University of West London

Course Introduction

Composition at the London College of Music draws on expertise and inspiration from a wide range of cultural influences. It acknowledges the challenges of the avant'garde and, by contrast, the commercial demands of writing for films, games or advertising. Professor Francis Pott, Head of Composition, is an internationally celebrated composer, known for such masterpieces as The Cloud of Unknowing. The department runs a composers' workshop series, in which you will have the opportunity to meet leading composers. In recent semesters, Michael Finnissy, Judith Weir, Augusta Read Thomas, Simon Holt, Param Vir, Philip Grange, Bryn Harrison and many others have attended these workshops, along with major film composers such as John Cameron, and virtuoso performers demonstrating their instruments. Members of staff include producer/composer Paul Borg and celebrity arranger and producer Pip Williams, who also contribute to the series.

Course Modules

Level 4: Composition (2 core modules) ; music history A: Western (1600 ' 1900); music history B: Western (20th / 21st century) ; general musicianship; tools for understanding music. Level 5: Composition (2 core modules); supporting modules: advanced musicianship; orchestration and arranging; special topic (e.g. classical, jazz, contemporary); music in industry. Level 6: Composition (two core modules); supporting modules: music project (single or double); advanced orchestration and arranging; music education workshop; music management.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BMus (Hons) £9,350  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BMus (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
6 years
Part Time Day or Evening
BMus (Hons) £6,650  Academic year. First year overseas fees
6 years
Part Time Day or Evening
BMus (Hons) £6,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 112-128
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate
  • GCE A-level
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Award
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • OCR Certificate for IT Professionals
  • OCR L3 Certificate in Mathematics for Engineers
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units)
  • OCR Diploma for IT Professionals
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Certificate
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Specialist Award
  • BTEC Level 3 Specialist Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Specialist Extended Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Specialist Diploma