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Course Fees

Programme / Course Fees 2018/19

ACM Birmingham Further Education programmes

The cost of studying towards a Diploma at ACM is dependant on the age of the learner on 31st August 2018.  Please see below for more information.

Under 18 on 31st August 2018
The government will fully fund your studies with us for the entire 2 year Extended Diploma. There will be no further fees to pay. Funding is subject to eligibility criteria.

18 on 31st August 2018
If you’ll be 18 on 31st August 2018, the government will fund 1 year of study at Level 3. We expect that the government will soon announce funding arrangements for your second year of study. We believe that they will likely involve partial funding for 18 year olds, requiring you to make some personal contribution towards your studies (for which a student loan may be available). Once we have received more information, we will communicate with you and explain the options available. Funding is subject to eligibility criteria.

19 or over on 31st August 2018
The course fee for over 19 year olds is £6,000 per year. If you are over 19, we suggest that you also consider our Higher Education programmes – we have a 3 Year study option that might be just right for you.

ACM Birmingham Higher Education programmes

2-year Accelerated Degree programme fee

  • Year 1 fee: £9,000 £6,995 by way of Bursary (info below).
  • Year 2 fee: £9,000

Years 1 & 2 of the programmes are delivered as an accelerated learning route. By reducing the holiday periods, students are offered a high-quality programme with the same number of teaching hours in a shorter period of time compared to traditional study. This provides a considerable financial saving as students will pay less in tuition fees and living costs overall compared to an equivalent 3 or 4-year university course.

Bursaries
At ACM we work hard to make our unique music industry education offering affordable and accessible to all those who are committed and ready to learn. We’re therefore proud to announce that ACM Birmingham is making over £1.2m available in Higher Education Bursaries for students joining in 2018 ; our biggest commitment yet. Our Higher Education Bursary is worth £2,005 per student, reducing the cost of first year study from £9,000 to £6,995 and is open to all those applicants holding offers for Degree programmes (both accelerated and foundation year entry options) at ACM Birmingham. The Bursaries will be awarded to applicants at the point of confirming their place at ACM by way of returning of their offer letters, so in order to be eligible for one of our bursaries, make sure you return your letter to us as soon as possible once it has been issued.

ACM reserves the right to amend fees due to the impact of government legislation.

Student Loans (Higher Education Programmes)

It is important to note that students should apply for finance using the details that follow and NOT use the UCAS course code.

For all 2 Year Accelerated Degree Programmes at ACM Birmingham use the following details:
Institution: The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM)
Course Title: Music Industry Practice (Birmingham)

For students to be eligible for Student Loan Company (SLC) funding, they must be studying a designated course. Higher Education courses at ACM are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Details regarding the current designation status of ACM Higher Education programmes can be found here: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/the-register/existing-regulatory-data/

EU students can also apply for student loans, however these students will not have access to maintenance loans.

If you have previously completed a programme at the same level or higher level of study you may not be able to obtain funding to support your studies and therefore may be required to pay the full funding fee.

For more information about the changes to tuition fees and other relevant information visit the Student Finance Website www.gov.uk/student-finance

Update 14th August 2017: We have recently been notified by Student Finance Northern Ireland that the maximum amount of Tuition Fee Loan available to study at Private Institutions such as ACM is £4,030 and NOT the £6,165 offered by Student Finance England.

Update 11th September 2017: We have now received confirmation from the Welsh Government that our HE courses at ACM Guildford are designated from 2017 onwards. As outlined above, this is still subject to the Government Annual Review Process.

Living Costs (Students on HE programmes)

Where student loans are available students can apply for Maintenance Loans to help with their living costs. The amount available is based on means testing (based on family income and a number of other factors). Don’t forget the nature of ACM’s accelerated programmes means that overall living costs may be reduced. As the holiday periods are shortened you will not be paying for accommodation that you will not be using.

Students on accelerated HE programmes may be eligible for the ‘Long Course Loan’ as part of their Maintenance Loan as these years are over 30 weeks and three days. You may be eligible for an amount up to £825 (if at parental home) or £1260 (if outside London, not parental home).

