Will my qualification be university accredited? And, is it an internationally recognised qualification?

How does it work?

Who will be teaching me?

Will I be able to get support online?

Can I study part-time?

How many hours do I need to dedicate to my studies?

When can I start?

How will I be supported?

Can this qualification help me plan my own career as a musician?

How much is it and is there any help with the cost?

What gear/equipment do I need to do this course?

Are your ready to start your application, but unsure if you qualify?

In the UK?

International applicant?

What if I don’t have the necessary qualifications or they are out of date?

What is APCL?

What if English is not my first language?

 

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Will my qualification be university accredited? And, is it an internationally recognised qualification?

Yes. The BA(Hons) Creative Music Performance is awarded and accredited by Falmouth University, a specialist creative multi-arts institution with a heritage spanning more than 100 years. Falmouth has been ranked gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the new classification of degree teaching standards. Gold is reserved for institutions where teaching, retention and graduate outcomes are consistently outstanding and are of the highest quality found in the UK.

 

How does it work?

You will learn using Canvas, a highly advanced and interactive Virtual Learning Environment. Canvas is the online platform into your degree life where you will have access to your weekly lessons, masterclasses and the entire DIME ONLINE community. In addition to having access to high-quality lesson content at all times, you will be able to upload your own work into private and communal areas for feedback from your tutors and peers. The lesson content on Canvas is coupled with one-to-one guidance from our world class tutors and supporting education team.

 

Who will be teaching me?

This unique degree programme has been developed and written by working music professionals. The team has had over 20-years’ experience in music education and come from a background of operating at the highest level in the international music industry.

 

Will I be able to get support online?

You will be able to message your tutor, student support or any team member, for any reason at any time through Canvas. The DIME ONLINE team is here to support you and ensure you are getting the most from your course. We communicate through email, phone, Skype or the Virtual Learning Environment messaging system.

 

Can I study part-time?

The degree is offered in full-time accelerated mode, which enables you to complete your degree in two years. However, we also offer a part-time version for students who have work, family, and/or other commitments, which enables you to study at a less intensive pace over four years. The material and award are exactly the same for both study modes.

 

How many hours do I need to dedicate to my studies?

It is recommended that you allow 35-40 hours of study time per week for the full-time accelerated mode or 18-20 hours per week for the part-time mode. Although there are certain key deadlines which all students must meet for assessment submission, the study time can usually be flexible from week to week. The DIME ONLINE team are happy to talk through any concerns on time dedication during the application process to make sure you will be able to meet the requirements.

 

When can I start?

In the spirit of flexible learning, DIME ONLINE offer three entry points per year- January, June and September. For all the important study block start dates and application deadline dates go to the Term Dates page.

 

How will I be supported?

Your Head of Department will be in regular contact with you, as well as the Head of Education. Both will provide one-to-one guidance throughout the course through email, phone, Skype or the Virtual Learning Environment messaging system.

 

Can this qualification help me plan my own career as a musician?

Yes, everyone involved in the delivery of this programme is a professional working musician. We will discuss how we make a living and get paid for playing and working as well as exploring the latest technology and available income streams available to a professional in the music industry. We are a community of musicians and music professionals who do not compromise musical standards for commercial success. Music comes first.

 

How much is it and is there any help with the cost?

Full-Time: 35 – 40 study hours per week over 2 years. £4,620 per year (Total £9,240)

Part-Time: 15 – 20 study hours per week over 4 years. £3,620 per year (Total £14,480)

DIME ONLINE is committed to the highest academic standards, but also affordable Higher Education. All courses are eligible for student loans in the UK.

Studying online with DIME ONLINE = affordable fees with high one-to-one student care. If you have and questions about fees, finance or payment plans then please contact our finance team via email: finance@dime-online.org. Click below to download DIME ONLINE’s student finance policy:

Student Finance Policy.

 

What gear/equipment do I need to do this course?

You will need your own computer – Mac or PC, with internet access. Your computer should have a built-in or external camera. Filming yourself playing using the internal mic is acceptable, although you will achieve better results using an audio interface. Filming is an essential part of the course, so a basic knowledge of filming & recording software is recommended. Other software should include: Microsoft Office, Pages or equivalent, Garageband, Logic Pro, Cubase or equivalent recording software. One electric and one acoustic guitar is preferable. You will also require a valve amp, guitar cables and plectrums – and always have a spare set of strings!

