Take a degree in BMus Popular Music Performance


Two Years



Curved top



If you want to gain the instrumental and professional skills to work as a freelance musician, then this degree is for you!

Some of our former degree students...

Drag to view more
Curved top

. you will...

Engage with the stylistic components of specific genres on your industry and in turn expand your repertoire base. Refine an effective practice routine in order to set goals and develop.
Learn to rehearse and perform effectively within a contemporary popular music ensemble. Study the integration of music technology into performance and develop arranging and musical directional skills.
Gain a closer appreciation of the link between practical and theoretical musical knowledge through developing your understanding of theoretical components in a written and aural sense.
Engage in a wide range of industry related study, designed to equip you with the skills required to work as a freelance musician within the popular music industry.
Curved bottom
Watch our performance degree video
Curved top

Discover MORE...

  • Develop your creative career
  • Get Industry experience
  • Get a qualification
  • Day to Day practicalities
  • Signing Up
Develop your
creative career

Choosing the BMus Popular Music Performance degree is a great way to break into the creative industries.

The creative sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the UK economy and a great and exciting place in which to work.

This Popular Music Performance degree can lead onto:

  • Further skills development at Masters level.
  • Employment, or self-employment, in the creative industries. This may be as a freelance musician, or it may be into another area of the music or creative industries.
  • A creative apprenticeship as a stepping stone to work.
Get Industry experience

Being at Access is so much more than just doing a course. You will have the chance to get first-hand experience of the music and creative industries.

Here are some of the opportunities you can take advantage of:

  • EVENTS: You’ll have unique opportunities to showcase your work. These range from a local gig to the chance to perform on a festival stage at events such as Latitude organised by partner, Festival Republic.
  • MUSIC GLUE: Music Glue is a global direct-to-fan platform used by 26,000 artists worldwide to sell tickets, merchandise, music and more direct to their audience from one customisable website.
  • DISTRIBEAT: A partnership with worldwide distribution company, Distribeat, which allows you to market your music through all major online stores including iTunes.
  • MASTERCLASSES: Access promotes industry masterclasses by artists represented by Tri-Tone and 7pm Management. These enable you to gain advice and guidance from working musicians and producers.
  • TWINE: All our students get free Twine membership, which is an online platform allowing creative people to collaborate on projects and earn money!
  • FOCUSRITE: Access is proud of its partnership with Focusrite. You will have the chance to get your hands on over £500 of FREE Focusrite audio plug-ins, supported by special Focusrite workshops.
Get a qualification

On successful completion you will get a recognised qualification which you can add to your creative CV:

  • Bachelor of Music degree in Popular Music Performance accredited by Birmingham City University.
Day to Day practicalities
  • The Popular Music Performance degree lasts for 2 years.
  • Offered in partnership with Birmingham City University, this degree is a 2-year accelerated degree, which means you will save money on tuition fees!
  • It is delivered five days per week, from September to June, over six 15-week trimesters.
  • Gain access to BCU’s facilities at their Millennium Point campus.
  • Tuition fees for our fast-track degrees are £6,125 per academic year. This makes the total cost of the degree just over £12,000 as opposed to £27,000 for many 3-year music degree courses.
Signing Up

Applying for the Popular Music Performance degree is easy. All you need to do is apply via UCAS using the Institution code: A43, course code: W315, Institution code name: ACCM and short form of course: BMus/PM.


  • You will be required to provide evidence of your prior qualifications (achieved or predicted) at your interview.
  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age on 31st December on the year of entry.
  • You will be required to achieve a recognised Level 3 qualification (e.g.RSL, BTEC, A Levels) which generates a minimum of 80 UCAS points (2017 tariff) in a music related subject, or where music is a key component.
  • All candidates must have achieved a minimum of 4 passes (A*-C) at GCSE, including maths and English Language.
  • Mature candidates (21+ years of age) with non-standard qualifications and/or substantial experience in the music or related industries, are encouraged to apply and will be considered if the demonstrate appropriate ability through interview.
  • Students who do not have English as a first language are required to achieve the equivalence of a minimum of 6.0 overall with no band below 5.5 from a Secured English Language Test (SELT), the most common being IELTS, PTE or CAE. A student may be advised to undertake additional language courses or receive language support toward achieving the required standard by the start of the course, during the first term or by the end of the first year, as the situation demands.


  • Interviews will last about 45 minutes and will include, an introduction/set -up, recital programme, musicianship test, a discussion about your professional and personal qualities and intentions of progression supported by a portfolio of work.
Curved bottom

Study Popular Music Performance in...

Click on the location to find out more.

Music Degrees in Birmingham