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University of West London

Popular Music and Worship (Nexus ICA)

UCAS Code: WV36

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


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Prospective students will be required to undertake a practical audition to assess musical ability (equivalent to Grade 6 Practical and Grade 5 theory, based on the RockSchool syllabus). If you do not have Grade 5 theory, we have a short music theory entrance exam you can take. You can find sample papers on our website. These exams will be available to take on one of our Open Days or at another suitable time. If you require any support relating to this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Popular music performance

Our aim is to provide students with the knowledge and skills appropriate to a range of career outcomes in the creative arts and Christian ministries. The course interweaves biblical teaching and practical training so that all students progress in their musical capabilities and knowledge and understanding of the Bible as well as in their spiritual development. Students are encouraged to develop their individual creative ability and support this with the development of a high level of technical skill and knowledge.

The course has been designed to give you a comprehensive educational experience. The course provides an in-depth understanding of both popular music performance and the Biblical concepts of worship.
Through expert teaching, you will gain an overview of the Bible and its themes, as well as an exploration into worship and its practical context. Corporate worship sessions, group discussion and practical presentations are used to reflect and review the material, providing you with the opportunity to gain a greater grasp of the concepts being taught. Optional modules are available for those that want to specialise in Church leadership or to prepare for working within the wider area of Christian ministry.

We are dedicated to preparing you for a career that lies beyond your studies. You will explore and develop the many career pathways that are available to Nexus ICA graduates, with sessions dedicated to equipping you for success in a broad range of working environments. Visiting lecturers from a variety of fields bring a level of expertise and insight into how your new-found knowledge and skill can translate into a fulfilling and rewarding career.

This course is designed specifically for creative artists, music practitioners, teachers, worship leaders and those running commercial or Christian music projects who want to gain a recognised qualification while at the same time fulfilling their creative potential. Students have the choice of specialising in bass, drums, guitar, vocals, piano/keys or live sound. The course encourages artists and technicians to develop realistic and attainable personal development goals, maintaining focus on the individual’s aspirations in addition to developing academic skills in research, analysis, problem solving and critical reflection.
We place a high emphasis on providing practical, hands-on contact time for students with our staff. This means that you can receive support and training in a wide range of areas, both on your instrument and in your spiritual understanding. We also consider and work with each student, creating opportunities for further development on an individual basis. Assessments are varied to give each student the opportunity to express themselves in ways appropriate to the course. These include practical assessments, reports and essays, group presentations and research projects. There are many unique experiences for students at Nexus ICA, ranging from getting involved in the putting on of concerts, to participating in world record fundraising events, to working alongside staff in student teams to produce a wide range of work. These activities will train you in how to work as a team, as well as providing opportunities to be challenged alongside your fellow students and staff.

Students leaving Nexus ICA will be equipped with many creative and technical skills as well as spiritual and life skills which can be applied in a variety of ways. Many of our students go on to work in the music industry; either performing, recording or developing careers in the commercial and managerial aspects of the industry. We also have many Nexus ICA graduates who go on to work in full-time Christian ministry. This can be as pastors or worship leaders of churches or as employees within wider Christian organisations.

Modules

Year One
• Foundational Instrument Study
• Further Instrument Study
• Live Performance Workshop
• Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations
• Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History
• Pursuit of Worship 1
Year Two
• Advanced Instrument Study
• Contextual Studies
• Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church
• Popular Music Performance
• Pursuit of Worship 2
Year Three
• Professional Development and Career Planning (Core module)
• Music Performance and Professional Practice (Core module)
• Contemporary Worship Practice (Core module)
• Church History (Optional)
• Church Praxis (Optional)
• Song Writing and Production (Optional)
• Live Events Management (Optional)
• Advanced Recital (Optional)
• Instrumental Teaching and Pedagogy (Optional)

Tuition fees

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England
£6,165
per year
EU
£6,165
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,165
per year
Scotland
£6,165
per year
Wales
£6,165
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Nexus ICA

Department:

London College of Music

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Popular music performance

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
61%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
61%
Male students
39%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Popular music performance

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£15k

£18k

£18k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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