Fees and Finance

Everything you need to know

We’re dedicated to giving our students the best value music education possible – which means accessing our globally successful first-rate tutors in a dedicated location at the epicentre of the local music industry…not to mention the option of spending a year studying at another BIMM College in the UK or Berlin.

Such cutting-edge facilities can be expensive, but we make sure all BIMM courses are great value for money and offer qualifying students a variety of financial support initiatives like bursaries and scholarships – representing a practical and affordable investment for your future career in the music industry.

At BIMM we’re determined to offer our students exceptionally good value for money. All BIMM three-year undergraduate degree courses are priced at £7,250 per year for UK and EU students, £2,000 less than many UK universities.

They’re also fully accredited so, if eligible, you can apply to the Student Loans Company for a £6,165* tuition fee loan. The remaining £1,085 of Higher Education course fees would need to be paid by the student before 15th August 2018.

Students from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales should select the appropriate link for finance:

Northern Ireland: studentfinanceni.co.uk

Scotland: saas.gov.uk

Wales: studentfinancewales.co.uk**

If you are using a student loan to fund your tuition fee and are unable to pay the shortfall as a lump sum, you can access one of our new payment plans.

How our payment plans work

Your student loan shortfall is £1,085. Therefore:

  • Your plan total will be £1,085
  • £485 of that is to be paid before 15th August 2018, which leaves £600.
  • The remaining £600 will be paid in 3 termly instalments of £200 from 1st October 2018.

Please note: where fees are paid privately or the balance of the student loan shortfall is higher than £1,085, a payment plan will not be available.

Further information on how the plan works can be found in our Finance Information Pack.

EU students may be able to get a student loan to cover tuition costs. If you’re an EU student, information on how to apply can be found at: direct.gov.uk/studentfinance (please select ’students from other EU countries’).

If you are an EU student applying to our UK colleges, see our update on Brexit.

Table of Fees

Higher Education Courses
UK & EU Students
Non EU Students

BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship
(Deposit required £1,000)
balance paid within 6 weeks

BA (Hons) in Songwriting
(Deposit required £1,000) balance paid within 6 weeks

BA (Hons) in Music Production
(Deposit required £1,000) balance paid within 6 weeks

BA (Hons) in Music Business
(Deposit required £1,000) balance paid within 6 weeks

BA (Hons) in Event Management (Music)
(Deposit required £1,000) balance paid within 6 weeks

BA (Hons) in Music Journalism
(Deposit required £1,000) balance paid within 6 weeks

Please note, students who are from countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) and not from a country formally within the European Union (EU) will not be eligible for the UK & EU fee and be asked to pay the Non-EU fee.

*For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at BIMM Institute are designated each year by the Department for Education. We have made an application for our courses to also be designated for the 2018-19 academic year. We expect this process to be completed in early 2018. Visit www.hefce.ac.uk/reg/desig/cdforstudents for more information.

**If you are domiciled in Wales and intend to fund part of your tuition fees with a student loan, be aware that Student Finance Wales do not fund new courses at privately funded Universities. This restriction only applies to the following Degree courses: Music Business, Music Journalism and Songwriting.

All courses at our Manchester and Brighton campuses are funded by Student Finance Wales, as are most of our courses at London. To discuss further, please contact a member of the admissions team

Please be advised that a minimum level of essential equipment is required to start your studies with BIMM. To see what that is for your course, please have a read of the BIMM Essential Equipment Guide.

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BIMM is dedicated to helping musicians and songwriters develop their skills, talents and self confidence, while gaining a nationally recognised Further or Higher Education qualification. Every academic year, we’re able to offer a limited number of scholarships and bursaries to talented and dedicated applicants and students who are in financial hardship.

These are suitable for candidates on any level of course, however, ideally for those courses incurring fees.

New for 2018 – 20/20 Scholarships : Unlock Your Potential

We’re delighted to be launching 100 new Scholarships for early applicants looking to start on the first year of a degree course in 2018/19. There will be 20 scholarships available at each of our UK-based colleges, offering a discount of 20% off tuition fees for three years (total value of £4,470) to those who are awarded them. All BIMM courses will qualify.

In order to be considered for this scholarship you must:

  • Be a UK or EU national*
  • Have a household income below £48,000 per annum
  • Write a 750 word personal statement (within the application form) answering the question ‘How will this scholarship help you achieve your career goals in the music industry?’

