Popular Music & Worship - Nexus ICA

Nexus ICA has a track record of producing students who are creative, technically skilled, articulate, passionate and employable.

Live Sound

The Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Popular Music and Worship course has been designed to give students comprehensive training, providing a broad understanding of both popular music and the Biblical concept of worship.

Sound engineering classes focus on honing and advancing core technical skills, our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff providing you with everything you need to achieve excellence within your chosen field.

Further to your technical study, there are frequent opportunities for you and your fellow students to perform in our well-equipped concert hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing and performance.

A variety of lectures a week give you 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.

There are also many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Foundational Instrument Study: Live Sound

The first of our instrument study modules, Foundational Instrument Study: Live Sound is designed to secure the foundations needed in order to develop into a well-rounded technician. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to enhance every area of your understanding and prepare you for any environment.

This module is delivered through four sessions per week, in which you will:

  • Develop your understanding of both sound engineering and music theory as well as your ability to apply theory in a practical way.
  • Improve your understanding of the technology used in live events, and set you on the path of continuous learning.
  • Cover a wide variety of different event requirements, giving you the skills and ability to adapt to a variety of engineering situations.
  • Expand your listening skills and widen your musical knowledge with the aim of giving you confidence to express yourself in mixing unfamiliar styles of music.
  • Develop the practical skills required as a sound engineer, including soldering, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of equipment.
  • Understand the role of the sound system as a musical instrument.

In addition there is one weekly Theory class designed to aid in your growing understanding of music theory and its application.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers a comprehensive education in the key aspects of modern sound engineering.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Further Instrument Study: Live Sound

The second of our instrument study modules, Further Instrument Study: Live Sound follows directly on from the previous level 4 module, Foundational Instrument Study. As such this module continues the same structure of class content; four sessions plus one Theory class per week.

The aim of this module is to push you further towards competent technician.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations

The first of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will give you an introduction to the Bible and Christian doctrine and will develop your study, research and practical life skills. The goal of this module is to help you grow in your knowledge of God and to be better equipped to build His kingdom. Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will assist you in grounding your life’s cause on foundations of faith and ever-increasing biblical understanding. You will increase in your understanding of the Old Testament in particular, and understand how these books relate to the whole of scripture.

The module is delivered in three learning environments: lectures, discussion forums and self-directed study. With the help of experienced tutors, you will be supported as you explore contemporary and historical Biblical scholarship.

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations is constructed around four core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History

The second of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History is a module that moves further into the study of the Bible, culminating in a study of the Gospels. Alongside this, Christian doctrine and life skills such as public speaking and communication are studied in greater depth. Themes such as Salvation, Pneumatology, Baptism, Prayer and Communion are also explored.

A significant application of this module comes through the church placement, where you will gain experience and are required to critically reflect on your engagement with one of our local partner churches. The module is designed to reflect our conviction that theology and doctrine equip us for mission and service.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Performance Workshop

The Live Performance Workshop module will develop your confidence as a performer by providing regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and musical environments. Throughout this module you will:

  • Practically apply your pathway instrument study sessions in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succeed.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 1

Pursuit of Worship 1 aims to equip you with the relevant skills and competencies in the area of worship. Through this module you will explore the Biblical themes and principles of worship, taught through lectures, discussions, personal tutorials and self-directed study.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • Pursuit of Worship: Core unpacks the crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback. These sessions examine well-known passages of scripture with an emphasis on their application in your personal life.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Foundations focuses on scriptures and scholarship that relate to our understanding of worship and the relevance of spiritual disciplines when considering the practicalities of worship leading. Primarily delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Applied explores the journey from understanding to response. Themes that have been presented in the Core and Foundations sessions are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A. Highly interactive, you will have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce a relevant, personal understanding.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Vocals

The one-year Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Popular Music and Worship course has been designed to give students comprehensive training, providing a broad understanding of both popular music and the Biblical concept of worship.

Specific instrument classes focus on honing and advancing core musical skills – our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff providing you with everything you need to be a creative and expressive musician.

Further to your instrument study, there are frequent opportunities for you and your fellow students to perform in our well-equipped concert hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing and performance.

A variety of lectures a week give you 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.

There are also many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Foundational Instrument Study: Vocals

The first of our instrument study modules, Foundational Instrument Study: Vocals is designed to secure the foundations every vocalist needs in order to develop into a well-rounded musician. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to enhance every area of your singing and prepare you for any musical environment.

This module is delivered through four sessions per week, you will cover:

  • Styles: Covering a wide variety of different genres, this element gives you the ability and confidence to sing in a variety of musical situations and interact confidently with a band.
  • Technique: Developing your technical ability, transforming your singing, delivering increased accuracy, fluency, range, emotion and dynamic control.
  • Vocal Application: Increases your musicianship by applying your theory and technique to real-life scenarios.
  • Ensemble: Develops your ability to harmonise, create vocal arrangements and perform within an ensemble.

In addition there is one weekly Theory class designed to aid in your growing understanding of music theory and its application.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers a comprehensive education in the key aspects of modern singing.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Further Instrument Study: Vocals

The second of our instrument study modules, Further Instrument Study: Vocals follows directly on from the previous level 4 module, Foundational Instrument Study. As such this module continues the same structure of class content; four sessions plus one Theory class per week.

The aim of this module is to push you further towards the mastery of your voice.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations

The first of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will give you an introduction to the Bible and Christian doctrine and will develop your study, research and practical life skills. The goal of this module is to help you grow in your knowledge of God and to be better equipped to build His kingdom. Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will assist you in grounding your life’s cause on foundations of faith and ever-increasing biblical understanding. You will increase in your understanding of the Old Testament in particular, and understand how these books relate to the whole of scripture.

The module is delivered in three learning environments: lectures, discussion forums and self-directed study. With the help of experienced tutors, you will be supported as you explore contemporary and historical Biblical scholarship.

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations is constructed around four core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History

The second of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History is a module that moves further into the study of the Bible, culminating in a study of the Gospels. Alongside this, Christian doctrine and life skills such as public speaking and communication are studied in greater depth. Themes such as Salvation, Pneumatology, Baptism, Prayer and Communion are also explored.

A significant application of this module comes through the church placement, where you will gain experience and are required to critically reflect on your engagement with one of our local partner churches. The module is designed to reflect our conviction that theology and doctrine equip us for mission and service.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Performance Workshop

The Live Performance Workshop module will develop your confidence as a performer by providing regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and musical environments. Throughout this module you will:

  • Practically apply your pathway instrument study sessions in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succeed.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 1

Pursuit of Worship 1 aims to equip you with the relevant skills and competencies in the area of worship. Through this module you will explore the Biblical themes and principles of worship, taught through lectures, discussions, personal tutorials and self-directed study.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • Pursuit of Worship: Core unpacks the crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback. These sessions examine well-known passages of scripture with an emphasis on their application in your personal life.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Foundations focuses on scriptures and scholarship that relate to our understanding of worship and the relevance of spiritual disciplines when considering the practicalities of worship leading. Primarily delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Applied explores the journey from understanding to response. Themes that have been presented in the Core and Foundations sessions are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A. Highly interactive, you will have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce a relevant, personal understanding.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Piano & Keys

The one-year Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Popular Music and Worship course has been designed to give students comprehensive training, providing a broad understanding of both popular music and the Biblical concept of worship.

Specific instrument classes focus on honing and advancing core musical skills – our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff providing you with everything you need to be a creative and expressive musician.

Further to your instrument study, there are frequent opportunities for you and your fellow students to perform in our well-equipped concert hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing and performance.

A variety of lectures a week give you 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.

There are also many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Foundational Instrument Study: Piano & Keys

The first of our instrument study modules, Foundational Instrument Study: Piano & Keys is designed to secure the foundations every keys player needs in order to develop into a well-rounded musician. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to enhance every area of your playing and prepare you for any musical environment.

This module is delivered through four sessions per week, during which you will cover:

  • Develop your technique to transform your playing with increased accuracy, fluency, expression and speed.
  • Cover a wide variety of different styles, giving you the ability to create a different sound on your instrument and the confidence to play in a variety of musical situations.
  • Develop your understanding of popular music theory, chords, scales and your ability to improvise.
  • Advance the level of independence you have between your hands and discover new methods of creative rhythmic expression on the keyboard.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

In addition there is one weekly Theory class designed to aid in your growing understanding of music theory and its application.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers a comprehensive education in the key aspects of modern playing.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Further Instrument Study: Piano & Keys

The second of our instrument study modules, Further Instrument Study: Piano & Keys follows directly on from the previous level 4 module, Foundational Instrument Study. As such this module continues the same structure of class content; four sessions plus one Theory class per week.

The aim of this module is to push you further towards the mastery of your instrument.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations

The first of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will give you an introduction to the Bible and Christian doctrine and will develop your study, research and practical life skills. The goal of this module is to help you grow in your knowledge of God and to be better equipped to build His kingdom. Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will assist you in grounding your life’s cause on foundations of faith and ever-increasing biblical understanding. You will increase in your understanding of the Old Testament in particular, and understand how these books relate to the whole of scripture.

The module is delivered in three learning environments: lectures, discussion forums and self-directed study. With the help of experienced tutors, you will be supported as you explore contemporary and historical Biblical scholarship.

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations is constructed around four core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History

The second of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History is a module that moves further into the study of the Bible, culminating in a study of the Gospels. Alongside this, Christian doctrine and life skills such as public speaking and communication are studied in greater depth. Themes such as Salvation, Pneumatology, Baptism, Prayer and Communion are also explored.

A significant application of this module comes through the church placement, where you will gain experience and are required to critically reflect on your engagement with one of our local partner churches. The module is designed to reflect our conviction that theology and doctrine equip us for mission and service.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Performance Workshop

The Live Performance Workshop module will develop your confidence as a performer by providing regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and musical environments. Throughout this module you will:

  • Practically apply your pathway instrument study sessions in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succeed.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 1

Pursuit of Worship 1 aims to equip you with the relevant skills and competencies in the area of worship. Through this module you will explore the Biblical themes and principles of worship, taught through lectures, discussions, personal tutorials and self-directed study.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • Pursuit of Worship: Core unpacks the crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback. These sessions examine well-known passages of scripture with an emphasis on their application in your personal life.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Foundations focuses on scriptures and scholarship that relate to our understanding of worship and the relevance of spiritual disciplines when considering the practicalities of worship leading. Primarily delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Applied explores the journey from understanding to response. Themes that have been presented in the Core and Foundations sessions are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A. Highly interactive, you will have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce a relevant, personal understanding.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Guitar

The one-year Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Popular Music and Worship course has been designed to give students comprehensive training, providing a broad understanding of both popular music and the Biblical concept of worship.

Specific instrument classes focus on honing and advancing core musical skills – our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff providing you with everything you need to be a creative and expressive musician.

Further to your instrument study, there are frequent opportunities for you and your fellow students to perform in our well-equipped concert hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing and performance.

A variety of lectures a week give you 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.

