We were ranked 5th in London for Music courses by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
This exciting course has been developed in response to the needs of the current music industry. It is aimed at musicians who want to develop their own performance, writing skills and technical knowledge to support the recording of music and gain essential industry 'know-how' to launch a successful career.
Why choose this course?
During the course, you will have a range of exciting options to study including live sound, music education or experimental sound. You will gain valuable experience in:
- performing across a range of genres, and in a variety of live settings (including venues across London)
- taking part in work-based activities facilitated by our own commercial productions company (W5 productions)
- running recording and production sessions; writing and arranging for bands and ensembles, and being a musical director.
The London College of Music boasts unrivalled music facilities with an extensive complex of studios equipped to a professional specification. To find out more see our LCM facilities.
Throughout the course, you will have a personal tutor who will act as the first point of contact for advice, support or any issues which may affect your studies. We also understand how important your views are and we recruit student representatives from all levels. We invite them to regular meetings to voice students' opinions and discuss important issues or concerns to help us improve and deliver excellent teaching.
This course will enable you to develop:
- as a musician, with one-to-one tuition and workshop sessions
- writing, composition and arranging, using state of the art facilities
- stagecraft and performance skills
- recording, mixing and production techniques
- band leadership / musical directorship
- understanding of marketing, PR and promotion.
What modules will I study as part of my course?
Year one (Level 4) modules
- Pop Performance Studies 1 (Pop Performers) / Performance 1A + 1B (jazz / classical performers)
- Sound Theory
- Sound Practice
- Desktop Composition
- The Role of Music Management
- Music Theory 1 (Pop Performers)
Year two (Level 5) modules
- Sound Recording 2
- Touring Logistics and Planning
- Composition and Arranging
- Pop Performance 2 (pop performers) / Performance 2A (jazz / classical performers)
- Pop Music Factory (pop performers) / Performance 2B (jazz / classical performers)
- Music Theory 2 (Pop Performers)
- Composition and Arranging Workshop
Year three (Level 6) modules
- Music Management
- Showcase Studies
- Performance Project (Pop Performers)
- Advanced Performance Project (classical / jazz performers)
- Recording Project
- Music for the Moving Image
- Music Education Workshop
- Live Sound Practice
- Audio Post Production
- Experimental Sound
- Industry Experience
Career and study progression
- solo artist
- musician for recording
- musical arranger
- studio engineer
- music producer
- live sound technician
- sound recordist
- audio post-production
112-128 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications, normally including Music or an alternative relevant subject area.
These can include:
- A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
- BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
- Access to HE Diploma
You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.
We require a minimum of grade 6 performance on your first instrument or voice, preferably grade 5/6 Sight Reading, preferably grade 5 Music Theory. If you believe you meet the required standard but have no formal qualifications we may invite you for an audition. Our auditions are informal and include a relaxed interview. You must also show experience with music technology. Unless you have been studying on a recognised music technology course, we will ask you to provide a portfolio consisting of two or three tracks, together with a detailed report on how they were recorded, and your involvement in the process.
Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.
Level 5 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 120 undergraduate credit at level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.
Level 6 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 240 undergraduate credits (at level 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area
International entry criteria
International students need to meet our English language requirement at IELTS 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).
About the School
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