Entry Requirements

Musical, academic and English criteria for international students.

Here are full details of the entry requirements for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, along with tables to guide you on what the most applicable academic and English language qualifications are depending on your nationality and course.

Academic and Musical Entry Requirements by Course

Classical Music

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

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC). We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
An ABRSM Grade 5 Theory certificate or an equivalent qualification, such as Trinity or London College of Music Grade 5 Theory. 

A practical standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 (performers) or ABRSM Grade 6 standard (composers) in your main instrument/voice (assessed through audition). 

English Language Entry Requirements
All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below.


 BA (Hons) Music (Classical with Foundation Year)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 64 UCAS tariff points. We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
Theory knowledge equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 level (assessed via audition/interview). Students not at this level must take Theory as their major option in Year 1. 

A practical standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 6 in your main instrument/voice (assessed through audition). 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below

Film Music

BA (Hons) Music (Film Music)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC). We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
A level of theory knowledge equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 Theory (assessed through audition/interview). 

English Language Entry Requirements
All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below 


 

BA (Hons) Music (Film Music with Foundation Year)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 64 UCAS tariff points. We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
A level of theory knowledge equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 Theory (assessed through audition/interview). Students who are not at this level must take Theory as their major option in Year 1. 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below

Folk Music

BA (Hons) Music (Folk)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC). We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
A practical standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 (performers) or ABRSM Grade 6 standard (composers) in your main instrument/voice (assessed through audition). 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below

Jazz

BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)

BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Classical)

BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Popular)

BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Production)

 Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC). We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
An ABRSM Grade 5 Theory certificate or an equivalent qualification, such as Trinity or London College of Music Grade 5 Theory. 

A practical standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 (performers) or ABRSM Grade 6 standard (composers) in your main instrument/voice (assessed through audition). 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below. 


 

BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Foundation Year)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 64 UCAS tariff points. We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
A level of theory knowledge equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 Theory (assessed through audition/interview). Students who are not at this level must take Theory as their major option in Year 1. 

A practical standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 6 in your main instrument/voice (assessed through audition). 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below

Music Business

BA (Hons) Music (Business)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC). We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
None. 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below.

Music Production

BA (Hons) Music (Production)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC). We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
A level of theory knowledge equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 Theory (assessed through audition/interview). 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below. 


 

BA (Hons) Music (Production with Popular)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC). We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
A level of theory knowledge equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 Theory (assessed through audition/interview). 

A practical standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 (performers) or ABRSM Grade 6 standard (composers) in your main instrument/voice (assessed through audition). 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below. 


 

BA (Hons) Music (Production with Classical)

BA (Hons) Music (Production with Jazz)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC). We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
An ABRSM Grade 5 Theory certificate or an equivalent qualification, such as Trinity or London College of Music Grade 5 Theory. 

A practical standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 (performers) or ABRSM Grade 6 standard (composers) in your main instrument/voice (assessed through audition). 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below.


Foundation Degree in Music Production*

Foundation Degree in Electronic Music Production*

*These courses cannot be taken by students who would require a Tier 4 visa. 

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 64 UCAS tariff points. We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
A level of theory knowledge equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 Theory (assessed through audition/interview). 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international students must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below.

Popular Music

BA (Hons) Music (Popular)

BA (Hons) Music (Popular with Production)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC). We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
A level of theory knowledge equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 Theory (assessed through audition/interview). 

A practical standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 (performers) or ABRSM Grade 6 standard (composers) in your main instrument/voice (assessed through audition). 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below. 


 

BA (Hons) Music (Popular with Classical)

BA (Hons) Music (Popular with Jazz)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC). We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
An ABRSM Grade 5 Theory certificate or an equivalent qualification, such as Trinity or London College of Music Grade 5 Theory. 

A practical standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 (performers) or ABRSM Grade 6 standard (composers) in your main instrument/voice (assessed through audition). 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below. 


 

BA (Hons) Music (Popular with Foundation Year)

Academic Entry Requirements

A strong academic record, equivalent to 64 UCAS tariff points. We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
A level of theory knowledge equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 Theory (assessed through audition/interview). Students who are not at this level must take Theory as their major option in Year 1. 

