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Entry Requirements - Music

Minimum Entry Requirements

BMus Honours and BA Single Honours in Music

The academic and practical requirements for W302 (BMus Honours) and W300 (BA Single Honours in Music) are as follows:

  • Three subjects at A2 level, including Music, but excluding General Studies and Key Skills Unit (KSU) Minimum A-level requirements for single honours are BBB.
  • Evidence of Grade 8 practical in any instrument or voice (either obtained or working towards) is also mandatory.
  • The combination of Grade 8 practical and Grade 8 Music theory may be substituted for A2 Music.
  • Music Technology A-Level will be considered only in conjunction with Music A-level.
  • BTech in Music Practice will be considered, but only if a distinction (or at least DDM) is predicted.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma with a pass in the Core and grades AA or AB in GCE A-level. A Core pass may be substituted for one A-level.
  • International Baccalaureate will be considered, as long as Music is studied at the higher level. Typical offers for students studying for IB are 32 points or above, with at least 6 in Music at the higher level.

Applications to the BMus (W302) and BA Single Honours in Music (W300) courses that have grade predictions lower than BBB will be rejected, unless there are mitigating circumstances. Applicants with BBB predictions and above, showing evidence of required levels of practical music-making, are invited to attend an interview/audition.

BA Joint Honours

Joint Honours applicants are assessed on the basis of whether they meet the standard offer for each individual course.

BA Joint honours candidates will not be invited for audition and interview. Instead, candidates will be invited to attend a Humanities Inter-School Open Day specifically for Joint Honours applicants.

Standard offers are as follows, and all include A2 Music:

  • BA French & Music (WR31): BBB (including Music and French)
  • BA German & Music (WR32): BBB (including Music and German)
  • BA Italian & Music (WR33): BBB (including Music and Italian)
  • BA English Literature & Music (WQ33): A (English), AB (including Music)
  • BA Music & Philosophy (VW53): ABB (including Music)
  • BA History & Music (WV31): ABB (including Music and History - any order)
  • BA Mathematics & Music (GW13): A (Mathematics), BB (including Music)
  • BA Music & Religious Studies (VW63): BBB (including Music and Religious Studies)
  • BA Music & Welsh (QW53): BBB (including Music and Welsh as first language)

All joint honours applicants must show evidence of Grade 8 practical in any instrument or voice (either obtained or working towards) and the combination of Grade 8 practical and Grade 8 Music theory may be substituted for A2 Music.

BSc Honours in Physics & Music

For entry you will need A levels in Physics, Music and a mathematical subject. You will also be required to show evidence of Grade 8 practical in any instrument or voice (either obtained or working towards). The combination of Grade 8 practical and Grade 8 Music theory may be substituted for A2 Music.

Welsh Baccalaureat Advanced Diploma with a pass in the Core and three A-levels in Music, Physics and Maths.

A standard offer for the BSc in Physics & Music (FW33) is ABB in Physics, Maths and Music (in any order). BSc candidates (Physics & Music) will be invited to attend an interview jointly organised by the School of Music and the School of Physics and Astronomy. For further information on the components of this degree and for queries regarding the interview process, please visit the School of Physics and Astronomy web pages.

English Language Qualifications

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, competence in the English language is also a criterion of admission.

More information on English Language Requirements

Additional Requirements for Admission

There are no specific additional requirements for admission.

Resit Candidates

The Cardiff School of Music will consider resit students on an individual basis.


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