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What qualifications do you need to study music?

If you’re thinking of taking a music degree, you're probably already aware that A-level music is an absolute must-have for many degrees. But what are the best subjects to combine it with?

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Music and Grade VII / VIII for your main instrument (for most traditional courses).

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Some universities have a preference for at least one essay-based subject such as history or English.

Other typical A-levels taken by current music students

  • Maths.
  • French.
  • Physics.
Take a look at individual music courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before taking a degree in music. 

Similar subject areas…

  • Music technology.
  • Commercial music.
  • Performing arts. 
These subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to music, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.


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