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Vocals - Diploma in Popular Music Performance - London at BIMM

Course description

This one-year practical and vocational course is equivalent to two ‘A’ Levels, and covers tuition across everything from technique and performance skills to musicianship and music theory.

At BIMM London, we understand that live performance is the key to you becoming a great vocalist, so you’ll spend a lot of time on stage to help you develop and find your niche as a performer. You’ll participate in weekly Live Performance Workshops (LPWs), playing with your fellow students while receiving expert guidance from highly skilled BIMM tutors.

As well as the focus on performance, this vocals course will teach you to communicate musically and be creatively self-sufficient. It’ll also provide you with an understanding of how the music industry works and give you the opportunity to study the work of the leading artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. All in all, it’s a fantastic grounding for a holistic understanding of modern music and the industry that surrounds it.

Successful completion of the course will gain you a Pearson Edexcel BTEC National Diploma qualification, and it’s a great gateway to either taking your first steps in a music industry career, or continuing on with study in the form of a music degree at BIMM.

So, what are you waiting for? To make your way as a vocalist, connect with us, and we’ll connect you to a life in music.

Course content


This module develops the fundamentals of vocal technique. Students will work to improve their pitch, tone, range and awareness of different registers. Through group learning and discovery, they’ll develop their own vocal sound. Understanding their voice and being in control of their technique will allow them to develop their creativity, and interpretation and performance skills.

Session Styles

This module studies the landmarks of the contemporary music repertoire, from The Beatles to Beyoncé via Stevie Wonder and Foo Fighters. Students will learn what’s required to perform with authenticity and confidence in different styles. Ensemble singing is an essential skill for a contemporary vocalist and they’ll develop the necessary skills for hearing and creating harmonies, learning to blend with other vocalists.


This module supports the preparation of songs for the Live Performance Workshops. Parts, arrangement, tone and performance will all be analysed, with the emphasis on simplicity being taken to a very high standard. Attention to detail is paramount and Stage Technique classes cover key vocal and physical performance techniques concentrating on the time, feel, groove and techniques of each piece. Students will explore movement, space, posture, eye contact and communication with their audience, as well as practical matters like microphone techniques and how to set up a PA.

Live Performance Workshop (LPW)

This module gives the chance to put it all the learning into practice – on stage with a full band line-up. Students will develop their live sound in a number of different styles, concentrating also on performing, showmanship and the right mental approach. They’ll learn to communicate ideas with other musicians, with the focus on a tight, well-arranged and professional performance.


Students will cover a simple step-by-step method for learning to read and perform from music notation in this module, and well as interpreting charts – all of which is required by the industry. This will enable them to communicate quickly and effectively and perform to a high level in a variety of musical situations, opening up many employment opportunities throughout their career.


Students will study the recognition of intervals, chords, rhythm, notation, melodies and chord progressions, forming a direct link between music they hear and their own instrument. They’ll explore how harmony and theory is applied in commercial music in a very practical and relevant way


The Music Industry

This module gives students practical music industry knowledge that will help them plan their career. They’ll be taken through aspects of the music industry, including record and publishing deals, management, social networks, music synchronisation, legal issues, copyright, live music and business plans.

Music in Context

This module provides a history of classic artists placed in their social, historical and political context. Artists studied include Elvis Presley, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Madonna, Nirvana and Radiohead. An understanding of this essential stylistic knowledge will help to develop authenticity in performance.

Personal and Instrumental Development

This module supports the performance opportunities that feature as part of the one-year programme alongside artist development, presentational skills, practice routines and academic writing. As the weeks progress you will gain advice and guidance in how to develop as an individual and instrumentalist / vocalist in all areas of your work. You will explore and adopt many different approaches to ensure you deliver every aspect of your what you do, whether this is a live performance or an essay, to your best level. This module will help support and guide you through the course and will help you to manage yourself as a student and as a musician

Music Technology

This module introduces students to industry-standard music software packages, allowing them to build up effective backing tracks, work out solos and program their own music.

Extended Studies

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum grade of C/4, including English Language and Maths.

Overseas students where English is not their native language must meet a minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0. We require a minimum of 5.5 to be achieved in each band.


To book in for an assessment, call our Admissions team on 08442 646 666

Financial information

UK & EU STUDENTS £6,950 per year

NON EU STUDENTS £12,450 per year

Further information

Pearson BTEC National Diploma Level 3 qualification in the National Qualifications Framework.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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    • BIMM London is part of the BIMM Group – Europe’s largest and leading contemporary music college. We offer a full range Further Education music courses, in a number of different disciplines, such as Music Performance, Songwriting and Music Production.

      Our students love BIMM London because it operates right at the centre of the global music scene, giving them direct access to the most happening music venues, the coolest record labels, the most groundbreaking festivals, and the most iconic music brands in the world.

      The BIMM London campus is in Effie Road, Fulham, South West London, housed in a five-storey building with state-of-the-art facilities, including recording studios, mac labs, post-production suites, rehearsal studios, lecture rooms, mixing rooms, performance spaces and teaching rooms. Our high-tech equipment and software is provided by the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers who actively support and endorse us.

      Our BIMM London tutors are all very active in the London music scene, and between them have headlined festivals, contributed to Hollywood movie soundtracks, been coaches on TV talent shows, and performed in front of global dignitaries. Put simply, they’re really well connected and eager to pass their knowledge, experience and guidance onto you.