Entry Requirements

Musical, academic and English criteria for international students.

This page details entry requirement guidelines for our undergraduate programmes, along with comparison tables detailing some equivalent academic and English language qualifications. In addition to any requirements below, please note that you must be at least 18 years old at the beginning of your studies.

*With the cancellation/postponement of many well-established English Language exams, Leeds College of Music is currently considering whether we can accept different types of qualification that are less affected by the Covid-19 disruption. For 2020 entry we will accept IELTS Indicator, Pearson VEPT and the the LanguageCert ESOL B2 Communicator exam. These are online tests that you can take in your own home online. While taking an exam in-person at a centre is preferred if this is realistic for you, the above tests will be welcome for 2020 entry. The required levels are stated below. 

**The conservatoire is also aware that it may not be possible for all applicants to take their academic exams this year if some social distancing measures persist for a matter of months. Therefore, we are willing to discuss the viability of accepting predictive grades with any affected applicants. Please get in touch at internationaladmissions@lcm.ac.uk and we will be happy to advise on a case by case basis.

Academic and Musical Entry Requirements by Course

Acting

Academic Entry Requirements

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Audition

Applicants to BA (Hons) Acting will need to complete an audition.

English Language Entry Requirements

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

Actor Musician

Academic Entry Requirements

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Audition

Applicants to BA (Hons) Actor Musician will need to complete an audition.

English Language Entry Requirements

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

Classical Music

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

Academic Entry Requirements

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Music Entry Requirements

a. Performance Standard

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 8 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

Composers/Songwriters are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 6 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played to ensure that they are suitable for the course.

English Language Entry Requirements

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


BA (Hons) Music (Classical with Production) 

Academic Entry Requirements

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Music Entry Requirements

a. Performance Standard

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 8 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

Composers/Songwriters are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 6 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition and interview where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played / included in their portfolio to ensure that they are suitable for the course.

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

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 64 UCAS tariff points.

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

Music Entry Requirements

a. Performance Standard

Applicants are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 6 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played to ensure that they are suitable for the course and to identify those applicants who need to take a Theory module at Level 3.

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

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Music Entry Requirements

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at interview where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have included in their portfolio to ensure that they are suitable for the course. They are expected to be at Grade 5 Music Theory standard.

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

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 64 UCAS tariff points.

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

Music Entry Requirements

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at interview where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have included in their portfolio to ensure they are suitable for the course and to identify those applicants who need to take a Theory module at Level 3.

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

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Music Entry Requirements

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 8 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

Composers/Songwriters are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 6 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

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)

Academic Entry Requirements

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Music Entry Requirements

a. Performance Standard

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 8 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

Composers/Songwriters are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 6 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played to ensure that they are suitable for the course.

English Language Entry Requirements

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


BA (Hons) Music (Jazz with Production)

Academic Entry Requirements

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Music Entry Requirements

a. Performance Standard

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 8 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

Composers/Songwriters are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 6 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition and interview where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played / included in their portfolio to ensure that they are suitable for the course.

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

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 64 UCAS tariff points.

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

Music Entry Requirements

a. Performance Standard

Applicants are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 6 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played to ensure that they are suitable for the course and to identify those applicants who need to take a Theory module at Level 3.

English Language Entry Requirements

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

Musical Theatre

Academic Entry Requirements

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Audition

Applicants to BA (Hons) Musical Theatre will need to complete an 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

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC)

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

Other Entry Requirements

Suitability for the Business pathway will be assessed by reference to application forms and personal statements, interviews, and applicants’ portfolios, as appropriate. 

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

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Other Entry Requirements

Suitability for the Production pathway will be assessed by reference to application forms and personal statements, interviews, and applicants’ portfolios, as appropriate.

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

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Music Entry Requirements

a. Performance Standard

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 8 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition and interview where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played / included in their portfolio to ensure that they are suitable for the course.

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

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Music Entry Requirements

a. Performance Standard

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 8 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

Composers/Songwriters are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 6 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition and interview where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played / included in their portfolio to ensure that they are suitable for the course.

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

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 64 UCAS tariff points.

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

 

Popular Music

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

Academic Entry Requirements:

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Music Entry Requirements:

a. Performance Standard

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 8 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played to ensure that they are suitable for the course.

English Language Entry Requirements

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


BA (Hons) Music (Popular with Production)

Academic Entry Requirements:

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Music Entry Requirements:

a. Performance Standard

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 8 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition and interview where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played / included in their portfolio to ensure that they are suitable for the course.

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:

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 64 UCAS tariff points.

