Since the coronavirus pandemic began, ICMP has been working hard to ensure students are provided with appropriate, high-quality higher education support and guidance. Members of the ICMP staff, tutor and student community have successfully collaborated to instigate remote teaching and learning, giving you the means to continue your course, achieve your goals, graduate, or progress to the next stage of your studies. We’re extremely proud of what our staff and students have achieved so far, and are looking forward to welcoming all our students – both new and continuing – as usual in September.

The prospect of starting the new academic year at university in September may be concerning for many students, particularly given the raised levels of anxiety and worry at this time, but we’re here to set your mind at ease. It’s true, there are many uncertainties – after all, it’s impossible for us to know exactly how or when the ‘lockdown’ will be eased, what social distancing measures will look like in September, or when our international student colleagues will be able to return to London. But we’ve already considered, planned and prepared for a range of scenarios, and have various high-quality and engaging alternative methods of study ready to implement quickly, should the need arise.

So, in the spirit of open engagement, we thought we’d address some of your most pressing questions, with the view to starting a conversation with you. We’re keen to understand what you’re most concerned about, what you expect from us, and how we can provide the choices and opportunities you’re looking for.

Understanding your individual needs

As part of our ‘Confirm your place' process, current students and applicants will receive a survey asking about their needs so we can find out whether they’re financial, academic, equipment-based, wellbeing-related, linked to disability support, or a combination of these. We anticipate you have many questions for us, so we do invite and encourage your feedback.

Current students, please send your queries to our Academic Support team on academic.support@icmp.ac.uk.

New students, please send your queries to our Admissions team on enquiries@icmp.ac.uk in the first instance.

Additional Information

Alongside the information contained on this page, we have also detailed our approach to delivering higher education during the pandemic which was written in consultation with our current student body and provides further detail relating to studying at ICMP during this period.

Current Students

If you require additional support during this period, or moving into the next academic year, please get in touch. We are here to help and support you in whatever capacity we can.

Please contact the Academic Support team (academic.support@icmp.ac.uk) or your Programme Leader in the first instance.

Financial Hardship

If you have any immediate financial needs, you may be able to access funding from our Hardship Fund. Please contact studentwellbeing@icmp.ac.uk to find out more. Alternatively, visit the Hardship Fund page on My.ICMP to start your application.

FAQs - Students

Is ICMP open?

Yes. ICMP is currently open – just in a different way. Our existing students continue to engage with us, most have now completed their work, and those still studying are being properly supported to complete their courses and assessments and achieve their goals.

Students are now able to come on-site and access rehearsal rooms and studios. We have adapted our building to increase everyone's safety and introduced many new procedures to minimise the risk. You can read more about our COVID-secure campus here.

Will ICMP be open in September?

Yes. We’re currently planning for ICMP to be open and operating as normal in September and we’re looking forward to welcoming you then. Depending on future UK Government advice regarding the ever-changing coronavirus pandemic, however, we may be operating in a slightly different way.

To ensure we can adapt quickly to any eventuality, we’ve planned to deliver our full suite of programmes in a range of flexible ways. This will see us ready to meet UK Government advice moving forwards, whatever this might look like. It may be that we’re required to deliver some of our teaching and learning in an online blended model, for example.

Our flexible approach means we’re confident we can operate effectively, providing a safe and professional learning and teaching environment, whether you’re joining us for the first time or continuing your studies. We’ll work with you to find a specific study path that suits your individual situation and circumstances.

Read all about our plans for September here.

Will my whole course be online?

ICMP is a ‘face-to-face’ school based in London, and as soon as the pandemic eases and restrictions are relaxed, we’ll be returning to our normal model of delivery.

To ensure we’ve planned for a number of potential scenarios, though, we’re preparing to deliver your teaching and learning in a range of ways dependent on your circumstances, including:

  • Fully face-to-face, as normal at ICMP.
  • Blended delivery, where some components are provided remotely, and others contain a mixture of content and experiential events provided online with some face-to-face teaching.
  • Full distance learning, where all your study will initially be done remotely for those unable to join us immediately.