There are also many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Foundational Instrument Study: Guitar

The first of our instrument study modules, Foundational Instrument Study: Guitar is designed to secure the foundations every guitarist needs in order to develop into a well-rounded musician. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to enhance every area of your playing and prepare you for any musical environment.

This module is delivered through four sessions per week, during which you will cover:

  • Technique: Ensuring there are as little hindrances to your playing as possible, you will develop your knowledge of the guitar neck through the ‘CAGED’ system as well as develop controlled use of the fretting hand and picking hand using alternate picking.
  • Styles: Being able to effectively re-create different styles and incorporate their key elements into your own playing. From Blues, Motown and Funk through to Rock and Pop you will learn what shapes and characterises each styles.
  • Lead: Developing your ability to improvise and express yourself in a melodic and creative way. You will do this through learning signature solos designed to feed into your own playing. Furthermore you will develop your ability to recognise intervals on the guitar; learn the pentatonic scales; and go through the major scales and their modes.
  • General Musicianship: Effectively using effects and getting the best tone out of your guitar and amplifier, as well as the practicalities of setting up and looking after your own guitar. You will also learn how to set up a basic recording session using industry-standard DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations).

In addition there is one weekly Theory class designed to aid in your growing understanding of music theory and its application.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers a comprehensive education in the key aspects of modern playing.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Further Instrument Study: Guitar

The second of our instrument study modules, Further Instrument Study: Guitar follows directly on from the previous level 4 module, Foundational Instrument Study. As such this module continues the same structure of class content; four sessions plus one Theory class per week.

The aim of this module is to push you further towards the mastery of your instrument.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations

The first of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will give you an introduction to the Bible and Christian doctrine and will develop your study, research and practical life skills. The goal of this module is to help you grow in your knowledge of God and to be better equipped to build His kingdom. Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will assist you in grounding your life’s cause on foundations of faith and ever-increasing biblical understanding. You will increase in your understanding of the Old Testament in particular, and understand how these books relate to the whole of scripture.

The module is delivered in three learning environments: lectures, discussion forums and self-directed study. With the help of experienced tutors, you will be supported as you explore contemporary and historical Biblical scholarship.

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations is constructed around four core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History

The second of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History is a module that moves further into the study of the Bible, culminating in a study of the Gospels. Alongside this, Christian doctrine and life skills such as public speaking and communication are studied in greater depth. Themes such as Salvation, Pneumatology, Baptism, Prayer and Communion are also explored.

A significant application of this module comes through the church placement, where you will gain experience and are required to critically reflect on your engagement with one of our local partner churches. The module is designed to reflect our conviction that theology and doctrine equip us for mission and service.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Performance Workshop

The Live Performance Workshop module will develop your confidence as a performer by providing regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and musical environments. Throughout this module you will:

  • Practically apply your pathway instrument study sessions in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succeed.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 1

Pursuit of Worship 1 aims to equip you with the relevant skills and competencies in the area of worship. Through this module you will explore the Biblical themes and principles of worship, taught through lectures, discussions, personal tutorials and self-directed study.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • Pursuit of Worship: Core unpacks the crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback. These sessions examine well-known passages of scripture with an emphasis on their application in your personal life.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Foundations focuses on scriptures and scholarship that relate to our understanding of worship and the relevance of spiritual disciplines when considering the practicalities of worship leading. Primarily delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Applied explores the journey from understanding to response. Themes that have been presented in the Core and Foundations sessions are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A. Highly interactive, you will have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce a relevant, personal understanding.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Sound

The BA (Hons) Popular Music and Worship degree 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.

Over three years, our world-class teaching staff combine group classes, workshops and one-to-one tutorials in order to transform your sound, lighting and video skills. For the aspiring technician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found skill.

Further to your technical study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your skillset. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

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.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Year One Modules

Foundational Instrument Study: Live Sound

The first of our instrument study modules, Foundational Instrument Study: Live Sound is designed to secure the foundations needed in order to develop into a well-rounded technician. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to enhance every area of your understanding and prepare you for any environment.

This module is delivered through four sessions per week, in which you will:

  • Develop your understanding of both sound engineering and music theory as well as your ability to apply theory in a practical way.
  • Improve your understanding of the technology used in live events, and set you on the path of continuous learning.
  • Cover a wide variety of different event requirements, giving you the skills and ability to adapt to a variety of engineering situations.
  • Expand your listening skills and widen your musical knowledge with the aim of giving you confidence to express yourself in mixing unfamiliar styles of music.
  • Develop the practical skills required as a sound engineer, including soldering, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of equipment.
  • Understand the role of the sound system as a musical instrument.

In addition there is one weekly Theory class designed to aid in your growing understanding of music theory and its application.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers a comprehensive education in the key aspects of modern sound engineering.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Further Instrument Study: Live Sound

The second of our instrument study modules, Further Instrument Study: Live Sound follows directly on from the previous level 4 module, Foundational Instrument Study. As such this module continues the same structure of class content; four sessions plus one Theory class per week.

The aim of this module is to push you further towards competent technician.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations

The first of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will give you an introduction to the Bible and Christian doctrine and will develop your study, research and practical life skills. The goal of this module is to help you grow in your knowledge of God and to be better equipped to build His kingdom. Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will assist you in grounding your life’s cause on foundations of faith and ever-increasing biblical understanding. You will increase in your understanding of the Old Testament in particular, and understand how these books relate to the whole of scripture.

The module is delivered in three learning environments: lectures, discussion forums and self-directed study. With the help of experienced tutors, you will be supported as you explore contemporary and historical Biblical scholarship.

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations is constructed around four core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History

The second of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History is a module that moves further into the study of the Bible, culminating in a study of the Gospels. Alongside this, Christian doctrine and life skills such as public speaking and communication are studied in greater depth. Themes such as Salvation, Pneumatology, Baptism, Prayer and Communion are also explored.

A significant application of this module comes through the church placement, where you will gain experience and are required to critically reflect on your engagement with one of our local partner churches. The module is designed to reflect our conviction that theology and doctrine equip us for mission and service.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Performance Workshop

The Live Performance Workshop module will develop your confidence as a performer by providing regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and musical environments. Throughout this module you will:

  • Practically apply your pathway instrument study sessions in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succeed.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 1

Pursuit of Worship 1 aims to equip you with the relevant skills and competencies in the area of worship. Through this module you will explore the Biblical themes and principles of worship, taught through lectures, discussions, personal tutorials and self-directed study.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • Pursuit of Worship: Core unpacks the crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback. These sessions examine well-known passages of scripture with an emphasis on their application in your personal life.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Foundations focuses on scriptures and scholarship that relate to our understanding of worship and the relevance of spiritual disciplines when considering the practicalities of worship leading. Primarily delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Applied explores the journey from understanding to response. Themes that have been presented in the Core and Foundations sessions are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A. Highly interactive, you will have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce a relevant, personal understanding.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Year Two Modules

Advanced Instrument Study: Live Sound

The final instalment of our instrument study modules, Advanced Instrument Study: Live Sound pushes you to develop your technical skills further and to advance your creativity as a technician. Designed to follow directly on from your study at level 4, through expert tuition you will gain the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your practice and prepare you for almost any environment.

During this module, you will:

  • Expand your knowledge of digital consoles, wireless technology, and loudspeaker systems.
  • Undertake a simple peer assessed studio recording project.
  • Gain an understanding of music theory and it’s practical applications within sound engineering.
  • Advance the level of creative skill that you can apply to mixing sound, designing and operating lighting systems, and designing and deploying video technology.
  • Develop your skills, experience and the confidence required for a variety of different production roles.

Within these areas of study, you will acquire many of the tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative technician. Teaching takes place in small classes, with opportunities for regular one-on-one sessions with instrumental tutors.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church

The final instalment of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church concentrates on Acts, the Epistles and Revelation, completing the Bible overview begun in Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations you studied at level 4.

You will develop a deeper understanding of biblical and Church history, scriptural structures and core Christian theology. You will also develop transferable core academic, leadership and vocational skills. This module will afford opportunities through set assignments to gain further ability and confidence in group work, planning, communication, presentation and project management.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module provides you with a platform to conduct enquiry-based learning into any of the various practical and social contexts within which the wider subject area of popular music and worship resides.

This could include elements such as:

  • Popular music history
  • Faith and popular music
  • Worship and church history
  • Popular music and society
  • Popular music and politics

This module will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your awareness and understanding of the relevant literature as well as develop critical thinking skills within a subject area that is of particular interest to you.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Popular Music Performance

Building directly on from Live Performance Workshop at level 4, Popular Music Performance gives you the opportunity to develop individual and collaborative creativity within a wider range of performance contexts. Through this module you will explore broader elements of music performance such as lighting, visuals elements and music technology.

This module includes larger and more challenging creative projects in order to further develop your confidence as a performer.  You will grow in your ability to manage your learning, creative writing, collaborative and time management skills.

Level 5 – 40 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 2

Pursuit of Worship 2 examines responses in worship from a biblical perspective with a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply these skills, particularly in a personal and wider cultural and corporate level. Building on the skills and competencies your gained at level 4, this module enables you to continue developing your understanding of worship and worship leading.

You will be able to draw from a wide range of scholarship as you form a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Year Three Modules

Compulsory

Music Performance and Professional Practice

Through this module you will consolidate all the skills and experience gained in your first two years of live performance study. With supporting lectures and workshops you will develop, learn and apply the broader skills that are required within the arena of music performance.

As well as stretching your ability and creativity as a performer, the module will cover essential skills needed to succeed in the professional world.  Sessions will consider promotions and branding, budgeting, music history and appreciation, social media and much more, culminating in a final band performance at an external venue of your choice.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Professional Development and Career Planning

The Professional Development and Career Planning module focusses on how t take the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the entire course and apply it to the world of employment. Covering a wide range of skills and competencies pertinent to portfolio careers, traditional employment and more, you will learn to prepare for employment or self-employment within the creative industries, the faith arena and beyond.

You will also learn how best to apply and communicate your skills to the varying career aspirations you have and will create a portfolio of employment focused tools to aid in your post-study journey. The module includes sessions delivered by visiting professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as practical workshops and real-world, situated learning.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Contemporary Worship Practice

Throughout Contemporary Worship Practice you will explore the relationship between music, theology and worship. You will begin by studying foundational issues such as the essence of music and the interaction between music and theology, before moving on to more specific issues of applying music in a local church setting.

This module will also involve the analysis of existing worship songs, as well as the opportunity to write new ones. You will build on all that you have experienced in your time at Nexus ICA and will have the opportunity to practically outwork much of what has been taught over your three years of study.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Optional

Advanced Recital

The Advanced Recital module provides the opportunity for those who see themselves pursuing a career in the area of music performance or within the wider field of the performing arts. With the support of an assigned tutor you will receive tailored instrumental coaching to prepare for an advanced music recital. Alongside your performance, you will develop programme notes, requiring you to consider your repertoire carefully and contextualise this within a thirty-minute set.

