Diploma Courses

We offer a series of highly vocational diploma courses to start your journey in music. Study a one or two-year course at one of our esteemed UK colleges and turn your passion into your dream career.

Each diploma course provides a solid foundation of musical knowledge and all you need to develop your skills and progress in your chosen field. Our industry-led diplomas are the perfect springboard for starting your career or continuing your studies with an undergraduate music degree.

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Key facts

Industry-led and 100% relevant.

Well-balanced classes – a mix of theory and practical study.

World-class lecturers.

Unrivalled industry internships and real-world opportunities.

1-year or 2-year full-time study options available.

The perfect step before studying one of our undergraduate degree courses.

 

Why choose a BIMM Diploma?

We offer something other places can’t: the chance to experience what life in the music industry is really like.

For us, it’s all about industry networking and collaboration. We connect our diploma students to regular music business experiences to prepare you for your industry career from the get-go. These include:

  • Masterclasses hosted by internationally renowned guest artists
  • End-of-term gigs
  • A&R panels
  • The annual BIMM album
  • Work experience opportunities

We also have a dedicated Careers Team and a career planning and support programme. This provides you with ongoing opportunities within the creative industries, such as work placements, festival work experience, internships, CV advice, job hunting and more.


"Without completing this diploma, I wouldn't have found the perfect career route for me. It especially helped me in picking the best degree course to help me achieve my music career goals. It was a great introduction into the work I would be dedicating myself to for the next three years."
Kelly Northorpe, Diploma in Music Performance - Vocals

Level 3 Extended Diploma

If you’re thinking about studying music at college, this is the course for you.

Equivalent to three A-levels, our Extended Diploma provides a brilliant grounding for understanding modern music and the fast-moving industry surrounding it – while pushing your discipline to the next level.

You’ll receive expert tuition in playing your instrument, songwriting or music production while steadily building your confidence. Our diploma course will turn you into a high-level music professional in control of your own career path.

  • How long? Two years with one-year exit options
  • Which discipline? Music Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums and Vocals), Songwriting or Music Production
  • What next? Continue your studies with one of our industry-led undergraduate degree courses

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Songwriting

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Production

 

Level 3 Extended Diplomas are available to study at the following BIMM Institute locations:

Level 2 Diploma

This course is a solid introduction to the modern music industry and the ideal launch point for exploring your passion and developing your craft.

On this one-year course, you’ll receive expert tuition in playing your instrument or honing your vocal abilities. You’ll also build your live performance skills and collaborate with fellow aspiring musicians.

Level 2 Diploma in Modern Music

BIMM Diploma students performing

 

Level 2 Diplomas are available to study at the following BIMM Institute locations:

Level 3 Diploma (London Only)

If you’re after the chance to study in the music capital of the world, our one-year practical and vocational Level 3 diploma is a perfect choice.

Taught at our BIMM Institute London college, this course offers hands-on training and a broad overview of virtually every aspect of modern musicianship. And you can choose from three disciplines.

You’ll explore technique, performance skills, musicianship, and music theory for our Popular Music Performance and Songwriting courses. For our Music Production course, you’ll develop your style, improve your technique and get yourself noticed by the industry. Whichever discipline you choose, this course will make you the well-rounded professional the industry needs.

  • How long? One year
  • Which discipline? Popular Music Performance (Guitar, Bass, Drums and Vocals), Songwriting or Music Production
  • What next? Continue your studies with one of our industry-led undergraduate degree courses

Level 3 Diploma in Popular Music Performance

Level 3 Diploma in Songwriting

Level 3 Diploma in Music Production

BIMM student plays drums at the great escape

 

Level 3 Diplomas are available to study at the following BIMM Institute locations:

Level 2 and Level 3 Extended Diploma FAQs

All BIMM Institute Extended diploma courses are full-time and run over two years. The Level 2 Diploma is a one-year course. Lessons take place Monday-Friday with 16.5 hours of timetabled lessons during the week. This allows you time for independent study and to take advantage of tutorials and rehearsals.

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All applicants will first be required to attend an audition/interview in their discipline of choice.

    • Level 3 Extended Diplomas require five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths, and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills for the Popular Music Performance Diploma
    • Level 2 Diplomas require two GCSEs at grade D/3 or above and Grade 3 equivalent playing skills. You will be required to attend an audition to determine your playing level

We will review all applications on a case-by-case basis, taking into account your qualifications and audition.

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Our entry criteria for all Level 3 diploma courses is 5 GCSEs at a minimum grade of 4, including English Language and Maths. However, we realise things don’t always go to plan, so there may be an opportunity to retake GCSE English and Maths exams alongside your Extended Diploma, at the discretion of the Further Education team. We will review this once we have received your GCSE results.

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Diplomas are free for UK students aged 18 years and under, providing funding requirements have been met. If studying for a two-year diploma, you may be eligible for Financial Support through our educational partnership with New College Swindon. Find out more about diploma fees here.

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Successful completion of a two-year diploma course allows further study on a music degree at BIMM Institute. We also have a dedicated Careers Team to advise you of your options throughout your time with BIMM.

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Level 3 Diploma (London Only) FAQs

All BIMM London diploma courses are full-time and run over one year. Lessons take place Monday-Friday and will have 16 hours of timetabled lessons during the week. That means you have plenty of time for any independent study or to take advantage of rehearsals and tutorials.

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Level 3 Diplomas (London only) require five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths, and Grade 4-6 equivalency playing skills for the Popular Music Performance Diploma. Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English Language requirement of IELTS 6.0, with no lower than 5.5 achieved in each band. Alternative English qualifications may be accepted and should be sent to admissions to verify.

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UK and Irish students pay £6,950 per annum (£500 deposit required). EU and International students have a different range of fees that depend on eligibility for a scholarship. Find out more about London diploma fees here.

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Yes! Successful completion of our one-year London diploma course will gain you a RSL Level 3 Diploma qualification. This allows further study on one of our market-leading undergraduate degree courses. Our dedicated Careers Team is on hand throughout your studies to advise you of your options.

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Any questions?

For questions on how BIMM Institute can prepare you for a career in music, or if you’d like more information on how to apply, please contact our Admissions Team on 0344 2 646 666 or email [email protected].

 

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