Even if you initially have to undertake some or all elements of your study virtually, you won’t undertake the rest of your degree in this way, and we’ll welcome you physically at ICMP as soon as it’s possible and safe to do so.

Further detail, outlining to our approach to delivering higher education during the pandemic, can be read here

If you're eligible and need to delay coming to ICMP, you can fill out this form, before 1st September 2020. We will be in contact with applicants to outline how we will support you to continue to study offsite for an agreed period of time. 

What if social distancing is required?

The team is already planning for this and the building is being modified in readiness. If social distancing and other associated measures are required, it may be necessary to deliver part of each course remotely or in a blended manner to reduce the number of students in the building at any one time. If this occurs, timetables may need to be rearranged, but support will be available to ensure you can learn, develop and progress in your course as normal, and that building access is fair and equitable.

View our 4 Stage Plan to ensure your education isn't disrupted here.

What if my country restricts travel to the UK?

If you’re unable to physically join us for your course, you can commence your studies virtually. The learning pathway will be very similar to face-to-face education, so you can join your classmates with minimal disruption once restrictions have lifted. Where necessary, we’ll provide additional support to enable students to join a course physically at a later date, and will deliver typical student experiences, such as Freshers and other face-to-face activities, later in the year when it becomes possible to do so. This means you won’t miss out on the full experience of being a student!

If you're eligible and need to delay coming to ICMP, you can fill out this form, before 1st September 2020. We will be in contact with applicants to outline how we will support you to continue to study offsite for an agreed period of time. 

What if my personal circumstances stop me from travelling to ICMP in September?

Some students may have individual circumstances that mean they cannot join us for on-campus attendance at the same time as others. This may be due to a long-term health condition, or because you live with a vulnerable relative, or you may be unable to immediately travel or relocate to London due to local lockdown or restrictive measures. 

If you fall into any of these circumstances or have a legitimate reason not to join us in person in September, we can work with you to establish a plan that supports you to commence your studies offsite. In order to do so, we need you to complete our 'Distance Learning' form and submit this before 1st September. 

Once we have collated all of the information, we'll be in contact with each student individually to outline how we'll support you to continue your studies offsite for an agreed period of time. 

What if I’m a tier 4 student?

If you are, or will be, a tier 4 student, please see our dedicated guidance and advice pages. ICMP follows UK Government advice regarding tier 4 students. This is currently being updated as the situation evolves, so please make sure you review this guidance regularly. If you have any concerns or additional questions, please contact our Admissions team for assistance either by email on enquiries@icmp.ac.uk or by phoning +44(0)20 7328 0222.

How will I be assessed?

ICMP student assessments will run as normal. If social distancing restrictions are in place, assessments may look a little different to enable some tasks to be completed remotely. They may be held virtually or at different times, but we guarantee you’ll be properly assessed in line with ICMP’s module and programme learning outcomes and you won’t be disadvantaged.

What learning support can I expect?

We’ll ensure all students have equal access to the support and guidance you need to help you achieve your goals, including those students with disability or disadvantage. If you feel your studies have been affected due to remote learning, we’ll give you access to ‘catch up’ support services so your education can quickly return to normal.

Is financial support available?

We’re working on making a suite of bursaries and financial support packages available to help students who may have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps you’re unable to join us and require some extra help to study in a virtual way, or maybe your health has impacted your studies. We’ll be providing more detail on our support packages in the coming weeks. If you’re a current student, and have any immediate financial needs ,you may be able to access funding from our Hardship Fund. Please contact studentwellbeing@icmp.ac.uk to find out more or visit the Hardship Fund page on My.ICMP to start your application.

How will ICMP support my wellbeing?