This module will provide the perfect vehicle to hone your technical skills and musicality through the performance of challenging repertoire, whilst seeking to further develop and establish your sound and persona as a musician.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Song Writing and Production

Through the Song Writing and Production module you will discover how to build from simple composition, used as a form of personal expression to a well tuned craft, developing a foundation to creating great quality songs. In semester one, the focus will be on creating the right song content and communicating that most effectively. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops you will learn the practical skills of lyric writing, song form, melody and harmony as well as arrangement.

In semester two, the focus will shift to how best to capture a song’s emotion, feel and message through the way we understand the production process. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops, you will learn the practical skills of appropriate DAW platforms, how to create the most effective atmosphere when working with musicians as well as creative production approaches. The module includes sessions delivered by our in-house tutors as well as visiting experts.

Places are limited on this module.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Live Events Management

In this stand-alone third year module, you will learn the principles and practices of managing live events. Live Events Management is designed to take your experience of performing and operating events and develop it to a professional competence, building on two years of previous involvement in Nexus ICA events.

As a learning live events manager, you are required to be involved in a number of internal and external real-world events. This will develop transferable leadership and vocational skills in addition to project management, strategic thinking and problem solving. The Live Events Management module will also consider the environmental and social impacts of the industry, marketing and sponsorship, stakeholder management and wider issues such as globalisation and politics.

Level 6 – 20 Credits.

Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy

The Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy module has been designed for those students who see a possible career in music education. You will be equipped with an understanding of the key aspects of music pedagogy from an instrumental teaching perspective, focusing on how this shapes your lesson delivery and curriculum. You will also study the psychology of learning, the philosophies of teaching, and how to set up and run a successful, self-employed teaching practice.

A key part of this module is the requirement to practically engage in instrumental teaching, helping you ground your new-found theoretical knowledge within real-life teaching scenarios.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Church Praxis

The Church Praxis module is designed for anyone who feels called to church leadership, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. You will study the key doctrines and principles that underpin Christian ministry, as well as learn from experienced church leaders who will reflect on their ministries.

The module content will also be applicable for those who feel called to positions of leadership in business, industry and education. Alongside theological training, the challenges of church leadership and cross-cultural engagement in the 21st century will be addressed. Church Praxis has been designed to educate and equip future pastors, worship leaders, youth and children’s workers, evangelists and those with a heart for social action.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Church History

The Church History module will give you an in-depth introduction to the history of the church. You will cover some of the significant themes, events and personalities that have shaped the church throughout history. This module will be suited to everyone, from those who have already studied widely to those who have no prior knowledge. The Church History module will engage with some of the most important phases of church history, including the Early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the emergence of the Pentecostal movement.

This module will help to give you a deeper understanding of theological issues, and will allow you to engage with and learn from significant characters. As well as learning about the development of the Christian faith, you will be equipped to apply this knowledge to understanding issues facing the church today. The module will develop critical academic and vocational skills, suitable for those who are interested in careers such post-graduate study, church ministry, and teaching. It is just as useful for those who have always been curious about the Christian faith has progressed through the centuries.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Vocals

The BA (Hons) Popular Music and Worship degree 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.

Over three years, our world-class teaching staff combine specific instrument classes and one-to-one tutorials in order to transform your musical ability. For the aspiring musician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found technical skill.

Further to your instrument study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

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.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

 

Year One Modules

Foundational Instrument Study: Vocals

The first of our instrument study modules, Foundational Instrument Study: Vocals is designed to secure the foundations every vocalist needs in order to develop into a well-rounded musician. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to enhance every area of your singing and prepare you for any musical environment.

This module is delivered through four sessions per week, you will cover:

  • Styles: Covering a wide variety of different genres, this element gives you the ability and confidence to sing in a variety of musical situations and interact confidently with a band.
  • Technique: Developing your technical ability, transforming your singing, delivering increased accuracy, fluency, range, emotion and dynamic control.
  • Vocal Application: Increases your musicianship by applying your theory and technique to real-life scenarios.
  • Ensemble: Develops your ability to harmonise, create vocal arrangements and perform within an ensemble.

In addition there is one weekly Theory class designed to aid in your growing understanding of music theory and its application.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers a comprehensive education in the key aspects of modern singing.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Further Instrument Study: Vocals

The second of our instrument study modules, Further Instrument Study: Vocals follows directly on from the previous level 4 module, Foundational Instrument Study. As such this module continues the same structure of class content; four sessions plus one Theory class per week.

The aim of this module is to push you further towards the mastery of your voice.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations

The first of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will give you an introduction to the Bible and Christian doctrine and will develop your study, research and practical life skills. The goal of this module is to help you grow in your knowledge of God and to be better equipped to build His kingdom. Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will assist you in grounding your life’s cause on foundations of faith and ever-increasing biblical understanding. You will increase in your understanding of the Old Testament in particular, and understand how these books relate to the whole of scripture.

The module is delivered in three learning environments: lectures, discussion forums and self-directed study. With the help of experienced tutors, you will be supported as you explore contemporary and historical Biblical scholarship.

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations is constructed around four core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History

The second of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History is a module that moves further into the study of the Bible, culminating in a study of the Gospels. Alongside this, Christian doctrine and life skills such as public speaking and communication are studied in greater depth. Themes such as Salvation, Pneumatology, Baptism, Prayer and Communion are also explored.

A significant application of this module comes through the church placement, where you will gain experience and are required to critically reflect on your engagement with one of our local partner churches. The module is designed to reflect our conviction that theology and doctrine equip us for mission and service.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Performance Workshop

The Live Performance Workshop module will develop your confidence as a performer by providing regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and musical environments. Throughout this module you will:

  • Practically apply your pathway instrument study sessions in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succeed.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 1

Pursuit of Worship 1 aims to equip you with the relevant skills and competencies in the area of worship. Through this module you will explore the Biblical themes and principles of worship, taught through lectures, discussions, personal tutorials and self-directed study.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • Pursuit of Worship: Core unpacks the crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback. These sessions examine well-known passages of scripture with an emphasis on their application in your personal life.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Foundations focuses on scriptures and scholarship that relate to our understanding of worship and the relevance of spiritual disciplines when considering the practicalities of worship leading. Primarily delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Applied explores the journey from understanding to response. Themes that have been presented in the Core and Foundations sessions are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A. Highly interactive, you will have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce a relevant, personal understanding.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Year Two Modules

Advanced Instrument Study: Vocals

The final instalment of our instrument study modules, Advanced Instrument Study: Vocals pushes you to develop your technical skills further and to advance your creativity. Designed to follow directly on from your study at level 4, through expert tuition you will gain the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your playing and prepare you for almost any musical environment.

Two instrument classes are taught each week, through which you will cover:

  • Advanced Technique: Taking a look at advanced vocal techniques including: Looping; Modes; Belting; and Advanced Performance Study will progress your vocal ability and creativity to the next level.
  • Advanced Musicianship: Preparing you for industry relevant scenarios with session in: Studio Singing; Advanced Harmony; Interpretation; and Improvisation.

Within these areas of study, you will acquire many of the tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative musician. Teaching takes place in small classes, with opportunities for regular one-on-one sessions with instrumental tutors.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church

The final instalment of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church concentrates on Acts, the Epistles and Revelation, completing the Bible overview begun in Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations you studied at level 4.

You will develop a deeper understanding of biblical and Church history, scriptural structures and core Christian theology. You will also develop transferable core academic, leadership and vocational skills. This module will afford opportunities through set assignments to gain further ability and confidence in group work, planning, communication, presentation and project management.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module provides you with a platform to conduct enquiry-based learning into any of the various practical and social contexts within which the wider subject area of popular music and worship resides.

This could include elements such as:

  • Popular music history
  • Faith and popular music
  • Worship and church history
  • Popular music and society
  • Popular music and politics

This module will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your awareness and understanding of the relevant literature as well as develop critical thinking skills within a subject area that is of particular interest to you.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Popular Music Performance

Building directly on from Live Performance Workshop at level 4, Popular Music Performance gives you the opportunity to develop individual and collaborative creativity within a wider range of performance contexts. Through this module you will explore broader elements of music performance such as lighting, visuals elements and music technology.

This module includes larger and more challenging creative projects in order to further develop your confidence as a performer.  You will grow in your ability to manage your learning, creative writing, collaborative and time management skills.

Level 5 – 40 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 2

Pursuit of Worship 2 examines responses in worship from a biblical perspective with a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply these skills, particularly in a personal and wider cultural and corporate level. Building on the skills and competencies your gained at level 4, this module enables you to continue developing your understanding of worship and worship leading.

You will be able to draw from a wide range of scholarship as you form a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Year Three Modules

Compulsory

Music Performance and Professional Practice

Through this module you will consolidate all the skills and experience gained in your first two years of live performance study. With supporting lectures and workshops you will develop, learn and apply the broader skills that are required within the arena of music performance.

As well as stretching your ability and creativity as a performer, the module will cover essential skills needed to succeed in the professional world.  Sessions will consider promotions and branding, budgeting, music history and appreciation, social media and much more, culminating in a final band performance at an external venue of your choice.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Professional Development and Career Planning

The Professional Development and Career Planning module focusses on how t take the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the entire course and apply it to the world of employment. Covering a wide range of skills and competencies pertinent to portfolio careers, traditional employment and more, you will learn to prepare for employment or self-employment within the creative industries, the faith arena and beyond.

You will also learn how best to apply and communicate your skills to the varying career aspirations you have and will create a portfolio of employment focused tools to aid in your post-study journey. The module includes sessions delivered by visiting professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as practical workshops and real-world, situated learning.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Contemporary Worship Practice

Throughout Contemporary Worship Practice you will explore the relationship between music, theology and worship. You will begin by studying foundational issues such as the essence of music and the interaction between music and theology, before moving on to more specific issues of applying music in a local church setting.

This module will also involve the analysis of existing worship songs, as well as the opportunity to write new ones. You will build on all that you have experienced in your time at Nexus ICA and will have the opportunity to practically outwork much of what has been taught over your three years of study.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Optional

Advanced Recital

The Advanced Recital module provides the opportunity for those who see themselves pursuing a career in the area of music performance or within the wider field of the performing arts. With the support of an assigned tutor you will receive tailored instrumental coaching to prepare for an advanced music recital. Alongside your performance, you will develop programme notes, requiring you to consider your repertoire carefully and contextualise this within a thirty-minute set.

This module will provide the perfect vehicle to hone your technical skills and musicality through the performance of challenging repertoire, whilst seeking to further develop and establish your sound and persona as a musician.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Song Writing and Production

Through the Song Writing and Production module you will discover how to build from simple composition, used as a form of personal expression to a well tuned craft, developing a foundation to creating great quality songs. In semester one, the focus will be on creating the right song content and communicating that most effectively. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops you will learn the practical skills of lyric writing, song form, melody and harmony as well as arrangement.

In semester two, the focus will shift to how best to capture a song’s emotion, feel and message through the way we understand the production process. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops, you will learn the practical skills of appropriate DAW platforms, how to create the most effective atmosphere when working with musicians as well as creative production approaches. The module includes sessions delivered by our in-house tutors as well as visiting experts.

