Scholarships at bcs

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

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Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are awarded based on the 7+ exam results, for both internal and external pupils. There is no application process.

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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.


Firstly, scholarships can only be 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.



The Music Scholarship assessment 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 candidate’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.

A girl playing the flute
A girl playing the piano.
A boy playing the violin at a concert.

Apply for a Music Scholarship

To express your interest in a Music Scholarship for September 2024 entry, please ensure you have completed an application form for the 7+ Entry Test by Friday 19 January 2024 and you will be sent a Music Scholarship application form following receipt of that. 

Apply for 7+ entry