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BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production with a Foundation Year will provide you with the creative skills and versatility you need to succeed in a constantly evolving industry. You’ll have access to world-class facilities so that you can experiment with music production, sound engineering, audio electronics and much more. Available in the UK to home and international students, the course enables you to study a diverse programme, ensuring students are incredibly well equipped for employment within the industry once completing their degree. About the Foundation Year The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BSc (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study programme that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of your degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate. What's covered in the course? Designed to meet the requirements found within the audio industry, you’ll engage with a dynamic study programme that focuses on live and studio sound engineering, audio electronics, audio software engineering, acoustics and business principles. This combination of subjects ensures you’ll be employable in a range of career paths. You’ll be able to use technology to assist in the capture and manipulation of sound. You’ll also combine practical, hands-on training with theoretical and academic understanding, giving you a holistic conception of sound technology. Audio engineering is a highly dynamic sector, driven by rapid technological advancement. We will ensure that you have the skills to develop and maintain the next generation of models for production, performance and measurement. You’ll also develop key transferable skills, such as teamwork, reflection and self-awareness. Plus, gain analytical skills through coursework tasks, and enhance your problem solving ability by using a range of systems and technologies. Throughout the duration of your course you will be presented with several chances to gain hands-on industry experience, through musical festivals, events and much more. As a Sound Engineering and Production student you will also have the opportunity to undertake trips through the Live Sound Society. Why Choose Us?
- Graduates of the BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production programme have successfully entered the audio industry across a wide range of destinations including live sound, software development, production, sound design and audio post, through to product development, acoustic consultancy and education.
- We will prepare you for a range of technology-orientated career paths in the highly dynamic audio technology environment.
- You have the option of a sandwich year, enabling you to undertake valuable work experience.
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|Campus name||Millennium Point Campus|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
|UCAS Tariff||80 points||Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.|
|A level||BB||Can include AS Levels and/or tariff point qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMP|
|Access to HE Diploma||60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. Including 12 technical credits at Merit or Distinction. Must already hold GCSE Mathematics and English Language Grade C or higher or the equivalent at application point.|
|Scottish Higher||Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CCDDD) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers). Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects|
|AS||AC||Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DM|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||DM|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CDD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers). Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points||points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two High Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates "For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Group B Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted. A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Not accepted|
|Extended Project||Combined with other level 3 qualifications. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects). Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects|
|Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||grade 4 Must include Mathematics and English Language/English Literature Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. Level 2 qualifications must be achieved at the point of application. City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Scottish National 5 Scottish Intermediate 2 - grade CC Key Skills level 2 - Application of Number and Communication. Scottish Credit Standard Grade - 22|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||MMP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||DM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||D*D||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 80 tariff points minimum. Must include A Levels, BTEC QCF and/or OCR Cambridge Technical, to total 80 points minimum.|
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||with no less than 5.5 in any level|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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