Additional Costs

Students on ACM programmes involving performance are expected to have their own instrument including a lead to connect to amplifiers (i.e. guitar, bass etc.) for use in lectures and practice. Vocal students should have a microphone and lead. Drum students should bring their own sticks and headphones (for electronic kits) for use in lectures and practice. Production and keyboard students will need a suitable pair of headphones for use in lectures and studio practice. Technical Services lectures may require suitable footwear.

We recommended that all students invest in a set of moulded in-ear protectors. Foam in-ear protectors are made available free of charge.

Occasionally ACM offers field trips, studio visits, and other external activities. Some of these may incur a charge. These activities are optional and are not a specific requirement for the programme award.

ACM Scholarships

For information, see here.

ACM Financial Hardship Loans

Financial Hardship Loans may be available to your year of study. If you would like to find out more please contact the Finance Team on 01483 500804

ACM London Higher Education programmes

Degree Programmes course fee
£9,000 per year. Student loans are available.

Student Loans (Higher Education Programmes)

If you are in receipt of an offer to join us on a Higher Education Programme of study at ACM Birmingham or ACM London, it is very important that you start (if you have not already started) your application for Student Finance at the earliest opportunity. There is no need to wait for your final exam grades. Apply early. It is much easier to make changes or even cancel an existing Student Loan application than it is to apply late and experience a delay in funding.

If you are from England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland: Make sure that you have your Passport, ID, National Insurance number and bank details to hand, then start your application here.

At the end of the application process, there is a page for you to print off, sign and post to the relevant Student Finance provider in your region (e.g. Student Finance England). This piece of paper is crucial and without this, your Student Finance money will not be paid to you. You can log into your Student Finance online account to retrieve this form if you have not yet already sent it in.

If you are from elsewhere in Europe: EU students will need to complete a paper application which can be downloaded here.

It is important to note that students should apply for Finance with Falmouth University, who will award your qualification and not ACM. The details for your application are:

Institution: Falmouth University

Then choose the appropriate course, below:
Course Title: Professional Music Performance | Student Loan Course Code: 755090
Course Title: Commercial Songwriting | Student Loan Course Code: 754229
Course Title: Creative Music Technology | Student Loan Course Code: 754261
Course Title: Music Business & Innovation | Student Loan Course Code: 754264

If you encounter any problems during this process, get in touch with Student Finance at ACM on 01483 500 800 or studentfinance@acm.ac.uk.

Additional Costs

Students on ACM programmes involving performance are expected to have their own instrument including a lead to connect to amplifiers (i.e. guitar, bass etc.) for use in lectures and practice. Vocal students should have a microphone and lead. Drum students should bring their own sticks and headphones (for electronic kits) for use in lectures and practice. Creative Music Technology students will need a suitable pair of headphones for use in lectures and studio practice.

We recommended that all students invest in a set of moulded in-ear protectors. Foam in-ear protectors are made available free of charge.

Occasionally ACM offers field trips, studio visits, and other external activities. Some of these may incur a charge. These activities are optional and are not a specific requirement for the programme award.

ACM Scholarships

For information, see here.

ACM Financial Hardship Loans

Financial Hardship Loans may be available to your year of study. If you would like to find out more please contact the Finance Team on 01483 500804

ACM Guildford Further Education programmes

The cost of studying towards a Diploma at ACM is dependant on the age of the learner on 31st August 2018.  Please see below for more information.

Under 18 on 31st August 2018
The government will fully fund your studies with us for the entire 2 year Extended Diploma. There will be no further fees to pay. Funding is subject to eligibility criteria.

18 on 31st August 2018
If you’ll be 18 on 31st August 2018, the government will fund 1 year of study at Level 3. We expect that the government will soon announce funding arrangements for your second year of study. We believe that they will likely involve partial funding for 18 year olds, requiring you to make some personal contribution towards your studies (for which a student loan may be available). Once we have received more information, we will communicate with you and explain the options available. Funding is subject to eligibility criteria.

19 or over on 31st August 2018
The course fee for over 19 year olds is £6,000 per year. If you are over 19, we suggest that you also consider our Higher Education programmes – we have a 3 Year study option that might be just right for you.

ACM Guildford Higher Education programmes

2-year Accelerated Degree programme fee

  • Year 1 fee: £9,000 £6,995 by way of Bursary (info below).
  • Year 2 fee: £9,000

1+2-year (Foundation Year + Accelerated) Degree programme fee
This 3-year pathway towards a Degree includes an integrated foundation entry year (called a year 0) followed by the 2-year accelerated degree programme.

