UCAS Applications Guidance for all ACM Music Degree Courses



ACM is part of the UCAS institutions list, making it faster and easier for you to submit and track your application to study a degree at ACM.

Those looking to study an ACM Higher Education programme at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) will be able to apply direct through UCAS, grouping all your options for higher education together into a single application. Read on to understand how the process works and how you can apply to ACM, The Academy of Contemporary Music.

UCAS is the UK’s leading application service provider, allowing prospective students the chance to explore their University options and choose from an array of study options including music. And because ACM is now part of UCAS you can keep track of your application and acceptance status to be sure of your place for September 2017!

Whether you’ve already made up your mind to study at The Academy of Contemporary Music, (ACM) or considering your options for September, it’s important to know that it’s never too late to apply to ACM via UCAS.

Start Your ACM Application as of mid-September 2016

If you’ve already got your heart set on applying to ACM, then why not start your UCAS application early? As of mid-September UCAS began accepting new applications for those looking to start at ACM in September 2017.

Explore your ACM Degree options via UCAS

Remember if you’d like to talk through your study options or find out more about ACM, then why not join us for one of our upcoming Open Days where you’ll be able to talk to our Admissions Team or Student Experience Officers one to one and tour our state of the art music facilities.

Your UCAS Application

Your UCAS application can be completed online and is divided into a number of sections that include personal information, qualifications and predicted grades and a personal statement. Each of these sections will be sent to the Universities you choose to apply to, and so you must ensure it is accurate, and shows off your attributes and why the University should consider your application.

ACM wants to ensure that you get the help you need to not only complete your UCAS application, but also ensure the pathway between application and enrolment is as smooth as possible.

Completing Your UCAS Application

Starting your UCAS application to ACM is simple with the entire step-by-step process managed via your individual UCAS profile. Once you have completed your initial registration to UCAS, you will have the option to complete each section of the application, which will change from red to green when all areas of the section are complete.

Please Note: You can save your progress at any point in the application and revisit incomplete sections as many times as you like until you are happy to progress.

Selecting an ACM Music Course

As ACM is part of the UCAS system, it’s now easier than ever to select the right Higher Education programme. You can select an ACM music course by searching by provider e.g. ACM, The Academy of Contemporary Music, discipline e.g. Guitar Degree Course, or with our unique UCAS course codes (see list below).

ACM UCAS Institution and Course Codes

UCAS Institution Code: A48

ACM Guildford Programmes

BA(Hons) Music Industry Practice (MIP) – The Musician Route:

  • Bass Degree 2 Years K32J | 3 Years G32T
  • Drums Degree 2 Years 42H6 | 3 Years952W
  • Guitar Degree 2 Years 56Y3 | 3 Years 5G2R
  • Vocals / Singing Degree 2 Years RT5Q | 3 Years J5W8
  • Keyboards Degree 2 Years BGR4 | 3 Years 58W2
  • Music & Education (Bass) 2 Years A7S4 | 3 Years H6P8
  • Music & Education (Drums) 2 Years WH15 | 3 Years W31N
  • Music & Education (Guitar) 2 Years WJ15 | 3 Years W351
  • Music & Education (Vocals/Singing) 2 Years W35D | 3 Years W35C
  • Music & Education (Keyboards/Piano) 2 Years W3D5 | 3 Years W3N1

BA(Hons) Music Industry Practice (MIP) – The Creative Artist Route

  • Music & Creative Artistry (Artist) 2 Years W315 | 3 Years W31M
  • Songwriting & Creative Artistry (Songwriting) 2 Years W381 | 3 Years

BA(Hons) Music Industry Practice (MIP) – The Producer Route:

  • Contemporary Music Production Degree 2 Years W374 | 3 Years WH74
  • Electronic Music Production Degree 2 Years WH83 | 3 Years W383
  • Creative Sound Design Degree 2 Years W371 | 3 Years WH71
  • Radio Production Degree 2 Years 561T | 3 Years T561

BA(Hons) Music Industry Practice (MIP) – The Technical Services Route:

  • Live Sound Engineering with Stage Management Degree 2 Years 34LA | 3 Years 12GA
  • Live Sound Engineering Degree 2 Years S2N9 | 3 Years N9S2

BA(Hons) Music Industry Practice (MIP) – The Business and Innovation Route:

  • Music Business & Innovation Degree  2 Years W375 | 3 Years WH75
  • Event Management Degree 2 Years S4A7 | 3 Years P8H6
  • Music Journalism Degree 2 Years L3A2 | 3 Years 9N2S

ACM London Programmes

  • BA(Hons) Professional Music Performance – Bass: G322
  • BA(Hons) Professional Music Performance – Drums: HH42
  • BA(Hons) Professional Music Performance – Vocals: RT55
  • BA(Hons) Professional Music Performance – Guitar: GR52
  • BA(Hons) Commercial Songwriting: WW38
  • BA(Hons) Creative Music Technology: WW37
  • BA(Hons) Music Business and Innovation: W37W

Your Personal Statement

Your UCAS application includes a ‘Personal Statement’ section where you have the opportunity to show ACM why you’d be a great student and ensure we accept you. All university tutors use personal statements to compare applicants, so try to make yours stand out.

UCAS has a number of suggestions and helpful guides to help you to structure and write the best personal statement you can, including worksheets and mind maps to get you started.

After you’ve Applied to ACM via UCAS

If you’re happy with your application you can go ahead and submit it for UCAS to process and register your course selections. Remember once submitted you cannot amend your University and course choices.

Once your application is recorded by UCAS you will be able to track your application online and view the progress of your University applications, accept any offers you might receive, keep up to date with any important news regarding your application, and most importantly find out where you’re heading in September 2017 on A Level Results Day!