Places are limited on this module.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Live Events Management

In this stand-alone third year module, you will learn the principles and practices of managing live events. Live Events Management is designed to take your experience of performing and operating events and develop it to a professional competence, building on two years of previous involvement in Nexus ICA events.

As a learning live events manager, you are required to be involved in a number of internal and external real-world events. This will develop transferable leadership and vocational skills in addition to project management, strategic thinking and problem solving. The Live Events Management module will also consider the environmental and social impacts of the industry, marketing and sponsorship, stakeholder management and wider issues such as globalisation and politics.

Level 6 – 20 Credits.

Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy

The Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy module has been designed for those students who see a possible career in music education. You will be equipped with an understanding of the key aspects of music pedagogy from an instrumental teaching perspective, focusing on how this shapes your lesson delivery and curriculum. You will also study the psychology of learning, the philosophies of teaching, and how to set up and run a successful, self-employed teaching practice.

A key part of this module is the requirement to practically engage in instrumental teaching, helping you ground your new-found theoretical knowledge within real-life teaching scenarios.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Church Praxis

The Church Praxis module is designed for anyone who feels called to church leadership, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. You will study the key doctrines and principles that underpin Christian ministry, as well as learn from experienced church leaders who will reflect on their ministries.

The module content will also be applicable for those who feel called to positions of leadership in business, industry and education. Alongside theological training, the challenges of church leadership and cross-cultural engagement in the 21st century will be addressed. Church Praxis has been designed to educate and equip future pastors, worship leaders, youth and children’s workers, evangelists and those with a heart for social action.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Church History

The Church History module will give you an in-depth introduction to the history of the church. You will cover some of the significant themes, events and personalities that have shaped the church throughout history. This module will be suited to everyone, from those who have already studied widely to those who have no prior knowledge. The Church History module will engage with some of the most important phases of church history, including the Early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the emergence of the Pentecostal movement.

This module will help to give you a deeper understanding of theological issues, and will allow you to engage with and learn from significant characters. As well as learning about the development of the Christian faith, you will be equipped to apply this knowledge to understanding issues facing the church today. The module will develop critical academic and vocational skills, suitable for those who are interested in careers such post-graduate study, church ministry, and teaching. It is just as useful for those who have always been curious about the Christian faith has progressed through the centuries.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Piano & Keys

The BA (Hons) Popular Music and Worship degree 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.

Over three years, our world-class teaching staff combine specific instrument classes and one-to-one tutorials in order to transform your musical ability. For the aspiring musician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found technical skill.

Further to your instrument study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

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.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

 

Year One Modules

Foundational Instrument Study: Piano & Keys

The first of our instrument study modules, Foundational Instrument Study: Piano & Keys is designed to secure the foundations every keys player needs in order to develop into a well-rounded musician. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to enhance every area of your playing and prepare you for any musical environment.

This module is delivered through four sessions per week, during which you will cover:

  • Develop your technique to transform your playing with increased accuracy, fluency, expression and speed.
  • Cover a wide variety of different styles, giving you the ability to create a different sound on your instrument and the confidence to play in a variety of musical situations.
  • Develop your understanding of popular music theory, chords, scales and your ability to improvise.
  • Advance the level of independence you have between your hands and discover new methods of creative rhythmic expression on the keyboard.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

In addition there is one weekly Theory class designed to aid in your growing understanding of music theory and its application.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers a comprehensive education in the key aspects of modern playing.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Further Instrument Study: Piano & Keys

The second of our instrument study modules, Further Instrument Study: Piano & Keys follows directly on from the previous level 4 module, Foundational Instrument Study. As such this module continues the same structure of class content; four sessions plus one Theory class per week.

The aim of this module is to push you further towards the mastery of your instrument.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations

The first of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will give you an introduction to the Bible and Christian doctrine and will develop your study, research and practical life skills. The goal of this module is to help you grow in your knowledge of God and to be better equipped to build His kingdom. Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will assist you in grounding your life’s cause on foundations of faith and ever-increasing biblical understanding. You will increase in your understanding of the Old Testament in particular, and understand how these books relate to the whole of scripture.

The module is delivered in three learning environments: lectures, discussion forums and self-directed study. With the help of experienced tutors, you will be supported as you explore contemporary and historical Biblical scholarship.

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations is constructed around four core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History

The second of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History is a module that moves further into the study of the Bible, culminating in a study of the Gospels. Alongside this, Christian doctrine and life skills such as public speaking and communication are studied in greater depth. Themes such as Salvation, Pneumatology, Baptism, Prayer and Communion are also explored.

A significant application of this module comes through the church placement, where you will gain experience and are required to critically reflect on your engagement with one of our local partner churches. The module is designed to reflect our conviction that theology and doctrine equip us for mission and service.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Performance Workshop

The Live Performance Workshop module will develop your confidence as a performer by providing regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and musical environments. Throughout this module you will:

  • Practically apply your pathway instrument study sessions in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succeed.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 1

Pursuit of Worship 1 aims to equip you with the relevant skills and competencies in the area of worship. Through this module you will explore the Biblical themes and principles of worship, taught through lectures, discussions, personal tutorials and self-directed study.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • Pursuit of Worship: Core unpacks the crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback. These sessions examine well-known passages of scripture with an emphasis on their application in your personal life.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Foundations focuses on scriptures and scholarship that relate to our understanding of worship and the relevance of spiritual disciplines when considering the practicalities of worship leading. Primarily delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Applied explores the journey from understanding to response. Themes that have been presented in the Core and Foundations sessions are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A. Highly interactive, you will have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce a relevant, personal understanding.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Year Two Modules

Advanced Instrument Study: Piano & Keys

The final instalment of our instrument study modules, Advanced Instrument Study: Piano & Keys will push you to develop further and more advanced musical and technical skills with a strong emphasis placed on project work as well as musical and creative application of new skills learned within scheduled lessons. Designed to follow directly on from your study at level 4, through expert tuition you will gain the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your playing and prepare you for almost any musical environment.

You will also take greater control and responsibility over their learning and progression and demonstrate a deeper level of reflective practice.

Within these areas of study, you will acquire many of the tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative musician. Teaching takes place in small classes, with opportunities for regular one-on-one sessions with instrumental tutors.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church

The final instalment of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church concentrates on Acts, the Epistles and Revelation, completing the Bible overview begun in Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations you studied at level 4.

You will develop a deeper understanding of biblical and Church history, scriptural structures and core Christian theology. You will also develop transferable core academic, leadership and vocational skills. This module will afford opportunities through set assignments to gain further ability and confidence in group work, planning, communication, presentation and project management.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module provides you with a platform to conduct enquiry-based learning into any of the various practical and social contexts within which the wider subject area of popular music and worship resides.

This could include elements such as:

  • Popular music history
  • Faith and popular music
  • Worship and church history
  • Popular music and society
  • Popular music and politics

This module will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your awareness and understanding of the relevant literature as well as develop critical thinking skills within a subject area that is of particular interest to you.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Popular Music Performance

Building directly on from Live Performance Workshop at level 4, Popular Music Performance gives you the opportunity to develop individual and collaborative creativity within a wider range of performance contexts. Through this module you will explore broader elements of music performance such as lighting, visuals elements and music technology.

This module includes larger and more challenging creative projects in order to further develop your confidence as a performer.  You will grow in your ability to manage your learning, creative writing, collaborative and time management skills.

Level 5 – 40 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 2

Pursuit of Worship 2 examines responses in worship from a biblical perspective with a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply these skills, particularly in a personal and wider cultural and corporate level. Building on the skills and competencies your gained at level 4, this module enables you to continue developing your understanding of worship and worship leading.

You will be able to draw from a wide range of scholarship as you form a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Year Three Modules

Compulsory

Music Performance and Professional Practice

Through this module you will consolidate all the skills and experience gained in your first two years of live performance study. With supporting lectures and workshops you will develop, learn and apply the broader skills that are required within the arena of music performance.

As well as stretching your ability and creativity as a performer, the module will cover essential skills needed to succeed in the professional world.  Sessions will consider promotions and branding, budgeting, music history and appreciation, social media and much more, culminating in a final band performance at an external venue of your choice.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Professional Development and Career Planning

The Professional Development and Career Planning module focusses on how t take the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the entire course and apply it to the world of employment. Covering a wide range of skills and competencies pertinent to portfolio careers, traditional employment and more, you will learn to prepare for employment or self-employment within the creative industries, the faith arena and beyond.

You will also learn how best to apply and communicate your skills to the varying career aspirations you have and will create a portfolio of employment focused tools to aid in your post-study journey. The module includes sessions delivered by visiting professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as practical workshops and real-world, situated learning.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Contemporary Worship Practice

Throughout Contemporary Worship Practice you will explore the relationship between music, theology and worship. You will begin by studying foundational issues such as the essence of music and the interaction between music and theology, before moving on to more specific issues of applying music in a local church setting.

This module will also involve the analysis of existing worship songs, as well as the opportunity to write new ones. You will build on all that you have experienced in your time at Nexus ICA and will have the opportunity to practically outwork much of what has been taught over your three years of study.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Optional

Advanced Recital

The Advanced Recital module provides the opportunity for those who see themselves pursuing a career in the area of music performance or within the wider field of the performing arts. With the support of an assigned tutor you will receive tailored instrumental coaching to prepare for an advanced music recital. Alongside your performance, you will develop programme notes, requiring you to consider your repertoire carefully and contextualise this within a thirty-minute set.

This module will provide the perfect vehicle to hone your technical skills and musicality through the performance of challenging repertoire, whilst seeking to further develop and establish your sound and persona as a musician.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Song Writing and Production

Through the Song Writing and Production module you will discover how to build from simple composition, used as a form of personal expression to a well tuned craft, developing a foundation to creating great quality songs. In semester one, the focus will be on creating the right song content and communicating that most effectively. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops you will learn the practical skills of lyric writing, song form, melody and harmony as well as arrangement.

In semester two, the focus will shift to how best to capture a song’s emotion, feel and message through the way we understand the production process. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops, you will learn the practical skills of appropriate DAW platforms, how to create the most effective atmosphere when working with musicians as well as creative production approaches. The module includes sessions delivered by our in-house tutors as well as visiting experts.

Places are limited on this module.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Live Events Management

In this stand-alone third year module, you will learn the principles and practices of managing live events. Live Events Management is designed to take your experience of performing and operating events and develop it to a professional competence, building on two years of previous involvement in Nexus ICA events.

As a learning live events manager, you are required to be involved in a number of internal and external real-world events. This will develop transferable leadership and vocational skills in addition to project management, strategic thinking and problem solving. The Live Events Management module will also consider the environmental and social impacts of the industry, marketing and sponsorship, stakeholder management and wider issues such as globalisation and politics.

Level 6 – 20 Credits.

Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy

The Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy module has been designed for those students who see a possible career in music education. You will be equipped with an understanding of the key aspects of music pedagogy from an instrumental teaching perspective, focusing on how this shapes your lesson delivery and curriculum. You will also study the psychology of learning, the philosophies of teaching, and how to set up and run a successful, self-employed teaching practice.

A key part of this module is the requirement to practically engage in instrumental teaching, helping you ground your new-found theoretical knowledge within real-life teaching scenarios.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Church Praxis

The Church Praxis module is designed for anyone who feels called to church leadership, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. You will study the key doctrines and principles that underpin Christian ministry, as well as learn from experienced church leaders who will reflect on their ministries.

The module content will also be applicable for those who feel called to positions of leadership in business, industry and education. Alongside theological training, the challenges of church leadership and cross-cultural engagement in the 21st century will be addressed. Church Praxis has been designed to educate and equip future pastors, worship leaders, youth and children’s workers, evangelists and those with a heart for social action.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Church History

The Church History module will give you an in-depth introduction to the history of the church. You will cover some of the significant themes, events and personalities that have shaped the church throughout history. This module will be suited to everyone, from those who have already studied widely to those who have no prior knowledge. The Church History module will engage with some of the most important phases of church history, including the Early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the emergence of the Pentecostal movement.

This module will help to give you a deeper understanding of theological issues, and will allow you to engage with and learn from significant characters. As well as learning about the development of the Christian faith, you will be equipped to apply this knowledge to understanding issues facing the church today. The module will develop critical academic and vocational skills, suitable for those who are interested in careers such post-graduate study, church ministry, and teaching. It is just as useful for those who have always been curious about the Christian faith has progressed through the centuries.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Guitar

The BA (Hons) Popular Music and Worship degree 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.

Over three years, our world-class teaching staff combine specific instrument classes and one-to-one tutorials in order to transform your musical ability. For the aspiring musician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found technical skill.

Further to your instrument study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

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.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

 

Year One Modules

Foundational Instrument Study: Guitar

The first of our instrument study modules, Foundational Instrument Study: Guitar is designed to secure the foundations every guitarist needs in order to develop into a well-rounded musician. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to enhance every area of your playing and prepare you for any musical environment.

This module is delivered through four sessions per week, during which you will cover:

  • Technique: Ensuring there are as little hindrances to your playing as possible, you will develop your knowledge of the guitar neck through the ‘CAGED’ system as well as develop controlled use of the fretting hand and picking hand using alternate picking.
  • Styles: Being able to effectively re-create different styles and incorporate their key elements into your own playing. From Blues, Motown and Funk through to Rock and Pop you will learn what shapes and characterises each styles.
  • Lead: Developing your ability to improvise and express yourself in a melodic and creative way. You will do this through learning signature solos designed to feed into your own playing. Furthermore you will develop your ability to recognise intervals on the guitar; learn the pentatonic scales; and go through the major scales and their modes.
  • General Musicianship: Effectively using effects and getting the best tone out of your guitar and amplifier, as well as the practicalities of setting up and looking after your own guitar. You will also learn how to set up a basic recording session using industry-standard DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstations).

In addition there is one weekly Theory class designed to aid in your growing understanding of music theory and its application.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers a comprehensive education in the key aspects of modern playing.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Further Instrument Study: Guitar

The second of our instrument study modules, Further Instrument Study: Guitar follows directly on from the previous level 4 module, Foundational Instrument Study. As such this module continues the same structure of class content; four sessions plus one Theory class per week.

The aim of this module is to push you further towards the mastery of your instrument.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations

The first of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will give you an introduction to the Bible and Christian doctrine and will develop your study, research and practical life skills. The goal of this module is to help you grow in your knowledge of God and to be better equipped to build His kingdom. Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will assist you in grounding your life’s cause on foundations of faith and ever-increasing biblical understanding. You will increase in your understanding of the Old Testament in particular, and understand how these books relate to the whole of scripture.

The module is delivered in three learning environments: lectures, discussion forums and self-directed study. With the help of experienced tutors, you will be supported as you explore contemporary and historical Biblical scholarship.

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations is constructed around four core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History

The second of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History is a module that moves further into the study of the Bible, culminating in a study of the Gospels. Alongside this, Christian doctrine and life skills such as public speaking and communication are studied in greater depth. Themes such as Salvation, Pneumatology, Baptism, Prayer and Communion are also explored.

A significant application of this module comes through the church placement, where you will gain experience and are required to critically reflect on your engagement with one of our local partner churches. The module is designed to reflect our conviction that theology and doctrine equip us for mission and service.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Performance Workshop

The Live Performance Workshop module will develop your confidence as a performer by providing regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and musical environments. Throughout this module you will:

  • Practically apply your pathway instrument study sessions in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succeed.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 1

Pursuit of Worship 1 aims to equip you with the relevant skills and competencies in the area of worship. Through this module you will explore the Biblical themes and principles of worship, taught through lectures, discussions, personal tutorials and self-directed study.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • Pursuit of Worship: Core unpacks the crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback. These sessions examine well-known passages of scripture with an emphasis on their application in your personal life.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Foundations focuses on scriptures and scholarship that relate to our understanding of worship and the relevance of spiritual disciplines when considering the practicalities of worship leading. Primarily delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Applied explores the journey from understanding to response. Themes that have been presented in the Core and Foundations sessions are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A. Highly interactive, you will have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce a relevant, personal understanding.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Year Two Modules

Advanced Instrument Study: Guitar

The final instalment of our instrument study modules, Advanced Instrument Study: Guitar gives you the opportunity to further enhance your playing as an experienced guitarist. Building upon the knowledge obtained in previous level 4 modules, sessions focus on taking current areas of competency and improving them to a high standard.

Two instrument classes are taught each week, through which you will:

  • Refine your technique, developing your ability to play with speed and control.
  • Continue to learn a variety of musical styles in an authentic manner, giving you the ability and confidence to play in a variety of musical situations.
  • Improve your understanding of harmony and your ability to improvise.
  • Continue to explore advanced lead techniques, opening up your playing to greater levels of creative expression.
  • Gain the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

Within these areas of study, you will acquire many of the tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative musician. Teaching takes place in small classes, with opportunities for regular one-on-one sessions with instrumental tutors.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church

The final instalment of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church concentrates on Acts, the Epistles and Revelation, completing the Bible overview begun in Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations you studied at level 4.

You will develop a deeper understanding of biblical and Church history, scriptural structures and core Christian theology. You will also develop transferable core academic, leadership and vocational skills. This module will afford opportunities through set assignments to gain further ability and confidence in group work, planning, communication, presentation and project management.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module provides you with a platform to conduct enquiry-based learning into any of the various practical and social contexts within which the wider subject area of popular music and worship resides.

This could include elements such as:

  • Popular music history
  • Faith and popular music
  • Worship and church history
  • Popular music and society
  • Popular music and politics

This module will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your awareness and understanding of the relevant literature as well as develop critical thinking skills within a subject area that is of particular interest to you.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Popular Music Performance

Building directly on from Live Performance Workshop at level 4, Popular Music Performance gives you the opportunity to develop individual and collaborative creativity within a wider range of performance contexts. Through this module you will explore broader elements of music performance such as lighting, visuals elements and music technology.

This module includes larger and more challenging creative projects in order to further develop your confidence as a performer.  You will grow in your ability to manage your learning, creative writing, collaborative and time management skills.

Level 5 – 40 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 2

Pursuit of Worship 2 examines responses in worship from a biblical perspective with a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply these skills, particularly in a personal and wider cultural and corporate level. Building on the skills and competencies your gained at level 4, this module enables you to continue developing your understanding of worship and worship leading.

You will be able to draw from a wide range of scholarship as you form a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Year Three Modules

Compulsory

Music Performance and Professional Practice

Through this module you will consolidate all the skills and experience gained in your first two years of live performance study. With supporting lectures and workshops you will develop, learn and apply the broader skills that are required within the arena of music performance.

As well as stretching your ability and creativity as a performer, the module will cover essential skills needed to succeed in the professional world.  Sessions will consider promotions and branding, budgeting, music history and appreciation, social media and much more, culminating in a final band performance at an external venue of your choice.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Professional Development and Career Planning

The Professional Development and Career Planning module focusses on how t take the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the entire course and apply it to the world of employment. Covering a wide range of skills and competencies pertinent to portfolio careers, traditional employment and more, you will learn to prepare for employment or self-employment within the creative industries, the faith arena and beyond.

You will also learn how best to apply and communicate your skills to the varying career aspirations you have and will create a portfolio of employment focused tools to aid in your post-study journey. The module includes sessions delivered by visiting professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as practical workshops and real-world, situated learning.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Contemporary Worship Practice

Throughout Contemporary Worship Practice you will explore the relationship between music, theology and worship. You will begin by studying foundational issues such as the essence of music and the interaction between music and theology, before moving on to more specific issues of applying music in a local church setting.

This module will also involve the analysis of existing worship songs, as well as the opportunity to write new ones. You will build on all that you have experienced in your time at Nexus ICA and will have the opportunity to practically outwork much of what has been taught over your three years of study.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Optional

Advanced Recital

The Advanced Recital module provides the opportunity for those who see themselves pursuing a career in the area of music performance or within the wider field of the performing arts. With the support of an assigned tutor you will receive tailored instrumental coaching to prepare for an advanced music recital. Alongside your performance, you will develop programme notes, requiring you to consider your repertoire carefully and contextualise this within a thirty-minute set.

This module will provide the perfect vehicle to hone your technical skills and musicality through the performance of challenging repertoire, whilst seeking to further develop and establish your sound and persona as a musician.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Song Writing and Production

Through the Song Writing and Production module you will discover how to build from simple composition, used as a form of personal expression to a well tuned craft, developing a foundation to creating great quality songs. In semester one, the focus will be on creating the right song content and communicating that most effectively. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops you will learn the practical skills of lyric writing, song form, melody and harmony as well as arrangement.

In semester two, the focus will shift to how best to capture a song’s emotion, feel and message through the way we understand the production process. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops, you will learn the practical skills of appropriate DAW platforms, how to create the most effective atmosphere when working with musicians as well as creative production approaches. The module includes sessions delivered by our in-house tutors as well as visiting experts.

Places are limited on this module.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Live Events Management

In this stand-alone third year module, you will learn the principles and practices of managing live events. Live Events Management is designed to take your experience of performing and operating events and develop it to a professional competence, building on two years of previous involvement in Nexus ICA events.

As a learning live events manager, you are required to be involved in a number of internal and external real-world events. This will develop transferable leadership and vocational skills in addition to project management, strategic thinking and problem solving. The Live Events Management module will also consider the environmental and social impacts of the industry, marketing and sponsorship, stakeholder management and wider issues such as globalisation and politics.

Level 6 – 20 Credits.

Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy

The Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy module has been designed for those students who see a possible career in music education. You will be equipped with an understanding of the key aspects of music pedagogy from an instrumental teaching perspective, focusing on how this shapes your lesson delivery and curriculum. You will also study the psychology of learning, the philosophies of teaching, and how to set up and run a successful, self-employed teaching practice.