  • Year 0 fee: £9,000 £6,995 by way of Bursary (info below).
  • Year 1 fee: £9,000
  • Year 2 fee: £9,000

Years 1 & 2 of the programmes are delivered as an accelerated learning route. By reducing the holiday periods, students are offered a high-quality programme with the same number of teaching hours in a shorter period of time compared to traditional study. This provides a considerable financial saving as students will pay less in tuition fees and living costs overall compared to an equivalent 3 or 4-year university course.

Bursaries
At ACM we work hard to make our unique music industry education offering affordable and accessible to all those who are committed and ready to learn. We’re therefore proud to announce that ACM Guildford is making over £1.2m available in Higher Education Bursaries for students joining in 2018 ; our biggest commitment yet. Our Higher Education Bursary is worth £2,005 per student, reducing the cost of first year study from £9,000 to £6,995 and is open to all those applicants holding offers for Degree programmes (both accelerated and foundation year entry options) at ACM Guildford. The Bursaries will be awarded to applicants at the point of confirming their place at ACM by way of returning of their offer letters, so in order to be eligible for one of our bursaries, make sure you return your letter to us as soon as possible once it has been issued.

ACM reserves the right to amend fees due to the impact of government legislation.

Student Loans (Higher Education Programmes)

It is important to note that students should apply for finance using the details that follow and NOT use the UCAS course code.

For all 2 Year Accelerated Degree Programmes at ACM Guildford use the following details:
Institution: The Academy of Contemporary Music
Course Title: Music Industry Practice

OR

For all Foundation Year + Degree Programmes (1+2 Year) at ACM Guildford use the following details:
Institution: The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM)
Course Title: Music Industry Practice (incl. Foundation year)

For students to be eligible for Student Loan Company (SLC) funding, they must be studying a designated course. Higher Education courses at ACM are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Details regarding the current designation status of ACM Higher Education programmes can be found here: https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/the-register/existing-regulatory-data/

EU students can also apply for student loans, however these students will not have access to maintenance loans.

If you have previously completed a programme at the same level or higher level of study you may not be able to obtain funding to support your studies and therefore may be required to pay the full funding fee.

For more information about the changes to tuition fees and other relevant information visit the Student Finance Website www.gov.uk/student-finance

Update 14th August 2017: We have recently been notified by Student Finance Northern Ireland that the maximum amount of Tuition Fee Loan available to study at Private Institutions such as ACM is £4,030 and NOT the £6,165 offered by Student Finance England.

Update 11th September 2017: We have now received confirmation from the Welsh Government that our HE courses at ACM Guildford are designated from 2017 onwards. As outlined above, this is still subject to the Government Annual Review Process.

Living Costs (Students on HE programmes)

Where student loans are available students can apply for Maintenance Loans to help with their living costs. The amount available is based on means testing (based on family income and a number of other factors). Don’t forget the nature of ACM’s accelerated programmes means that overall living costs may be reduced. As the holiday periods are shortened you will not be paying for accommodation that you will not be using.

Students on accelerated HE programmes may be eligible for the ‘Long Course Loan’ as part of their Maintenance Loan as these years are over 30 weeks and three days. You may be eligible for an amount up to £825 (if at parental home) or £1260 (if outside London, not parental home).

Additional Costs

Students on ACM programmes involving performance are expected to have their own instrument including a lead to connect to amplifiers (i.e. guitar, bass etc.) for use in lectures and practice. Vocal students should have a microphone and lead. Drum students should bring their own sticks and headphones (for electronic kits) for use in lectures and practice. Production and keyboard students will need a suitable pair of headphones for use in lectures and studio practice. Technical Services lectures may require suitable footwear.

We recommended that all students invest in a set of moulded in-ear protectors. Foam in-ear protectors are made available free of charge.

Occasionally ACM offers field trips, studio visits, and other external activities. Some of these may incur a charge. These activities are optional and are not a specific requirement for the programme award.

ACM Scholarships

For information, see here.

ACM Financial Hardship Loans

Financial Hardship Loans may be available to your year of study. If you would like to find out more please contact the Finance Team on 01483 500804

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