Fellowship and Licentiate Diplomas


Fellowship Secretary: Edward Scott ‒ email: scottorg.skipton@btopenworld.com

The highest qualifications awarded by the Guild are the Fellowship diploma (FGCM) and the Licentiate (LGCM).

The Fellowship course is in two Parts. If you pass Part 1 and then go on to pass Part 2 you will be awarded the Fellowship diploma. A pass in Part 1 only will qualify you for LGCM.

Both FGCM and LGCM are intended for members of any denomination within the Christian Church. People commonly enter after successful completion of the ACertCM or ACertPW course, but an exemption may be granted at the discretion of the Fellowship Director and the Fellowship Secretary (notably, but not exclusively, to applicants with degrees in Music and/or Theology). For further information, see ‘Programme of Study and Assessment’, section 9. 

Both courses provide opportunities for those involved in the practice and study of church music, liturgy and worship to develop their skills and knowledge to a postgraduate standard.

If you enrol, you will be able to study liturgical and pastoral aspects of the Church and its music, to extend your knowledge and understanding of church music in its historical and liturgical contexts, and to learn, develop, and enhance skills relevant to church music in general and to your own working circumstances in particular.

For Part 1 you offer four modules, selected from three groups:

Group A: Christian liturgy and worship
Group B: Studies in church music
Group C: Composition and arrangement

You must choose at least one module from Group A, and at least one from Section B. Section C is optional.

Part 2, which provides opportunities for study in greater detail and depth, has three groups of modules:

Group D: Studies in music and worship
Group E: Composition
Group F: Practical studies

The only restriction is that you must choose at least one module, and no more than three modules, from Group F.

Please note also that there is an alternative route to FGCM – namely the ‘Dissertation-only’ option. This consists entirely of writing an extended dissertation (of between 40,000 and 50,000 words) on a topic approved by the Fellowship Director and Secretary.

Now see Programme of Study and Assessment for further information on the structure of the modular course.

Course details provides detailed information about the modular course (including essay titles and reading lists) and about the ‘dissertation-only’ option.

Brief study guide has advice on methods of study and other topics including the concept of originality and questions of presentation.