A key part of this module is the requirement to practically engage in instrumental teaching, helping you ground your new-found theoretical knowledge within real-life teaching scenarios.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Church Praxis

The Church Praxis module is designed for anyone who feels called to church leadership, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. You will study the key doctrines and principles that underpin Christian ministry, as well as learn from experienced church leaders who will reflect on their ministries.

The module content will also be applicable for those who feel called to positions of leadership in business, industry and education. Alongside theological training, the challenges of church leadership and cross-cultural engagement in the 21st century will be addressed. Church Praxis has been designed to educate and equip future pastors, worship leaders, youth and children’s workers, evangelists and those with a heart for social action.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Church History

The Church History module will give you an in-depth introduction to the history of the church. You will cover some of the significant themes, events and personalities that have shaped the church throughout history. This module will be suited to everyone, from those who have already studied widely to those who have no prior knowledge. The Church History module will engage with some of the most important phases of church history, including the Early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the emergence of the Pentecostal movement.

This module will help to give you a deeper understanding of theological issues, and will allow you to engage with and learn from significant characters. As well as learning about the development of the Christian faith, you will be equipped to apply this knowledge to understanding issues facing the church today. The module will develop critical academic and vocational skills, suitable for those who are interested in careers such post-graduate study, church ministry, and teaching. It is just as useful for those who have always been curious about the Christian faith has progressed through the centuries.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Drums

The BA (Hons) Popular Music and Worship degree 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.

Over three years, our world-class teaching staff combine specific instrument classes and one-to-one tutorials in order to transform your musical ability. For the aspiring musician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found technical skill.

Further to your instrument study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

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.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

 

Year One Modules

Foundational Instrument Study: Drums

The first of our instrument study modules, Foundational Instrument Study: Drums is designed to set you on a path towards a complete transformation of your ability and creativity behind the drum kit. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to improve almost every aspect of your playing.

This module is delivered through four sessions per week, during which you will cover:

  • Leave no stone unturned in regards to your technique, including comprehensive overhauls of grip, hand position and posture.
  • Cover a wide variety of different styles, giving you the ability and confidence to play in a variety of musical situations.
  • Develop your understanding of music theory and your ability to read music.
  • Advance the level of independence you have between each of your limbs, opening up new levels of creative expression.

In addition there is one weekly Theory class designed to aid in your growing understanding of music theory and its application.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers a comprehensive education in the key aspects of modern playing.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Further Instrument Study: Drums

The second of our instrument study modules, Further Instrument Study: Drums follows directly on from the previous level 4 module, Foundational Instrument Study and will continue to transform your playing. Having now covered the essentials, we begin to study more advanced methods and material, opening up a new level of creativity and freedom for you as a drummer. On this module, you will:

  • Continue to advance your technique in a way that allows for greater freedom with phrasing and orchestration behind the drum kit.
  • Begin the study of more complex theory and reading methods, giving you increased confidence in your reading ability.
  • Cover a wide variety of different styles; from metal to gospel and many more in between.
  • Begin progressive 4-limb independence studies, inspired by the work of Gary Chester, Thomas Lang and Marco Minnemann.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

The aim of this module is to push you further towards the mastery of your instrument.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations

The first of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will give you an introduction to the Bible and Christian doctrine and will develop your study, research and practical life skills. The goal of this module is to help you grow in your knowledge of God and to be better equipped to build His kingdom. Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will assist you in grounding your life’s cause on foundations of faith and ever-increasing biblical understanding. You will increase in your understanding of the Old Testament in particular, and understand how these books relate to the whole of scripture.

The module is delivered in three learning environments: lectures, discussion forums and self-directed study. With the help of experienced tutors, you will be supported as you explore contemporary and historical Biblical scholarship.

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations is constructed around four core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History

The second of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History is a module that moves further into the study of the Bible, culminating in a study of the Gospels. Alongside this, Christian doctrine and life skills such as public speaking and communication are studied in greater depth. Themes such as Salvation, Pneumatology, Baptism, Prayer and Communion are also explored.

A significant application of this module comes through the church placement, where you will gain experience and are required to critically reflect on your engagement with one of our local partner churches. The module is designed to reflect our conviction that theology and doctrine equip us for mission and service.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Performance Workshop

The Live Performance Workshop module will develop your confidence as a performer by providing regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and musical environments. Throughout this module you will:

  • Practically apply your pathway instrument study sessions in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succeed.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 1

Pursuit of Worship 1 aims to equip you with the relevant skills and competencies in the area of worship. Through this module you will explore the Biblical themes and principles of worship, taught through lectures, discussions, personal tutorials and self-directed study.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • Pursuit of Worship: Core unpacks the crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback. These sessions examine well-known passages of scripture with an emphasis on their application in your personal life.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Foundations focuses on scriptures and scholarship that relate to our understanding of worship and the relevance of spiritual disciplines when considering the practicalities of worship leading. Primarily delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Applied explores the journey from understanding to response. Themes that have been presented in the Core and Foundations sessions are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A. Highly interactive, you will have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce a relevant, personal understanding.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Year Two Modules

Advanced Instrument Study: Drums

The final instalment of our instrument study modules, Advanced Instrument Study: Drums gives you the opportunity to further enhance your playing. Building upon the knowledge obtained in previous level 4 modules, lessons focus on taking your current areas of competency and improving them to a high standard of excellence.

During this module, you will:

  • Transform your hand technique, refining what it means to play with speed, power and dynamic control.
  • Continue learning how to play a variety of musical styles in an authentic manner, giving you the ability and confidence to play in a variety of musical situations.
  • Improve your understanding of music theory and your ability to read music.
  • Advance the level of independence you have between each of your limbs, opening up new levels of creative expression.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

Within these areas of study, you will acquire many of the tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative musician. Teaching takes place in small classes, with opportunities for regular one-on-one sessions with instrumental tutors.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church

The final instalment of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church concentrates on Acts, the Epistles and Revelation, completing the Bible overview begun in Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations you studied at level 4.

You will develop a deeper understanding of biblical and Church history, scriptural structures and core Christian theology. You will also develop transferable core academic, leadership and vocational skills. This module will afford opportunities through set assignments to gain further ability and confidence in group work, planning, communication, presentation and project management.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module provides you with a platform to conduct enquiry-based learning into any of the various practical and social contexts within which the wider subject area of popular music and worship resides.

This could include elements such as:

  • Popular music history
  • Faith and popular music
  • Worship and church history
  • Popular music and society
  • Popular music and politics

This module will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your awareness and understanding of the relevant literature as well as develop critical thinking skills within a subject area that is of particular interest to you.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Popular Music Performance

Building directly on from Live Performance Workshop at level 4, Popular Music Performance gives you the opportunity to develop individual and collaborative creativity within a wider range of performance contexts. Through this module you will explore broader elements of music performance such as lighting, visuals elements and music technology.

This module includes larger and more challenging creative projects in order to further develop your confidence as a performer.  You will grow in your ability to manage your learning, creative writing, collaborative and time management skills.

Level 5 – 40 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 2

Pursuit of Worship 2 examines responses in worship from a biblical perspective with a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply these skills, particularly in a personal and wider cultural and corporate level. Building on the skills and competencies your gained at level 4, this module enables you to continue developing your understanding of worship and worship leading.

You will be able to draw from a wide range of scholarship as you form a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Year Three Modules

Compulsory

Music Performance and Professional Practice

Through this module you will consolidate all the skills and experience gained in your first two years of live performance study. With supporting lectures and workshops you will develop, learn and apply the broader skills that are required within the arena of music performance.

As well as stretching your ability and creativity as a performer, the module will cover essential skills needed to succeed in the professional world.  Sessions will consider promotions and branding, budgeting, music history and appreciation, social media and much more, culminating in a final band performance at an external venue of your choice.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Professional Development and Career Planning

The Professional Development and Career Planning module focusses on how t take the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the entire course and apply it to the world of employment. Covering a wide range of skills and competencies pertinent to portfolio careers, traditional employment and more, you will learn to prepare for employment or self-employment within the creative industries, the faith arena and beyond.

You will also learn how best to apply and communicate your skills to the varying career aspirations you have and will create a portfolio of employment focused tools to aid in your post-study journey. The module includes sessions delivered by visiting professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as practical workshops and real-world, situated learning.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Contemporary Worship Practice

Throughout Contemporary Worship Practice you will explore the relationship between music, theology and worship. You will begin by studying foundational issues such as the essence of music and the interaction between music and theology, before moving on to more specific issues of applying music in a local church setting.

This module will also involve the analysis of existing worship songs, as well as the opportunity to write new ones. You will build on all that you have experienced in your time at Nexus ICA and will have the opportunity to practically outwork much of what has been taught over your three years of study.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Optional

Advanced Recital

The Advanced Recital module provides the opportunity for those who see themselves pursuing a career in the area of music performance or within the wider field of the performing arts. With the support of an assigned tutor you will receive tailored instrumental coaching to prepare for an advanced music recital. Alongside your performance, you will develop programme notes, requiring you to consider your repertoire carefully and contextualise this within a thirty-minute set.

This module will provide the perfect vehicle to hone your technical skills and musicality through the performance of challenging repertoire, whilst seeking to further develop and establish your sound and persona as a musician.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Song Writing and Production

Through the Song Writing and Production module you will discover how to build from simple composition, used as a form of personal expression to a well tuned craft, developing a foundation to creating great quality songs. In semester one, the focus will be on creating the right song content and communicating that most effectively. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops you will learn the practical skills of lyric writing, song form, melody and harmony as well as arrangement.

In semester two, the focus will shift to how best to capture a song’s emotion, feel and message through the way we understand the production process. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops, you will learn the practical skills of appropriate DAW platforms, how to create the most effective atmosphere when working with musicians as well as creative production approaches. The module includes sessions delivered by our in-house tutors as well as visiting experts.

Places are limited on this module.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Live Events Management

In this stand-alone third year module, you will learn the principles and practices of managing live events. Live Events Management is designed to take your experience of performing and operating events and develop it to a professional competence, building on two years of previous involvement in Nexus ICA events.

As a learning live events manager, you are required to be involved in a number of internal and external real-world events. This will develop transferable leadership and vocational skills in addition to project management, strategic thinking and problem solving. The Live Events Management module will also consider the environmental and social impacts of the industry, marketing and sponsorship, stakeholder management and wider issues such as globalisation and politics.

Level 6 – 20 Credits.

Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy

The Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy module has been designed for those students who see a possible career in music education. You will be equipped with an understanding of the key aspects of music pedagogy from an instrumental teaching perspective, focusing on how this shapes your lesson delivery and curriculum. You will also study the psychology of learning, the philosophies of teaching, and how to set up and run a successful, self-employed teaching practice.

A key part of this module is the requirement to practically engage in instrumental teaching, helping you ground your new-found theoretical knowledge within real-life teaching scenarios.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Church Praxis

The Church Praxis module is designed for anyone who feels called to church leadership, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. You will study the key doctrines and principles that underpin Christian ministry, as well as learn from experienced church leaders who will reflect on their ministries.

