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Exams & University

Many secondary/independent/private schools offer a Music Scholarship to a limited number of students who are successful in their audition. Similar to the ABRSM exam, most auditions include performing, aural, theory and an interview. Many schools require a minimum standard of ABRSM standard Grade 5 and can change according to the student's year group. Benefits of being a Music Scholar depend on each school and can include free instrumental lessons or financial support in school fees.



University applications are submitted through UCAS in the UK. Most required points are fulfilled by AS and A Levels. They can also be acquired through other activities, such as taking an ABRSM exam. For students who take the practical and theory exams in Grade 6-8 are awarded UCAS points according to their mark, which they can then use when submitting their UCAS application.


ABRSM is an exam board in the UK which allows students to take practical and theory exams, progressing from Initial Grade to Grade 8 and diploma. This is a great motivation for students to work towards goals as well as developing all areas of their musical education, including aural and sight-reading. 

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

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