By choosing to study with the ICMP, you can be confident that the quality and governance of the education you receive will be properly regulated and of the highest standards.

Don’t just take our word for it - we are widely recognised and certified by all relevant sector regulators and agencies.


During more than 30 years of providing education of the highest quality to students of contemporary music, the ICMP has built up an impressive range of external accreditations and memberships. Therefore you can be sure that we take the interests of our students very seriously and continually focus on enhancing the quality and standards of our courses.

  • We subscribe to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the UK’s higher education quality regulator
  • We are a member of UCAS, which provides application services across a range of subject areas and modes of study for UK higher education providers
  • We subscribe to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), an independent body set up to review student complaints against higher education institutions in England and Wales
  • We are licensed by the UK Visas and Immigration service (UKVI) for the sponsorship of international students
  • We are assessed annually by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for financial sustainability, management and governance capability
  • Our courses are designated for student loan funding by the DfE
  • We subscribe to UKCISA, the UK’s national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.
  • We subscribe to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) which collects a range of data every year from a wide range of higher education institutions, and publishes information in a wide range of formats for use by prospective students
  • We are a member of Guild HE, one of two formally-recognised representative bodies for higher education in the UK
  • We are a member of Independent HE, the UK’s leading representative body for independent education providers


In order to achieve our vision of ICMP graduates shaping the future of music, we have established a Quality Assurance and Enhancement process based on the expectations and best practice indicators established within the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. Underpinning this system is a set of values and aims that inform our approach to assuring and enhancing quality.

As a subscriber to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the UK’s higher education quality regulator, the ICMP is regulated and our practices are quality assured in the same way as other UK universities. We are one of a small and select group of independent institutions who hold this status and as a result we are able to use the ‘UK Quality Assured’ kitemark, and successfully underwent Higher Education Review, the benchmark methodology for quality assurance assessment, by the QAA in February 2015.


Read the details of our most recent quality review by the QAA

Download the  ICMP Quality Manual, which contains detail on our governance structures and quality processes

Download our latest Quality Improvement Plan


At the ICMP we understand that to ensure stakeholder interests are properly safeguarded (for example the interests of students, staff or the wider community) effective systems, structures and processes are required to ensure that every key decision taken by the ICMP is robustly tested and evaluated for appropriateness. These systems, structures and processes are referred to as the Governance Framework.

ICMP’s Governance Framework has been designed to ensure that the academic interests of the institution are properly managed in a way that ensures the integrity of the academic decision making process. And since the protection and enhancement of the student interest is a paramount guiding principle of the Governance Framework, the committee structure that underpins the Governance Framework includes a significant level of direct student participation and engagement.

The Governance Framework is overseen ultimately by the Corporate Board. Working alongside the Corporate Board is the Academic Board which is constituted to be the supreme academic authority of the institution. Both the Corporate and the Academic Boards contain significant external independent membership.