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Royal College of Music Access Agreement
1 The Royal College of Music charges new starting home/EU undergraduate degree students
fees of £3,000, with effect from September 2006, rising by inflation, as permitted by
2 The bursaries and outreach activity described below will be funded from the extra income
received from variable fees.
3 Since its establishment in 1882, the Royal College of Music has had a strong commitment to
fair access. At the time it was founded the intention was that it should offer scholarships to
home students (the College also had overseas students amongst its earliest students). The aim
was to ensure access for the very best regardless of means. Foundation Scholarships are still
offered at entry to talented students to help with the payment of undergraduate tuition fees.
4 Today, the RCM has a total student body of c600, of whom about 360 study on the College’s
undergraduate programme – its BMus. We aim for an annual intake of 65 Home/EU students,
which usually comprises about 45 UK and 20 EU students.
5 The College also has a Junior Department (JD), which is a Saturday music school for about 320
school-age students. The JD is a key feeder institution for the RCM’s higher education
provision, including those from under-represented groups. The JD was established in 1926 as
a scheme to provide teaching for children from London schools who were otherwise deprived
of the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. A system of Junior Exhibitions was
established to assist students to study in the JD: a means test-based system of bursaries still
exists, supported through private funds.
6 For all applicants to the senior College, performance at audition is taken as the primary
determinant for offers of places (subject to student number constraints). The RCM does not
screen any applications for undergraduate study a