Music Foundation at Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts - UCAS

Course summary

Course information Our Music Foundation programme is designed for talented students seeking a place at a university music department or conservatoire. The programme will enable you to refine your skills (composition, theory, performance and recording) and broaden your musical knowledge and understanding. It is designed to give you unrivalled breadth of content and flexibility, allowing you to focus on particular areas of passion as well as developing your skills and creating well-rounded, confident musicians. We have two music streams: Performance: aimed at the more classically trained musician. You will work towards entry into university, conservatoire or music college. Technology: aimed at the more pop-based contemporary musician who has had some experience with music technology. Students will work towards entry into music tech colleges and pop music courses. In today’s world it is not only important to be able to play your instrument well, but it is vital to understand the history of the craft and where everything originated from. Computers are at the heart of everything we do; the ability to be able to use the software, make your own recording, mix it, improve the sound and set up a microphone are all important skills if you are to become an accomplished musician. If you are looking for a place at a university music department you will be well prepared for higher education, having undertaken aural training, music research and performance. At a music university department your study will be more academically based; you will study a broader range of content of which performance is one element. If you are looking for a place at a Conservatoire, you will be given the opportunity to under take extensive preparation for entrance examinations and auditions. At a Conservatoire there will be more of a focus upon performance. You will be encouraged to build links within the music industry through course projects and key units throughout the year. At the end of the year upon successful completion, you will be awarded the UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Performance. Please note that there are no government grants for funding for this course. Students will need to be privately financed.


Aural Skills, World Music, Composition, Piano repertoire (for pianists), Vocal repertoire, History of Western Music C.1880, Music Theory, Pop Ensemble, Classical Ensemble, Recording

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Successful completion of Secondary Education (Grade 11 or Grade 12 depending on native contry) or 1 x A level or an equivalent Level 3 qualification and 3 x GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent overseas qualification, preferably in a relevant creative subject. Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.

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an audition piece is required for entry to this course. Please refer to the Audition Process tab for more information:


Music Theory test

English language requirements

IELTS 5.0+ or equivalent

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Music Foundation at Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts - UCAS