Entry to the BMus (Hons) Music course is by audition for
instrumentalists and vocalists, and by interview for composers.
As a guide to the minimum standard required for entry, we expect
instrumental and vocal candidates to be able to demonstrate musical
ability equivalent to that required to gain a Distinction at ABRSM
Grade VIII. Composers will be asked to send examples of their
creative work to discuss at interview.
Candidates who are successful at audition/interview are usually
expected to gain at least two A-Levels, including Music, or an
equivalent Level 3 qualification prior to entry. Equivalent
qualifications include Scottish Highers, BTEC National
Diploma/Certificate, WBQ, International Baccalaureate, Advanced
GNVQ, AVCE or Advanced Diploma (Level 3) and recognised
ABRSM music theory qualifications at Grade VI or above may also
be considered as an alternative to an A-Level in Music.
In any case, the minimum conditions attached to any offer of a
place are based on individual applications/auditions, and will
often be higher than the minimum requirements stated above.
International applicants whose first language is not English
will need to gain an IELTS English language qualification. IELTS is
the only English language qualification recognised by UK Visas
& Immigration. The IELTS test you will need to sit is the
IELTS Academic for UKVI and this test
must be taken at an Approved Test
For the BMus (Hons) Music course you will need
to achieve an overall IELTS 5.5 with no lower than 5.5 in reading,
writing, listening or speaking components.