The module content will also be applicable for those who feel called to positions of leadership in business, industry and education. Alongside theological training, the challenges of church leadership and cross-cultural engagement in the 21st century will be addressed. Church Praxis has been designed to educate and equip future pastors, worship leaders, youth and children’s workers, evangelists and those with a heart for social action.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Church History

The Church History module will give you an in-depth introduction to the history of the church. You will cover some of the significant themes, events and personalities that have shaped the church throughout history. This module will be suited to everyone, from those who have already studied widely to those who have no prior knowledge. The Church History module will engage with some of the most important phases of church history, including the Early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the emergence of the Pentecostal movement.

This module will help to give you a deeper understanding of theological issues, and will allow you to engage with and learn from significant characters. As well as learning about the development of the Christian faith, you will be equipped to apply this knowledge to understanding issues facing the church today. The module will develop critical academic and vocational skills, suitable for those who are interested in careers such post-graduate study, church ministry, and teaching. It is just as useful for those who have always been curious about the Christian faith has progressed through the centuries.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Drums

The one-year Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Popular Music and Worship course has been designed to give students comprehensive training, providing a broad understanding of both popular music and the Biblical concept of worship.

Specific instrument classes focus on honing and advancing core musical skills – our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff providing you with everything you need to be a creative and expressive musician.

Further to your instrument study, there are frequent opportunities for you and your fellow students to perform in our well-equipped concert hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing and performance.

A variety of lectures a week give you 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.

There are also many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Foundational Instrument Study: Drums

The first of our instrument study modules, Foundational Instrument Study: Drums is designed to set you on a path towards a complete transformation of your ability and creativity behind the drum kit. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to improve almost every aspect of your playing.

This module is delivered through four sessions per week, during which you will cover:

  • Leave no stone unturned in regards to your technique, including comprehensive overhauls of grip, hand position and posture.
  • Cover a wide variety of different styles, giving you the ability and confidence to play in a variety of musical situations.
  • Develop your understanding of music theory and your ability to read music.
  • Advance the level of independence you have between each of your limbs, opening up new levels of creative expression.

In addition there is one weekly Theory class designed to aid in your growing understanding of music theory and its application.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers a comprehensive education in the key aspects of modern playing.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Further Instrument Study: Drums

The second of our instrument study modules, Further Instrument Study: Drums follows directly on from the previous level 4 module, Foundational Instrument Study and will continue to transform your playing. Having now covered the essentials, we begin to study more advanced methods and material, opening up a new level of creativity and freedom for you as a drummer. On this module, you will:

  • Continue to advance your technique in a way that allows for greater freedom with phrasing and orchestration behind the drum kit.
  • Begin the study of more complex theory and reading methods, giving you increased confidence in your reading ability.
  • Cover a wide variety of different styles; from metal to gospel and many more in between.
  • Begin progressive 4-limb independence studies, inspired by the work of Gary Chester, Thomas Lang and Marco Minnemann.
  • Give you the skills and experience required to develop confidence in a variety of playing scenarios.

The aim of this module is to push you further towards the mastery of your instrument.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations

The first of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will give you an introduction to the Bible and Christian doctrine and will develop your study, research and practical life skills. The goal of this module is to help you grow in your knowledge of God and to be better equipped to build His kingdom. Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will assist you in grounding your life’s cause on foundations of faith and ever-increasing biblical understanding. You will increase in your understanding of the Old Testament in particular, and understand how these books relate to the whole of scripture.

The module is delivered in three learning environments: lectures, discussion forums and self-directed study. With the help of experienced tutors, you will be supported as you explore contemporary and historical Biblical scholarship.

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations is constructed around four core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History

The second of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History is a module that moves further into the study of the Bible, culminating in a study of the Gospels. Alongside this, Christian doctrine and life skills such as public speaking and communication are studied in greater depth. Themes such as Salvation, Pneumatology, Baptism, Prayer and Communion are also explored.

A significant application of this module comes through the church placement, where you will gain experience and are required to critically reflect on your engagement with one of our local partner churches. The module is designed to reflect our conviction that theology and doctrine equip us for mission and service.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Performance Workshop

The Live Performance Workshop module will develop your confidence as a performer by providing regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and musical environments. Throughout this module you will:

  • Practically apply your pathway instrument study sessions in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succeed.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 1

Pursuit of Worship 1 aims to equip you with the relevant skills and competencies in the area of worship. Through this module you will explore the Biblical themes and principles of worship, taught through lectures, discussions, personal tutorials and self-directed study.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • Pursuit of Worship: Core unpacks the crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback. These sessions examine well-known passages of scripture with an emphasis on their application in your personal life.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Foundations focuses on scriptures and scholarship that relate to our understanding of worship and the relevance of spiritual disciplines when considering the practicalities of worship leading. Primarily delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Applied explores the journey from understanding to response. Themes that have been presented in the Core and Foundations sessions are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A. Highly interactive, you will have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce a relevant, personal understanding.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Bass & Synth

The BA (Hons) Popular Music and Worship degree 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.

Over three years, our world-class teaching staff combine specific instrument classes and one-to-one tutorials in order to transform your musical ability. For the aspiring musician, optional modules give you the opportunity to develop and showcase your new-found technical skill.

Further to your instrument study, you will have opportunities to perform alongside your fellow students in our well-equipped performance hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing. You will then put this experience and feedback into practice, taking performances out into venues across the city.

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.

There are many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

 

Year One Modules

Foundational Instrument Study: Bass & Synth

The first of our instrument study modules, Foundational Instrument Study: Bass & Synth is designed to secure the foundations every bass players needs in order to develop into a well-rounded musician. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to enhance every area of your playing and prepare you for any musical environment.

This module is delivered through four sessions per week, during which you will cover:

  • Technique: Exercises, principles and practices designed to transform your playing with increased accuracy, fluency, authority and speed.
  • Styles: Covering a wide variety of different musical genres, building your portfolio of knowledge for varying musical environments.
  • Synthesis: Specific education in Bass Synthesis, both in the techniques required to play on the keys and the ability to craft sounds, making you indispensable in the arena of popular music.
  • Bass Lines: An opportunity to get under the skin of the bass players through history that have shaped popular music and the instrument.

In addition there is one weekly Theory class designed to aid in your growing understanding of music theory and its application.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers a comprehensive education in the key aspects of modern playing.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Further Instrument Study: Bass & Synth

The second of our instrument study modules, Further Instrument Study: Bass & Synth follows directly on from the previous level 4 module, Foundational Instrument Study. As such this module continues the same structure of class content; four sessions plus one Theory class per week.

The aim of this module is to push you further towards the mastery of your instrument. You will cover more complex techniques, approaches to harmony, application of in your own playing and learn from the masters of the instrument through history.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations

The first of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will give you an introduction to the Bible and Christian doctrine and will develop your study, research and practical life skills. The goal of this module is to help you grow in your knowledge of God and to be better equipped to build His kingdom. Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will assist you in grounding your life’s cause on foundations of faith and ever-increasing biblical understanding. You will increase in your understanding of the Old Testament in particular, and understand how these books relate to the whole of scripture.

The module is delivered in three learning environments: lectures, discussion forums and self-directed study. With the help of experienced tutors, you will be supported as you explore contemporary and historical Biblical scholarship.

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations is constructed around four core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History

The second of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History is a module that moves further into the study of the Bible, culminating in a study of the Gospels. Alongside this, Christian doctrine and life skills such as public speaking and communication are studied in greater depth. Themes such as Salvation, Pneumatology, Baptism, Prayer and Communion are also explored.

A significant application of this module comes through the church placement, where you will gain experience and are required to critically reflect on your engagement with one of our local partner churches. The module is designed to reflect our conviction that theology and doctrine equip us for mission and service.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Performance Workshop

The Live Performance Workshop module will develop your confidence as a performer by providing regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and musical environments. Throughout this module you will:

  • Practically apply your pathway instrument study sessions in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succeed.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 1

Pursuit of Worship 1 aims to equip you with the relevant skills and competencies in the area of worship. Through this module you will explore the Biblical themes and principles of worship, taught through lectures, discussions, personal tutorials and self-directed study.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • Pursuit of Worship: Core unpacks the crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback. These sessions examine well-known passages of scripture with an emphasis on their application in your personal life.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Foundations focuses on scriptures and scholarship that relate to our understanding of worship and the relevance of spiritual disciplines when considering the practicalities of worship leading. Primarily delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Applied explores the journey from understanding to response. Themes that have been presented in the Core and Foundations sessions are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A. Highly interactive, you will have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce a relevant, personal understanding.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Year Two Modules

Advanced Instrument Study: Bass & Synth

The final instalment of our instrument study modules, Advanced Instrument Study: Bass & Synth pushes you to develop your technical skills further and to advance your creativity on the instrument, looking very specifically at how to craft sounds and tones, as well as the compositional elements of your own parts. Designed to follow directly on from your study at level 4, through expert tuition you will gain the tools and knowledge you need to improve every aspect of your playing and prepare you for almost any musical environment.

Two instrument classes are taught each week:

  • Advanced Technique, a class that pushes you on all your theoretical and technical knowledge, from complex scales and harmony to advanced playing techniques.
  • Creative Exploration, a class designed to explore the more creative aspects of your playing, focussing on your understanding of sound, technology and composition, allowing to craft your personality on the instrument.

Within these areas of study, you will acquire many of the tools necessary to be a well-rounded and creative musician. Teaching takes place in small classes, with opportunities for regular one-on-one sessions with instrumental tutors.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church

The final instalment of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Advancing New Testament Church concentrates on Acts, the Epistles and Revelation, completing the Bible overview begun in Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations you studied at level 4.

You will develop a deeper understanding of biblical and Church history, scriptural structures and core Christian theology. You will also develop transferable core academic, leadership and vocational skills. This module will afford opportunities through set assignments to gain further ability and confidence in group work, planning, communication, presentation and project management.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Contextual Studies

The Contextual Studies module provides you with a platform to conduct enquiry-based learning into any of the various practical and social contexts within which the wider subject area of popular music and worship resides.

This could include elements such as:

  • Popular music history
  • Faith and popular music
  • Worship and church history
  • Popular music and society
  • Popular music and politics

This module will provide you with the opportunity to broaden your awareness and understanding of the relevant literature as well as develop critical thinking skills within a subject area that is of particular interest to you.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Popular Music Performance

Building directly on from Live Performance Workshop at level 4, Popular Music Performance gives you the opportunity to develop individual and collaborative creativity within a wider range of performance contexts. Through this module you will explore broader elements of music performance such as lighting, visuals elements and music technology.

This module includes larger and more challenging creative projects in order to further develop your confidence as a performer.  You will grow in your ability to manage your learning, creative writing, collaborative and time management skills.

Level 5 – 40 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 2

Pursuit of Worship 2 examines responses in worship from a biblical perspective with a greater emphasis on being able to analyse and apply these skills, particularly in a personal and wider cultural and corporate level. Building on the skills and competencies your gained at level 4, this module enables you to continue developing your understanding of worship and worship leading.

