First Diploma in Modern Music


This Level 2 practical and vocational course is equivalent to four GCSEs, and aims to develop your confidence as a performer, while preparing you for subsequent employment in music.

You’ll receive expert tuition in playing drums, while developing live performance skills, a knowledge of different styles of music, and an understanding of what makes the music industry tick; all delivered by BIMM’s expert tutoring team who are all prominent music industry professionals with years of experience in The Business.

You’ll have a fantastic time studying a subject you feel passionate about, collaborating creatively with fellow aspiring musicians and connecting with the industry. As a BIMM student, many exciting ‘money can’t buy’ networking opportunities will come your way, such as end-of-term gig performances, Masterclasses with global musicians, and many more.

The diploma is a great gateway to either taking your first steps in a music industry career, or continuing with study in the form of an Artist Development Diploma at BIMM or eventually a BIMM degree.

UK and EU students aged 18 and under are eligible for free funding (subject to academic requirements)

So, what are you waiting for? To make your way as a drummer, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.

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Free to UK & EU students under 18
(subject to academic requirements)

NON EU STUDENTS £12,450 per year

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Year 1

Module names and structure may be subject to change.

  • Gig Preparation

    This unit involves planning for key performances at a local and national level. Topics studied include rehearsal technique, promotion, marketing, leadership, venues and promoters, tour management, stage management, and budgeting.

  • Styles

    This unit is a study of the sounds and styles of some of the world’s most influential guitarists in order to broaden the range of the student’s stylistic knowledge.

  • Composition

    This unit is aims to provide the necessary tools to enable you to construct a body of finished songs and lyrics, based on your own creative ideas. Having a grasp of the mechanics of songwriting is essential for any serious musician.

  • Techniques

    A good technique is essential if a more efficient and accurate execution of musical ideas is the aim. Musicians will be taken through a logical technical study path, to facilitate better technique.

  • Pre-Production

    This unit encourages the preparation of songs to the standard of a professional band/artist, teaching students how to deconstruct a part and prepare it for the LPW class. Parts, arrangement, tone and performance will all be analysed and worked on, with the emphasis on simplicity being taken to a very high standard, and attention to detail being paramount.

  • Live Performance Workshop (LPW)

    This unit is about making the songs studied in Pre-Production work in a live setting. Students learn to communicate ideas with other musicians and the audience, with the focus on a tight, well-arranged and professional performance.

  • Music Business

    Practical music industry knowledge that will help students plan their career. Musicians will be taken through all aspects of the music industry, including record and publishing deals, management, music synchronisation, legal issues, copyright, music teaching, live music, business plans, etc.

  • Group Tutorials

    This unit is an opportunity for students to reflect on how their study is progressing, getting guidance from their tutor on their coursework and performance assessment.

The option modules advertised as available for BIMM Institute courses are subject to variation dependant on minimum student numbers and the availability of specialist resources at each college (Please refer to our terms and conditions for further detail).

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Minimum requirements

Two GCSEs at D or above, Trinity Grade 3 equivalent or above playing skills

After this course:


Graduates can progress directly to a career as a performer in the music industry, or can continue their study with an Artist Development Diploma in Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Business and Events and Sound Production.

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How to apply

All diploma applications can be made directly via the BIMM Admissions team. To request an audition and/or assessment call 0844 2 646 666. All students will be invited to attend an individual audition and/or assessment. International applicants who can’t attend an audition and/or assessment will be sent guidelines and an application form.

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International students

We’re proud to welcome students from all around the world. Our dedicated International Team is on hand to help with applications, visas, accommodation, settling in and much more.

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Course Specification

Mode of attendance:
Length of course:
1 year
Awarding institution:
Rockschool Ltd
Teaching institution:
BIMM Brighton
Language of study:
Final award and exit awards:
RSL Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Performing)
Admissions criteria:
Two GCSEs at D or above, Trinity Grade 3 equivalent or above playing skills.

Teaching this course

BIMM Tutors

From launching the career of Oasis and scoring nine Top 40 singles with the band Sleeper, to winning a Mercury Music Prize as part of Gomez and knocking Take That off the top spot, our BIMM Brighton tutors have done it all. One even has the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as her real life godfather! Imagine what you could achieve with direct access to their knowledge, guidance, experience and enviable industry connections!

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Making it in music:

Success Stories

Our students prove that talent and hard work are an impressive mix, with many forging a career in the music industry as performers and music industry professionals.

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