We’ve been busy implementing measures to help you keep a check on your personal wellbeing. We’ve also designed an in-depth communications programme informing you of ways to protect your mental health and details of the wellbeing services you have access to as an ICMP student. We look forward to providing further information on this in due course.

Will I have access to ICMP’s studios?

Using our amazing learning resources for rehearsal and practice is undoubtedly important to you, so we’ll be sure to give you flexible access as quickly as the UK Government’s official guidance allows. To make this happen, we may be required to change our delivery models and timetables so social distancing measures can be observed when accessing our facilities.

Will I have access to ICMP’s equipment?

We’re currently supporting students with loans of equipment and resources where we’re able to. Although we don’t usually lend laptops or computers, we’ve made additional funds available so we can an exception to help if you don’t have access to a computer or the internet for your academic work. If you’re a current student, and require this type of support,you may be able to access funding from our Hardship Fund. Please contact studentwellbeing@icmp.ac.uk to find out more or visit the Hardship Fund page on My.ICMP to start your application.

Will I be able to access ICMP’s study resources once lockdown has lifted?

Yes. As long as official UK Government guidance is adhered to, you’ll be able to access all of ICMP’s facilities to study, use the library, practise, record or engage in distance learning activities remotely.

Will I have access to Tech and IT to complete my course work?

We already have the facility to provide flexible distance learning if we have to, but over the summer we will be investing in a significant upgrade of our internet network to make working remotely even easier for our ICMP community. This will be ready before September and will, for example, see a ten-fold increase in bandwidth. ICMP also has a large number of computers and other resources which you’ll be able to access outside of class time as long as you adhere to any social distancing measures that may be required. For students unable to visit ICMP in person, we’ll shortly be sending surveys so we can understand what resources you currently have at your disposal. We will then see how best we can provide additional IT assistance and, if necessary, financial support where it’s needed.

Am I eligible for a course fee refund due to the ICMP building being closed or inaccessible?

Your rights are protected under UK law and our refund policy applies as normal. We’re doing everything we reasonably can to deliver what we have committed to and ensure you can continue your course and achieve your goals regardless of the coronavirus restrictions that have been imposed on us. If you think you haven’t received the right level of service or support from us, we’ll examine your individual situation and make sure we resolve any issues you may have. And if we’re unable to do so, we’ll consider your case under our refund policy.

We subscribe to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA), so if you have already studied with us and feel we haven’t applied our policy fairly and appropriately in your specific case, you can ask them to review our decision. The OIA is completely independent and there’s no charge for you to use this service. 

What if I still have concerns about what ICMP is offering in September?

Your rights are protected under UK law. We’re doing everything we reasonably can to deliver what we have committed to and ensure you can continue your course and achieve your goals regardless of the coronavirus restrictions that have been imposed on us, but we acknowledge that things will be different from what you originally expected when you applied to us. If you think our approach won't work for you, we’ll examine your individual situation and make sure we resolve any issues you may have. And if we’re unable to do so, we will support you to look at other options.

We subscribe to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA), so if you have already studied with us and feel we haven’t applied our policy fairly and appropriately in your specific case, you can ask them to review our decision. The OIA is completely independent and there’s no charge for you to use this service. If you are an applicant who has not yet joined ICMP then unfortunately you are out of scope for the OIA Scheme, but we will still do everything we reasonably can.

Current advice for applicants

For anyone looking to apply to study at ICMP in September, this may seem like a complex time. But please know that our application and audition process is running as normal. The entire ICMP team is working remotely, ready to offer support should you need help applying. 

We've set out answers below to many common questions we're being asked about new applications, but if you still have queries after reading them, please contact us on +44 (0)20 7328 0222 or via email at enquiries@icmp.ac.uk

If you've not booked your ICMP audition yet, you can do so here: 

REQUEST AN AUDITION

FAQs - Applicants

How can I learn more about the ICMP Admissions process and how it's changed?

