2020/21 Academic Year FAQs

By Leeds Conservatoire

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The latest information and updates from Leeds Conservatoire about the Academic Year 2020/21 will be posted on this page.

We are undertaking detailed planning for next year, in consultation with the HE sector and taking advice from the government. We are planning for every eventuality and will release updated information about our plans as and when it becomes available.

If you have any questions about your studies during the academic year 2020/21, please contact help@lcm.ac.uk.

Start of term

What is the start date for Autumn term?

诱导第一年预科和研究生将开始在9月21日,与教学本周开始9月28日开始。这是一个星期比原计划晚。 (第一年,包括学生基础年取得进展。)

Induction for second (L5) and third (L6) year students, will start on 28 September, with teaching starting in the week commencing 5 October. This is two weeks later than planned.

A full academic calendar will be published soon. Please note that for most students, there will not be a reading week in the first semester.

What are the plans for Freshers’ Week and Induction?

We are working with our Students’ Union to create a series of events during induction, and throughout the year. We hope to be able to organise some in-person events at some point during the year.

In the meantime, you can join our Students’ Union Facebook group to connect other applicants:  //www.facebook.com/groups/995050580951971/

How will I know if it is safe to start studying in September and what precautions is Leeds Conservatiore taking?


Will you be offering flexible start dates?


Access to Facilities

Will individual practice be permitted on campus?

Students will be able to access practice rooms and rehearsal spaces if it is safe to do so. Availability may be reduced based on room capacities for social distancing, and safety precautions such as additional cleaning.

Will I be able to use the recording studios?

Students will be able to access studios if it is safe to do so. Availability may be reduced based on room capacities for social distancing, and safety precautions such as additional cleaning.

Can I borrow resources from the library?

A Library service will be available for you to access the texts, scores and resources that you need to study.


Will all of my lectures be delivered online?


How will I be assessed?


Will I still be able to take part in performances?

我们正与我们的活动和节目团队合作,考虑如何继续在我们的活动性能的工作 - 无论是直接连接到你的程序,或如额外的机会核心合奏。我们理解演出的机会怎么是你音乐学院体验的组成部分,将探索我们可以在安全,可持续的方式提供不同的机会。

What do I do if I am unable to take part in any in-person elements of my tuition?

We will try to make alternative arrangements for you, depending on what the issue is. You don't need to contact us now.

Accommodation and Finance

When will I need to pay my accommodation deposit?

If you have been allocated a room at either Joseph Stones House or One Mill Street, a deposit or advance rent payment is required to complete your booking and further information will be sent to applicants who have a reserved room in the next few weeks.

If you have booked or intend to book accommodation yourself, a deposit or advance rent payment is usually required by all accommodation providers and they will advise you regarding when this needs to be paid.

What happens if I get Coronavirus whilst living in Leeds?

You (and your flatmates) will need to follow current government guidelines on self-isolation, which are available here: //www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

You will also need to inform your accommodation provider or landlord so they can make necessary arrangements to keep you, other tenants and staff safe. More information will be available from your accommodation provider prior to you moving in.

如果你是一名国际学生,你将需要与NHS和当地的GP注册,当你到达,以确保在需要时您可以访问的医疗护理。这可以通过在第一时间电话来完成;您可能需要你已经完成了自我封闭的14天后亲自注册。你可以找到关于如何获得保健为这里的学生信息: //www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/getting-medical-care-as-a-student/

Most of our students register with Leeds Student Medical Practice: //www.leedsstudentmedicalpractice.co.uk/

I am an international student and will need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, do you have specific accommodation for this purpose?


Government guidelines on self-isolation for those arriving in the UK can be found here: //www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

When should I apply for student finance?


Apply online at www.gov.uk/studentfinance or to obtain a paper form contact Student Finance England on 0300 100 0607. Applicants from other parts of the UK and EU also apply online but there are different sites – these are detailed on our website here.

If you need us to help you with this process please email studentfunding@lcm.ac.uk.

I’ve decided to stay in my family home rather than moving into student accommodation. Do I need to tell Student Finance?

Yes, if you don’t then this will result in a loan overpayment which will be recovered by Student Finance

As the start of term is now starting a week later than planned, will I still receive my first student loan payment on 14 Sept?

If you are a new student, and you have had your loan application approved and completed the conservatoire’s registration process, you will now receive your loan as soon as possible on or after 21 September.

Can I find out who I’ll be living with in September?

Unfortunately, we can’t disclose the names of people living in your accommodation, but Leeds Conservatoire Students’ Union has a Facebook group where you can connect with other applicants. You can join this here: //www.facebook.com/groups/995050580951971/

Support for Students

I’m feeling anxious about leaving home, is there any support at Leeds Conservatoire?


Is this support available on campus?


Do you provide any tailored support for musicians and performers and will I have to pay for it?

Yes, we provide a range of regular wellbeing services within the conservatoire as well as small group workshops. These cover topics relevant to musicians and performers such as performance anxiety, Alexander Technique and resilience.

