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    Due to the recent decrease in Music A-level being offered around colleges and sixth forms across the UK. Many Universities have understood the difficulties of Music students wanting to study music. Alternatively instead of the standard A-level Music being the entry requirements to most BA or BMus music courses, there has been an additional qualification of Grade 8 theory which can be accepted instead. Grade 8 theory will allow those unable to do music at sixth form (out of their control) to be able to apply to the likes of many Russel group unis- Oxford, Cambridge ,Durham etc. These universities view grade 8 theory as harder than the a level and in some senses better. However, Manchester University refuses to offer anything less than A-level Music, do you think this is acceptable when many struggle to be able to study Music A-level due to circumstances beyond their control ?

    I originally asked the University what I would need to do for applying there, plus any advice they could give me due to my circumstances..I was simply told they weren't interested. I have no general anger towards the uni although was quite upset about how they couldn't even offer any advice. I just wish to know what anyone else thinks?

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    Due to the recent decrease in Music A-level being offered around colleges and sixth forms across the UK. Many Universities have understood the difficulties of Music students wanting to study music. Alternatively instead of the standard A-level Music being the entry requirements to most BA or BMus music courses, there has been an additional qualification of Grade 8 theory which can be accepted instead. Grade 8 theory will allow those unable to do music at sixth form (out of their control) to be able to apply to the likes of many Russel group unis- Oxford, Cambridge ,Durham etc. These universities view grade 8 theory as harder than the a level and in some senses better. However, Manchester University refuses to offer anything less than A-level Music, do you think this is acceptable when many struggle to be able to study Music A-level due to circumstances beyond their control ?

    I originally asked the University what I would need to do for applying there, plus any advice they could give me due to my circumstances..I was simply told they weren't interested. I have no general anger towards the uni although was quite upset about how they couldn't even offer any advice. I just wish to know what anyone else thinks?

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    Unfortunately the reality is very likely to be a combination of
    a) the course builds on topics that are taught at A Level, meaning that any student without A Level music would struggle when they got there
    b) they're getting enough applicants to fill all their spaces

    It's a shame that you won't be able to do a music degree there, but they can't be held responsible for the A Level provision (or lack thereof) in your local area. As you say, you can go elsewhere - go out and find a unis that you like the look of. I'm sure you'll be very happy wherever you do end up.
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    Pursue the RNCM, they're in Manchester.

    They're more likely to be flexible.
 
 
 
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