Updated 25th June 2021
The past 12 months have been a challenging time for everyone. When the whirlwind first hit, we knew the BIMM experience needed to differ slightly from usual. As an organisation, BIMM Institute is unique: we’re small enough to change direction quickly while large enough to provide all the right resources as and when required.
Safety is always our number one priority. When the pandemic forced everything to close in March last year, we immediately and seamlessly switched our tuition online. Our creative approaches to delivering lessons meant our students could continue their education, regardless of the limitations thrown upon us all.
However, we were aware of how important it is to have personal interaction: to work, play, and collaborate together. So, as restrictions eased, we moved to a blend of online and in-college tuition. This allowed us to implement safety while also giving everyone that much-needed human interaction and face-to-face time. We could manage safety with face masks, social distancing, temperature checks, regular testing, and even a bespoke stage system that cleaned the air between performances so that singers could safely sing at full volume.
This approach resulted in no evidence of in-college transmissions, even though students were still regularly attending classes together. All these measures remain if necessary.
Naturally, we’re hoping not to need these measures in the same way, but we will, of course, follow Government guidance should the situation change. Thankfully, there are many positive signs that vaccinations are having the desired effects.
What to expect from September 2021
Looking towards the future, we are planning to have an entirely on-site experience from September 2021. In addition to our course delivery, we will have an extensive extra-curricular provision including:
- In-person Masterclasses
- Networking events
All the things you would normally expect as a BIMM student will be here and waiting – ready for you to start your music career.
Access during the summer for current students
Our primary focus is on enabling students to progress through their degree in a timescale that doesn’t compromise their progression, whether that be to the next academic level or into the industry.
We do recognise however that our students have not had as much access to our facilities as they might in normal circumstances.
Normally this access would end when the course completes in May. However, while government guidance allows, we are extending access to the college facilities into the summer break. Lessons have now completed; so access should be plentiful.
Provision for 2021 graduates
In addition, we recognise that students graduating this summer might appreciate further support than normal as they transition into the industry.
In response to this need, we are putting together a suite of ‘Alumni+’ benefits that can be accessed for 12 months after the course completes.
These will include:
- Practice Room access
- 1-2-1 Careers support tutorials
- Careers support group workshops and seminars
- 1-2-1 Tutorials with subject tutors
- Access to BIMM’s online services, including Office 365 and BIMM Connect.
- Access to all BIMM’s online masterclasses
We are grateful to our staff and students for their patience as we work through the complex and challenging situation we all find ourselves in.
College phone numbers
|London||020 8749 3131|
|Birmingham||0121 726 3959|
|Manchester||0161 244 8210|
|Bristol||0117 980 7060|
Additional support contacts
Free to students with great resources to support your mental health.
If you are in a crisis, anxious, worried or stressed. Get help 24/7 from HEADS TOGETHER by texting SHOUT to 85258 or from THE SAMARITANS on 116 123 www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-samaritan
If you need immediate help regarding your physical or mental health call 999 immediately
Further education remote learning
For information on what remote education is available to Diploma students during national lockdown, please click here.
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 are not a current BIMM student and would like to get in touch with us, please contact our Admissions Team via email [email protected] by phone 0344 2 646 666 or LiveChat.
- I was meant to attend an Open Day but they have been cancelled, what should I do?
- I was booked in for an audition/interview at a BIMM college but they have been cancelled, what should I do?
- My exams have been cancelled, what does this mean for my application to BIMM?
- My conditional offer has been made on achieving an EE in my A-Levels, but how can I achieve these if they have been cancelled?
- I am feeling very anxious about the current situation in the UK and how it might impact my future.
- What is the best way to find out updated information about the admissions process?
I was meant to attend an Open Day but they have been cancelled, what should I do?
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.
I was booked in for an audition/interview at a BIMM college but they have been cancelled, what should I do?
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 0344 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.
My exams have been cancelled, what does this mean for my application to BIMM?
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.
My conditional offer has been made on achieving an EE in my A-Levels, but how can I achieve these if they have been cancelled?
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.
I am feeling very anxious about the current situation in the UK and how it might impact my future.
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 0344 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.
What is the best way to find out updated information about the admissions process?
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 0344 2 646 666 or through LiveChat.
- How can I meet my English language requirements if the Test Centres are closing?
- My university/school is closed due to COVID-19. I will be unable to take my exams and my graduation date might be postponed. Will this affect my ability to get a CAS letter from BIMM Institute?
- Will the UK be a safe place to study by the time I am supposed to enrol onto my course?
How can I meet my English language requirements if the Test Centres are closing?
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:
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:
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:
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)
- Pearson (PTE Academic)
- Academic IELTS
Depending on where you have studied, your high school qualification may also be considered.
My university/school is closed due to COVID-19. I will be unable to take my exams and my graduation date might be postponed. Will this affect my ability to get a CAS letter from BIMM Institute?
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.
Will the UK be a safe place to study by the time I am supposed to enrol onto my course?
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 2021 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.
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.
- Should I stay in the UK or should I return to my home country?
- How does COVID-19 affect my attendance requirements?
- How can I attend my classes online if I am in a different time zone? What if I have software restrictions?
- I am feeling anxious about the current situation in the UK and how it might impact my mental health. Can BIMM help?
Should I stay in the UK or should I return to my home country?
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.
How does COVID-19 affect my attendance requirements?
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.
How can I attend my classes online if I am in a different time zone? What if I have software restrictions?
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.
I am feeling anxious about the current situation in the UK and how it might impact my mental health. Can BIMM help?
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 0344 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.
Notice: When informing yourself of developments surrounding COVID-19, please do be mindful of incorrect information circulated and only consult trusted resources.
- The UK Council for International Student Affairs – most relevant and up to date advice for International students
- Public Health England – provides the latest information and advice from the UK government
- UKVI – Coronavirus: travel guidance for educational settings
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office – foreign travel advice
- World Health Organization – information and guidance from WHO
- Home Office – immigration guidance
If you require any further assistance, please contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].