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 criteria

LCCM recognizes all qualifications on the UCAS Tariff. Each course has its own tariff requirement.

We also accept equivalent qualifications such as:

  • Level 3 vocational qualifications
  • ABRSM Grades 7 or 8
  • Degree Foundation or Access Course
  • International Baccalaureate
  • International certificates mapped to UK qualifications
  • Applicants aged 21+ : Relevant prior experience with a demonstrable capacity for academic study

Applicants to full-time undergraduate courses who meet the minimum requirements and have submitted a complete application by the 15 January UCAS deadline will be considered and where required, invited to submit a portfolio or attend an interview/audition. Applications received after 15 January will be considered providing there is availability on the course.

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, where required, an interview.

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.

BMus (Hons) Music Performance and Production

UCAS Tariff:

  • A minimum of 104 UCAS points, gained from at least two full Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A Level, BTEC Diploma), in any subject area.
    • An Access to Higher Education course or a BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered as equivalent to two full Level 3 qualifications.
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English or a Level 2 equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills).

We also welcome applications from mature students (21+ years) and those without formal qualifications but with demonstrable passion for and practical experience in music.

Personal statement:

The personal statement is an important part of your application and is your chance to tell us about your aims in music and why it interests you. Your ability to communicate effectively is important, so the quality of your writing is a factor in how we make our decision. In particular, we will be looking for you to show a genuine interest in music, demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • learning an instrument either taught or self-taught
  • extra-curricular music activities at school, college or in the community
  • performing music as a soloist, a band member or forming a band
  • writing or producing music

Audition Information

In addition to your application entry onto the programme will be determined by your audition and interview. All applicants meeting the minimum entry requirements and whose application demonstrates the capability to complete this programme will be offered an audition.

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 assess 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

You will be asked to bring two songs you have written or produced. Songwriters will be asked about lyrics, harmony and form; producers and media composers will be asked about the hardware, software and instruments you used in the production of your work. You may be asked to perform one of your songs, if you play an instrument. There will also be an assessment of your music theory knowledge.

Cert HE Music Performance and Cert HE Creative Music Practice

UCAS Tariff:

  • A minimum of 64 UCAS points, gained from at least two full Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A Level, BTEC Diploma), in any subject area.
    • An Access to Higher Education course or a BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered as equivalent to two full Level 3 qualifications.
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English or a Level 2 equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills).

We also welcome applications from mature students (21+ years) and those without formal qualifications but with demonstrable passion for and practical experience in music.

Personal statement:

The personal statement is an important part of your application and is your chance to tell us about your aims in music and why it interests you. Your ability to communicate effectively is important, so the quality of your writing is a factor in how we make our decision. In particular, we will be looking for you to show a genuine interest in music, demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • learning an instrument either taught or self-taught
  • extra-curricular music activities at school, college or in the community
  • performing music as a soloist, a band member or forming a band
  • writing or producing music

Audition Information

In addition to your application entry onto the programme will be determined by your audition and interview. All applicants meeting the minimum entry requirements and whose application demonstrates the capability to complete this programme will be offered an audition.

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 assess 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

You will be asked to bring two songs you have written or produced. Songwriters will be asked about lyrics, harmony and form; producers and media composers will be asked about the hardware, software and instruments you used in the production of your work. You may be asked to perform one of your songs, if you play an instrument. There will also be an assessment of your music theory knowledge.

BA (Hons) Music Industry Management

UCAS Tariff:

  • A minimum of 96 UCAS points, gained from at least two full Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A Level, BTEC Diploma), in any subject area.
    • An Access to Higher Education course or a BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered as equivalent to two full Level 3 qualifications.
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English or a Level 2 equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills).

We also welcome applications from mature students (21+ years) and those without formal qualifications but with demonstrable passion for and practical experience in the music industry.

Interviews:

You may be invited to an interview to assess your eligibility for the course if:

  • you have not met the minimum entry criteria but show within your application a strong interest, and promise of ability for the course; or
  • there is insufficient information in your application for us to make a decision

Personal statement:

The personal statement is an important part of your application and is your chance to tell us what your aims in the music business are and why it interests you. Your ability to communicate effectively is important, so the quality of your writing is a factor in how we make our decision. In particular, we will be looking for you to show an interest in the music business, demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • enthusiasm for listening to live or recorded music
  • reading about music/the music industry
  • performing music as a soloist, a band member or forming a band
  • organising gigs or music events
  • using social media to publish or promote music

Eligibility for certain modules:

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 (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing

UCAS Tariff:

  • A minimum of 120 UCAS points, gained from at least two full Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A Level, BTEC Diploma), one of which must be in English Literature or Language.
    • An Access to Higher Education course or a BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered as equivalent to two full Level 3 qualifications.
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English or a Level 2 equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills).

We also welcome applications from mature students (21+ years) and those without formal qualifications but with demonstrable passion for and practical experience in the subject.

Personal statement:

The personal statement is an important part of your application and is your chance to tell us what your career aims are and why writing interests you. Your ability to communicate effectively is important, so the quality of your writing is a factor in how we make our decision. In particular, we will be looking for you to show a genuine interest in writing, demonstrated at least one of the following:

  • Reading books, plays, screenplays, magazines, blogs or web sites
  • Writing stories, scripts, poems, essays or lyrics

Portfolio of writing examples

In addition to your application, you will be invited to submit some examples of your original writing (a maximum of 2000 words). On an assessment of your writing examples you will be invited to an interview and, may also be required to complete a practical writing skills test as part of your interview.

BSc (Hons) Digital Product Development

UCAS Tariff:

  • A minimum of 104 UCAS points, gained from at least two full Level 3 qualifications (e.g. A Level, BTEC Diploma), one of which must be in Computing / IT / Maths.
    • An Access to Higher Education course or a BTEC Extended Diploma will be considered as equivalent to two full Level 3 qualifications.
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in Maths and English or a Level 2 equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills).

We also welcome applications from mature students (21+ years) and those without formal qualifications but with demonstrable passion for and practical experience in the subject.

Personal statement:

The personal statement is an important part of your application and is your chance to tell us what your career aims are and why this subject interests you. Your ability to communicate effectively is important, so the quality of your writing is a factor in how we make our decision. In particular, we will be looking for you to show a genuine interest in technology, demonstrated at least one of the following:

  • using apps or web sites
  • building or designing apps or web sites
  • writing, editing or experimenting with code
  • using databases
  • playing games
  • being part of computing or robotics clubs

Interviews:

You may be invited to an interview to assess your eligibility for the course if:

  • you have not met the minimum entry criteria but show within your application a strong interest, and promise of ability for the course; or
  • there is insufficient information in your application for us to make a decision

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.