Access to Music is the UK’s first choice destination for school leavers who want to follow their passion for a career in the creative industries.
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.
In May 2016 Access to Music was awarded a 'Good' grade in a full Ofsted inspection. Inspectors found the following key findings:
- Tutors use their comprehensive and up-to-date industrial and commercial experience to deliver high-quality learning experiences.
- Learners benefit from extensive enrichment activities and work-experience opportunities with excellent employers.
- Learners receive particularly well-tailored, individual support that helps them to progress and achieve well.
- Learners develop their confidence and they are highly motivated to gain specialist skills in the music industry.
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'.
Our Vision Statement:
To be the leading college for the creative industries.
Our Mission Statement:
To develop the next generation of creatives through innovative, practical, employment-led training.
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.
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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