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Entry Qualifications

‘The Academy cast was packed with promise... Jane Glover, the Academy’s new director of opera, both practioner and scholar, has talented singers to work with’ Opera magazine, July 2009

‘One of the best and most touching performances we have seen this year’ Audience member, December 2007

Far left: Sir Colin Davis conducts a rehearsal. Left: A masterclass with György Pauk.

The Academy does not discriminate against students on grounds of age, sex, disability, ethnicity, religion, etc. We do, however, judge applicants critically on their personal suitability for a course of study according to ability and their potential to develop into professional musicians. The Academy’s Disability Statement can be viewed at

Entry Qualifications for Undergraduate Programmes: BMus, Gap Year, Organ Foundation Minimum Age at Entry Normally 18 on 1st September preceding the start of the programme.

Entrance Standards Evidence of professional performing potential in your Principal-study, sound general musician- ship and a good aural response. As a guide to the minimum technical standards expected, consult the syllabuses for Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM, examinations at Grade 8 and DipABRSM level or Trinity/Guildhall ( examinations at Grade 8 and Associate Diploma (ATCL) level.

There is no formal minimum standard in keyboard skills, but an ABRSM Grade 5 minimum (or equivalent) is desirable in piano if keyboard is not your Principal-study, to enable you to improve your general musicianship.

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Academic Qualifications for BMus (UK and Ireland) England and Wales: passes in two GCE Advanced level examinations, normally including a full A-level in Music. A pass at ‘AS’ level counts as half an A-level Scotland: B-grade and at least four C-grade passes in Highers, including Music. An A–C grade Advanced Higher qualification is considered to be equivalent to an Alevel pass Ireland: B-grade and at least four C-grade passes in the Senior Leaving Certificate.

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Other Qualifications which are accepted as equivalent to Music A-level: A pass in ABRSM Grade 8 (Theory) plus a pass in ABRSM or Trinity/Guildhall Grade 8 (Practical), or A BTEC National Award in Music.


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The following will satisfy fully the matriculation requirement: BTEC National Certificate or National Diploma (three full units in Music at Merit or higher), or Access to Higher Education diploma, in Music, or International Baccalaureate: the Diploma, including music as a Group 6 subject.

International Academic Qualifications You may check whether we accept your qualifications by visiting our website at, but you should send copies of official transcripts or certificates with your application form, including English translations where necessary. If subsequently offered a place, you must send original documentation to the Registry before you can enrol.

Entry Qualifications for Postgraduate Programmes Minimum Age at Entry Normally 21 on 1st September preceding the start of the programme.

Entrance Standards Performance level at least equivalent to a recognised music diploma in your Principal-study.

Academic Qualifications You should normally be completing or have completed a full-time (undergraduate) programme of musical study. For the MA and MMus, you must possess a good Honours degree (normally in Music) or a recognised equivalent. For the MPhil, you must possess at least an upper second class honours degree, and it is preferable also to have a Masters degree. For the Advanced Diploma you should normally have at least a Master’s qualification or equivalent.

Entry Qualifications for Exchange and Year-Abroad Please refer to the ‘One-Year Programmes’ section on p.53.

English Language Requirements for International Students If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate your language proficiency by 1st May 2012.

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The Academy will accept either of these two tests: International English Language Testing System (IELTS — academic tests) The Pearson academic test.

You should take the examination for either IELTS or Pearson soon after accepting a place at the Academy. Your score must be at least:

BMus or PGDip MA

Advanced Diploma MMus/MPhil

IELTS 5.5 6.0 6.5 7.0

Pearson 50 58 64 70

If you are joining Postgraduate Vocal Studies or Opera, you must score at least IELTS 6.0 / Pearson 58 in the Listening and Speaking sections of the test.

Information about test centres can be obtained from and

The Academy offers a short ‘acclimatisation’ course to selected international students before the beginning of the academic year, including a thorough introduction to the Academy and London life.

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