Minimum requirements: Students must have passed at least Five GCSE’s subjects including English Language. We welcome applicants that have studied the arts or performance or hold A Level/BTEC qualifications, or equivalent or relevant industry experience with interest in gospel music. Musical competency evidenced by grade achievement (Grade 6) or equivalent, theory competence at (Grade 5) or equivalent. (Non native English speaking students need to meet our English language requirement of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent).

All applicants will be expected to audition.

The audition will include performance, aural, instrumental technique, sight reading, and Music Theory.

Applicants must demonstrate an appropriate level of instrumental performance skills in order to be eligible for entry onto our programme.


International Students

London is a global capital and a world leader in the the creative industries. We welcome international students from all over the world and place great value on people from different cultures and backgrounds sharing their ideas.

All policy information including our admissions policy is available here. Feel free to contact us if you need any further information.



The principles of how to apply to study with us are the same for all students so in addition to this page, please visit how to apply. Specific guidance for international students is available from the UKVI Website. Most students can complete the online visa application however there are some exceptions.


Visas to study at School of Contemporary Music

The correct study visa for students from outside the EEA is as follows:

Diploma in Music Performance

Certificate in Music Performance

Summer Short Courses: Student Visitor


Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS)

Once you have been through our application process you will receive your offer. Students offered a place are required to register for their course before we can issue a CAS. The CAS allows you to commence your visa application.

Due to changes in government policy, as of 6 April 2015, students applying for leave to enter or remain in the UK under the points system are required to pay an additional Immigration Health Surcharge. Applicants can pay this fee through the dedicated IHS portal. 




There are strict rules regarding attendance for international students. If for any reason you are unable to attend any part of the course or will arrive late for the start, you must inform us in advance.



Sadly, international students at private higher education institutions such as School of Contemporary Music are not permitted to work during their course.


English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Certificate (CEFR) Level B2 English language competence by providing a recent secure English language test (SELT) from an approved test provider. Applicants must achieve at least CEFR level B2 in all four components (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

Secure English Language Tests (SELT) Approved Test Providers


For Secure English Language tests taken from 6th April 2015 onwards, only the following are accepted:

Cambridge English Language Assessment: IELTS for UKVI**

(You must specify this form when you register for your IELTS test. It is now the only version UKVI will accept.)

Trinity College London: Integrated Skills in English II