Entry Criteria

We welcome applications from dedicated, capable people and pride ourselves on our diverse student body. The information below gives the specific entry criteria for each of our courses. For information on entering our degrees in years 2 or 3 please see Switching to LCCM.

All Undergraduate Courses

Entry Grades

You are expected to have (or be studying for) 2 A-level passes or the equivalent in any subject, however, typical offers tend to be higher with an expectation that one of your subjects is relevant to the degree you are applying for.

Common examples of equivalent qualifications include:

  • Level 3 vocational qualifications
  • ABRSM Grades 7 or 8
  • Degree Foundation or Access Course
  • International Baccalaureate
  • International certificates mapped to UK qualifications
  • Prior experience with a demonstrable capacity for academic study

All applicants who meet the minimum requirements and have submitted a complete application will be offered an interview. We will consider applications from candidates who do not meet these minimum entry requirements and welcome individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and previous educational or professional experiences, including those with nonstandard qualifications.  You will be given the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to complete our programmes through a personal written statement and an interview.

The interview will assess academic and creative ability, leading to

  • An unconditional offer
  • A conditional offer
  • Application declined

Personal statements

We need a personal statement from you even if you are not applying to us through UCAS. This helps us understand your experience, areas of interest and English skills. Your personal statement should be no longer than 47 lines or 4000 characters.

Interviews

Most students on an LCCM degree programme will have been offered a place following a personal interview.  This process consists of 3 elements:

  1. A tour of the facilities
  2. A personal conversation
  3. An audition or practical activity

This takes between one and two hours and is conducted one to one by specific staff.

1. Tour

You will be shown around the college where you will meet staff and get a good feel for what it is like to study with us.

2. Interview

You will be asked questions on your background and achievements that relate to your chosen programme of study, your academic history and on your career aims. We will also ask you why you want to study at LCCM in particular. You can then ask us any questions on any aspect of the college.

3. Auditions and Practical Activities

Details of these are provided below for each programme.

Feedback and offers

We will contact you within 2 weeks of your interview to discuss the outcome. Offers can be unconditional or subject to conditions. No offer will be made if you did not meet the required interview criteria.

Unconditional offer

This means you have met all the entry criteria and are able to register for the course immediately.

Conditional offer

This is an offer that requires you to complete something before you can register. Typically this will be to achieve your A level grades, language qualification or other related award.

Accepting your Offer

Once you have received an offer, you can secure your place by completing the registration form and paying the £250 non-refundable registration fee. Once you have registered, you may apply for your student loan under LCCM’s name or if you are an international student, prepare to apply for your visa.

Non-UK Students

The same principles apply to applicants from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), however we are happy to conduct a remote interview if you cannot attend the college in person.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Certificate (CEFR) Level B2 English language competence by providing a recent secure English language test (SELT) from an approved test provider. Applicants must achieve at least CEFR level B2 in all four components (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

We also provide further information for International Students.

BMus Music Performance and Production and Cert HE courses

In addition to the standard entry criteria for “All Undergraduate Courses”, entry onto the programme will be determined by your audition and interview. All candidates with the minimum entry requirements and whose application demonstrates the capability to complete this programme will be offered an interview.

Audition Information

You will be asked questions on music theory, notation and asked to identify intervals and chord qualities by ear. The purpose of this process is for us to be able to make an assessment of what you already know and of how quickly we think you can learn.

Guitarists, pianists, bassists and singers

Please prepare two songs of your own choice, typically to be performed without a backing track. The songs must be in contrasting styles to show the breadth of your ability. One tune can be an original but not both. You will also be required to demonstrate a range of technical skills relevant to your instrument such as scales, arpeggios, chord voicings and sight-reading.

Drummers

You will be asked to play a range of common grooves, styles and feels such as rock, funk, jazz and Afro-Cuban, straight, swing and shuffle. You will be required to count, play time and perform different fills. Finally you will be asked to show what you like to play, the time for your chops!

Saxes, flute and brass

Please prepare two songs of your own choice with a backing track. The songs must be in contrasting styles to show the breadth of your ability. One tune can be an original but not both. You are welcome to bring an accompanist for the performance if you do not want to play to a backing track. You will also be required to demonstrate a range of technical skills relevant to your instrument such as scales, arpeggios and sight-reading.

Producers, Songwriters and Media Composers

STAGE 1

Please email a short biography to us detailing your relevant experience to date with links to two songs you have written or produced. Songwriters, you should include your lyrics; producers and media composers please indicate what hardware, software and instruments you used in the production of your work. We aim to be in touch within two weeks of receiving your materials to inform you whether you are ready for the interview.

STAGE 2

The next stage will be an interview and assessment of your music theory knowledge. You may also be asked to perform one of your songs, if you play an instrument.

