Do I Qualify To Study?

Are your ready to start your application, but unsure if you qualify?

There are a few options – for inside the UK, international, as well as for applicants who may not possess the qualifications, but have playing and work experience.

Usually, qualifications will need to have been completed within the last five years to be considered ‘current’. Although qualifications achieved outside of this time frame will be considered on an individual basis.

All applicants aiming to specialise in performance should be able to perform at an intermediate to semi-professional level. As a guide, you should have a minimum of grade 5 theory knowledge, and comfortable playing grade 7 pieces (Trinity, Rock School, ABRSM etc.).

In the UK?

Standard entry requires a UK Level 3 qualification or above. A typical offer is between 260 and 300 UCAS points, mainly from the A2 level or equivalent Level 3 qualifications – such as BTEC.

You will need to supply a copy/scan of the transcript and certificate for verification.

International applicant?

As a guide they would have to be equivalent to the UK Level 3 qualifications or above. If you are an international applicant and want to verify your qualifications will be accepted, please contact Recruitment and Admissions.

You will need to supply an English (officially translated) copy/scan of the transcript and certificate for verification.

What if I don’t have the necessary qualifications or they are out of date?

DIME ONLINE will consider individuals who have playing and work experience, but have not achieved the full level of credit, or if their qualifications are older than 5 years.This process is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

APL is the formal recognition of prior learning and/or experience. We appreciate that not all prospective students meet the standard entry requirements for our courses but they may have achieved equivalent learning outcomes through other qualifications, self-directed study and/or professional experience. We have an APL Policy and Procedure in place to provide applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate how they may meet our entry criteria in other ways.

APL falls into two main categories – APEL and APCL.

What is APEL?

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is the process for an applicant to seek formal recognition of prior learning they have achieved through experience, such as professional or voluntary work, and/or self-directed study. It is not the experience itself that is assessed for formal recognition, instead, it is the learning gained from that experience that will be assessed against our standard entry requirements or the learning outcomes of the course you are applying to study.

We may ask you to submit written evidence, or to complete assessment tasks, or undertake equivalent course work in order to assess the equivalence of your learning. Our expectation is that you undertake this independently, by yourself.

If you are seeking entry with advanced standing or with exemption from certain modules or credits, an APEL application costs £200. This fee is non-refundable and non-deductible. It is an administrative fee that is additional to any acceptance fees, tuition fees, or additional course costs that you may be required to pay if you enrol. This fee is not applicable if you are entering the degree course at the beginning of Level 4.

What is APCL?

Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) is the process for an applicant to seek formal recognition of prior learning from qualifications they hold that are not recognised within the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

It is not the qualification itself that is assessed for formal recognition for entry, instead, it is the learning gained from that qualification that will be assessed against our standard entry requirements or learning outcomes of the course you wish to study.

We may ask you to submit written evidence, or to complete assessment tasks, or undertake equivalent course work in order to assess the equivalence of your learning. Our expectation is that you undertake this independently, by yourself.

Full details on Falmouth University’s APL policy are available here.

What if English is not my first language?

If English isn’t your first language, you will be required to supply proof of English proficiency to the level of Academic IELTS 6.0. Your test must have been taken within the last 2 years.

Other international English language qualifications may be acceptable, please contact Admissions and Recruitment for more information.

Applicants are responsible for organising their own exam and supplying us with the certificate.

English qualifications that we accept:

If you have any questions regarding English qualifications, contact the Recruitment and Admissions Manager.