, please contact our Admissions Team on 0844 2 646 666 or email [email protected].

 

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