Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

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How to Apply

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How to Apply

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Full-time applicants

While you’re considering your options why not come to one of our Open days and see what the School can offer you.

All applications for undergraduate study must be made via the UCAS system. An application form will normally be available from your School, College or University. Alternatively you can request one personally from the following address:

UCAS Enquiries
PO Box 28
GL52 3LZ
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)870 11 222 11
Email: app.req@ucas.ac.uk
Web: http://www.ucas.ac.uk/(opens in a new window)

For more detailed information about the please see our latest Admissions Policy.

Part-time applicants

It is possible to study through a part-time route on all Undergraduate courses except for BMus Music (Performance). For more information about how to apply, support available and the part-time student experience, please visit the Lifelong Learning Centre’s website.

Alternative Entry Routes

Foundation Year

If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to a degree course, you may be able to achieve your ambitions through a foundation course taught here at the University by the Lifelong Learning Centre. Our one year Arts and Humanities or Preparation for Higher Education (also known as Interdisciplinary Studies) foundation courses offer intensive and supportive preparation for a number of different degree programmes. On successful completion of the foundation year students will join a specific degree programme. Priority is given to applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria (further details can be found in the relevant course pages of the Lifelong Learning Centre’s website).

Access to Leeds (A2L) scheme

Applicants who meet certain criteria (e.g. household income) may be eligible for an alternative entry offer. Please see the Admissions Policy or the Access to Leeds website for further details.

Alternative Entry Scheme (AES) scheme

Mature students wishing to study on a full-time basis should apply using standard UCAS procedure. Applicants are assessed on the basis of their UCAS form, and an interview and essay will be offered as part of the entry process (see Admissions Policy).

English Language Qualifications

The University requires all applicants for whom English is not the first language to achieve certain thresholds of English language requirements.

The University of Leeds Language Centre provides the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course which is designed to help international students develop the necessary language and academic study skills required for successful study on undergraduate modules. Courses are offered throughout the year with starting dates in September, January, April, July or August. For further information, please visit the Language Centre’s website or contact the Language Centre via e-mail : langc@leeds.ac.uk

Your UCAS form

1. The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about your passion for Music and your skills as a musician and student. Tell us about performers that inspire you, aspects of the discipline which interest you, your own experiences as a performer that motivate you to study music in higher education. Say as much as you can about the subject and your involvement with it. Rather than saying that “Music is my passion” or “I have always enjoyed studying Music”, try to explain why you are interested in and passionate about the subject.

2. Try to provide us with as much information as possible about your academic and academic-related interests and experience. Do tell us about extra-curricular activities, but prioritise the information directly related to the study of music.

3. Include information about any post=Grade 5 completed practical or theory qualifications (such as ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall) in box 5a ‘Qualifications completed or certificated’ and if you are waiting to take an examination then please provide details in box 5b ‘Qualifications not yet completed or certificated’. We find this additional information extremely useful when considering your application.

4. Please check the grammar, punctuation and spelling on the UCAS form carefully. This is very important as we are keen to offer places to students who can write clearly and communicate their ideas effectively. You should avoid writing in a colloquial style and present a conventionally written and detailed personal statement.

5. Applicants for Joint Honours combinations with Music should contact the relevant parent department for details of their entry requirements.

6. General enquiries can be addressed to the School of Music:

tel.: 0113 343 2583

email: music@leeds.ac.uk

postal address:

Undergraduate Admissions,
School of Music,
University of Leeds,

Open Days

The School of Music at Leeds offers a number of pre- and post-application Open Days throughout the year. Pre-applicant Open Days provide an opportunity for you to visit the University during the year before applying, to find out more about academic and social life at the University. This is your chance to visit the School of Music and to get a real feel for what it might be like to study one of our courses here at Leeds. More information about pre-application Open Days can be found here.

Post-application Open Days will take place on 28 November 2016, 30 January, 13 February, 20 February 2017, and give you a chance to tour the facilities, learn in detail about the courses offered by the School, and talk to staff and students.

BMus auditions are offered on the post-application Open Days. Joint honours, BA and MArts students are not required to audition for admission to the programme as performance is not compulsory on those courses.

If you would like to visit us at any other time, prior to or after submitting an application please contact the undergraduate admissions team: music@leeds.ac.uk

Post-application Open Days

You will automatically receive an invitation to an Open Day when you are made an offer by the School of Music. You will be asked to let us know whether or not you will be attending. You may bring friends and family with you and we ask that you indicate on the booking form how many guests (maximum of two) will be attending with you. Those applying for the BMus (Abroad) course will also be invited to audition. Those applying for the other programmes (BA Music, Music with Enterprise, MArts) will be invited for interview (see Admissions Policy).

Typical events at our post-application Open Days

Tours of the School There will be student-led tours of the building throughout the day; tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day
Interviews and auditions An time will be arranged for your interview for the BA, Music with Enterprise or MArts programme, or your audition, if you have applied for the BMus Performance programme
Meet the staff Staff will introduce themselves and you’ll have a chance to talk to someone about your particular interests and questions
Lunch Lunch is provided for all visitors; further opportunity to talk to staff and students
Talk by the Admissions Tutor Outline of the courses, life at Leeds, extra-curricular opportunities, career progression
Sample lecture You’ll get a chance to hear one of our lecturers giving you a taster of a topic that you might explore if you’re a student here
Year in industry/study abroad presentation These give description of the year abroad or work placement year, opportunities and examples of student experiences
Student presentations These might include performances, informal chats, and/or panel discussions


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