The Department for Education will write to universities to “test their appetite” for adding music A-level to their list of facilitating subjects.
It comes after peer and former chief executive of the Royal Opera House Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall last month raised concerns about music A level not being on the list used by Russell Group universities.
In a House of Lords debate about music education in schools, the Labour peer said: “This is profoundly unhelpful and gives a difficult message to schools and students about what it is possible for them to study and still expect to get into a good university.
“Music is difficult to study, particularly when you get to A level. It is just as difficult as maths and it needs quite a lot of the same skills.
“It is not a soft option or a "nice to have" and it would be a good thing if the universities and the education department recognised that a student who comes out of schools with A levels in, say, music, chemistry and maths is well-equipped for the life that they are likely to lead.”
Speaking in a House of Lords debate about social mobility today, education minister Lord Agnew told Baroness McIntosh about the action his department would take following her comments.
He said: “I have spoken to two ministers in the department since and have agreed that we will write to some universities to test their appetite for adding music A-level to the facilitating subject range.”