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Plymouth Marjon University

Live Sound

UCAS Code: 2Y4Z

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


Excluding General Studies

We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs General Studies is excluded.

Pass with 30-42 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 18 credits at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

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


or a combination of BTEC Level 3 grades

UCAS Tariff


Must be achieved from 3 A levels, BTECs or other acceptable Level 3 qualifications

About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2021


Music production

An innovative, technology based Live Sound degree that combines the latest developments in audio networking, digital technology and the most advanced loudspeaker systems. Students will get hands-on with the latest equipment, gain real-world experience and networking at a multitude of live events, club nights and music festivals. The course is delivered by dBs Music and validated by Plymouth Marjon University.
This course has been designed to facilitate in-depth knowledge and practical application of the skills required to design, build and operate professional sound systems in a range of varied live event situations. Students will be using professional grade equipment from respected manufacturers such as Midas, Avid, Yamaha and Martin Audio and taught by tutors who are at the very top of the UK Live Sound industry. All practical elements of this course take place in dBs Music’s own specially designed teaching and performance space.
In addition, students will experience an extensive guest lecture programme, meeting leading industry professionals ranging from respected sound engineers to specialist technical staff from world-class audio companies, who will demonstrate cutting-edge products. A key highlight to this course is the collaborative partnerships with Martin Audio, which provides access to the revolutionary MLA speaker system, and leading sound rental company RG Jones.


Live Sound Systems & Stagecraft
Acoustics Analysis Techniques
Professional Studies
Advanced Sound Techniques
Loudspeaker History & Design
Live Sound Production Skills
Digital Audio Principles
Modern Loudspeaker Technology
Networking & Digital Transport
Critical Listening & Audio Psychology
Live Sound Sector
Digital Show Production
Work Portfolio
Prediction, Analysis & Optimisation
Advanced Monitoring Applications
Wireless System Management
Honours Project

Assessment methods

Audio Recordings: Recorded audio materials most usually, but not exclusively, submitted as stereo master mix-down files. Will be referenced to specific requirements for creative and/or technical merit. Will usually be required to be submitted in an audio file format such as MP3 or broadcast quality wave audio files.
Case Study: An in-depth investigation of an organisation, a community or some other unit of analysis (a business or an issue); a focus on just one instance of the thing to be investigated with the aim to illuminate the general by looking at the particular.
Creative/Practical Project: A piece of creative/practical work which might include music production, electronic music performance, sound design, video soundtrack, multimedia, or event planning and realisation which is undertaken individually or in a small group
Honours Project: A substantial piece of individual creative/practical or written work. Work toward an Honours Project may include a research proposal and draft chapter; or a production proposal including a theoretical context and a proposed production log.
Essay: Critical written response to a question on an aspect of Music Production.
Interview / Presentation: Formally assessed presentations or more discursive interviews on either a specific theoretical topic or practical work, sometimes undertaken in seminars/workshops by individuals or small groups of students. This may take the form of a critical aural analysis of practical work.
Online Assessment: Undertaking a task or series of tasks using a computer which may be time-constrained and may employ adaptive technologies.
Online Presentation: Work presented via a browser and which may take the form of a journal a blog or a static or dynamic website and which may include streaming media or links to live content. This maybe an individual presentation or in dialogue with others managed via the college LMS or collected from online sources
Peer evaluation: A process whereby the peers of a student delivering, for example, a presentation can contribute to the process of review, evaluation and assessment of that student's work.
Plan: A piece of supporting evidence to indicate a methodical and systematic approach to planning. This could relate to an event/ performance or the undertaking of a piece of practical work
Production Analysis: A report showing a critical evaluation of the technical and creative characteristics of a piece of purely practical project work such as a piece of recorded audio. An emphasis is placed upon the evaluation of specific audio production techniques and the effect on workflow and the creative process.
Production Documentation: Details of all processes undertaken to achieve final production. This could include time-management planning, design diagrams, reports, scores, production schedules, technical specs, budget plans, storyboards etc.
Reflective Journal: A report on a student experience which consists of description and critical reflections on the context, environment, process and outcomes of the experience.
Research Project: A detailed individual piece of research into an aspect of Live Sound or a sustained practical project that is contextually grounded. All independent projects are negotiated with and supervised by an appropriate tutor.
Workbook / Portfolio: An individual journal containing both text and visual information detailing the research and development that underpins the student’s project. As such, it provides a map of the progression of the student’s ideas and process. A workbook can be specified (by module leaders) as either physical or virtual (on-line)

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