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Sound, Light and Live Event Technology

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,B,C

At least a grade C at A level in either a Science or Technology related subject (or equivalent qualification)

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:24,P:6

Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. Must include passes in compulsory L3 subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

At least five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.

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

DDM-DMM

UCAS Tariff

112-120

We encourage you to outline all your qualifications and achievements in your application to provide us a full picture. Your offer will typically be based on your predicted and/or achieved grades from full level 3 qualifications or above e.g. A levels, BTEC Ext Diploma, Access to HE, etc. Any subject specifics are outlined below in the A-levels section, and these specifics are applicable across all equivalent qualifications. A strong application/performance and appropriate experience will be taken into account where typical criteria is not met.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Audio technology

One of the leading courses of its kind in the country, our course is an ideal route to technical careers in live events. You’ll learn from industry-experienced tutors in our dedicated facilities with world-class equipment. With the technology involved becoming ever more complex, there is an urgent demand for more skilled engineers and technicians in the industry.

**Key features of this course**

- **RANKINGS:** The course ranks No 1 in the UK for student satisfaction with the course and satisfaction with teaching (The Guardian University Guide 2022 - Engineering: Electronic and Electrical subject area). In the 2021 National Student Survey, 95% of students were satisfied with the teaching on the course and 94% were satisfied with the course overall

- **FACILITIES:** Work in a challenging, stimulating and creative learning environment – harnessing world-class equipment in our dedicated facilities

- **INDUSTRY EXPERTS:** Learn from inspirational tutors who have vast experience in the industry and are experts in their fields

- **EXPERIENCE:** Gain experience working on real live events

- **PLACEMENT YEAR:** Take the chance to go on an optional industrial year to strengthen your practical skills further still

- **ACCREDITATION:** Boost your professional credibility on a course accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

- **EMPLOYABILITY:** Look forward to excellent employment prospects: our graduates have gone on to work internationally on everything from James Bond film premières to star-studded concerts

**WHAT YOU'LL COVER:**
This degree covers a broad range of subjects – from lighting technology, audio engineering, video systems, power distribution and rigging to electronics, computing, acoustics, computer aided design and simulation. You will learn both the theory and practice relating to the underlying technologies and will develop hands-on skills by planning and delivering real live events. As this is an engineering course, you will study 'how it works' – learning about the underlying mathematics and electronics in our electronics and computing laboratories. You will also learn ‘how to work it’ - developing professional skills in lighting design, sound engineering and event management, with practice in our dedicated production space and in venues around the city.

**HOW YOU WILL LEARN:**
You will have the opportunity to take an optional work placement between stages two and three, during which you will gain an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Practice. In addition, you will benefit from guest lectures, product demonstrations and venue visits. Many of our students also take on casual work with production and hire companies in the area, adding a new dimension to their real-world learning experiences. You can also take part in collaborative projects, working closely with other students specialising in subjects such as music technology, music, electronics and theatre

**YOUR CAREER:**
Our Sound and Light graduates are highly sought-after in the events industry. The careful blend of theory and practice underpinning this degree will boost your employability and professional status. In one of many success stories, the World Premiere of the James Bond film, Spectre, saw no fewer than eight Sound, Light and Live Event Technology graduates working on the production at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

**STUDY OPTIONS:**
This course is also available with a Foundation Year option.
This course is available with an Industrial Year.

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
£14,045
per year
International
£14,045
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Derby

Department:

Department of Engineering

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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.

81%
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

92%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
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?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
93%
Male students
7%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
33%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
A

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.

Others in 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.

£22,000
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
40%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

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.

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£20k

£20k

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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Higher entry requirements
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