Entry Requirements

Musical, academic and English criteria for international students.

This page details entry requirement guidelines for our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, along with examples of standard academic requirements and acceptable 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.

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 contact the Admissions and Registration Team with details of your highest academic qualification and we will let you know your academic suitability for the course you are interested in studying.

Overseas Qualification Comparison Table

Country

BA (Hons) degree (3 year)

BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years)

MA degree (1

year)

China

Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate / 高中毕业证书 with an overall score of 70% PLUS the minimum pass mark for your province in the GaoKao Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate / 高中毕业证书 with an overall score of 70% 学士学位 (Bachelor degree) with an overall score of 80%

Colombia

Foundation year required
*EMMAT students please contact
admissions@lcm.ac.uk
Bachillerato with an overall score of 70% Licenciado with an overall score of 3.5/5

Greece

Apolytirio with an overall score of 16 Apolytirio with an overall score of 14 Ptychio with an overall score of 7/10

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) / 香港中學文憑 with 4,4,4 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) / 香港中學文憑 with 4,3,3 Bachelor degree (Honours) with an overall classification of 2:1

India

Indian School Certificate / Higher Secondary School Certificate / Standard XII with an overall score of 70% Indian School Certificate / Higher Secondary School Certificate / Standard XII with an overall score of 60% Bachelor degree with an overall score of 65%

Italy

Diploma di Esame di Stato with an overall score of 70% Diploma di Esame di Stato with an overall score of 60% Diploma Accademico di Primo Livello / Laurea with an overall score of 90

Nigeria

Foundation year required West African Senior School Certificate – 5 subjects at C6 (excluding native language and vocational subjects Bachelor degree (Honours) with an overall classification of 2:1

Norway

Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring (Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School) with an overall score of 4 Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring (Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School) with an overall score of 3 Bachelorgrad with an overall score of B

Portugal

Diploma Nível Secundário de Educação / Certificado Nível Secundário de Educação with an overall score of 14 Diploma Nível Secundário de Educação / Certificado Nível Secundário de Educação with an overall score of 11 Licenciado with an overall score of 16/20

Romania

Diplomă de Bacalaureat (Baccalaureate Diploma) with an overall score of 7.5 Diplomă de Bacalaureat (Baccalaureate Diploma) with an overall score of 6 Diplomă de Licenţă with an overall score of 8/10

South Korea

Foundation year required High School Diploma / 고등학교 졸업장 / 고등학교 과정 수료증 with overall C or Mi / 미 Bachelor degree with an overall score of 3/4 or 3.2/4.3 or 3.5/4.5

Spain

Título de Bachiller with an overall score of 6 Título de Bachiller with an overall score of 5 Título Universitario Oficial de Graduado with an overall score of 7/10

USA

High School Graduation Diploma with an overall score of 80% or GPA 3.0 PLUS Advanced Placement Exams at 4,4,4 High School Graduation Diploma with an overall score of 80% or GPA 3.0

Bachelor degree with an overall CGPA of 3/4

China

BA (Hons) degree (3 year)

Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate / 高中毕业证书 with an overall score of 70%

PLUS the minimum pass mark for your province in the GaoKao

BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years) Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate / 高中毕业证书 with an overall score of 70%
MA degree (1 year) 学士学位 (Bachelor degree) with an overall score of 80%

Colombia

BA (Hons) degree (3 year) Foundation year required
*EMMAT students please contact
admissions@lcm.ac.uk
BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years) Bachillerato with an overall score of 70%
MA degree (1 year) Licenciado with an overall score of 3.5/5

Greece

BA (Hons) degree (3 year) Apolytirio with an overall score of 16
BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years)
Apolytirio with an overall score of 14
MA degree (1 year) Ptychio with an overall score of 7/10

Hong Kong

BA (Hons) degree (3 year) Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) / 香港中學文憑 with 4,4,4
BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years) Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) / 香港中學文憑 with 4,3,3
MA degree (1 year) Bachelor degree (Honours) with an overall classification of 2:1

