Admissions information

Understand the admissions process

Leeds College of Music accepts applications via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) or UCAS Conservatoires (Conservatoires UK Admissions Service).

Students will need to apply via UCAS for the following undergraduate courses:

  • BA (Hons) Music (Business)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Film Music)
  • BA (Hons) Music (New Music)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Popular)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Popular with Classical)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Popular with Jazz)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Popular with Production)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Production)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Production with Classical)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Production with Jazz)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Production with Popular)
  • Foundation Degree in Production

Students will need to apply via UCAS Conservatoires for the following undergraduate courses:

  • BA (Hons) Music (Classical)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Classical with Jazz)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Classical with Popular)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Classical with Production)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Classical)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Popular)
  • BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Production)

All students will be auditioned/interviewed for their place, regardless of which application system they come through.

Students can find more detailed information about the audition process on our Audition Information pages.


Application FAQs

Why does Leeds College of Music appear in both UCAS and UCAS Conservatoires?

We have different routes for our Classical and Jazz pathways, and our Pop, Production, Film Music, New Music and Business pathways because the audition arrangements are different.  Most courses in UCAS Conservatoires are Classical and Jazz, and conservatoires run a separate application process for these because they audition all applicants, and because auditions include ensembles and accompanists. These auditions take longer to organise and process, so the UCAS Conservatoires cycle occurs earlier in the year than the UCAS cycle.
 
Why can’t all students apply through UCAS?

Because the auditions take longer to organise and process, the earlier UCAS Conservatoires cycle is a better fit than the UCAS cycle for Classical and Jazz courses. UCAS Conservatoires institutions communicate with each other to make sure that their audition periods do not clash, making the audition process for applicants much smoother. We are unique amongst conservatoires in also offering Production, Pop, Film Music, New Music and Business. Most other institutions offering these are universities or private providers in UCAS. These auditions and interviews are less time and resource intensive, so the later application cycle in UCAS is a better fit for these pathways.
 
Some conservatoires also offer Pop and they are in UCAS Conservatoires? Why isn’t Leeds College of Music?

Most Pop courses in the UK only appear in UCAS. When we talked to our students about where else they had applied, most Pop students applied to universities through UCAS, and Classical and Jazz students applied to conservatoires through UCAS Conservatoires. Dividing our courses between UCAS and UCAS Conservatoires means that the majority of our applicants find their course in the most logical place, and their auditions and interviews at Leeds College of Music fit into the same timescale as the other institutions they have applied to.
 
Why are there audition fees in UCAS Conservatoires but not in UCAS?

We hold different types of audition for UCAS Conservatoires and UCAS courses, and the audition fees reflect the difference in cost.

  • For Classical auditions we provide accompanists and for Jazz auditions we provide ensembles made up of current students. We pay them a fee for their involvement, and the audition fee goes some way towards covering this fee. We do not recover the entire cost through the audition fee.
  • Production, Film Music and Business applicants are given an interview, New Music applicants audition without accompaniment and Pop applicants are placed in an audition ensemble with other applicants, so these do not involve additional cost.
  • Our audition fees for combined degrees are based on the major genre, so we do not charge for auditions for Classical and Jazz minors, though we still incur the additional costs of accompanists and ensembles.
  • A very small proportion of applicants (around 4%) will apply for courses both in UCAS Conservatoires and UCAS, so our fees policy and audition process were set up to be clear and favourable to the vast majority of our applicants.

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