Popular Music Performance - Vocals at Institute of Contemporary Music Performance - UCAS

Course summary

This vibrant and dynamic one-year course will see you develop an impressive overview of technical vocal skills, performance creativity and musical literacy in a very short space of time. A practical tailored programme, you’ll focus on your future career as a vocalist, but you’ll also work with your fellow students keen to launch careers as professional guitarists, bass players, keyboard players and drummers. In a progressive and increasingly digital global music scene, there are more opportunities than ever for audiences and musicians to connect in innovative new ways. As well as building your technical and creative abilities, this highly current vocal performance course will see you grow your digital and entrepreneurial business skills, as you launch yourself as a competent and confident vocalist to the industry. At the heart of your CertHE is developing your technical ability on your principal instrument – in your case, your voice – but you’ll also improve your musical literacy by playing with and studying alongside those on your course studying guitar, bass, drums and keys. You’ll also have many chances to work and perform with students from the whole spectrum of ICMP programmes. As you explore popular music genres, styles and repertoire, you’ll develop a thorough understanding of technique, theory and technology for live, livestreamed and recorded performances. You’ll also learn about stylistic techniques, music technology, the music business, and how to pull off an effective live performance. In addition to lectures and seminars, you’ll take part in skills sessions – both one-on-one with your ICMP vocal tutor, and with peers during collaborative workshops and ensemble practice. A central focus of education at ICMP is teamwork, as well as regular ‘A&R-style’ peer-to-peer feedback, so you’ll learn to give and receive performance critiques and use these to improve your performances. Across your CertHE year, you’ll learn in ICMP’s state-of-the-art industry-standard facilities as you’re supported and guided by our expert tutors – all highly qualified educators and professional musicians. They’re ready to give you comprehensive insight into the modern music business and how it operates. They’ll also ensure you to participate in a host of music business events, masterclasses featuring special guest artists, networking opportunities and performances at venues across London. At the end of your studies, you’ll graduate with exceptional technical vocal skills and essential live, recorded and virtual performance experience, so you’ll be ready to forge a successful career across whichever music business path you choose to progress. If you’d prefer to keep up with your learning, the CertHE Vocal course offers a direct path to the second year of the BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance and BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship degrees, where you can continue to advance your skills for a career as a portfolio musician and professional vocalist.


  • Live Performance Skills
  • Theory, Technique & Technology
  • Theory Technique & Technology II
  • Music Business for Performers
- Performance & Identity

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International students will typically hold a relevant equivalent qualification, please check your qualification with our Admissions team. In addition, you should hold a relevant English language qualification equivalent to CEFR Level B2. ICMP are able to sponsor students that require a Student Route Visa to study in the UK. For more information on the application process contact [email protected].

Entry requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £10250 Year 1
International £15250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

For students to be eligible for SLC funding, they must be studying a designated course. Courses at the ICMP are designated each year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. We have developed together with valued partners several scholarships and bursaries which supplement our outreach and widening participation activities and enhance access to our courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information.

Popular Music Performance - Vocals at Institute of Contemporary Music Performance - UCAS