One-year Popular Music & Worship course


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.


You will need to demonstrate your suitability to study on this course through an interview.

Your interview will be arranged through the admissions department at Nexus ICA.

Music Theory

You will need to demonstrate an understanding of music theory, equivalent to Rock School’s Grade 5 music theory syallabus. You will therefore, either hold a certificate in music theory to this standard or be required to complete our theory paper. You will be able to sit this paper at any of our Open Days or if you are unable to make it to us, you will be asked appropriate theory questions as part of your video call interview.

Please note; it is not a requirement that you hold a previously achieved music theory certificate but is a requirement that you compete our paper should you not. 

Our paper contains questions on popular music topics such as reading notation, harmony, and audio theory. You can find a sample theory entry paper below to get a sense of the kind of questions you will be asked.

If you would like any further guidance as to how to prepare for this paper, please get in touch.

Pathway Audition

You will need to demonstrate a playing ability equivalent to Rock School’s Grade 6 practical syllabus in your chosen pathway. You will therefore, either hold a certificate in your chosen pathway to this standard or simply be able to demonstrate your competence against the same standard.

Please note: if you already hold a Grade 6 certificate in your chosen instrument pathway, you are not required to do an audition or submit audition videos.

Your audition pieces are something you should invest care and time in preparing to best demonstrate your musical ability. However, please refrain from spending too much time on the technicalities of creating the video. A video filmed on your phone will be of sufficient quality.

Key Course Details

What you need to know

Course Title: One-year Popular Music & Worship course
Course Duration: 1 Year

Course Start Date: September 2024

Study Mode: Full Time
Pathways: Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano & Keys, Vocals


64 UCAS tariff points
GCSE English at Grade 4 (Grade C if you studied previous to 2017)

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.


Prospective students will be required to undertake an interview to assess their suitability for the course. Interviews take place over Skype, or in-person at Nexus ICA should this be preferable.

If you require any support relating to this, please do not hesitate to Contact Us or for more info see our FAQ page.

Pathway Audition

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.

If you require any support relating to this, please do not hesitate to Contact Us or for more info see our FAQ page.

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