India

BA (Hons) degree (3 year) Indian School Certificate / Higher Secondary School Certificate / Standard XII with an overall score of 70%
BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years)
Indian School Certificate / Higher Secondary School Certificate / Standard XII with an overall score of 60%
MA degree (1 year) Bachelor degree with an overall score of 65%

Italy

BA (Hons) degree (3 year) Diploma di Esame di Stato with an overall score of 70%
BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years)
Diploma di Esame di Stato with an overall score of 60%
MA degree (1 year) Diploma Accademico di Primo Livello / Laurea with an overall score of 90

Nigeria

BA (Hons) degree (3 year) Foundation year required
BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years)
West African Senior School Certificate – 5 subjects at C6 (excluding native language and vocational subjects)
MA degree (1 year) Bachelor degree (Honours) with an overall classification of 2:1

Norway

BA (Hons) degree (3 year) Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring (Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School) with an overall score of 4
BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years)
Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring (Leaving Certificate from Upper Secondary School) with an overall score of 3
MA degree (1 year) Bachelorgrad with an overall score of B

Portugal

BA (Hons) degree (3 year) Diploma Nível Secundário de Educação / Certificado Nível Secundário de Educação with an overall score of 14
BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years)
Diploma Nível Secundário de Educação / Certificado Nível Secundário de Educação with an overall score of 11
MA degree (1 year) Licenciado with an overall score of 16/20

Romania

BA (Hons) degree (3 year) Diplomă de Bacalaureat (Baccalaureate Diploma) with an overall score of 7.5
BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years) Diplomă de Bacalaureat (Baccalaureate Diploma) with an overall score of 6
MA degree (1 year) Diplomă de Licenţă with an overall score of 8/10

South Korea

BA (Hons) degree (3 year) Foundation year required
BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years) High School Diploma / 고등학교 졸업장 / 고등학교 과정 수료증 with overall C or Mi / 미
MA degree (1 year) Bachelor degree with an overall score of 3/4 or 3.2/4.3 or 3.5/4.5

Spain

BA (Hons) degree (3 year) Título de Bachiller with an overall score of 6
BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years) Título de Bachiller with an overall score of 5
MA degree (1 year) Título Universitario Oficial de Graduado with an overall score of 7/10

USA

BA (Hons) degree (3 year) High School Graduation Diploma with an overall score of 80% or GPA 3.0 PLUS Advanced Placement Exams at 4,4,4
BA (Hons) degree with Foundation Year (4 years) High School Graduation Diploma with an overall score of 80% or GPA 3.0
MA degree (1 year) Bachelor degree with an overall cGPA of 3/4

English Language Requirements

You must demonstrate your English language ability to secure a place at Leeds Conservatoire.

English Language Entry Requirements

Acceptable English Language Tests

  • IELTS Academic / IELTS Academic for UKVI
  • IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL iBT
  • Pearson PTE Academic
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE II)
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE III)
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator / SELT
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • APTIS

Please contact the Admissions and Registration Team for confirmation of the required minimum scores for each test. You should be aware that many of these qualifications are only valid for 2 years.

Majority English Speaking Countries

If you are a national of a UKVI recognised majority English speaking country, you are not required to prove your knowledge of English to the UKVI as part of your visa application. However, you will still be required to meet the minimum English Language requirement set by Leeds Conservatoire. Please contact the Admissions and Registration Team for details of the minimum scores required for acceptable qualifications from your country.

EU Settlement scheme – Settled/Pre-Settled status

If you are an EU National who has been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement scheme, but completed your education outside of the UK, you may have already met the Conservatoires minimum English Language requirement.  The Admissions and Registration Team will be able to advise whether or not your previous qualifications are currently acceptable to meet the requirement, or whether you will be required to sit an additional English Language qualification.

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