In short, our admissions process hasn't changed. We're simply working remotely and unable to offer face to face auditions. Our friendly Admissions team remain on hand to give you all the support you need, book your Skype Audition or answer any questions you might have. You can access them via email enquiries@icmp.ac.uk by phone 020 7328 0222 or through our LiveChat below.​

I’d like to audition but am not sure how this will work now

We’ve been auditioning overseas students for many years via various online platforms such as Skype, as such, we’re very familiar with the practicalities of auditioning students remotely.

Our experienced assessors will support you in overcoming any issues you may encounter and ensure you get the most from this experience. Auditions are a crucial part of our application process and one which we don’t compromise on. They are as much for you as they are for us, we need to assess your abilities and understand your aspirations, but you also need to ensure that you feel that ICMP is the right fit for you. We’d advise you to be wary of any schools that do not follow this process.

If you would like more information about booking a remote Audition, please contact our Admissions Team via email enquiries@icmp.ac.uk by phone +44 (0)20 7328 0222 or use our LiveChat function below. You can also book your audition outside of office hours using this form.

My exams have been cancelled, does this impact my application to study at ICMP?

We hugely sympathise with all of you who are now faced with the prospect of your final exams being cancelled.

In the UK, students who were due to sit A level, AS level or GCSE exams this summer will receive a calculated grade. The Department for Education have now confirmed that pupils in England will receive their examination results as planned this summer, with A-level grades published on 13 August, and GCSEs on 20 August.

The calculated grade process will take into account a range of evidence including, for example, non-exam assessment and mock results, and the approach will be standardised between schools and colleges. Full details can be found here.

Please feel assured that this will have no negative impact on your application to study at ICMP. All applications will be assessed on a case by case basis, but this will not put the applicant at a disadvantage.

Whilst we, of course, consider academic ability within our application process, at this point our primary focus is on the audition/interview element of your application when deciding if ICMP is right place for you as a creative musician.

This advice remains the same for all applicants - UK, EU and those outside of Europe.

I'm an EU/Overseas student and concerned that I may not be in a position to move to the UK this September

We understand that this is a very confusing and uncertain time for everyone. However, what is certain is that it isn't permanent and life will return to normal.

Whilst we do not know what the impacts of COVID-19 will be in September, we can assure you that we are preparing for all eventualities. Should the impact on COVID-19 extend to your country beyond our September start date, we will be looking at alternative/online delivery methods. These will be available to you until you're able to come to the UK to start your studies in person. If you are a Tier 4 student, this will have no negative impact on your visa - our Admissions team will guide you through this process.

Eligible EU applicants applying for a Student Loan can continue to submit their applications as normal. Full application info can be found here and don't forget our friendly Finance Team are on hand to answer your questions and support you through the application process. Our Finance team can be reached via finance@icmp.ac.uk or on +44 (0)20 7328 0222.

If you are an overseas student needing to take an English language assessment we will be providing updated advice on this shortly. Please continue with your application as normal and our Admissions Team will support you through this element.

Our Admissions team are available to answer all of your questions via enquiries@icmp.ac.uk, by phone +44 (0)20 7328 0222 or through our LiveChat below.​

If you're eligible and need to delay coming to ICMP, you can fill out this form, before 1st September 2020. We will be in contact with applicants to outline how we will support you to continue to study offsite for an agreed period of time. 

WHAT IF MY PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES STOP ME FROM TRAVELLING TO ICMP IN SEPTEMBER?

Some students, UK and overseas, may have individual circumstances that mean they cannot join us for on-campus lectures at the same time as others. This may be due to a long-term health condition, or because you live with a vulnerable relative, or you may be unable to immediately travel or relocate to London due to local lockdown or restrictive measures. 

If you fall into any of these circumstances, or have a legitimate reason not to join us in person in September, we can work with you to establish a plan that supports you to commence your studies offsite. In order to do so, we need you to complete our 'Distance Learning' form and submit this before 1st September. 

