Access to Music is the UK’s first choice destination for school leavers who want to follow their passion for popular music and creative media.
REASONS TO CHOOSE US
A great alternative to sixth form or college
We offer an exciting and practical alternative where you can shine in an inspiring environment.
Making you feel at home
Our students feel at home with us because it’s a welcoming, creative place. Here you can be yourself.
Courses to suit you
If music or media is your passion, we’ve got a course to suit you from beginners to advanced. And what’s more, there are no formal entry requirements or exams*.
*Students doing English/Maths GCSEs, or Functional Skills, will be assessed by exams
A high-quality education
The college was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2013 and ‘Outstanding’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in December 2014.
Boosting your creativity and confidence
We encourage you to think outside the box. Tutors and guests with industry experience will be on hand to help you.
Letting you get out and do it!
You can organise and take part in events from gigs in local venues to club nights, exhibitions and festivals.
Getting your hands on great kit
You’ll learn in a dedicated centre that’s set up for creating and producing music and media.
Succeed and move on up
You can progress on to degree courses, or directly into the creative industries or other employment. Our Level 3 courses carry UCAS points for progression to university.
Follow in the footsteps of...
Ex-students such as Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Jess Glynne, Tom Flynn, Laura Welsh... to name but a few.
Our Mission Statement:
Providing quality, innovation and opportunity for all those wishing to engage in music and the creative industries.
Since 1992 Access to Music has provided quality music training to thousands of musicians across the UK, while also equipping them with valuable employability and life skills.
Access to Music has an expanding network of music centres located across England. It develops bespoke music curriculum with RSL, the UK’s only popular music awarding body, and with UK universities, such as Birmingham City University. It currently employs around 250 people.
Access to Music has a real presence in the music industry which provides Access to Music students with the opportunity to engage safely in industry practice.
In April 2013 Access to Music was awarded a 'Good" grade in a full Ofsted inspection. Inspectors praised tutors saying 'Learners benefit from teachers’ excellent vocational expertise and knowledge of the music industry. Teachers draw on their extensive experience which helps to engage and motivate learners by making informed anecdotal comparisons with real life experience. Teachers are well qualified and experienced; many are current practitioners in the music business'. They added 'A strong culture of mutual support and respect exists' and 'Learners enjoy their learning and demonstrate good collaborative skills. Learners acquire a good knowledge and understanding of music and technology'.
Access to Music has also been awarded Grade 1 Outstanding by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (December 2012 and December 2014). They found that 'course provision, teaching and learning are outstanding and exceed expectations'.
Access to Music work closely with RSL to develop bespoke music curriculum throughout the UK. RSL is the leading name in the contemporary arts. They are a global, specialist awarding body who pride themselves on their knowledge of the sectors they work in, and the quality and integrity of the qualifications they award. The world is full of musicians, performers and practitioners who are keen to hone their skills, and RSL and Access to Music are there to support them.
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