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CertHE Commercial Music Programme Overview

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UCAS code




Study Mode

Full Time / Part Time / Distance


1 year (FT); 2 year (PT)

Full-time fees

UK / EEA: £9,250 per year


SFE funding available

University Validation

University for the Creative Arts


Through UCAS

If you are not registered with UCAS you may apply directly to us through here.

Start Date

May or September 2024

Programme Specification

CertHE Commercial Music

LCCM’s new CertHE Commercial Music is a concise one year Higher Education certificate for modern music makers with optional modules suited to solo vocalists and rappers, electronic and hip hop bedroom producers, ambitious DIY artists and creative executives. The certificate course will allow you to solidify your knowledge ready to embark on your music career after just one year or after trying Higher Education for a year you can decide to stay to complete a further two years of study to obtain a full BA in Commercial Music.


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Course Overview

This new course combines the best knowledge and expertise from LCCM’s long running music performance & production degree but with less emphasis on music theory and original instrumentation. The one year programme combines a core module learning music programming and gaining important industry knowledge with optional modules in vocal performance, songwriting, artist development, music rights, the streaming economy, digital trends and mix concepts. The optional modules are almost all cross-programme enabling you to meet and collaborate with peers on the other music and music business programmes at LCCM.

Collaborate. Network. Create.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to collaborate with your peers, students on other degrees at LCCM and the wider creative community. As you build a network of talented, creative and ambitious musicians and entrepreneurs, you will be given the opportunity and support to put what you are learning into practice in the real world.
Being in the heart of London, we have close links to industry and have dedicated staff looking to match students with opportunities from our partners and industry network.

Extracurricular activities

The LCCM student body is a highly creative community and we encourage students to network internally, creating events and activities themselves. The student committee organises student social and open events in our venue and performance rooms. We have many activities that occur throughout the year, including industry guest masterclasses for the whole college and weekly workshops to improve your music skills and knowledge in a relaxed and informal setting.
We encourage students to attend industry networking events and conferences, especially those that happen in London. The Music Box venue regularly hosts gatherings with some of the most influential industry organisations including UK Music, the BPI, the Ivors Academy, the Radio Academy, the Featured Artist Coalition. We are an official venue for BBC Introducing Live in 2022.

What Will You Learn?


Entry Criteria

96 UCAS points from accepted Level 3 qualifications, or equivalent experience
4 GCSEs grade C/4 including English or equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills)
Successful interview


All applicants meeting the minimum entry requirements and whose application demonstrates the
capability to complete this programme will be offered an interview.

The course is taught in English. If you are not a native speaker you will need to demonstrate fluency in reading, writing and oral English at interview/application stage.

You may be asked to prove this via a third party test where you should score, as a minimum, the following points: IELTS
5.5 or Duolingo 95

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.

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
  • organising gigs or music events
  • using social media to publish or promote music
Audition Information

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;


  • there is insufficient information in your application for us to make a decision.


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