BA (Hons) Voice in Performance with Foundation Year


Course summary

This course still has places available in Clearing for September 2018 entry. Please call our free hotline to apply.

This is an intensive course, designed to consolidate your vocal study and skills of both sung and spoken voice. Your studies will aim to prepare you for a career in performance and/or performance related pathways with reference to aspects of vocal performance.

male-singer-with-piano-accompanistWhy choose this course?
This course gives you a comprehensive understanding of the voice, anatomy and physiology, developing your understanding of self and subject. We will also explore the exciting ways in which the voice can communicate a range of narratives from different cultures and genres.

The course fulfils many of the expectations of this ever-demanding performance industry. Through this course you will gain expertise in your chosen specialist subject, study relevant analysis and theory and be prepared for employment within music theatre, theatre in general, and other contemporary related industries.

Our learning environment works with existing and emerging technology in both performance and production. You will study phonetic transcription, the anatomy and physiology of the voice and how to apply these skills to the study of sung and spoken voice.

In the final year of study these skills will be placed into a professional context with the opportunity to shadow and assist with final year graduate performances and productions within the University and other relevant Institutions.

Throughout the course you will develop your individual vocal needs (both sung and spoken) alongside ensemble classes. In addition to developing performance skills, movement training will support all aspects of your vocal development.  In completing these studies you will be prepared to understand the detail of the human voice and what is required to lead others with their vocal development.

This course deals with the voice, the power to engage with an audience and confidence in communication, as such will provide a series of varied performance opportunities. These performances will give you the opportunity to hone your vocal performance skills to excel in your vocal ability, developing the techniques required to reach your best in assessment but ultimately to prepare you for employment within the industry.

Such performances will include:

  • platform recitals
  • public productions
  • opera workshops
  • radio broadcasts
  • master classes. 

This course is suitable for a variety of vocal students from a wide cultural context who will wish to be engaged with communicating and performing in a public forum.

Staff from London College of Music are qualified to provide you with the most relevant training and education in order to secure a place within the performance industry. Our wide experience in all aspects of vocal education, theatre and performance will inevitably shape your learning, while helping you develop practical and analytical skills that will support your future career.

Career and study progression
woman-singer-in-studio-with-headphonesYour degree can take you anywhere, but some of the most popular careers for our graduates include acting, theatre and teaching. You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.

This course can be linked to academic and practical techniques, contextualisation of practice or business competence, but some of the most popular careers for graduates include:

  • performance
  • opera
  • acting
  • musical theatre
  • physical theatre
  • community theatre
  • theatre in education
  • applied voice and therapy - following the successful completion of a postgraduate qualification in this area
  • teaching - following the successful completion of a PGCE (postgraduate certificate in education)
  • directing
  • personnel management
  • communications officer
  • arts administration
  • animateur
  • oratory
  • management
  • youth arts work.

Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Postgraduate study enables you to specialise in the field you are passionate about.See our London College of Music's postgraduate courses page to see the full range of our postgraduate courses.

How will this course be assessed?

Year one
0% written exam, 0% practical exam, 100% coursework

Year two
0% written exam, 80% practical exam, 20% coursework

Year three
0% written exam, 80% practical exam, 20% coursework

Year four
0% written exam, 80% practical exam, 20% coursework

More information
For information on interview and audition processes please see the link above.

Course detail

Foundation year (Level 3)
  • Introduction to Acting
  • Introduction to Voice
  • Introduction to Movement
  • General Musicianship
  • Performance Project
Year one (Level 4) modules
  • Voice in Performance 1 (20 credits)
  • Performance ensemble 1 (20 credits)
  • Spoken Vocal Studies 1 (20 credits)
  • Sung Vocal Studies 1 (20 credits)
  • Performance Practice 1 (20 credits)
  • Movement Practitioners and Practice 1 (20 credits)
Year two (Level 5) modules
  • Voice in Performance 2 (20 credits)
  • Performance Ensemble 2 (20 credits)
  • Spoken Vocal Studies 2 (20 credits)
  • Sung Vocal Studies 2 (20 credits)
  • Performance Practice 2 (20 credits)
  • Movement Practitioners and Practice 2 (20 credits)
Year three (Level 6) modules
  • Vocal Pedagogy, Education and Training (30 credits)
  • Performance Laboratory - Self Directed Production (20 Credits)
  • Advanced Voice in Performance - Directed Production (30 credits)
  • Research Project - Voice and Research (20 credits)
  • Professional Practice (20 credits)

Entry requirements

80 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications.

These can include:

  • A Levels at grades B, B or C, D and D, or above
  • BTEC Extended Diploma with Merit, Merit, Pass
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

    It would be an advantage if you have taken, or can provide evidence of having studied for Grade 8 in Sung/Spoken Voice of recognised board of exams eg: NEW ERA, LAMDA, ABRSM, LCM, or TCL.
    Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

    International entry criteria
    International students need to meet our English language requirement at IELTS 5.5 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

    In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

    We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


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    Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

    You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

    Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

    How to apply

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    UK and EU students

    Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

    If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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