Guildhall School of Music and Drama Entrance Requirements

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Entrance Requirements

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Entrance Requirements

Academic Entry Criteria

Academic entry criteria – undergraduate

By the first day of the programme all applicants should be able to provide documentary evidence to confirm passes in one of the following requirements (combinations of qualification types are also acceptable):


2 A-Levels (GCE Advanced A2)Pass (grades A-E)
Double A-Level (GCE Advanced A2 double units)Pass (grades A-E)
BTEC (QCF) National Extended DiplomaPPP
BTEC (QCF) National DiplomaPP
4 Scottish HighersGrade D or above
5 Highers – Irish Leaving CertificateGrade C or above
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
in addition to satisfactory completion of the Theory of Knowledge course, the Extended Essay and CAS
24 points
2 Advanced Vocational Certificates of Education (AVCE)Pass (grades A-E)
Diploma in Foundation StudiesPass
Double Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education (AVCE double units)Pass (grades A-E)
Access to HE DiplomaPass
International QualificationsPlease click here for a list of equivalent overseas qualifications

Please contact if your qualification is not listed. Other qualifications may be considered.

Applicants from overseas can also refer to the International Students page for more information on life at the School.

Additional requirements – undergraduate

BA Technical Theatre Arts & BA Video Design for Live Performance candidates are additionally required to have achieved a Grade B in GCSE English Language, English, English Language and Literature or English Literature prior to interview.  Applicants without this qualification will be asked to complete a written test which will be given on the day of interview. Applicants will then be required to submit their completed work within a week of the interview date.

Please note that graded music and drama examinations are not accepted as equivalent qualifications.

In exceptional circumstances, and subject to the approval of the relevant Programme Board, candidates whose abilities match the standards required for entry to a programme (including advanced standing) but who do not meet the standard entry requirements may still be considered. These applicants would be expected to provide alternative evidence of their ability to benefit from the programme including an additional written test.