Music Scholarships

A number of music scholarships are awarded at 11+ on the basis of merit.  Girls must pass the entrance examination and a music audition conducted by the music department to qualify.  In addition, music scholars may be eligible for a bursary.  Parents who wish their daughter to be considered for a music scholarship must fill in an application form.  

Candidates should be at the standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 distinction or above on their first instrument. Exceptions may be made for girls playing certain minority instruments. To apply, parents should complete the Music Scholarship Application Form which will be available here from 1 July 2019 and return it with a copy of the latest music examination certificate(s) to the 11+ Admissions Officer.

All candidates who are at the above level, if they are called back for an interview following the Maths and English entrance exams, will be invited for audition where they will be required:


  • to perform two contrasting pieces of their own choice on one instrument; or
  • to perform one piece on their main instrument and another on their second instrument. Performance on the main instrument should be at the standard equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5 distinction or above. (Exceptions may be made for girls playing certain minority instruments).
  • To sing a simple folk song of their own choice, pleasantly and in tune (preferably unaccompanied).
  • To do sight reading and aural tests.  Both of these tests will be of ABRSM Grade 5 standard.
  • Brief discussion about their music making.

All parts of the examination are important and must be prepared by all candidates.

The school will provide an official accompanist, and all candidates who need an accompanist must make use of his/her services.

These practical tests are on a separate day to the Interview and are normally held on the last Saturday in January or the first Saturday in February. The times of the practical tests will be notified to successful candidates after the Entrance Examination. 

It will not be necessary for scholarship holders to have individual instrumental lessons at North London Collegiate School if they wish to continue with their present music teachers, but they must participate in the corporate musical life of the school.