Watch more video from UCAS on how to complete your UCAS application.

What Happens Next?

ACM will receive your application via UCAS automatically and will process your details, and a member of our Admissions Team and Tutors will evaluate your application against our course entry requirements. If you have not already completed an audition at ACM this will need to be booked via our Admissions Team before an offer can be made. If you have been successful in your application to ACM, your UCAS profile will update automatically.

Confirming Your Place with ACM

Once you have received feedback from all your University options on your UCAS profile, you will receive either an Unconditional Offer or a Conditional Offer from ACM and your other options. If you receive and accept an UNCONDITIONAL offer from ACM, that’s it you’re an ACM student starting in September!

If you receive and accept a CONDITIONAL offer from ACM, your place may be subject to exam results or other requirements. Those with
CONDITIONAL offers can have a backup option, so you should
always consider applying to ACM even if you’re unsure.

Once you’ve confirmed your options, all you need to do now is study hard for your exams, and await your results and confirmation of your place at ACM in August!

Student Finance

Once your UCAS offer is complete you can then begin your application for a student and maintenance loan via Student Finance. ACM is not able to arrange or manage your Student Finance application, but can help with payment options and individual Scholarships and Bursaries where applicable.

Find out more about ACM’s Course Fees and Payment Options.

UCAS Clearing

If unfortunately you do not to meet the requirements of your Conditional offer from your first choice study option, including any revised offer made once you’ve received your results, you can still access programmes through UCAS’s Clearing system.

If you chose not to apply to ACM on your original UCAS application, you may want to consider applying for one of ACM’s Higher Education programmes through Clearing. If ACM still have places available you will be able to view and apply directly to each of the courses listed on the UCAS Clearing system – ACM will release more details about any UCAS Clearing opportunities in the run up to the A Levels results day.

If you have any questions regarding an application to ACM via UCAS, please get in touch with our Admissions Team on 01483 500 841 or email enquiries@acm.ac.uk

Your Key Dates to Applying to ACM

UCAS Application Deadline – 15th January 2017

If you’re considering applying to ACM for September 2017, your application needs to be with us to ensure equal consideration. Applications for ACM courses should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time).

Read our guide about how to complete an ACM Application via UCAS.

Alternatively, speak to the ACM Admissions Team by calling 01483 500 841 or email admissions@acm.ac.uk to ask any questions about your ACM application.

UCAS Extra begins 25th February 2017

What is UCAS Extra?

If you have a change of heart and decide you want to join ACM, The Academy of Contemporary Music UCAS Extra allows you to, in effect, to make a sixth choice of university when you are not already holding offers.

  • UCAS Extra operates from the end of February and is open until early July.
  • If you become eligible for UCAS Extra, UCAS will send you all the details you need. In the mean time you are of course able to research your ACM course options via the UCAS website and the ACM website.
  • You can then use the UCAS website to make an application.
  • If you are made an offer, either unconditional or conditional, you can firmly accept or decline it just like any offer in the main UCAS scheme.
  • If you don’t get an offer (or decide to decline your offer), you can opt to make another UCAS Extra choice and so on, until either you get an offer or you run out of time (the scheme ends 4th July).

Once ACM makes you an offer and you choose to accept it, you become Unconditional Firm (UF) or Conditional Firm (CF). Be aware that there is only one choice at any time in UCAS Extra so there is no question of an insurance choice and once your new choice is made you are committed to it in exactly the same way as the main UCAS scheme.

More information on UCAS Extra.

Other Important UCAS Dates

  • 5th May 2017 – If you applied to ACM by the January deadline, then you’ll receive a final decision on your application.
  • May – July 2017 – You’ll need to ensure you’ve selected ACM as your FIRM or INSURANCE option to be considered for entry to ACM in September 2017.
  • 30th June 2017 – If you have chosen ACM as one of your options on your application to UCAS, they will notify ACM to ensure you’re considered for September 2017. After this date you’ll be entered into Clearing.
  • 4th July 2017 – This is the last date you can apply to ACM through the UCAS Extra system.
  • 31st August 2017 – The deadline for any remaining conditions to be met – otherwise the university or college may not be able to accept you – plus Adjustment ends.
  • 20th September 2017 – The final deadline for ACM applications to start on 2017 courses.
  • 20th October 2017 – The deadline for adding ACM to your Clearing choices and for ACM to accept Clearing applicants.

More details on the key dates from UCAS

Further information

For more information about studying at either ACM Guildford or London, please get in touch with us directly by calling 01483 500 800 or by emailing us.

How to reply to UCAS Offers

Remember If you have your heart set on ACM, once you receive decisions from all institutions, make sure that you log in to UCAS Track and lock-in ACM as your firm choice BEFORE the key UCAS deadlines.

Students who fail to provide a firm acceptance or insurance choice via UCAS Track by their designated UCAS deadline will have their applications Declined by Default (DBD) . Those who subsequently wish to reactivate their application must then do so via UCAS Extra (if available) or Clearing.

We’d like to thank you for applying to The Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) and we hope you’ll make ACM your firm choice of study for September.

If you have ANY questions regarding your ACM application, your options or how to reply to your UCAS options (including ACM), then please get in touch with the ACM Admissions Team on 01483 500 841 or email admissions@acm.ac.uk.

Applying for a Student Loan

Undergraduate students who choose to study a higher education course at ACM may be entitled to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan.

For further details please visit our Fees page.

Further Questions?

If you have any questions, get in touch with the ACM Admissions Team on 01483 500 841 or at admissions@acm.ac.uk and they will help you with the final steps of your application.