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Course summary

This course is for you if you are about to complete your secondary school (High School) studies and either wish to spend a year at the Academy before taking up a full-time undergraduate programme of study at another institution, or if you would like to receive Academy training but do not require a full programme of study that leads to a degree. Gap year students are considered as fully-enrolled members of the Academy’s student body, and have equal access to the Academy’s resources (library, computers, practice rooms etc). The course principles are: • To enable students to benefit from one year of conservatoire education • To provide a tailor-made course of study according to the strengths and needs of each individual student • To offer the same performance opportunities provided for degree students (with the approval of the Academic Tutor and Head of Programme) • To offer appropriate academic subjects in consultation with the Academic Tutor and Head of Programme • To assess practical and/or academic progress by examination • To provide a transcript of studies showing completed modules (but no degree or other award)

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
  • Bassoon
  • Bassoon (Historical Performance)
  • Cello
  • Cello (Historical Performance)
  • Clarinet

Assessment method

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How to apply

This course is closed for the 2023 academic cycle. Please contact the provider or view the 2024 courses.

*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

The Gap Year course is not an eligible course for a UK Student Route visa. You will need a different UK visa which allows you to study, unless you have a UK passport or EU Settled/Pre-Settled status. Please contact adm[email protected] if you have questions about your visa status.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

There are no qualification requirements for this course.

Additional entry requirements


Evidence of professional performing potential in your principal study

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5Minimum scores of 5.5 for each section of the test.
PTE Academic59Minimum scores of 59 for each section of the test.
TOEFL (iBT)72Minimum scores for Reading: 18, Listening: 17, Speaking: 20, Writing: 17.

We accept IELTS Indicator, TOEFL iBT Home Edition and TOEFL ITP Plus for China. PTE Academic Online and Cambridge C1 Advanced.

English Language requirements are published on our website:

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
Video Recording: Upload£100£100
New York£100£100
Brazil (São Paulo)£100£100

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Video Recording: UploadNot available at this location
New YorkNot available at this location
LondonNot available at this location
Brazil (São Paulo)Not available at this location

Additional information has details about how to submit a video audition. Jazz candidates: 28 October 2022 is the deadline to upload Round One audition recordings into the Acceptd portal, details are on our Jazz auditions page. All BMus and Gap Year Jazz candidates are initially assessed by video recording as Round One of the audition process, after which candidates may be invited to a December recall, either live in London or online. Please note that Jazz is only available as a London or a Video option, please do not select New York or São Paulo.

Unistats information

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There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

This course is not eligible for UK Student Finance or Academy scholarships/bursaries.

Provider information

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Royal Academy of Music, University of London
Marylebone Road

Course contact details

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020 7873 7373

Accordion Administrator

020 7873 7380

Brass Administrator

020 7873 7320

Composition Administrator

020 7873 7471

Guitar Administrator

020 7873 7380

Harp Administrator

020 7873 7380

Historical Performance

020 7873 7310

Piano Administrator

020 7873 7405

Strings Administrator

020 7873 7395

Timpani and Percussion Administrator

020 7873 7320

Vocal Administrator

020 7873 7444

Woodwind Administrator

020 7873 7320

Organ Administrator

020 7873 7390

Undergraduate Gap Year at Royal Academy of Music, University of London - UCAS