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Birmingham City University

Sound Engineering and Production

UCAS Code: J930

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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 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

Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Audio technology

Our BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production degree course will provide you with the creative skills and versatility you need to succeed in a constantly evolving, challenging industry.

You’ll have access to world-class facilities so that you can experiment with music production, sound engineering, audio electronics and much more.

Available in the UK to home and international students, the course enables you to study a diverse programme, ensuring students are incredibly well equipped for employment within the industry once completing their degree.

Our students come from around the world and our Sound Engineering and Production course reflects this diversity.

What's covered in the course?

This course has been designed to meet the requirements found within the audio industry, providing a dynamic study programme that focuses on live and studio sound engineering, audio electronics, audio software engineering, acoustics and business principles. This combination of subjects ensures you’ll be employable in a range of career paths.

You’ll be able to use technology to assist in the capture and manipulation of sound. Our course combines practical, hands-on training with theoretical and academic understanding, giving you a holistic conception of sound technology.

Audio engineering is a highly dynamic sector, driven by rapid technological advancement. We will ensure that you have the skills to develop and maintain the next generation of models for production, performance and measurement.

You will develop key transferable skills, such as teamwork, reflection and self-awareness. You’ll also gain analytical skills through coursework tasks, as well as enhancing your problem solving using a range of systems and technologies.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be presented with several chances to gain hands-on industry experience, through musical festivals, events and much more. As a Sound Engineering and Production student you will receive the opportunity to undertake trips through the Live Sound Society.

Why Choose Us?

- Graduates of the BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production programme have successfully entered the audio industry across a wide range of destinations including live sound, software development, production, sound design and audio post, through to product development, acoustic consultancy and education.

- We will prepare you for a range of technology-orientated career paths in the highly dynamic audio technology environment.

- You have the option of a sandwich year, enabling you to undertake valuable work experience.

- Students are satisfied with this course! We scored 91 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.

Modules

Year 1 • Music and Sound Industries • Audio Electronics • Audio Software Development • Live Sound Engineering • Studio Recording and Production • Digital Audio Technology Year 2 • Production Management • Audio Systems • Live Event Production • Broadcast Sound • Digital Audio Programming • Acoustic Principles Year 3 • Audio Product Design • Technology Project • Digital Audio Processing • Acoustic Engineering

Tuition fees

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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


How do students rate their degree experience?

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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


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Engineering and technology

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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

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