Once we have received your details, we'll be in contact to outline how we will support you to continue your studies offsite for an agreed period of time. 

I've received an unconditional offer. Will this still be honoured for September 2020 enrolment?

While currently, we're unable to tell you when we'll be in a position to reopen the school, we remain in a position where we are very much looking forward to welcoming you in September 2020. While our building remains closed, the ICMP team are all working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our teaching and admissions processes moving forward. The switch from face-to-face to online-delivery happened quickly, but with our track record of delivering education online, this transition proved seamless and our current students are speaking highly of their experiences. This has led us to feel confident that come September, we'll be looking forward to welcoming our next cohort of creative musicians into our community and continuing to deliver a world-class education experience.

My conditional offer is based on achieving specific results in my A-levels. How can I achieve these if they've been cancelled?

Although exams have been cancelled, the UK government in conjunction with OFQUAL, has confirmed that UK students will still be awarded final grades for each qualification they were studying towards. The Department for Education have now confirmed that pupils in England will receive their examination results as planned this summer, with A-level grades published on 13 August.

The calculated grade process will take into account a range of evidence including, for example, non-exam assessment and mock results, and the approach will be standardised between schools and colleges. Full details can be found here.

ICMP will take all of this into consideration when looking at the offer you have to study with us. Each conditional offer will be assessed on an individual basis, but please feel assured this will not put you at a disadvantage.

I was looking forward to attending an ICMP open day, but am now unable to do so. How can I find out more?

We are working on a range of online activities and personalised tours of our facilities to help you get a good feel for why hundreds of students choose to study music at ICMP each year. While we appreciate that this not quite the same as visiting us in person, we’ll still be able to show you around our building and talk you through our facilities.

Visit our Virtual Open Day and request your guided tour today.

What happens if the UK is still in lockdown in September?

Whilst we do not know what the impacts of COVID-19 will be in September, we can assure you that we are preparing for all eventualities. Should the current lockdown extend to (or beyond) our September start date, we will be delivering the start of the semester via our online suite of applications.

We're very much looking forward to our new cohort of students joining in September. Whether online or face-to-face, we're confident that we'll continue to deliver a world-class educational experience, no different to that which has drawn thousands of students to ICMP over the past 30 years.

If you are based outside of the UK, an online delivery mode will be available to you until you're able to come to the UK to start your studies in person. This ensures you connect with your tutors, fellow students and remain on track with your studies. If you are a Tier 4 student, this will have no negative impact on your visa - our Admissions team will guide you through this process.

Further detail, outlining to our approach to delivering higher education during the pandemic, can be read here

What if I still have concerns about what ICMP is offering in September?

Your rights are protected under UK law. We’re doing everything we reasonably can to deliver what we have committed to and ensure you can continue your course and achieve your goals regardless of the coronavirus restrictions that have been imposed on us, but we acknowledge that things will be different from what you originally expected when you applied to us. If you think our approach won't work for you, we’ll examine your individual situation and make sure we resolve any issues you may have. And if we’re unable to do so, we will support you to look at other options.

Join us in September and progress your career in music

Campus Access & Safety

CAN STUDENTS Currently ACCESS THE ICMP BUILDING?

ICMP's facility in Dyne Road remains closed to students in line with current UK Government advice.  When we have a date for reopening the building to students we will communicate this via your student email account in the first instance. Over the past few weeks,  we've undertaken significant work, in preparation for when the building can be reopened, to ensure the safety of students and staff - see below for further detail.  

Whilst our building remains closed, ICMP continues to remain open and fully-functioning – just in a different way. Our existing students continue to engage with us and are being properly supported to complete their courses and assessments and achieve their goals. Our new students are taking auditions, talking to their tutors and undertaking other aspects of the admissions process.

Your Safety

In preparation for reopening to students and staff, we have reconfigured many aspects of our building to ensure our community's safety and safe movement throughout our facilities.

