Undergraduate (BMus)

Age: The minimum age for study is 18 by 31 December in the year of joining the Academy.

For all applications, we require evidence of professional performing potential in your principal study, sound general musicianship and a good aural response. You do not need to have taken any formal practical music examinations. But, as a guide, we expect students to meet the level of at least either:

– Grade 8 or DipABRSM in Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations

or

– Grade 8 or Associate Diploma (ATCL) in Trinity/Guildhall examinations

If your principal study is not a keyboard instrument, there is no formal minimum entry standard in keyboard skills. However, ABRSM Grade 5 minimum (or equivalent) in piano is desirable, to enable you to improve your general musicianship.

Entry to Year 2 or 3 of the BMus

This will require satisfactory transcripts to show that you have passed Year 1 or Years 1 and 2 of a music degree at another institution, and that you have successfully covered the study areas which you would have to complete at the Academy to progress into Year 2 or Year 3 (‘progression requirements’).

The transcripts will allow the Academy’s Admissions Board to assess how your studies align with our BMus syllabus. Any student transferring directly into BMus Year 2 or Year 3 must understand that their degree profile and the resulting classification that they are awarded will be based solely on the profile of marks from their studies at the Academy.

Please note that it is not possible to transfer into Year 4 of our BMus programme.

Academic requirements for the BMus Bachelor degree can be found the the sections below.
There is no academic requirement for the Gap Year or the Organ Foundation programmes.

BMus academic requirements: UK and Ireland

Before you can join the University of London’s Bachelor Degree programme, you have to matriculate. This means you have to show you have gained suitable academic qualifications, as follows:

Country

Requirements

England and Wales

Two GCE Advanced-level (A2) or Pre-U certificate examinations, including Music. A pass at ‘AS’ level counts as half an A-level for matriculation, except when the subject is the same as an A-level already gained.

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 A-level pass.

Ireland

Ireland: H3 (B) and at least four H5 (C) passes in the Senior Leaving Certificate (Higher Level)


We also accept a pass in ABRSM Grade 8 Theory plus a pass in ABRSM or Trinity/Guildhall Grade 8 Practical as equivalent to a Music A-level.

These qualifications will also satisfy fully the matriculation requirement:

  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma or National Extended Diploma in Music (PPP)
  • ‘Access to Higher Education’ Diploma in Music (Pass)
  • International Baccalaureate: the Diploma, including music as a Group 6 subject, and the IBCP including music (24 points)

A-level or Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher results are sent directly to the Academy through UCAS if the exams were taken in the UK this year or last year.

If any of your results were from an earlier session, or if you are using different awards to meet the matriculation requirement, please send a copy of the certificate/s (or official final transcript) to admissions@ram.ac.uk (maximum file size 10Mb in one email) and bring the original documentation with you when you come to enrol at the start of the academic year.

If the documentation is not in English, we must see a copy of the certificate or transcript together with an English translation certified by the awarding institution or an official translator.

BMus academic requirements: International

Before you can join the University of London’s Bachelor Degree programme, you have to matriculate. This means you have to show you have gained suitable academic qualifications, as follows:

Country/Region

Requirements

Europe

European school leaving certificate which allows university entry,

or

European Baccalaureate, with Music as a complementary subject

Europe/International

International Baccalaureate: the Diploma, including music as a Group 6 subject, or the IBCP including music. (24 points)

Australia

School leaving certificates

Canada

School leaving certificates

China

Senior Secondary Graduation Certificate, or Gaokao (National University Entrance Examination)

Cyprus

Apolytirion with marks of 15 in two subjects which are not music, plus GCE A-level in Music

France

Baccalauréat

Germany

Abitur

Greece

Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou, with the Vevaiosi Prosvasis (Upper Secondary School leaving certificate, with Panhellenic Examinations)

Hong Kong

HKDSE, with a score of at least 3 in two elective subjects, including the Music elective or an alternative Music option as described below

Israel

Bagrut

Italy

Esame di Stato

Japan

Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Malaysia

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan (STPM) (except Kertas Am)

Netherlands

Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs

Singapore

Cambridge GCE Advanced level: two A-level passes at grade E or above, including one in music, or music A-Level at grade E or above, plus two A/S Levels at grade D and grade E or above

South Africa

National Senior Certificate with matriculation allowance

Spain

Titulo de Bachiller with Reválida de Bachillerato

USA

US high school graduation diploma, or Advanced Placement (AP) examinations in 2 to 4 subjects with marks of 3 and above. For AP results our Designated Institution (DI) code is 6971– Royal Academy of Music


UK qualifications will also be accepted: see BMus entry requirements: UK and Ireland.

This list is not exclusive or exhaustive; for other international qualifications, in general a secondary school certificate of a sufficiently high level to permit university entry will be acceptable, however applications will be examined on an individual basis by the Admissions Board.

Please note particular country-specific details below:

Country

Requirements

Korea and Taiwan

Normally a High School certificate/diploma plus one year’s university-level study

Russian Federation

Свидетельство о результатах ЕГЭ (единого государственного экзамена) (Certificate of Unified State Examination) presented with Аттестат о среднем (полном) общем образовании (Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education)

Italy

Students who will be under 21 when they join the Academy can use an Italian conservatoire's Diploma Accademico of either level to matriculate onto the Bachelor degree (BMus), but in their UCAS Conservatoires application they can request entry to BMus year 2 or year 3


If Music is unavailable in your school exams, a combination of a pass in ABRSM or Trinity College London Grade 8 Theory, plus a pass in ABRSM or Trinity College London Grade 8 Practical or an ABRSM/Trinity diploma, is accepted as equivalent to a Music A-level or music elective.

You should send copies of your official final transcripts or your certificate to admissions@ram.ac.uk to support your application if you are offered a place (maximum file size 10Mb in one email). Please do not send original documentation. Instead, you should bring it with you when you come to enrol at the start of the academic year.

If the documentation is not in English, we must see a copy of the certificate or transcript, with an English translation certified by the awarding institution or an official translator.

Checking and confirming your qualifications

You may verify the acceptability of your qualifications with the Admissions team: admissions@ram.ac.uk.

If you require more specific advice, the National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) can also assist – telephone +44 (0)870 990 4088 or email info@naric.org.uk.