Entry Requirements

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 international qualifications.

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

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 Centre.

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.