Access to Music’s qualifications are written by musicians and music industry personnel for aspiring musicians and music industry personnel.
We design our further education qualifications in partnership with RSL, the UK's only popular music awarding body. Unlike GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs these are regularly updated to keep in them in touch with a fast-changing music industry. This means you are assessed on skills which are relevant to the world of music-making today.
But don’t just take our word for it. UK Music, the leading music organisation representing the UK music industry and Creative & Cultural Skills, the sector skills council for the creative industries, have chosen Access to Music’s qualifications as the basis to create the National Occupational Standards for the music industry.
Access to Music also designs qualifications in partnership with carefully chosen universities and conservatoires.
Finally it’s not all about music. Our courses generate lots of wider employability skills which will benefit you in whatever path you choose in the future. You will gain from technology training, developing written work, team work and from performance and social interaction skills.
Students aged 16-18 with a GCSE grade D in either English and Maths will be given support to improve their grade. Students with less than a grade D will do Functional Skills and then potentially move on to do GCSEs. Both options include exams.
Visit RSL website.
- All the qualifications are government-approved and integrated into the Qualifications Credit Framework.
- Courses and qualifications are offered at three different levels (Levels 1, 2 and 3 - roughly low grade GCSE to A Level standard) and in different formats: small (Awards), intermediate (Certificates) and large (Diplomas).
- All qualifications are based on the creation of course work leading to the completion of units. There are no formal exams.
- Qualifications are graded Distinction, Merit, Pass and Unclassified.
- Advanced Music qualifications provide access to degrees at university and generate UCAS points in line with A Levels and BTECs. The Extended Diploma generates the following UCAS points for university entry: Distinction*: 420 Distinction: 360 Merit: 240 Pass: 120