When you apply to Brighton we want to hear about who you are. Grades are never the whole picture; we're interested in things like creativity, resourcefulness, persistence and the capacity to think big and find new ways of doing things. And we recognise that not everyone has the same background. That's why we treat everyone who applies as an individual. We recognise many qualifications and we care about all of your achievements and the experiences you've had that set you apart.
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A-levels or BTEC
Entry requirements are in the range of A-level BBB–BCC (120–104 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma DDM–DMM. You will be considered if your predicted grades fall within this range, but any offer will be made based on assessment of portfolio and interview.
30 points, with three subjects at Higher level.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 24 credits at merit or above.
May enable you to start the course in year 2 or year 3, subject to a review of your experience and portfolio.
A foundation diploma is not a requirement for entry – it is just one of a range of qualifications (for example, A level, BTEC or Access Diploma etc) that is accepted for admission to the course.
Studied before or got relevant experience?
A qualification, HE credits or relevant experience may count towards your course at Brighton, and could mean that you do not have to take some elements of the course or can start in year 2 or 3.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Find out more about the other English qualifications that we accept.
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.
You are expected to provide:
- an online portfolio consisting of a showreel of your own compositions or sound works. This should have a duration of five minutes maximum and contain a selection of works demonstrating a good knowledge of musicianship, affinity for experimentation, awareness of related art forms, and an experience of working with sound/music-related technologies.
- one sample of writing relevant to the field. This can include (but not limited to) academic writing, a music review, a short report or example of creative writing.
- a short statement which should:
- provide an overview of your musical background including instrumental and compositional tuition (if any), skills/levels and other interests within this context
- give your professional musical aspirations for the near future and explain reasons why you want to join this course.
Due to COVID-19, we expect interviews to be online and the processes may change slightly – check back here for updates. If you've already applied, we will tell you about any changes.
Find out more about how to create and submit your portfolio.