Music Education (BEd Hons) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS

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Course summary

Bachelor of Education (Music) with Honours is a vocational programme for musicians who aspire to teach music in schools; it is one of the most highly regarded routes into classroom music teaching in Scotland, qualifying you for both primary and secondary school teaching. The degree provides integrated school placements in all four years of study. Following graduation, you will qualify for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). All eligible graduates are guaranteed a probationary year of classroom teaching. GTCS standards are recognised in the UK and internationally, with many of our former students working at home in Scotland or abroad after graduation. On this programme, you will study aspects of teacher education and preparation for school experience, and undertake intensive music studies including a principal performance study, piano skills and keyboard musicianship, practical workshops, music technology, and theoretical and historical studies. Special features -Accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland -Upon graduation, you are guaranteed a probationary year of classroom teaching -Integrated school experience throughout all four years -Qualifies you to teach music in both primary and secondary schools.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Accordion
  • Banjo (tenor)
  • Bassoon
  • Bodhran
  • Button Accordion (Traditional Music)
  • Cello


More information about what the course entails can be found on our website:

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Teaching Council for Scotland

How to apply

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Currently around 20% of our students come from outside the UK. Between them, they represent over 60 different nationalities and add a rich diversity to the Conservatoire. International applications are welcome to this programme and online interviews can be arranged.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests


Please refer to our Guide for Applicants for what to prepare for audition -

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Interview if successfully recalled


Successful applicants will normally be of a standard equivalent to Grade 8 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in your Performance Study. You can apply and audition without having obtained Grade 8, however as an indication only, applicants are normally expected to have reached Grade 8 standard in their performance. In addition you will be required to play a short piano piece at the audition which will be of approximately Grade 6 standard.

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Theory Paper if successfully recalled

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Applicants who first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 in each component (with no component below 6.0) is required.

Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
RCSNot available at this location
OnlineNo fee charged

Additional information

There will be three parts to the audition process: Part 1: Interview / Part 2: Principal Study Audition / Part 3: Piano Audition. We will continue to offer online auditions to international applicants and those who are unable to attend in-person due to exceptional circumstances. For the best audition experience, we would encourage all UK applicants to attend in person. For more information on what to prepare for the audition, please see our website -

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Scotland £1820* Year 1
EU £27968* Year 1
International £27968* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

For more information on fees and funding, please see our website -

Sponsorship information

The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information -

Music Education (BEd Hons) at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland - UCAS