We’re really happy your application has begun, your place at Nexus ICA is one step closer. As part of the application process you are required to demonstrate your ability in the following two areas.


You will need to demonstrate an understanding of music theory, equivalent to Rock School’s Grade 5 music theory syallabus. You will therefore, either hold a certificate in music theory to this standard or be required to sit our theory paper. You will be able to sit our paper at any of our Open Days or if you are unable to make it to us, you will be asked appropriate theory questions as part of your Skype interview.

Please note; it is not a requirement that you hold a previously achieved music theory certificate but is a requirement that you sit the paper should you not. 

Our paper contains questions on popular music topics such as reading notation, harmony, and audio theory. You can find a sample theory entry paper below to get a sense of the kind of questions you will be asked.

Sample Paper

If you would like any further guidance as to how to prepare for this paper, please get in touch.


You will need to demonstrate a playing ability, equivalent to Rock School’s Grade 6 practical syllabus in your chosen pathway. You will therefore, either hold a certificate in your chosen pathway to this standard or simply be able to demonstrate your competence against the same standard.

Submit Your Audition

Please note; whether you hold an certificate certificate or not, it is a requirement of all applicants to submit a practical audition outlined to guidance below. 

Your audition pieces are something you should invest care and time in preparing to best demonstrate your musical ability.

Audition Guidance

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