A practical standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 6 (Popular) in your main instrument/voice (assessed through audition). 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below

Songwriting

BA (Hons) Music (Songwriting)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC). We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
A level of theory knowledge equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 Theory (assessed through audition/interview). 

A practical standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 6 (Popular) in your main instrument/voice (assessed through audition). 

English Language Entry Requirements
All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below.


BA (Hons) Music (Songwriting with Foundation Year)

Academic Entry Requirements
A strong academic record, equivalent to 64 UCAS tariff points. We can assess case by case whether overseas qualifications are at the standard needed. 

See our comparison table below for required qualifications for certain countries. 

Music Entry Requirements
A level of theory knowledge equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 Theory (assessed through audition/interview). 

A practical standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 6 (Popular) in your main instrument/voice (assessed through audition). 

English Language Entry Requirements

All international applicants must refer to our detailed guide on English language requirements, below.

Overseas Qualification Comparison Table

The table below shows the equivalent entry requirements for countries from which we receive substantial numbers of applications. 

If you are applying from a country not listed below, please tell us the title of your highest academic qualification and we will let you know whether it is at the required standard.

Overseas Qualification Comparison Table

Undergraduate Academic entry requirements

Course

Country

Grade equivalents

All BA (Hons) Music degrees

China

Most Chinese applicants take a BA degree with Foundation. Entry directly onto a BA course possible with a Foundation/university level qualification taken elsewhere.

Hong Kong

HKDSE 444

India

Most Indian applicants take a BA degree with Foundation. Entry directly onto a BA course possible with a Foundation/university level qualification taken elsewhere.

Norway

Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole

Portugal

Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários / Certidão do Décimo Segundo Ano

Or, Diploma Nível Secundário de Educação / Certificado Nível Secundário de Educação

South Korea

Most Korean applicants take a BA degree with Foundation. Entry directly onto a BA course possible with a Foundation/university level qualification taken elsewhere.

Spain

Título de Bachiller

Or, Título de Técnico en […]

USA

SAT scores of at least 500 per section, or an ACT score of 21, plus a High School Graduation Diploma.

Or, AP Exams – 4X Grade 4, 5X Grade 3, or equivalent

IB Schools

Attainment of an IB Diploma / 24 IB points

All BA degrees with Foundation

 

Foundation Degree in Music Production

China

Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate / 高中毕业证书, plus the minimum pass mark for your province in the Gao Kao / 高考

Hong Kong

HKDSE 433

India

All India Senior School Certificate Examination

Or, Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) / Standard 12

Or, Indian School Certificate (Year 12)

Portugal

Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários / Certidão do Décimo Segundo Ano

Or Diploma Nível Secundário de Educação / Certificado Nível Secundário de Educação

Norway

Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole

Spain

Título de Bachiller

Or, Título de Técnico en [subject area]

South Korea

High School Diploma /고등학교 졸업장 / 고등학교 과정 수료증 with a GPA across all subjects of Mi / 미

USA

A High School Graduation Diploma plus SAT / ACT/ AP results that fall below requirements for a three year BA degree, to be considered at our discretion

English Language Requirements

You must demonstrate your English language ability to secure a place at Leeds College of Music. The table below shows what the requirements will be for you depending on your visa status.

English Language Entry Requirements

English Language entry requirements

Status

English Language requirement

Require Tier 4 Visa

IELTS for UKVI (Academic) 6.0 overall, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each section (alternative forms of IELTS not accepted)

Or, Trinity Integrated Skills in English level II or III. Sit and pass the Speaking & Listening and Reading & Writing modules in one sitting

Do not require a Tier 4 visa

Any English examination in speaking, listening, reading and writing recognised as equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level B2. Alternatively, we may accept English modules taken within certain school curriculums

 

Examples:

·       IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each section

·       PTE Academic, minimum score of 59

·       GCSE English Grade C (taken abroad)

·       Attainment of Norwegian Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole

Require a visa but are completely fluent in English

UKVI have criteria for exempting applicants from visa language requirements. You must have either taken a degree in, or be a national of, certain countries identified by UKVI. In such cases, you should instead meet the basic English requirements we set for UK students – GCSE Grade C or equivalent.

 

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