Sound, Light and Live Event Technology

University of Derby

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE? Boasting a 100% student satisfaction rate, 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. One of the leading courses of its kind in the country, this degree prepares you for a technical career in the pulsating world of live events. With the technology involved becoming ever more complex, there is an urgent demand for more skilled engineers and technicians in the industry. IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU? 100% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of BSc (Hons) Sound, Light and Live Event Technology, according to the National Student Survey, 2019 Work in a challenging, stimulating and creative learning environment – harnessing world-class equipment in our dedicated facilities Learn from inspirational tutors who have vast experience in the industry and are experts in their fields Cover fascinating aspects of electronics, optics, acoustics, computer aided design, simulation and control, and electrical power distribution Plan and deliver real live events as part of your studies Take the chance to go on an optional industrial year to strengthen your practical skills further still Boost your professional credibility on a course accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Enjoy collaborative projects, working closely with other students specialising in subjects such as music technology, music, electronics and theatre Look forward to excellent employment prospects: the majority of our students go into employment, freelancing or further study after graduating Follow in the footsteps of our high-achieving graduates who have gone on to work internationally on everything from James Bond film premières to star-studded concerts 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. OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES 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. We offer an optional industrial year as part of this degree to give you further practical experience and to strengthen your CV. Please check the relevant UCAS codes in the Fact File section before you apply. 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. We offer industry-standard equipment and you can get to grips with the latest technology, thanks to our links with AC Entertainment Technology Ltd. CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY 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.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeHJ39
Institution code D39
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 120 points Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc including at least a grade C at A level in Science or Technology related subject (or equivalent qualifications). We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.
A level BBB At least a grade C at A level in either a Science or Technology related subject (or equivalent qualification)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 15 credits M: 24 credits P: 6 credits 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 GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14045 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Sound, Light and Live Event Technology at University of Derby - UCAS