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Entry Requirements

Each application is considered on its own merits, but typical offers for UK students are:

  • A-Level: A*AA
  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H1 in three relevant Higher Level subjects

Further information on entry requirements for international students can be found on the University's Undergraduate Admissions web pages.

If you have taken A levels, the essential requirement is normally A level Music and A levels in two other academic subjects. The choice of subjects is not critical, and humanities subjects, languages and sciences are all good choices. We also accept qualifications from other examination systems; there is a University web page with further information about this. ABRSM Grade 8 Theory (Merit) can be offered as a substitute for A Level Music. A Level Music Technology is recognised as an additional A Level, but not considered a substitute for Music A Level.

Finally, we expect you to have some familiarity with the Western classical repertoire, and to have experience of writing about music. A well developed musical ear, basic facility at the keyboard, and some proficiency in harmony and counterpoint are also desirable, though few successful applicants have equal facility in all these areas.

To find out more, visit the music page of the University’s Undergraduate Prospectus. There is also admissions information from the various Colleges, through whom you make your application.

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