The University of Plymouth BA (Hons) Music Junior Academy

The Junior Academy provides instrumental music lessons and theory tuition for 12–16 year olds from the most experienced teachers in the South West of England. Members of the Junior Academy achieving the requisite standards will be en route to an unconditional offer for the BA (Hons) Music degree at the University of Plymouth where the music entry requirements are Grade 8 instrumental and Grade 5 music theory. Accomplished members who are close to achieving the required grades may also be considered for an unconditional offer. 

Junior Academy members and their parents/guardians are invited to all Arts Institute performances, workshops and masterclasses. There will be additional opportunities for members to actively participate in composition and performance events and societies. The Junior Academy is a pathway toward University life, preparing members for their personal journey into musical study at higher education. 

Membership is free and we welcome young musicians within the South West region (12 to 16 years) who have aspirations to study music at degree level. If you are interested in becoming a member please ask a parent/guardian or teacher to ring +44 1752 585097, or email Lee Whittock for further information/to arrange a meeting. 


Instrumental lessons

The Junior Academy funding for instrumental lessons is dependent on personal circumstances. We cannot confirm students’ eligibility until we have received their funding application. There are a limited number of part or fully-funded programmes for talented pupils who meet the requirements of the funding body. For further information please contact Lee Whittock

Theory lessons

Each member of the Junior Academy who receives instrumental lessons will be eligible to have music theory lessons fully funded up to Grade 5 theory. 

Application requirements

1. Ideal applicants will be aged between 12 to 16 years. 

2. Preferably each applicant will already have achieved one instrumental grade. 

Anyone who meets the above requirements may apply to become a Junior Academy member. All applications will be considered on the basis of the student’s musical achievements. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Junior Academy please ask a parent/guardian or teacher to email Lee Whittock or ring +44 1752 585097 to arrange a meeting. 


Instrumental lesson hourly rate £35
Instrumental lesson hourly rate 50% funded £17.50
Instrumental lesson hourly rate 100% funded FREE
Theory lessons hourly cost FREE
Involvement in University BA (Hons) Music events FREE
Arts Institute invitations FREE
Assistance with UCAS applications FREE

All payments should be made to the instrumental teachers directly. The University of Plymouth does not profit nor receive any funds from the cost of these lessons.

Contact details

For all details about the Junior Academy please email Lee Whittock.


BA (Hons) Music Junior Academy
Room 103
6 Portland Villas
Drake Circus