Access Programme Admission Criteria

Admissions to the Access  Programme at The Royal Irish Academy of Music will be administered through direct application to the RIAM. The closing date for applications is Decemer 1st.

Qualifications or equivalent
There are no mandatory age requirement.  Candidates should normally have attained a Grade 6 standard of performance [Local Centre Grade examination, or Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music or Guildhall School of Music London or Trinity College London or from comparable institutions in other countries*
* Where a student has not attained the required audition requirements, he/she may apply with a recommendation from his/her teacher.

Competence in the English language
All classes/lectures/seminars are conducted through English. Students whose first language is not English should provide evidence of their ability to understand English sufficiently to partake meaningfully in the course; evidence MUST be provided of competence in the English language. The following indicates the minimum standard in the English language, which should be met for entry onto the Access Programme:

Irish Leaving Certificate Grade D3 or better in Ordinary level English
GCSE Grade C or better in English Language
US High School Grade C in English taken in final year
TOEFL 173 – computer-based
500 – Paper based
61 – internet-based
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade A
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C
IELTS (Academic Version ) 5.5 (no individual band below 5)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE Academic: a minimum of 63 (with no section score below 59)

Application must be made online by 1st December each year. Late applications may be considered in exceptional cases. All applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee and upload the following documents:

  • A completed application form
  • A copy of applicant’s birth certificate
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae which should include details of your performing career to date g. Concerts, Recitals, Feiseanna, Broadcasts, Orchestral/Chamber Music/Ensemble experience etc., as well as your examination record and any other information you would consider helpful to your application
  • Proof of competence in English
  • Proof of Grade 6 Local Centre practical exam or its equivalent
  • Written recommendations form one musician, who may be the applicant’s teacher, confirming the suitability of the applicant for the course
  • Applicants may submit an unedited DVD of a recent performance [optional]
  • A personal statement may be includ Applicants may choose to indicate why they wish to undertake the Access programme, what they hope to achieve and why they specifically wish to study at the Royal Irish Academy of Music

Short-listed applicants will be notified of the day and time of their audition and interview