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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.
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.

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 school or college
Studying at school or the local big college is not for everyone, but GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs are not the only choices! We offer an exciting and practical alternative to 6th form or college, where you can shine in a creative 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 - we don’t have any dress codes, or tell you what length your hair should be!

Boosting your creativity and confidence
We encourage you to think outside the box and be creative. By working with others and getting out and doing it, your confidence will grow, as will your team skills.

Mixing with creative people
You’ll be in a stimulating musical and creative environment. You’ll be taught by tutors with creative and industry experience. You’ll be able to meet and collaborate with fellow students on real-life music projects, such as remixes, media projects, music releases and organising gigs. You’ll meet industry players who’ll show you how you can get on in the industry.

Letting you get out and do it!
Organise and take part in regular local events from gigs in local venues to club nights and festivals. Get involved in raising money for charities and have the chance to engage with national opportunities from playing and working at festivals, such as Latitude, to being selected for industry showcases and remix projects.

Get your hands on great kit
You will learn in a dedicated centre that’s set up for creating and producing music and media - not a large college where the creative arts are just another subject. We train people for the music and media industries and use professional, industry-standard equipment to achieve this.

A high-quality education
Wherever you study, you are part of a national music college which has been at the forefront of music education for over 20 years. The college was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2013 and as ‘Outstanding’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in December 2014. National success rates are above standards set for the creative sector.

Courses to suit you
If music and media is your passion, we’ve got a course to suit you! If you are just getting started in music, you can take your first steps with our Skills Through Music Level 1 course which can lead on to further study. Then there are options in Music Performance, Music Technology (with pathways in Music Production and Sound Engineering at Level 3) and Music Business. We also have a unique Creative Media course which gives you digital media skills in a music context. Finally, for aspiring artists, we have the Level 4 Artist Development programme.

Follow in the footsteps of...
Ex-students such as Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Jess Glynne, Tom Flynn, Laura Welsh... to name but a few.

Succeed and move on up
You can progress within Access to Music, right up to our degree courses run in partnership with Birmingham City University. You can also move on to a wide range of careers, including the music and creative industries. Our two-year Level 3 courses also carry full UCAS points for progression to other universities.

Our Students

 

  • ‘I chose Access to Music because I love music.’
  • ‘Brilliant tuition. Forward-thinking education.’
  • ‘Best college for music in my opinion.’
  • ‘Everyone here is passionate about music no matter what it is. That sort of vibe is always good to have when starting something - it gives inspiration.’
  • ‘I chose Access to Music because I’d heard that it’s one of the country’s best music colleges.’
  • ‘I believe that doing an Access to Music course is one of the best ways of becoming a musician.’
  • ‘I would recommend Access to Music for anybody serious about working in the music industry.’
  • ‘Access to Music gives you access to musicians with true experience in the music industry.’
  • ‘In some way my belief in Access to Music is so strong I’d say it chooses you - it’s a calling!’
  • ‘The centres have great resources and tutors who know what they’re talking about.’
  • ‘Access to Music has given me so much knowledge about music and the music industry. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a music career.’
  • 'I loved the freedom. Obviously you are there to learn, but they understood that half of the learning you needed for the industry was outside the classroom with gigs and studio time.' Ed Sheeran
  • ‘I love the fact that everyone in the building is into music.’
  • ‘I chose Access to Music because of how great the teaching, learning environment and opportunities are.’
  • ‘I like the experience - the opportunities to use studios and desks and gain technical knowledge from professionals who have worked in the industry.’
  • ‘You get access to cutting-edge equipment, rehearsal rooms and studios.’
  • ‘Going to music college was my best chance to do what I love and this one seemed to be the best one.’
  • ‘I chose Access to Music as it has all the necessary resources to enable me to fulfil my aims within the music industry.’
  • ‘I wasn’t interested in A levels and Access to Music seemed much better than the BTEC in Music Technology because of the much more relevant and industry-focussed teaching.’
  • ‘It’s not like doing a music course in a normal college - it’s in a real music environment. All the tutors are musicians, your musical ambitions are taken seriously and there are great opportunities to go to industry events and meet people working in the industry.’
  • ‘The tutors are brilliant - the best I’ve had in any education.’
  • ‘It’s much more personal than other colleges. You feel you can talk to a tutor and actually be listened to.’
  • ‘It gives you the freedom to create music whilst learning about all aspects of the music industry.’
  • ‘Access to Music is like a skeleton key opening up a new world of possibilities.’
  • ‘It’s a college with a huge reputation - the likes of Ed Sheeran have really raised its profile. They also have a great understanding of, and experience in, music - the tutors are speaking from experience, not just a text book.’
  • ‘It doesn’t feel like a college, but a relaxed environment with many sounds coming together.’
  • ‘It helps youth to get into the music industry - there are not many organisations doing that.’
  • ‘I saw it was a much more practical music course compared to A level courses and it was aimed much more at what I wanted to do.’

 

BACKGROUND

Our Mission Statement:

Access to Music develops a student’s creativity, intellect and vocational ambition through broad, relevant engagement with music and music-related curriculum.

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 Rockschool, the UK’s only popular music awarding body, and with UK universities and conservatoires. 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.


INSPECTIONS

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'.


