Study at LCCM

LCCM is a specialist higher education college. This means we focus on a specific range of related subjects. Because our degrees are designed and run by leading figures from the music, publishing and software industries, when you choose to study at LCCM you can expect to leave well equipped for graduate level work in or beyond the creative industries.

Benefits of Studying at LCCM

As a degree or Cert HE student with us, you will benefit from:

  • A personal and friendly environment
  • Programmes you can customise to match your aims and interests
  • Very small class sizes
  • High levels of contact tuition
  • One to one tuition on most degrees
  • The chance to collaborate with students on our related degrees to start exciting projects
  • A high quality academic education that also ensures you are “work-ready”
  • Excellent access to specialist staff, facilities and resources
  • An education that will remain relevant throughout your life

Visit our courses page or contact us for more information.

Student Participation

Students at LCCM are encouraged to take an active role in their education, helping organise social events, providing feedback on their programmes, & making recommendations to improve the student experience.  Student representatives are elected annually during Term 1.

The Student Committee

LCCM has an active Student Committee that organises social events and support activities throughout the year. The committee have developed a range of social media groups to help support everyone during their studies.

Recent projects have included

  • A regular student Podcast
  • End of year Boat Party on the Thames
  • SkillShare mentoring scheme
  • Songwriters’ Club with live events
  • Social events

You don’t need to be a committee member; all students are encouraged to get involved, volunteering to help run and co-ordinate new projects. You can see examples of the Student Committee publications on their blog page; life.lccm

Academic Representation

Elected student representatives are members of LCCM committees at all levels of the college, and all students on a programme are invited to attend the Staff Student Forums.  This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your professional skills, representing your peers and working with the Senior Management Team, to continuously improve the educational provision at LCCM.  Examples of committees and meetings include:

  • Board of Governors
  • Academic Board
  • Prevent working group
  • Institutional reviews

Student Feedback

All students are asked to complete regular surveys – these provide you an opportunity to tell us how we are doing, what you would like to see improved and what you think is going well.

Living and Studying in London

LCCM is based in Bankside, a vibrant area between Waterloo and London Bridge.

Travelling around London

Currently operating between two sites in central London (zone 1) students have lessons in both buildings and are required to travel between them as required. Timetabling takes this into account on your behalf. Transport time between the two buildings is roughly 20 minutes by bus (344) or 30 minutes on foot. Student Gigs (for musicians) are also organised at a range of venues around London providing you with the opportunity to perform in professional venues. Useful travel and pricing information is available from Transport for London.

Finding accommodation in London

Our guide provides helpful tips and advice to help you find the most suitable accommodation for you while studying with LCCM. You can access the information here.

Academic Calendar

All LCCM programmes are timetabled across three 10 week terms.  We try to keep your formal contact sessions to three days a week, giving you the flexibility to schedule other activities. LCCM also timetables a range of extra-curricular activities across the week.

The dates below provide term dates for the next three academic years.  Students are expected to be available and in the UK during these times.

Academic Year 2017/2018

Induction:  27th–29th September 2017

Term 1:  2nd October–15th December (Reading Week 6th–10th November)

Term 2:  8th January–23rd March        (Reading Week 12th–16th February)

Term 3:  16th April–29th June                (Reading Week 21st–25th May)

(Exam period 29th May–29th June)

Academic Year 2018/2019

Induction:  26th–28th September 2017

Term 1:  1st October–14th December (Reading Week 5th–9th November)

Term 2:  7th January–22nd March      (Reading Week 11th–15th February)

Term 3:  15th April–28th June              (Reading Week 20th–24th May)

(Exam period 28th May–28th June)

Academic Year 2019/2020

Induction:  25th–27th September 2017

Term 1:  30th September–13th December (Reading Week 6th–10th November)

Term 2:  6th January–20th March              (Reading Week 10th–14th February)

Term 3:  14th April–26th June                      (Reading Week 18th–22nd May)

(Exam period 26th May–26th June)

Assessment Boards:

These are held annually in July and September

Ratified results are released following each Assessment Board

Study information at LCCM

Modules and Credit

All our programmes award credit according to the modules studied. The number of credits allocated to each module reflect the curriculum content and the expected amount of study. The table below shows an example of how this works in practice. Depending on your programme lectures, seminars, personal tutorials and group development sessions will affect your ratio of taught hours to independent study.

Credit amount per module Typical taught sessions with a tutor per year Independent study Total Study Hours
15 25 – 35 hours 120 hours 150 hours
20 30 – 50 hours 160 hours 200 hours
30 50 – 75 hours 235 hours 300 hours
40 50 – 80 hours 325 hours 400 hours

Your programme is divided into stages or levels, which normally equate to a year of study.

  • For undergraduate programmes you will study for 120 credits at each stage which will count toward your final award. The level of difficulty and critical evaluation increases at each level.
  • Master’s students study for 180 credits all at level 7.

Independent study

Independent learning is a key feature of higher education and LCCM will actively facilitate this skill. There is guidance provided to help you understand the nature of independent learning on the student portal, and tutors will ensure you understand the nature and expectations for their particular module.

Independent learning includes activities such as:

  • Practising and developing your skills
  • Reading/listening around your study area
  • Researching information in a range of formats
  • Preparing for seminars and tutorials
  • Applying your studies in different contexts
  • Working with your peers
  • Preparing for assessments

Part-time study

Where possible LCCM will provide part-time study options to suit you. Part-time study is normally provided as a personalised study plan within the full-time timetable. In some instances, part-time options are only available as a separate cohort and will be dependent on minimum numbers.

Supporting our Students

We want all our students to enjoy their studies and fulfil their potential. We have an open community where staff and tutors will provide individual support and assistance.  We also recognise that sometimes you may need extra help.

Learning and Disability Support

LCCM makes every effort to provide its courses to as wide a group of eligible students as possible. Reasonable adjustment to study arrangements is based on individual need and recorded when applied to assessment arrangements.

We can only support you effectively if we are aware and understand the challenges you are facing. Students are therefore strongly advised to use the Personal Questionnaire provided at induction to inform us of any special study or assessment requirements that may be applicable.

Registered students are welcome to contact Student Services prior to their arrival in order to discuss support for their particular study needs.

Financial Support

The higher education programmes at LCCM are designated by HEFCE for student finance. You can read more information about student loans by reading our fees page or by clicking this link.  LCCM also has a hardship and bursary fund to support students whilst studying for their programme. This is a limited fund designed to assist students that need some financial assistance.

Students of lower income families may apply for a bursary to fund a course fee waiver of up to £1500 where the student loan does not cover the full cost of your course. The hardship fund is for students who experience unexpected financial difficulties that they could not have predicted at the start of their studies. A typical example would be up to £500 to mitigate travel costs or seek professional diagnosis of a specific learning difference such as dyslexia.

Funds available are limited and application for support does not guarantee that an award will be made.