The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2017. They should be used as a general guide.
We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.
We are looking for highly motivated and creative students. We will primarily be interested in your portfolio and will select via a personal interview. If your predicted grades fall below these requirements but you can demonstrate a high-quality portfolio, you are still encouraged to apply. We will consider you on an individual basis.
A foundation diploma is not a requirement for entry – it is just one of a range of qualifications that is accepted for admission to this course.
For those applying with A-levels only, grades BBB are expected, supported by a strong portfolio.
Access to HE Diploma
pass with 60 credits overall. Art and design diploma preferred. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 30 credits at merit or above.
GCSE (minimum grade C)
at least three subjects including English language and mathematics or a science.
may enable you to start the course in year 2 or year 3, subject to a review of your experience and portfolio.
We have a history of accepting outstanding students with strong portfolios and consider all applications on an individual basis. We encourage you to apply even if your predicted grades might fall below the entry requirements.
For the interview, applicants will be expected:
- to present a portfolio of their own compositions or sound works. This should be presented as a showreel of five minutes maximum (on a CD or DVD) containing a selection of works.
- to demonstrate a good knowledge of musicianship, affinity for experimentation, awareness of related art forms, and an experience of working with sound/music related technologies.
- to bring two samples of academic writing.
Interviews generally take place between January – May.