Birmingham City University

Music Technology Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Want to be an established music technician? Study our BSc (Hons) Music Technology degree at Birmingham City University. This course is aimed at the technical music producer, and will train you to use technology to create, record and distribute music. We will provide you with industry connections, live projects and a wide, in-depth knowledge of the field.

You’ll leave with a valuable blend of creative ability and practical skills in music production, alongside solid business awareness and a strong understanding of technology.

What's covered in the course?

Our BSc (Hons) Music Technology course was set up to meet the growing demand for people within the music and audio industries who are able to use technology to assist in the creation, performance and distribution of music.

We will train you to become the next generation of musically-informed engineers, with a strong understanding of underlying technical principles in order to make informed decisions about appropriate technologies.

You will analyse and critically evaluate live musical events and sound recordings, as well as music technology products, systems, processes and designs. You’ll also have the opportunity to study in our world-class facilities in our Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Exploring a wealth of creative ideas and techniques, we will encourage you to think innovatively and respond to the needs of industry. Employability is a key factor incorporated within the course, and we are dedicated to providing you with the skills and knowledge to jump right into a creative role.

Why Choose Us?

  • The course will prepare you for a range of technology-orientated career paths in the highly dynamic music technology environment.

  • Our graduates have successfully entered the music and audio industry across a wide range of destinations, from production, sound design and audio through to technical development, acoustic consultancy and education.

  • The BSc (Hons) Music Technology degree holds a unique position in UK higher education, drawing on the dual strengths of a cutting-edge technology institution and a premier Conservatoire.

  • You will have the option to undertake a sandwich year, providing you with valuable work experience.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 - Music Industry, Music and Critical Studies, Digital Audio Technology, Audio Electronics, Musical Instrument Acoustics, Music Technology and Sound Recording Year 2 - Media Production Management, Music and Critical Studies (2), Digital Signal Processing, Networks for Music Technology,Audio Systems, Music Technology and Sound Recording (2) Year 3 - Interactive Music Systems, Music and Sound for Visual Media, Technology Project, Studio Acoustics, Music Technology and Sound Recording (3)


How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code W350
Institution code B25
Campus name Millennium Point Campus
Campus code A

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 120 points
A level BBB In at least one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subjects
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3. The remainding 15 credits can be taken either at level 2 or 3. Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
A minimum of 12 credits achieved from any Technology Units awarded at Merit or Distinction.
Scottish Higher CC plus BC (2 Advanced ) Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
AS AA - EE In at least one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subjects
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 120 UCAS tariff points
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 120 UCAS points
The combination of subject must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 120 UCAS tariff points
Extended Project Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 120 UCAS tariff points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE grade 4 Must include Mathematics, English Language and Music
Equivalent qualification can be considered in lieu of GCSE Maths and English Language or Music Theory grade 5 or Proficiency of performance on one instrument equivalent to ABRSM or Rockschool grade 5
HNC (BTEC) P Computing related subjects
May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at levels 4 and 5. A transcipt will be required
HND (BTEC) P Computing related subjects
May be considered for advanced entry onto the third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at levels 4 and 5. A transcipt will be required
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme For students who complete the full IB Diploma: a total of 15 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.
Students must have grade 5 in Maths (Standrad level) and English Group A - Grade 4 or above or English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5
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. A combination of GCSEs, A-levels and IB certificates will be considered on a case by case basis
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H3 Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) O3, O3 Must include Mathematics and English Language
Must have been achieved at the point of application
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 120 UCAS points Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 120 UCAS tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDM Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 120 UCAS points Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 120 UCAS tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 120 UCAS points Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 120 UCAS tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 120 UCAS tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D* Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects not including Early Years
Can be combined with one A level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, or two AS levels to achieve a total of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D* Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects Not including Early Years
Can be combined with one A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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