Birmingham City University

Sound Engineering and Production Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and Production degree course will provide you with the creative skills and versatility you need to succeed in a constantly evolving, challenging 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.

Our students come from around the world and our Sound Engineering and Production course reflects this diversity.

What's covered in the course?

This course has been designed to meet the requirements found within the audio industry, providing 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. Our course combines 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 will develop key transferable skills, such as teamwork, reflection and self-awareness. You’ll also gain analytical skills through coursework tasks, as well as enhancing your problem solving 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 receive 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.

  • Students are satisfied with this course! We scored 91 per cent for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 • Music and Sound Industries • Audio Electronics • Audio Software Development • Live Sound Engineering • Studio Recording and Production • Digital Audio Technology Year 2 • Production Management • Audio Systems • Live Event Production • Broadcast Sound • Digital Audio Programming • Acoustic Principles Year 3 • Audio Product Design • Technology Project • Digital Audio Processing • Acoustic Engineering


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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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 Achieve a minimum of 120 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 (BBBCC) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CC in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).  

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 must be offered in conjunction with the A level in either Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing or equivalent
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 in conjunction with the A level in either Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing or equivalent.
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 and English Language
Must have been achieved at the point of application
Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE Math and English Language

other level 2 qualifications:- Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C. Must have been achieved or working towards at the point of application.
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2
Key Skills level 2
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) - O3 O3
Scottish Intermediate 2 - CC
Scottish Credit Standard Grade - 22
Scottish National 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) 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 30 points points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 120 UCAS Tariff Points. Obtain a total of 15 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects. 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. 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
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 120 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 H5/D1).

At least one 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.
OCR Cambridge Technical 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 Diploma 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
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
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.
Not including Early Years
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D* Must be from Technology, Science, or Computing related subjects
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.
Not including Early Years
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 120 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 CCC.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CC in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).

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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Birmingham City University
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B5 5JU


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