 



About
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.
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.

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 school or college
Studying at school or the local big college is not for everyone, but GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs are not the only choices! We offer an exciting and practical alternative to 6th form or college, where you can shine in a creative 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 - we don’t have any dress codes, or tell you what length your hair should be!

Boosting your creativity and confidence
We encourage you to think outside the box and be creative. By working with others and getting out and doing it, your confidence will grow, as will your team skills.

Mixing with creative people
You’ll be in a stimulating musical and creative environment. You’ll be taught by tutors with creative and industry experience. You’ll be able to meet and collaborate with fellow students on real-life music projects, such as remixes, media projects, music releases and organising gigs. You’ll meet industry players who’ll show you how you can get on in the industry.

Letting you get out and do it!
Organise and take part in regular local events from gigs in local venues to club nights and festivals. Get involved in raising money for charities and have the chance to engage with national opportunities from playing and working at festivals, such as Latitude, to being selected for industry showcases and remix projects.

Get your hands on great kit
You will learn in a dedicated centre that’s set up for creating and producing music and media - not a large college where the creative arts are just another subject. We train people for the music and media industries and use professional, industry-standard equipment to achieve this.

A high-quality education
Wherever you study, you are part of a national music college which has been at the forefront of music education for over 20 years. The college was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2013 and as ‘Outstanding’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in December 2014. National success rates are above standards set for the creative sector.

Courses to suit you
If music and media is your passion, we’ve got a course to suit you! If you are just getting started in music, you can take your first steps with our Skills Through Music Level 1 course which can lead on to further study. Then there are options in Music Performance, Music Technology (with pathways in Music Production and Sound Engineering at Level 3) and Music Business. We also have a unique Creative Media course which gives you digital media skills in a music context. Finally, for aspiring artists, we have the Level 4 Artist Development programme.

Follow in the footsteps of...
Ex-students such as Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Jess Glynne, Tom Flynn, Laura Welsh... to name but a few.

Succeed and move on up
You can progress within Access to Music, right up to our degree courses run in partnership with Birmingham City University. You can also move on to a wide range of careers, including the music and creative industries. Our two-year Level 3 courses also carry full UCAS points for progression to other universities.

Our Students

 

  • ‘I chose Access to Music because I love music.’
  • ‘Brilliant tuition. Forward-thinking education.’
  • ‘Best college for music in my opinion.’
  • ‘Everyone here is passionate about music no matter what it is. That sort of vibe is always good to have when starting something - it gives inspiration.’
  • ‘I chose Access to Music because I’d heard that it’s one of the country’s best music colleges.’
  • ‘I believe that doing an Access to Music course is one of the best ways of becoming a musician.’
  • ‘I would recommend Access to Music for anybody serious about working in the music industry.’
  • ‘Access to Music gives you access to musicians with true experience in the music industry.’
  • ‘In some way my belief in Access to Music is so strong I’d say it chooses you - it’s a calling!’
  • ‘The centres have great resources and tutors who know what they’re talking about.’
  • ‘Access to Music has given me so much knowledge about music and the music industry. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a music career.’
  • 'I loved the freedom. Obviously you are there to learn, but they understood that half of the learning you needed for the industry was outside the classroom with gigs and studio time.' Ed Sheeran
  • ‘I love the fact that everyone in the building is into music.’
  • ‘I chose Access to Music because of how great the teaching, learning environment and opportunities are.’
  • ‘I like the experience - the opportunities to use studios and desks and gain technical knowledge from professionals who have worked in the industry.’
  • ‘You get access to cutting-edge equipment, rehearsal rooms and studios.’
  • ‘Going to music college was my best chance to do what I love and this one seemed to be the best one.’
  • ‘I chose Access to Music as it has all the necessary resources to enable me to fulfil my aims within the music industry.’
  • ‘I wasn’t interested in A levels and Access to Music seemed much better than the BTEC in Music Technology because of the much more relevant and industry-focussed teaching.’
  • ‘It’s not like doing a music course in a normal college - it’s in a real music environment. All the tutors are musicians, your musical ambitions are taken seriously and there are great opportunities to go to industry events and meet people working in the industry.’
  • ‘The tutors are brilliant - the best I’ve had in any education.’
  • ‘It’s much more personal than other colleges. You feel you can talk to a tutor and actually be listened to.’
  • ‘It gives you the freedom to create music whilst learning about all aspects of the music industry.’
  • ‘Access to Music is like a skeleton key opening up a new world of possibilities.’
  • ‘It’s a college with a huge reputation - the likes of Ed Sheeran have really raised its profile. They also have a great understanding of, and experience in, music - the tutors are speaking from experience, not just a text book.’
  • ‘It doesn’t feel like a college, but a relaxed environment with many sounds coming together.’
  • ‘It helps youth to get into the music industry - there are not many organisations doing that.’
  • ‘I saw it was a much more practical music course compared to A level courses and it was aimed much more at what I wanted to do.’

 

BACKGROUND

Our Mission Statement:

Access to Music develops a student’s creativity, intellect and vocational ambition through broad, relevant engagement with music and music-related curriculum.

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 Rockschool, the UK’s only popular music awarding body, and with UK universities and conservatoires. 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.


INSPECTIONS

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'.