At The Blue Coat School Birmingham, we offer several scholarships to children entering Year 3 each year, awarding both academic and musical excellence.

Music Scholarships

Two music scholarships worth up to 25% of the school fees are awarded to children entering Year 3 each September who show musical promise.

In addition, up to two Music Exhibitions may be awarded to cover the cost of instrumental tuition on one instrument.

Scholarships are only awarded if the child has also met the academic entry requirements of the 7+ Entrance Test.

Children who would like to apply are expected to be working at Grade 2 level or equivalent (either to have already taken the Grade 2 exam, be working towards doing so, or be the equivalent standard if they do not take formal music exams). They must have been learning their instrument for a minimum of 12 months.

To apply for entry in September 2023, please complete the application form below and return to Mrs Rachel Kearney by Friday 13 January 2023. Selected applicants will then be invited to attend a Music Scholarship Audition in February 2023.



The Music Scholarship Audition will comprise of a performance of one piece on the candidate’s first instrument or the performance of two shorter pieces on two instruments. Following this, the Director of Music will hold a sight-reading test of an appropriate standard on the candidate’s first instrument, a series of short aural tests and a discussion of the candidate’s musical interests and experience to date.

A written report will also be required from the child’s music teacher. The content of written instrumental reports remains confidential to the School and will be requested directly by the School from the teacher.