BMus (Hons) Songwriting and Recording

Course summary


Do you write music? Do you want to get your music heard? This course explores the many types of composition and is designed for the composer looking to develop a skill-set ready to create the sound of tomorrow. There will be opportunities to collaborate with other artists and to showcase your work at live venues and performance spaces across the capital.

Gain key insights and experience by taking an active role within the LCM community, participating across all genres and having access to state-of-the art facilities.

By running the course in collaboration with all departments in LCM, we put you at the very heart of the complex and inspiring world of composition.

student-composing-at-keyboardWhy choose this course?

Our world-renowned multi-million pound facilities, coupled with highly experienced teachers and researchers come together to offer an extremely exciting course routed in a rich legacy of award-winning and highly acclaimed composers and music writers, but with its eyes firmly set on the future.

You will be using the very latest techniques and technologies to make your musical ideas become sonic reality, and in a variety of solo and collaborative contexts.

The music you will create and develop, along with the networks you join and nurture, form a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create the bedrock for your career as a composer.

Career and study progression

woman-singer-facing-studio-control-boothIn both its purpose and its approach, this course combines teaching a challenging vocational qualification with authentic industry-led skills and crafts.
Your degree can take you anywhere, but some of the most popular careers for graduates include songwriting, composition for TV, film, video games and corporate promotion, and teaching.

We have an excellent reputation within the industry for producing highly motivated and experienced graduates, so a degree from LCM is a great start to your career in music. 

Some of the most popular careers for graduates include:  

  • media composition
  • music publishing
  • arranging and copying
  • song writing
  • engineering and composition
  • teaching

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.On successful completion of the course, you will have the opportunity to study at postgraduate level. See our 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, 0% practical exam, 100% coursework

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

Course detail

During this course you will develop your skills by exploring the following:

  • electronic and computer-based composition
  • songwriting
  • traditional and general composition
  • composition for multimedia and film
  • composition for theatre production.

You will also have endless collaborative possibilities - we have an institution full of highly talented and creative people, in a variety of disciplines including pop performers (encompassing a huge range of genres), jazz players, dancers and actors, orchestral performers, sound-designers, producers, sound engineers, managers, promoters and many more.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Song writing and Composition
  • Harmony in Popular Styles
  • Desktop Composition
  • Role of Music Management
  • Sound Theory
  • Sound Practice 1.

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • LCM Music Factory
  • Studio Recording 2
  • Sound Practice 2
  • Harmony and Structure
  • Collection Societies.

Optional modules

  • Composition and Arranging Workshop
  • Songwriting.

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Music for the Moving Image
  • Advanced Harmony and Structure
  • Music Management
  • Experimental Sound
  • Composition and Recording Project.

Optional modules

  • Music Education workshop
  • Audio Post Production.

Entry requirements

112 – 128 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications, normally including Music or alternative relevant subject area.

These can include:

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

    You will also need to provide evidence of a portfolio of composition with music technology.

    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.

    Level 5 entry
    If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 120 undergraduate credits at level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

    Level 6 entry
    If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 240 undergraduate credits (at level 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.

    International entry criteria
    International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 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


    Fees for home and EU students

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    Fees for overseas students

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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.

    We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

    • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
    • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

    Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

    * Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

    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

    For detailed information on how to prepare your portfolio and what to expect in the interview or audition please see our Interview and audition processes page.

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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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    International students

    Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

    You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

    More about the application process for international students.

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