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

Music Entry Requirements:

a. Performance Standard

Applicants are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 6 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played to ensure that they are suitable for the course and to identify those applicants who need to take a Theory module at Level 3.

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

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Music Entry Requirements

a. Performance Standard

Performers are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 6 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played to ensure that they are suitable for the course.

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

We will review every application on an individual basis to assess academic eligibility which must be equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points (UK A-Level CCC).

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

Music Entry Requirements

a. Performance Standard

Applicants are expected to demonstrate at audition a playing/singing standard equivalent to Grade 6 ABRSM, London College of Music, Trinity College, or Rock School.

b. Musical Theory Standard

Applicants’ understanding of applied music theory will be assessed at audition where they will be asked questions about the theoretical elements of the pieces they have played to ensure that they are suitable for the course and to identify those applicants who need to take a Theory module at Level 3.

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

All BA (Hons) degrees (three years)

Country

Grade equivalents

Canada Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a minimum of 70%.
China Most Chinese applicants take a BA degree with Foundation Year (four-year course). Entry directly onto a BA three-year course is possible with a Foundation/university level qualification taken elsewhere.
Colombia

Tecnico Profesional en (subject) with a pass.

Greece Apolytirio Eniaiou Lykeiou with a minimum grade of 17.

Hong Kong

HKDSE 4,4,4

India Most Indian applicants take a BA degree with Foundation Year (four-year course). Entry directly onto a BA three-year course is possible with a Foundation/university level qualification taken elsewhere.
Iran National Entrance Exam (Kunkur) with a pass.

Malaysia

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM/Malaysia Higher School Certificate) acceptable at grades A to C in lieu of GCE A level on a subject for subject basis.

Nigeria

Grade 4 or higher in five subjects in the West African Senior School Examination (WASSCE) PLUS Foundation / university level qualification taken elsewhere

Or, University Matriculation Exam (JAMB)

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

Romania Diplomă de Bacalaureat with a minimum grade of 7.5

South Korea

Most Korean applicants take a BA degree with Foundation Year (four-year course). Entry directly onto a BA three-year course is possible with a Foundation/university level qualification taken elsewhere.
Spain

Título de Bachiller

Or, Título de Técnico en […]

USA

A High School Graduation Diploma with an overall GPA of 3.0 plus an ACT score of 21 or SAT scores of at least 500 per section.

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

IB Schools

Attainment of an IB Diploma / 24 IB points.

All BA (Hons) degrees with Foundation Year (4 Years) and Foundation Degree in Music Production/Electronic Music Production

Country

Grade equivalents

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 4,3,3

India All India Senior School Certificate Examination

Or, Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) / Standard 12

Or, Indian School Certificate (Year 12)
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

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

Título de Bachiller

Or, Título de Técnico en […]

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.

*In response to the widespread cancellation/postponement of many well-established English Language exams, Leeds College of Music is reviewing the accepted qualifications below and has already made some changes - the top three listed options are online exams. Please also see updates from the British Council as to how they are responding to the affects of Covid-19 on their testing schedule - once social distancing measured are eased, it is hoped that testing will resume at a greatly increased capacity. 

English Language Entry Requirements

English Language entry requirements

Status

English Language requirement

Require Tier 4 Visa

(Qualifications marked * are valid for 2 years only)

 

  • Pearson VEPT with a minimum score of 51 (applicants scoring less than 56 will also require a telephone interview)
  • IELTS Indicator (Academic)* - Score 6.0 overall with a minimum score of 5.5 in each part of the test
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator - achieve a High Pass
  • IELTS (Academic)* - Score 6.0 overall with a minimum score of 5.5 in each part of the test
  • Trinity College London ISE*, levels II or III
  • Cambridge English C1 Advanced - Pass (C1)
  • Cambridge English C2 Proficiency - Pass (C2)
  • Cambridge English B2 First - Pass (B2)
  • All UK Boards:
    GCE/O Level English Language – Grade C/4
    IGCSE English as a First or a Second Language - Grade C/4
  • GCE A level (all UK Boards) English Language or Literature - Grade E
  • GCE A level (all UK Boards) - Three or more A levels (any), Grade EEE
  • GCE AS level (all UK Boards) English Language or Literature - Grade E
  • International Baccalaureate (taught in English) - Pass Diploma or Bilingual Diploma
  • Pearson PTE Academic - 54 overall (with a minimum of 51 in each skill)
  • TOEFL iBT - 79 overall and at least 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking, 17 in writing

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 overseas school curriculums, such as the Norwegian Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole

Require a visa but are fully 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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