LCCM is a specialist higher education college – our courses focus on a specific range of subjects in the creative industries. This means that we are perfectly placed to help you navigate your industry of choice, develop your talent and, most importantly, let your creativity flourish.
Our degrees are designed and taught by leading figures in the music, publishing and software industries, so when you study at LCCM you will have the best possible tuition to prepare you for graduate-level work in the creative career of your dreams.
Studying at LCCM
As a higher education 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 music 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
Modules and Credit
All our programmes award credit according to the modules studied. The number of credits allocated to each module reflects 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|
The ratio between taught sessions and independent study you will receive depends on the specific programme and module combination you choose.
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 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:
- Practicing, rehearsing 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
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.
LCCM programmes are timetabled across three 10 week terms. Some programmes are timetabled into 2 or three semesters. We try to keep your formal contact sessions to three days a week, giving you the flexibility to work and 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 2019/2020
- Induction: 25th–27th September 2019
- Term 1: 30th September–13th December 2019 (Reading Week 4th–8th November 2019)
- Term 2: 6th January–20th March 2020 (Reading Week 10th–14th February 2020)
- Term 3: 14th April–26th June 2020 (Reading Week 18th–22nd May 2020)
- Exam period: 26th May–26th June 2020
- These are held annually in July and September
- Ratified results are released following each Assessment Board
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. Students can also be elected as Programme Representatives or Student Committee members. These 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.
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:
- Programme Committees
- Academic Board
- Senior Management Team
- Prevent working group
- Institutional reviews
We value highly student feedback as it allows the college to evolve while taking in account the student experience. Feedback provides students with an opportunity to tell us how are we doing, what needs to be improved and what do you like. We gather feedback through:
- Student Committee and student representation
- Termly Surveys
- National Student Survey
- Annual QAA monitoring