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Music Technology

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Must include at least one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subjects A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.

120 UCAS points Must include at least one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subjects A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with two A-levels or a combination of equivalent level 3 qualifications

60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. The remainding 15 credits can be taken either at level 2 or 3. Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects A minimum of 12 credits achieved from any Technology Units awarded at Merit or Distinction.

120 UCAS points Must be in Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subjects Considered with two A-levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification

120 UCAS points Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) one of which must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language, mathematics and Music at grade C/4 or above Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment Acceptable equivalents:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Key Skills level 2 - Application of Number or Communication Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 Scottish Credit National Grade - grade 2

HNC (BTEC)

P

"• Pass with 120 credits at level 4 Must be in a relevant subject May be considered for advanced entry. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at levels 4 and 5. A transcript will be required.

HND (BTEC)

P

"• Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 Must be in a relevant subject May be considered for advanced entry. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at levels 4 and 5. A transcript will be required

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 120 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H5/D1). Must include a Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects

See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.

120 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

Must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subjects

120 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM

Must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subjects

120 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Must be in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subjects

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject

Achieve a minimum of 120 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCC. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CC in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers) Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing

Achieve a minimum of 120 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades BBBCC is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of CC in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing

UCAS Tariff

120

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time | 2021

Subject

Audio technology

Want to be an established music technician? Study our BSc (Hons) Music Technology degree at Birmingham City University. This course is aimed at the technical music producer, and will train you to use technology to create, record and distribute music. We will provide you with industry connections, live projects and a wide, in-depth knowledge of the field.

You’ll leave with a valuable blend of creative ability and practical skills in music production, alongside solid business awareness and a strong understanding of technology.

**What's covered in the course?**

Our BSc (Hons) Music Technology course was set up to meet the growing demand for people within the music and audio industries who are able to use technology to assist in the creation, performance and distribution of music.

We will train you to become the next generation of musically-informed engineers, with a strong understanding of underlying technical principles in order to make informed decisions about appropriate technologies.

You will analyse and critically evaluate live musical events and sound recordings, as well as music technology products, systems, processes and designs. You’ll also have the opportunity to study in our world-class facilities in our Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Exploring a wealth of creative ideas and techniques, we will encourage you to think innovatively and respond to the needs of industry. Employability is a key factor incorporated within the course, and we are dedicated to providing you with the skills and knowledge to jump right into a creative role.

**Why Choose Us?**

• **Excellent?preparation?for industry**? - Learn skills for a range of technology-focused career paths in the highly dynamic music technology?environment.?Our students have gone on to work at Focusrite, Universal, BBC, Audient and The Music Group.???

• **Range of ?opportunities** - Our graduates have successfully?entered the music and audio industry in production, sound design and audio through to technical development, acoustic consultancy and education.???

• **Unique position in UK higher education** - The BSc (Hons) Music Technology degree holds a unique position, drawing on the dual strengths of a cutting-edge technology institution and a premier Conservatoire.

• **Undertake a sandwich year** - You can choose to take a one-year work placement between your second and final year, providing you with valuable work experience.??

• **State-of-the-art?campus and facilities**? - You’ll be taught across our three City Centre Campuses that include; Millennium Point, which has recently had a £6.5 million investment in facilities; the £57 million Royal Birmingham Conservatoire; and £62 million Parkside Campus. Find out more about our campuses.

• **Be inspired** - Read about how Kristian?collaborated with music students in studios while studying. ?

• **Build skills for employment** - You will have the option to join our Curzon Software House and take part in industry projects to build up skills for your CV.

• **High course satisfaction** - We scored 95 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020.

Modules

Year 1 - Music Industry, Music and Critical Studies, Digital Audio Technology, Audio Electronics, Musical Instrument Acoustics, Music Technology and Sound Recording Year 2 - Media Production Management, Music and Critical Studies (2), Digital Signal Processing, Networks for Music Technology,Audio Systems, Music Technology and Sound Recording (2) Year 3 - Interactive Music Systems, Music and Sound for Visual Media, Technology Project, Studio Acoustics, Music Technology and Sound Recording (3)

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Millennium Point Campus

Department:

School of Computing and Digital Technology

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
med
Audio technology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in technology

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Engineering and technology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
65%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Materials and technology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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