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Solent University (Southampton)

Acoustic and Audio Engineering

UCAS Code: AA01

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A minimum of 2 A Levels required including a Maths, Physics or numerate Science subject

Accepted when studied alongside other Level 3 qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Pass in Access course with 60 credits overall including 45 Level 3 credits passed with a minimum of Merit.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

HNC (BTEC)

P-D

HND (BTEC)

P-M

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

D*D

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

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

D*D

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

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

DMM

In a Maths, Physics or numerate Science subject

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

From a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Extended Diploma or OCR Extended Diploma. Must have a Maths, Physics or numerate Science qualification. For detailed information on accepted qualifications, please view our Course Entry Statement (https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/documents/course-entry-requirement-statement.pdf) Solent University is a proud champion of widening participation. For further information about our contextual offer, please visit our website (https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/what-next/contextual-offers).

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Acoustics

Fascinated by the mechanics of recording and the science of sound? Solent University’s acoustic and audio engineering degree will support you to develop the fundamental technical expertise and practical knowledge highly sought by employers, helping you to kick-start a fantastic career after graduation.

Audio engineers specialise in the design and configuration of recording, playback and amplification technologies, combining a high level of technical expertise with operational skills and a practical knowledge of media industry practices. Employment opportunities are endless, and include fields as diverse as acoustic material manufacturing, acoustic signature recognition and reduction, active noise and vibration control, aerospace engineering, architectural acoustical design, enclosure and sound attenuator design, loudspeaker design, measurement and analysis instrumentation, sonar systems, speech recognition, mobile telephone design, vehicle noise control and vibration isolation.

Throughout the degree you will be supported to develop a solid grounding in the core mathematics, electronics and computing principles fundamental to audio and acoustic engineering; and will study a range of modules including Building Acoustics, Transducer Design and Environmental Noise Control.

You will undertake acoustic measurement and laboratory work using a wide range of state-of-the-art test equipment such as calibrated sound level meters; a 16-channel data acquisition and signal processing system; head and torso simulators; a laser vibrometer and industry-leading ambisonics recording and playback equipment. You will also have access to cutting-edge simulation and modelling software including MATLAB, NI Labview, CadnaA, CATT Acoustic and EASE.

Thanks to the course teams close links with industry you will also benefit from a range of guest speakers and industrial site visits. Recent speakers have included the managing director of Vanguardia Consulting, an independent film sound designer and representatives from Advanced Communications Solutions.

The blend of academic credit alongside a wealth of work experience, makes BEng (Hons) Acoustic and Audio Engineering graduates highly employable.

**What does this course lead to?**
The course has a long history of successful graduate employment, and recent graduates have found positions at leading organisations, such as Vanguardia, Mott MacDonald, WSP, Ideaworks, Focusrite, Pinewood, Twickenham Studios, Visions, Arena, F1 Management, ITV and the BBC in such roles as acoustics consultancy, engineers, systems integration, sound guarantee, A/V installation, test engineers (software/hardware).

**Who is this course for?**
If you’re fascinated by the science of sound or the mechanics of recording, mixing and reproducing sound, whether it be for films, music or video games, Solent University’s acoustic and audio engineering degree will help you gain the fundamental technical expertise and practical knowledge sought after by employers in the industry.

Modules

Year one
Core units

Audio Production
Introduction to Acoustics
Engineering Principles
Electronic Fundamentals
Video Production
Computing and Networking

Year two
Core units

Audio Systems
Applied Signal Processing
Project Management
Media Formats
Building Acoustics

Options

Practical Electronics
Audio Post-Production

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
Year three
Core units

Audio Systems Design
Transducer Design
Environmental Noise Control
Project

Options

Media Networks and Communications
Sound for Games
Signal Processing

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment methods

This course is assessed via presentations, written assignments, practical work and in class tests.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,260
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

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.

82%
med
Acoustics

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.

Mechanical engineering

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

81%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
84%
Male students
16%
Female students
58%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
A
C

After graduation


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Engineering

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.

£23,000
low
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Engineering professionals
27%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Other elementary services occupations

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