To make you application for the 20/20 scholarship you must:

  • Apply to BIMM through UCAS by the 15th of January. We will then email you the application form shortly after
  • Receive a recommendation for your respective course following a successful assessment/interview and submit your 20/20 application form by Saturday 31stof March


*applicants must have resided in the UK or EU for a minimum of 3 years

We acknowledge that there are several steps involved in the application process of this scholarship, so we have created this handy Scholarships Guide to help you with your application. If you have any other queries about your submission, please contact us by phone or at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to assist.

BIMM Bursary

We’re pleased to be able to offer our students the opportunity to apply for a BIMM Bursary. It’s specifically for gifted and committed applicants who are struggling financially, and in order to be eligible, your household income must be below £25,000 per annum.

The BIMM Bursary will be for £1,500 for one year only and is awarded to six students at each BIMM college within the UK. If your application is successful, you’ll receive the money in three instalments at the beginning of each term.

The criteria in order to be considered are as follows. You must:

  • Be a UK or EU national
  • Be in financial hardship
  • Have good studentship (current students only)

There are a few steps involved in the application process and we’re happy to assist with any queries you may have along the way to ensure your form is completed easily and thoroughly.

Applications will open in April 2018


(Available to current Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and London students only)

EMI Music Sound Foundation is an independent music education charity established in 1997 to celebrate the Centenary of EMI Records and to improve young peoples’ access to music education in the UK. Its patrons include Sir Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Yoko Ono and Diana Ross. Naturally, it’s a huge honour for BIMM to be chosen to receive bursary funding as part of an elite band of music education centres, which also includes The Birmingham Conservatoire and The Royal Academy of Music.

In 2015, EMI Music Sound Foundation offered an annual bursary of £10,000, this was made available to current BIMM students across BIMM colleges in the UK. The bursary amount will be split between 8-10 students who will be continuing their studies at BIMM in 2018/19.

The bursary can be put towards your course fees, or you can receive the money directly to help with your living costs while studying (the funds will be paid by the end of your first term of study).

If you’d like further information regarding the bursary, please visit: www.emimusicsoundfoundation.com

The criteria in order to be considered are as follows. You must:
• Be a current BIMM student
• Be aged between 19 and 24 on the 31st August 2018
• Be a UK national
• Be in financial hardship
• Have good studentship

It’s important that your application form for this bursary is completed thoroughly, so if you require assistance with your submission, please feel free to get in touch.

Applications will open in April 2018


The Andrea Marongiu Bursary is for talented and dedicated drummers starting their first year of the BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship degree, who are in financial hardship. There are two bursaries available to the value of £1,000 for each year of study at BIMM, for three years (totalling £3,000), for students from BIMM Brighton, BIMM London and BIMM Bristol (£6,000 total).

This bursary is presented in memory of Andrea Marongiu – the enormously gifted session drummer of British electronic/folk band Crystal Fighters who tragically passed away suddenly in 2014. Andrea was one of the most talented multi-disciplinary drummers at work in modern music. An incredibly versatile musician, he was one of the most highly sought-after session drummers in the industry.

Andrea’s wife, Louise Marongiu, set up a fundraising site in his memory in order to raise money which could be used to help young musicians, and BIMM is hugely honoured that Louise has kindly donated the funds to form two drumming bursaries for 2018/19 entrants. This award will build on Andrea’s legacy as a brilliant and creative drummer and is an enormously generous gift to enable the growth of a new generation of drummers.

In order to be considered, you must:

• Be a UK or EU national.
• Have a household income below £25,000 per annum.
• Have good studentship (if a current student) or a good academic reference.
• Hold an Unconditional/Firm place on a Drum degree at BIMM Brighton, Bristol or London (BA (Hons)/BMus).

If your application is successful, you’ll receive the monies at the beginning of each school year.

Applications will open in April 2018

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When applying for a BIMM Bristol course through UCAS you will need to enter our Institution Code – B39 and the Bristol Campus Code – L.

For those who would appreciate a little financial help, we’ve also developed a series of awards, scholarships and bursaries available to talented and dedicated students applying for our courses. For more information and details of how to apply, please see the Scholarships & Bursaries tab.

For Degree course terms and conditions please click here.

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