BA Music Industry Management

In addition to the standard entry criteria for “All Undergraduate Courses”, please send us details of your A levels or equivalent and a personal statement outlining the relevant, experience, interest and qualifications you have. This statement is your chance to tell us what your aims in the music business are and why you feel LCCM is the right place for you. Your ability to communicate effectively is important, so the quality of your writing is a factor in how we make our decision.

If you wish to study the options from the BMus (Hons) that are available to your course, you will also have to demonstrate that you meet the music entry criteria as listed above for BMus students.

BA Creative and Professional Writing

In addition to the standard entry criteria for “All Undergraduate Courses”, entry on to the programme will be determined by your “Writing Examples” and interview. All candidates with the minimum entry requirements and whose portfolio demonstrates the capability to complete this programme will be offered an interview.

Writing Examples

Please submit some examples of your original writing. We cannot accept more than 2000 words. You may also be required to complete a practical writing skills test as part of your interview.

BSc Digital Product Development

In addition to the standard entry criteria for “All Undergraduate Courses”, entry on to the programme will be determined by your “Portfolio” and interview, which will include a small group exercise. All candidates with the minimum entry requirements and whose portfolio demonstrates the capability to complete this programme will be offered an interview.

Portfolio Information

The portfolio is a chance for you to show off your creativity in the digital realm. You can include anything that you’ve created using technology, alone or with others, or that touches on technology in education, the arts, or society. You might include:

  • Source code for personal or school development projects
  • Links to school or personal web sites/projects that you’ve been involved in
  • Video, pictures and/or code for a robotics project you’ve participated in
  • Examples of digitally produced music or art
  • A link to your blog
  • A short (2000 words/6 slides) piece of writing or lightning presentation about an app or technology that’s particularly important or exciting for you

You can include one, two or three separate pieces of work.

MA Creative Entrepreneurship

Our MA provides you with a “start-up” environment where you can develop an idea into a viable business venture in the creative industries. To benefit fully from the MA you should:

  • be an entrepreneurial musician, writer, or technologist with 1 year’s relevant experience and a bachelors degree (2.2 minimum) or 4 years relevant experience and a Level 3+ qualification
  • have English language competency equivalent to CEFR Level C1 (7.0 overall, 6.5 in each category). If English is not your first language. More information is available here International Students.
  • be able to provide professional references, if applying based on your professional experience.

To apply:

Send your current CV and a written document of approximately 700 words answering one of the following questions:

  1. Describe and evaluate an innovation in the creative industries with which you have been involved. Provide a DVD or a web link to the innovation itself.  If available, a link to a website or blog that reviews this innovation would also be useful. Identify the genre, audience or market and any other relevant information. Examples could include: developing a new original product, a new service or creating a new experience, platform or network. Explain your own contribution to this innovation and summarise what you learned through your involvement.
  1. Describe and evaluate your expertise as a Content Creator for the creative industries e.g. composer, songwriter, author, writer, copywriter. If you have a level 6 qualification you should provide evidence of 12 months expertise. If you do not have a level 6 qualification you should provide evidence of experience for a period of 3 years.  Please provide a DVD or a web link to the creative content itself, and links to any reviews.
  1. Describe and evaluate your expertise as a Platform developer, programmer or curator and social network developer for the creative industries.If you have a level 6 qualification you should provide evidence of 12 months expertise. If you do not have a level 6 qualification you should provide evidence of experience for a period of 3 years.  Please provide a DVD or a web link to the creative content itself, and links to any reviews.

Interviews:

Our admissions team will invite successful applicants to either a group or individual interview, scheduled throughout the year.

The group interview will consist of:

  • Icebreaker
  • Short Collaborations
  • Constructive Positive Review
  • Career goals
  • Q&A

The individual interview will consist of:

  • Skills awareness
  • Role fluidity
  • Learning from experience
  • Career goals
  • Q&A

Places will be allocated against entry criteria on a first-come, first-served basis.

International Students

The same principles apply to applicants from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) however we are happy to conduct a Skype interview if you cannot attend the college in person. Specific details for International Students are available here.

Register

Once you have received an offer, you can secure your place by completing the registration form and paying the £250 non-refundable registration fee. If you are an international student, we will assist you in preparing to apply for your visa.

Evening and Weekend Courses

Evening and weekend courses do not require an audition so it is essential that you read the course description. If you have any particular questions please call or e-mail us directly. A conversation is often the simplest way to help you choose the right course.

Paying your fees

Once you have chosen your course, download the registration form below, complete it and return it to us by post or email with the correct course fee. You can pay by cheque or credit card. Call us if you want to pay over the phone or use cash.

LCCM Evening and weekend course registration form 16-17

Summer Courses

Our Summer music courses do not require an audition however we still want to discuss the course with you and your aims before you study with us. Please read the description of the course you are interested in and contact us.

Paying your fees

Once you have chosen your course, download the registration form below, complete it and return it to us by post or email with the correct course fee. You can pay by cheque or credit card. Call us if you want to pay over the phone or use cash.

LCCM Summer course registration form 16-17

International students

Find out all you need to know about our summer courses for international students.