Assuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, visitors and the wider community is our top priority. So much so, that after an extensive risk assessment process, we’ve made our Kilburn campus ‘COVID-secure’, following advice provided by the UK Government.

We’ve put a series of new measures in place, including social distancing, enhanced cleaning, improved sanitation facilities, special protocols for dealing with on-site sickness and more, and we’re focused on reopening all our facilities as soon as it’s safe to do so.

We’ve also taken on board official UK Government guidance and have published a plan outlining how and when our campus will reopen.

Introducing our four-stage system

Our four-stage system (similar to the Government’s alert system) will define what studying at ICMP will be like for the 2020/21 academic year. The stage that we are at will dictate the availability of facilities and services and also how you can expect your programme to be delivered. We’re currently in ‘Stage 2: Partial Lockdown’ transitioning into 'Stage 3: Controlled Opening', but our intention is to start the new academic year in September at 'Stage 3: Controlled Opening'. 






Teaching & learning

 Support Services

Safety Precautions

Stage 1


Closed to all If UK government guidelines dictate full lockdown. All teaching, learning and assessment is delivered online. All student support services available remotely. Building is closed to all students.

Stage 2

Partial Lockdown

Closed to all but those with special requirements If UK government guidelines dictate partial lockdown. Most teaching and most assessment is delivered online. Specialist facilities, such as studios, are available to students who urgently require them. All student support services available remotely. Enhanced cleaning /Adjustments to buildings (e.g. Perspex screens)/Strict social distancing. No social spaces/Face coverings where social distancing cannot take place.

Stage 3

Controlled Opening
Current stage

Open but on a managed basis. If UK government guidance requires restrictions, but more flexibly than stage 2. Blended delivery, mix of face-to-face and online. Most students are asked to attend only one day per week in person, to minimise travel. Available on site, but we’ll proritise the use of online services and remote meetings where possible. Enhanced cleaning/Adjustments to buildings (e.g. Perspex screens)/Strict social distancing/Normal shared spaces unavailable, but classrooms allocated for downtime between sessions.

Stage 4

Full Opening

Open to all students, but sensible precautions in place. If the majority of restrictions are lifted.


Delivered face to face for most students, but the online resources are still available. Full range of services available. We still prioritise the use of online services where possible. Enhanced cleaning/Adjustments to buildings (e.g. Perspex screens)/Social spaces open.

Our main focus remains the same

Even during these challenging times, please know our main focus remains the same. We’re more committed than ever to providing you with a high-quality, rewarding and enriching educational experience with unmatched access to professional music facilities and state-of-the-art equipment … just now with additional levels of safety.

For further information detailing how we will transition between stages, please read this document: Process for moving between stages

Accommodating individual circumstances

Some students may have individual circumstances that mean they cannot return to on-campus attendance at the same time as others.

This may be due to a long-term health condition that makes you more vulnerable than others, or because you live with a vulnerable relative, or you may be unable to immediately travel or relocate to the UK due to local lockdown or restrictive measures.

If you are considering delaying your physical start or return to ICMP due to the Coronavirus emergency, please complete this form by 1st September 2020. 

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. 

Distance Learning Consideration


ICMP is committed to helping you start your music career with confidence.

The 2020 Student Hub will give you, as a new or returning student to the ICMP family, all the information you need about your student experience in September 2020.

If you have any questions, get in touch with our friendly team by calling us on 020 7328 0222, sending us an email, or using Live Chat on any page.