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Course summary

If you are passionate about making and producing music, this course will prepare you for a future in the creative industries. Our foundation entry course is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of music production and sound recording, developing your creative and technical skills. Providing you with the knowledge needed to study the full BA Hons degree programme. In our purpose built studios, you’ll learn the core elements of music production from composition and arrangement, sound design and recording to mixing and mastering. You will also develop a clear and professional presence for yourself as a music producer. Taught by expert, professionally active tutors, this industry-led course gives you plenty of hand-on experience, preparing you for a future in the music and audio industries. This course will prepare you for a variety of roles including producer, sound designer, engineer, film and TV composers and more. Whatever your preferred style or approach to making music, this course will give you the freedom to explore your creativity, expand your knowledge and grow as a producer. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, students will automatically progress onto the BA Music Production course. About Spirit Studios Spanning over four decades of iconic music history in Manchester, our early days as a commercial recording studio and rehearsal space saw the likes of local legends The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Simply Red and many more passing through our doors. Spirit Studios then became the first music production and sound engineering school in the UK (formerly known as School of Sound Recording), and since then we’ve continued to nurture the next generation of producers, engineers, artists and business owners. Our purpose-built facilities, expert insight, professionally active tutors and creative partnerships enable us to offer the most up to date and relevant training, and provide you with real career opportunities.


The Creative Musician Research and Contexts Sound Recording and Design Music Production in Practice

Assessment method

We pride ourselves on providing a variety of assessment methods; these are balanced between industry standards and an academic range that is aimed at varied student profiles and abilities. Some modules may include an overall portfolio, others may have several varied assessments that encompass practical and written elements. Students may work on a solo project or also have the opportunity to work collaboratively in class or within external partnerships. All portfolios and written material are submitted electronically via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), practical exams are undertaken within studio or venue settings on a live basis. Feedback is delivered electronically directly to the student in a written and matrix format. There is also the opportunity to discuss your feedback in a one-to-one tutorial. We use a variety of the following assessment methods: • Portfolios • Practical coursework • Practical Exams • Presentations • Written Tests • Written Reports • Written Essays

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Flexible entry requirements: Once your application has been reviewed and if it is eligible, you will be invited to an interview so we can determine if the course is right for you. Preferred qualifications: GCSE English and Maths (grade C/4 or above) and BTEC National Diploma (Merit, Merit) OR BTEC National Extended Diploma (Merit, Pass, Pass). These do not have to be in Music related subjects.

Additional entry requirements


Eligible applicants will be invited for an interview to determine your passion for and experience in music. Applicants who do not meet the preferred entry requirements but have experience in music will still be considered.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6500 Year 1
Scotland £6500 Year 1
Wales £6500 Year 1
Channel Islands £6500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £6,500, and then £9,250 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
Music Production (Foundation Entry) at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS