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Course summary

This dynamic one-year programme allows you to build strong musical literacy, advanced technical guitar skills and impressive performance creativity in a short space of time, with the plan to develop into a well-versed professional portfolio musician. A highly personalised course, your studies will be centred on the guitar, as you collaborate with fellow classmates studying drums, bass, keyboards and vocals. In the fast-evolving and increasingly digital global music industry, there are more opportunities than ever for performers and audiences to connect with each other in pioneering new ways. As well as improving your technical and creative abilities, this highly relevant performance CertHE will see you build entrepreneurial business skills and digital proficiency to set yourself up as an adaptable, competent musician and guitarist. At the core of your CertHE is clear concentration on your primary instrument – guitar – but you’ll also expand your musical literacy as you study with and play alongside fellow CertHE drummers, bassists, vocalists and pianists. You’ll also have ongoing opportunities to connect and perform with ICMP students across other music programmes. As you explore the breadth and depth of popular music styles, genres and repertoire, you’ll gain a solid understanding of theory, technology and technique across recorded, live and livestreamed performance scenarios. You’ll also study areas including music theory, stylistic techniques, live performance skills, music business and music technology. On top of lectures and seminars, you’ll take part in skill sessions – both one-to-one with your ICMP guitar tutor, and during ensemble practice and collaborative workshops with your peers. Collaboration is a central focus of ICMP programmes and you’ll often have the chance to give and receive performance critiques in an ‘A&R-style’, encouraging the development of your unique identity as a guitarist. During your year of education, you’ll study in ICMP’s world-class facilities, as you’re guided and supported by expert tutors. Members of our teaching faculty are all highly qualified and experienced musicians, ready to provide you with key insights into the music business and a deep understanding of the way it operates. They’ll also arrange a host of industry events for you to attend, plus masterclasses hosted by special guest musicians, networking opportunities and innovative gigs at London venues. At the end of your CertHE, you’ll have developed excellent technical guitar skills, and an impressive practical knowledge of live, recorded and virtual performances, allowing you to work successfully in multiple areas of the music business. If you’d like to continue on with your learning, the CertHE offers opportunities to progress directly to the second year of the BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance and BA (Hons) Creative Musicianship degrees, where you can gain extra experience for your career as a professional guitarist and portfolio musician.


  • 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]

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Whole course
England £9250 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9250 Whole course
Scotland £9250 Whole course
Wales £9250 Whole course
Channel Islands £9250 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £9250 Whole course
International £14750 Whole course

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.

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