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University of Southampton

Acoustics with Music

UCAS Code: HW73

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB including mathematics (minimum grade A) and either physics, further mathematics, chemistry or electronics (minimum grade A), and either music (minimum grade B) or grade 6 music theory (or a demonstrated equivalent standard) Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. If music is not supplied as third subject, Grade 6 music theory is required in addition to third subject. Grade 8 in music practical or equivalent** is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in music **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: ABB including mathematics (minimum grade A) and either physics, further mathematics, chemistry or electronics (minimum grade B), and either music (minimum grade B) or grade 6 music theory (or a demonstrated equivalent standard)

AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)

DD

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve Grade A in A-level maths plus DD in the Tech Level in Engineering. In addition applicants should have either Grade 6 music theory or grade B in Music A-level. Grade 8 in Music Practical or equivalent** is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in Music **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants?who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme. The University’s qualifications equivalencies table will be used: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/index.page#_ga=2.143280181.1285720294.1533033883-1673588377.1531313130

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

D3,D3,M2 in three Principal subjects including mathematics (minimum grade D3), either physics, further maths or chemistry (minimum grade D3) and music (minimum grade M2)*. *If music is not supplied as the third Principal subject, grade 6 music theory is required (or a demonstrated equivalent standard). Grade 8 in the music practical (or a demonstrated equivalent standard**) is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component. Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants?who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme. The University’s qualifications equivalencies table will be used: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/index.page#_ga=2.143280181.1285720294.1533033883-1673588377.1531313130

Extended Project

A

If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A-level offer: ABB including mathematics (minimum grade A) and either physics, further mathematics, chemistry or electronics (minimum grade B), and either music (minimum grade B) or grade 6 music theory (or a demonstrated equivalent standard), plus grade A in the EPQ Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. If music is not supplied as third subject, Grade 6 music theory is required in addition to third subject. Grade 8 in music practical or equivalent** is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in music **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or 7 at Higher Level in Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation, 6 at Higher Level in Physics or Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in music*. Grade 8 in music practical or demonstrated equivalent standard** is also required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in music. *We can accept a pass in Grade 6 Music Theory where Music is not studied as a Level 3 qualification. We do not accept Music Technology in lieu of a Music Level 3 qualification (A level, BTEC etc).**Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video.We recognise Music practical and theory exams from ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants?who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme. The University’s qualifications equivalencies table will be used: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/index.page#_ga=2.143280181.1285720294.1533033883-1673588377.1531313130

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve grade A in A-level Maths, plus DD in the Technical Diploma in Engineering. In addition applicants should have either Grade 6 music theory or grade B in Music A-level. Grade 8 in Music Practical or equivalent** is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in Music **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants?who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme. The University’s qualifications equivalencies table will be used: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/index.page#_ga=2.143280181.1285720294.1533033883-1673588377.1531313130

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

Typical entry criteria will be to achieve an A in both maths and either physics, further mathematics, chemistry or electronics at A-level, plus D in the Technical Extended Certificate. In addition applicants should have either Grade 6 music theory or grade B in Music A-level. Grade 8 in Music Practical or equivalent** is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in Music **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants?who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme. The University’s qualifications equivalencies table will be used: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/index.page#_ga=2.143280181.1285720294.1533033883-1673588377.1531313130

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

D

D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus A-level grades AA in mathematics and either physics, further mathematics, chemistry or electronics. A pass in the science Practical is required where applicable. In addition applicants should have either Grade 6 music theory or grade B in Music A-level. Grade 8 in Music Practical or equivalent** is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in Music **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants?who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme. The University’s qualifications equivalencies table will be used: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/index.page#_ga=2.143280181.1285720294.1533033883-1673588377.1531313130

Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)

D

D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A-level grades AA in mathematics and either physics, further mathematics, chemistry or electronics. A pass in the science Practical is required where applicable. In addition applicants should have either Grade 6 music theory or grade B in Music A-level. Grade 8 in Music Practical or equivalent** is required for applicants wishing to pursue a performance component in Music **Equivalence to grade 8 is ascertained via an audition. This can be done in person or by sending a video. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants?who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme. The University’s qualifications equivalencies table will be used: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/studentadmin/admissions/admissions-policies/index.page#_ga=2.143280181.1285720294.1533033883-1673588377.1531313130

We normally consider applicants who offer at least 1 Advanced Higher. Applicants presenting with only Highers will be considered on a case by case basis. Where Highers are taken over two years it might be expected that higher grades are achieved, particularly in any specific subjects required. For example, S5 – S6 (2 years): AABBB (A in specific subject) or S6 (1 year): ABBBB (A in specific subject). Unless a more advanced level (Higher or Advanced Higher) is specified in the stated entry requirements, all applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, Grade 3 or National 5, Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/ Grade 4" We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner's potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Acoustics and vibration

Music

Acoustical engineering is the application of acoustics – the science of sound and vibration – in technology, with broad applications from the design of cars, 3D-audio systems and concert halls, to reducing aircraft noise and using ultrasound to fight antimicrobial resistance.

This course will allow you to balance your interest in sound and technology with the study of music. The first two years will develop your core understanding of acoustics and audio signal processing, while studying both engineering and music modules.

First-year engineering modules will develop your design and programming skills, preparing you to design, build and test acoustical engineering systems, components, and mechanisms. In your second year, you will deepen your understanding of acoustics, sound and mathematics, as well as learn about audio engineering technology.

In your third year, you will work on an engineering or music-based individual project, as well as specialist acoustics and music modules.

Modules

The modular nature of this course allows you to balance between acoustical engineering and music as you progress. Typical modules include:

Year one: Acoustics; Design and Computing; Mathematics; plus module options from acoustical engineering and music

Year two: Acoustics; Audio and Signal Processing; Mathematics; plus module options from acoustical engineering and music

Year three: Individual or Research Project, plus module options from acoustical engineering and music

Assessment methods

Testing is conducted through a combination of unseen written examinations and assessed coursework in the form of problem-solving exercises, laboratory reports, design exercises, essays, and individual and group projects. Experimental, research and design skills are assessed through laboratory reports, coursework exercises and oral presentations.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£21,580
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Acoustical Engineering

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.

84%
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Acoustics and vibration
82%
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Music

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.

Physics

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

89%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
84%
Male students
16%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A
B

Music

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

85%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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Physics

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.

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Average annual salary
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Employed or in further education
85%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

64%
Engineering professionals
7%
Teaching and educational professionals
6%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

Music

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.

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Average annual salary
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high
Employed or in further education
67%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
20%
Teaching and educational professionals
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

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