We have now instigated social distancing measures throughout our building, both inside and outside.  Marked-routes now exist to ensure everyone can safely navigate through the building, these must be followed at all times. We've removed furniture and fittings to ensure everyone can adhere to the 2meter distancing where possible throughout the building. We have also assigned individual stairwells for moving up and down through the floors and we also now have separate designated entrance and exit doors. Students will enter through the front of the building, ascending the building using the front stairwell, and then descend and exit using the stairwell and door at the rear of the building.


To increase cleanliness for all students and staff using the building, we have a sanitation station within Reception - please ensure this is used upon entering the building. Additional sanitation stations are now cited on each floor too - all students and staff are encouraged to use these regularly.

Cleaning Procedures

In preparation for reopening to students and staff, our cleaning staff have now intensified their daily procedures, this now includes additional focus on all touch-points and surfaces throughout our building, ensuring these are cleaned with anti-viral disinfectant each morning. Throughout opening hours, additional cleaning will also now take place to ensure touch-points are regularly cleaned.

At ICMP we have an enviable selection of musical equipment and instruments available for students to use onsite. Equipment will continue to remain available to students, but please be assured that every item of equipment will be cleaned following each use.

If you become unwell onsite

When the building re-opens, we ask all those using the site that, should they become unwell whilst onsite, that they report this to staff via the Facilities Desk. This includes any of the known coronavirus symptoms: 

  • temperature/ fever
  • persistent cough
  • vomiting, diarrhoea or loss of taste or smell

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required at all times in classrooms where 1m+ social distancing is to be undertaken.

Elsewhere in the building, face coverings must be worn when moving around the building, in classrooms and elsewhere in the building where two-metre social distancing cannot be maintained.

This is to enhance the protection and safety of staff and students, and we ask for full cooperation with this policy. Should you not be able to use face coverings as a result of personal circumstances, please speak to the Wellbeing Team (if you’re a student) or Head of HR (if you’re a staff member). We kindly ask all staff and students to be respectful of this policy and help us in enforcing it in a sensitive and appropriate way.

General Coronavirus Advice

I FEEL ILL. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms.

Stay at home if you have either:

a high temperature (i.e. you feel hot to touch on your chest or back)
a new, continuous cough (i.e. you've started coughing repeatedly).

Please don’t visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

You don’t need to contact 111 to tell them you have symptoms, but please inform ICMP either via your Programme Leader or Academic Support so we can note your authorised absence, support you by minimising any impact your absence might have on your academic progress, and help you apply for extenuation from any imminent academic deadlines you may have. 

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

you feel you can’t cope with your symptoms at home
your condition gets worse
your symptoms don’t get better after seven days.

Only call 111 if you can’t access the help you need online.

Please ensure you’re registered with your local health services in line with current Public Health England guidance.

THE COVID-19 CRISIS HAS AFFECTED MY WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH. WHO CAN I TALK TO?

The coronavirus pandemic and the constraints of being confined to our homes during lockdown have placed a great strain on many students’ physical and mental wellbeing. During this period, our Student Wellbeing team is on hand to direct you to appropriate support if you’re concerned, stressed, anxious or low. You can also access the reassuring online services of Togetherall at any time. 

It’s important we do all we can to support our friends, peers and colleagues during this time. We encourage you to keep in regular touch with each other, checking in on your friends’ wellbeing, offering help and support, and making allowances for the pressure we’re all facing. Additional advice is available from the NHSWorld Health Organization and music industry sites such as Help Musicians and Music and You.

I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY EDUCATION. WHO SHOULD I ASK?

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19, specifically in relation to education. Parents, carers and students can contact the helpline Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm on 0800 046 8687 or by emailing DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

Have further questions? Just drop us a line...

Our friendly team remain on hand to give you all the support you need and answer any questions you might have. You can access them via email enquiries@icmp.ac.uk by phone +44 (0)20 7328 0222 or through our LiveChat below.​

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