You will be able to draw from a wide range of scholarship as you form a wider understanding of the impact of worship in the corporate life of the church.

Level 5 – 20 Credits

Year Three Modules

Compulsory

Music Performance and Professional Practice

Through this module you will consolidate all the skills and experience gained in your first two years of live performance study. With supporting lectures and workshops you will develop, learn and apply the broader skills that are required within the arena of music performance.

As well as stretching your ability and creativity as a performer, the module will cover essential skills needed to succeed in the professional world.  Sessions will consider promotions and branding, budgeting, music history and appreciation, social media and much more, culminating in a final band performance at an external venue of your choice.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Professional Development and Career Planning

The Professional Development and Career Planning module focusses on how t take the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout the entire course and apply it to the world of employment. Covering a wide range of skills and competencies pertinent to portfolio careers, traditional employment and more, you will learn to prepare for employment or self-employment within the creative industries, the faith arena and beyond.

You will also learn how best to apply and communicate your skills to the varying career aspirations you have and will create a portfolio of employment focused tools to aid in your post-study journey. The module includes sessions delivered by visiting professionals in a wide variety of fields, as well as practical workshops and real-world, situated learning.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Contemporary Worship Practice

Throughout Contemporary Worship Practice you will explore the relationship between music, theology and worship. You will begin by studying foundational issues such as the essence of music and the interaction between music and theology, before moving on to more specific issues of applying music in a local church setting.

This module will also involve the analysis of existing worship songs, as well as the opportunity to write new ones. You will build on all that you have experienced in your time at Nexus ICA and will have the opportunity to practically outwork much of what has been taught over your three years of study.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Optional

Advanced Recital

The Advanced Recital module provides the opportunity for those who see themselves pursuing a career in the area of music performance or within the wider field of the performing arts. With the support of an assigned tutor you will receive tailored instrumental coaching to prepare for an advanced music recital. Alongside your performance, you will develop programme notes, requiring you to consider your repertoire carefully and contextualise this within a thirty-minute set.

This module will provide the perfect vehicle to hone your technical skills and musicality through the performance of challenging repertoire, whilst seeking to further develop and establish your sound and persona as a musician.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Song Writing and Production

Through the Song Writing and Production module you will discover how to build from simple composition, used as a form of personal expression to a well tuned craft, developing a foundation to creating great quality songs. In semester one, the focus will be on creating the right song content and communicating that most effectively. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops you will learn the practical skills of lyric writing, song form, melody and harmony as well as arrangement.

In semester two, the focus will shift to how best to capture a song’s emotion, feel and message through the way we understand the production process. Through a series of taught sessions and workshops, you will learn the practical skills of appropriate DAW platforms, how to create the most effective atmosphere when working with musicians as well as creative production approaches. The module includes sessions delivered by our in-house tutors as well as visiting experts.

Places are limited on this module.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Live Events Management

In this stand-alone third year module, you will learn the principles and practices of managing live events. Live Events Management is designed to take your experience of performing and operating events and develop it to a professional competence, building on two years of previous involvement in Nexus ICA events.

As a learning live events manager, you are required to be involved in a number of internal and external real-world events. This will develop transferable leadership and vocational skills in addition to project management, strategic thinking and problem solving. The Live Events Management module will also consider the environmental and social impacts of the industry, marketing and sponsorship, stakeholder management and wider issues such as globalisation and politics.

Level 6 – 20 Credits.

Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy

The Instrument Teaching and Pedagogy module has been designed for those students who see a possible career in music education. You will be equipped with an understanding of the key aspects of music pedagogy from an instrumental teaching perspective, focusing on how this shapes your lesson delivery and curriculum. You will also study the psychology of learning, the philosophies of teaching, and how to set up and run a successful, self-employed teaching practice.

A key part of this module is the requirement to practically engage in instrumental teaching, helping you ground your new-found theoretical knowledge within real-life teaching scenarios.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Church Praxis

The Church Praxis module is designed for anyone who feels called to church leadership, either in a professional or voluntary capacity. You will study the key doctrines and principles that underpin Christian ministry, as well as learn from experienced church leaders who will reflect on their ministries.

The module content will also be applicable for those who feel called to positions of leadership in business, industry and education. Alongside theological training, the challenges of church leadership and cross-cultural engagement in the 21st century will be addressed. Church Praxis has been designed to educate and equip future pastors, worship leaders, youth and children’s workers, evangelists and those with a heart for social action.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Church History

The Church History module will give you an in-depth introduction to the history of the church. You will cover some of the significant themes, events and personalities that have shaped the church throughout history. This module will be suited to everyone, from those who have already studied widely to those who have no prior knowledge. The Church History module will engage with some of the most important phases of church history, including the Early Church, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and the emergence of the Pentecostal movement.

This module will help to give you a deeper understanding of theological issues, and will allow you to engage with and learn from significant characters. As well as learning about the development of the Christian faith, you will be equipped to apply this knowledge to understanding issues facing the church today. The module will develop critical academic and vocational skills, suitable for those who are interested in careers such post-graduate study, church ministry, and teaching. It is just as useful for those who have always been curious about the Christian faith has progressed through the centuries.

Level 6 – 20 Credits

Bass & Synth

The one-year Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) Popular Music and Worship course has been designed to give students comprehensive training, providing a broad understanding of both popular music and the Biblical concept of worship.

Specific instrument classes focus on honing and advancing core musical skills – our knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff providing you with everything you need to be a creative and expressive musician.

Further to your instrument study, there are frequent opportunities for you and your fellow students to perform in our well-equipped concert hall. Tutors are on hand to provide feedback during these sessions, shaping and developing your live playing and performance.

A variety of lectures a week give you 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.

There are also many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to get involved in a variety of aspects of life here at Nexus ICA. A strong sense of community is an integral part of what we do and students are encouraged to contribute to a wide-range of causes and events during their time here.

Modules

Foundational Instrument Study: Bass & Synth

The first of our instrument study modules, Foundational Instrument Study: Bass & Synth is designed to secure the foundations every bass players needs in order to develop into a well-rounded musician. Through expert tuition you will acquire the tools and knowledge you need to enhance every area of your playing and prepare you for any musical environment.

This module is delivered through four sessions per week, during which you will cover:

  • Technique: Exercises, principles and practices designed to transform your playing with increased accuracy, fluency, authority and speed.
  • Styles: Covering a wide variety of different musical genres, building your portfolio of knowledge for varying musical environments.
  • Synthesis: Specific education in Bass Synthesis, both in the techniques required to play on the keys and the ability to craft sounds, making you indispensable in the arena of popular music.
  • Bass Lines: An opportunity to get under the skin of the bass players through history that have shaped popular music and the instrument.

In addition there is one weekly Theory class designed to aid in your growing understanding of music theory and its application.

Drawing upon years of professional experience, this module offers a comprehensive education in the key aspects of modern playing.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Further Instrument Study: Bass & Synth

The second of our instrument study modules, Further Instrument Study: Bass & Synth follows directly on from the previous level 4 module, Foundational Instrument Study. As such this module continues the same structure of class content; four sessions plus one Theory class per week.

The aim of this module is to push you further towards the mastery of your instrument. You will cover more complex techniques, approaches to harmony, application of in your own playing and learn from the masters of the instrument through history.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations

The first of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will give you an introduction to the Bible and Christian doctrine and will develop your study, research and practical life skills. The goal of this module is to help you grow in your knowledge of God and to be better equipped to build His kingdom. Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations will assist you in grounding your life’s cause on foundations of faith and ever-increasing biblical understanding. You will increase in your understanding of the Old Testament in particular, and understand how these books relate to the whole of scripture.

The module is delivered in three learning environments: lectures, discussion forums and self-directed study. With the help of experienced tutors, you will be supported as you explore contemporary and historical Biblical scholarship.

Applied Biblical Studies: Foundations is constructed around four core topics; Bible Overview, Doctrines and Themes, Life Skills and Discipleship Discovery.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History

The second of our Applied Biblical Studies modules, Applied Biblical Studies: Developing Salvation History is a module that moves further into the study of the Bible, culminating in a study of the Gospels. Alongside this, Christian doctrine and life skills such as public speaking and communication are studied in greater depth. Themes such as Salvation, Pneumatology, Baptism, Prayer and Communion are also explored.

A significant application of this module comes through the church placement, where you will gain experience and are required to critically reflect on your engagement with one of our local partner churches. The module is designed to reflect our conviction that theology and doctrine equip us for mission and service.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Live Performance Workshop

The Live Performance Workshop module will develop your confidence as a performer by providing regular opportunities to play with other musicians in a wide variety of contexts and musical environments. Throughout this module you will:

  • Practically apply your pathway instrument study sessions in a live context.
  • Develop communication and teamwork through working in bands.
  • Receive regular individual and group feedback on performances.
  • Take part in workshops that support development in areas relating to live performance
  • Exercise creativity through a variety of musical tasks.
  • Gain experience playing and performing a variety of styles and genres.
  • Learn key skills and knowledge relating to the live performance of music.

In a safe, supportive environment you will have the chance to hone your technical ability and increase your confidence in a range of live performing environments. The module will help you develop the skills needed to succeed.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

Pursuit of Worship 1

Pursuit of Worship 1 aims to equip you with the relevant skills and competencies in the area of worship. Through this module you will explore the Biblical themes and principles of worship, taught through lectures, discussions, personal tutorials and self-directed study.

The Module is divided into 3 teaching sessions:

  • Pursuit of Worship: Core unpacks the crucial building blocks for engaging with worship beyond musical skill. The session is delivered in an accessible informal teaching style with discussion and group feedback. These sessions examine well-known passages of scripture with an emphasis on their application in your personal life.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Foundations focuses on scriptures and scholarship that relate to our understanding of worship and the relevance of spiritual disciplines when considering the practicalities of worship leading. Primarily delivered in lecture format, there is also opportunity for group discussion and feedback.
  • Pursuit of Worship: Applied explores the journey from understanding to response. Themes that have been presented in the Core and Foundations sessions are unpacked through music, workshops and Q&A. Highly interactive, you will have an opportunity to engage with the teaching in a variety of ways, learning how to recognise and decode cultural trends in worship and translate Biblical texts and worship music to produce a relevant, personal understanding.

Level 4 – 20 Credits

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Popular Music and Worship Entry Requirements

Academic
64 UCAS tariff points (Please note, we are implementing the new UCAS tariff system for September 2017 entry)

GCSE English at grade C
(Non native English speaking students need to meet our following English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Visit our International Students page for more information.)

Practical
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 don’t have Grade 5 theory you will be required to take a short music theory entrance exam. These exams will be available to take on one of our Open Days.

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Course Qualification on Completion
 (One Year)
Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE).
Level 4 qualification in the National Qualifications Framework

Course Qualification on Completion
 (Three Years)
BA (Honours) degree.
Level 6 qualification in the National Qualifications Framework

Course Structure
Intake: September 2017
Length: CertHE – 1 Academic Year, BA (Hons) – 3 Academic Years

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