Some or all of this support may be offered remotely via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

We can also signpost students to external organisations for further help.

All wellbeing services that we provide are free to full-time students registered at Leeds Conservatoire.

What support does the conservatoire provide for disabled students?

Many students’ support needs are met through adjustments to teaching and learning including for example:

  • Extra exam time
  • Extensions to assignment deadlines
  • Weekly study skills workshops
  • Lecture capture system, Panopto.

Other support needs may be met through individual reasonable adjustments and Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) which our Disability Advisers can help you to apply for.

If you want to talk to one of our Advisers about any aspect of the support we offer please email disability@lcm.ac.uk.

I had extra time in exams at school, will that continue at Leeds Conservatoire?

It may be that you can also get extra time in exams and assessments here at Leeds Conservatoire; you can discuss this with our disability support team before you register or as soon as possible after you’ve registered in September.

If you want to talk to one of our Advisers about this please email disability@lcm.ac.uk.

I am dyslexic, can I get help and if so who do I need to talk to?

During the application process there are many opportunities for you to declare your disability and the conservatoire’s Disability Advisers, are always happy to discuss your individual needs and requirements at any point during your studies.

If you have not already done so you are encouraged to contact them by emailing disability@lcm.ac.uk.

Will any of the Health & Wellbeing group sessions be going ahead in the new academic year if social distancing remains in place.

Yes, we are planning to offer some group sessions remotely if social distancing remains in place; we are keen to continue to offer all of our existing services, even if this is remotely via MS Teams video sessions or Zoom.

As an international student I am worried that due to social distancing measures and needed self-isolation I will feel lonely and won’t be able to make new friends – is there any special support for me?

Current guidance is that self-isolation lasts 14 days upon arrival; after that if you have not developed any symptoms, you will be able to meet people outside your household. You can look up the current guidelines here: //www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

我们策划了各种不同的活动(以个人和在线)的新生去了解对方,在利兹最好的开始。如果你与调整在英国的新生活努力,您可以联系国际学生支持和咨询顾问福利: HealthandWellbeing@lcm.ac.uk

How do I access support with my Health and Wellbeing?

You can get in touch with us to access the service following registration at the conservatoire by emailing HealthandWellbeing@lcm.ac.uk


2020 Entry

My school/college exams have been cancelled, how will my final grades be decided?

Your grades will be decided by your teachers at school or college. This useful article from What Uni explains how your grades will be calculated. //www.whatuni.com/advice/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/coronavirus-alevels-grades-awarded-in-2020/87371/

Are you still considering applications?

We are still considering applications for our courses, although in some instances we only have limited spaces available for certain instruments.

Find out more about Clearing.

I am unwell with coronavirus and unable to submit my audition, what should I do?

Please contact our admissions team at headmissions@lcm.ac.uk

Can I defer my place for this year?

我们通常认为延期请求申请人已经收到八月份他们的结果后,所有的应用程序被视为对案件逐案基础。这意味着,你可以把未来几个月内,以确保这是你正确的决定。但是,如果你是绝对肯定的,现在你想推迟,请联系 headmissions@lcm.ac.uk and we will consider your request sooner.

Do you have places available in clearing?

The majority of our courses will have places available in clearing, although in some instances we will only have limited spaces available for certain instruments.

I have received a conditional offer but am worried that I may now not meet it. What will happen if I miss the grades?

If you don’t meet the academic entry requirements, the curriculum team will review your whole application before making a final decision. Your offer might still be confirmed, or you might be offered a place on a four-year course with Foundation Year if appropriate.

I have some specific questions about my application, how can I get in touch?

You can contact our admissions team at headmissions@lcm.ac.uk

2021 onwards

Are you still holding open days?

While we are unable to hold in-person open days, you can access our online open day on our website。网上开放日欢迎包括谈判,谈判过程和学生在面板前面开天的电影。你也可以采取在校园里的重点地区进行虚拟旅游,并找到应用,住宿,经费和学生的支持信息。你可以在任何时间访问这一点,一旦你注册,我们将让你了解与培训师和学生服务团队即将直播的视频聊天会话更新。

What are the UCAS Conservatoires application dates/how do I apply?

You can apply to our Classical and Jazz courses via UCAS Conservatoires from 16 July, and the deadline for equal consideration is 1 October. You can find out more about how to apply on the UCAS website //www.ucas.com/conservatoires/how-apply-through-ucas-conservatoires

How will auditions be taking place?

We are currently working with our programme and admissions teams to develop our audition experience. Your audition may take place online or in-person, but we will provide full guidance for you over the coming weeks.

Leeds Junior Conservatoire

Can my child join Leeds Junior Conservatoire?

Yes, we are currently accepting applications for Leeds Junior Conservatoire.

Will Leeds Junior Conservatoire be delivered online?

In 2020-21 we will be delivering lessons using a blend of face-to-face and online learning. You can find out more about our online lessons and visit us on one of our virtual open days and find out more about the high-level training we offer for talented young musicians.

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