 

Are your ready to start your application, but unsure if you qualify?

Academic qualifications will need to have been completed within the last five years to be considered ‘current’. However, qualifications achieved outside of this time frame will be considered on an individual basis.

All applicants aiming to specialise in performance should be able to perform at an intermediate to semi-professional level. As a guide, you should have the equivalent of grade 5 theory knowledge and be comfortable playing music at the level of grade 7 (Trinity, Rock School, ABRSM etc.).

The qualifications required for admission on to the JTC degree vary depending on whether you have:

·       Achieved qualifications in the UK

·       Achieved qualifications internationally

·       Have no academic qualifications or they are out of date

 

In the UK?

Standard entry requires a UK Level 3 qualification or above. A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points, mainly from the A2 level or equivalent Level 3 qualifications – such as BTEC. UCAS have designed an indicative online Tariff Calculator, to enable you to enter your qualifications to see how many points they’re worth.

Please click here to go to the calculator.

 

International applicant?

As a guide they would have to be equivalent to the UK Level 3 qualifications or above. If you are an international applicant and want to verify your qualifications will be accepted, please contact Recruitment and Admissions.

You will need to supply an English (officially translated) copy/scan of the transcript and certificate for verification.

 

What if I don’t have the necessary qualifications or they are out of date?

DIME ONLINE will consider individuals who have playing and work experience, but have not achieved the full level of credit, or if their qualifications are older than 5 years. This process is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

APL is the formal recognition of prior learning and/or experience. We appreciate that not all prospective students meet the standard entry requirements for our courses, but they may have achieved equivalent learning outcomes through other qualifications, self-directed study and/or professional experience. We have an APL Policy and Procedure in place to provide applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate how they may meet our entry criteria in other ways.

APL falls into two main categories – APEL and APCL.

 

What is APEL?

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is the process for an applicant to seek formal recognition of prior learning they have achieved through experience, such as professional or voluntary work, and/or self-directed study. It is not the experience itself that is assessed for formal recognition, instead, it is the learning gained from that experience that will be assessed against our standard entry requirements or the learning outcomes of the course you are applying to study.

We may ask you to submit written evidence, or to complete assessment tasks, or undertake equivalent course work in order to assess the equivalence of your learning. Our expectation is that you undertake this independently, by yourself.

If you are seeking entry with advanced standing or with exemption from certain modules or credits, an APEL application costs £200. This fee is non-refundable and non-deductible. It is an administrative fee that is additional to any acceptance fees, tuition fees, or additional course costs that you may be required to pay if you enrol. This fee is not applicable if you are entering the degree course at the beginning of Level 4.

 

What is APCL?

Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) is the process for an applicant to seek formal recognition of prior learning from qualifications they hold that are not recognised within the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

It is not the qualification itself that is assessed for formal recognition for entry; instead, it is the learning gained from that qualification that will be assessed against our standard entry requirements or learning outcomes of the course you wish to study.

We may ask you to submit written evidence, or to complete assessment tasks, or undertake equivalent course work in order to assess the equivalence of your learning. Our expectation is that you undertake this independently, by yourself.

Full details on Falmouth University’s APL policy are available here.

 

What if English is not my first language?

If English isn’t your first language, you will be required to supply proof of English proficiency to the level of Academic IELTS 6.0. Your test must have been taken within the last 2 years.

Other international English language qualifications may be acceptable, please contact Admissions and Recruitment for more information.

Applicants are responsible for organising their own exam and supplying us with the certificate.

English qualifications that we accept:

IELTS – a minimum score of 5.5 must be achieved on each section with an overall score of no less than 6.0 is required
BULATS – an overall score of 71 or above is required, with a minimum of 65 in each element.
Cambridge exams – FCE at Grade A, or, CAE at Grade C.
ToEFL – a total score of 87 or above is required, with the following minimum scores in each section:
Reading – 22
Writing – 21
Listening – 21
Speaking – 23

If you have any questions regarding English qualifications, contact the Recruitment and Admissions Team.