Ampleforth College offers Music Scholarships to students who show potential and musical commitment. 
Prior Attainment 

Music Scholarships at Ampleforth offer gifted musicians the opportunity to take a leading role in making music at the highest level as part of one of the country’s leading music departments.   

11+ Music Scholarships 

One instrument must be offered at audition. Choristers may choose to demonstrate vocal ability in addition to an instrument. Recipients will be expected to take up an additional instrument within their 11+ tenure. Candidates for audition should be of at least Grade IV standard 

13+ Music Scholarships 

Two instruments, but from different instrumental families, must be offered at audition, though candidates with suitable singing experience can, in addition to the two instruments, also choose to demonstrate their vocal ability. Candidates for audition should be of at least Grade VI standard on their first study instrument. Musical students applying for entry at 13+ (Year 9), but who only have one instrument, can instead be considered for a Basil Hume Scholarship.  

16+ Music Scholarships 

Two instruments*, but from different instrumental families, must be offered at audition. Candidates may wish to offer voice as one instrument together with keyboard or instrumental. Candidates for audition should be of Grade VIII standard on their first study instrument. 

* 13+ and 16+ Music Scholars make take up a third additional instrument or vocal tuition in consultation with the Director of Music.  

Students who have reached Grade 7 or 8 on the piano may also like to be considered for an Organ Scholarship. We are part of the Young Organ Scholars Trust from whom additional financial support may be available for successful candidates. 

In all candidates it is musical potential we seek rather than present ability and so a candidate who is working toward, but not yet attained, the required standard should not be discouraged from applying. 

The Examination 

The examination is principally by audition and interview, and consists of the following: 

The performance of two contrasted pieces on the first instrument 

The performance of one piece on the second instrument (13+ and 16+) 

The performance of one piece for voice (optional) 

Scales and arpeggios 


Ear tests 

Viva voce questions 

The Scholarship 

Successful candidates will have funded instrumental tuition during the tenure of their scholarship. They will also receive coaching for music theory, aural tests and general musicianship. Music Scholars will often take solo roles in significant choral and orchestral works during their time at Ampleforth. Many go on to be awarded music scholarships at leading universities. Two of our recent Music Scholars have been awarded organ scholarships at Corpus Christi College and King’s College, Cambridge and choral scholarships at Oxford and London Universities. 

Music Scholars are role models across the department and College; it is expected that Music Scholars make a meaningful contribution to the vibrant musical life at Ampleforth. This will be mainly through a fully committed membership to ensembles/choirs associated with their instruments. Music Scholars will usually study GCSE Music and many continue to study music at A level. A high standard of choral music is a distinctive feature of musical life at Ampleforth; as such, all Music Scholars with suitable voices are expected to complement their instrumental studies with membership of the Scholae and other choirs as advised by the Director of Music. Music Scholars will be closely monitored and supported by the music staff to ensure they have the most stimulating opportunities but are not overloaded.  

Music Scholarships are not automatically carried forward. For example 11+ music scholars will audition for a 13+ at the appropriate time. 


The Director of Music is always happy to see parents of prospective candidates in advance of the examinations to discuss and assess the current level of achievement. A pre-audition can be arranged by contacting the Admissions department. Reports will normally be required from the candidate's present Headteacher and other competent musical authority. 

For more information, please do contact our Admissions team.  



Scholarship AwardDate of ScholarshipClosing Date for ApplicationClosing Date for Bursary Application
11+ Music Friday 29th January 2021Thursday 31st December 2020Thursday 31st December 2020
13+ Music Thursday 28th  January 2021Thursday 31st December 2020Thursday 31st December 2020
16+ Music Friday 29th January 2020Thursday 31st December 2020Thursday 31st December 2020

The scholarship application fee is £50. More information about payment, please click here

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