Bachelor of Science (with Honours) Live Sound West Suffolk College


Awarded by: University of East Anglia

This degree will forge the way for anyone with a desire to join the live sound music industry, it provides the necessary skills and networking for a professional career in this sector. All we ask is your dedication and desire to succeed.

For success in the industry real-world experience at a multitude of diverse live events is essential. We train industry practice and industry events. Whether Front of House engineering Ed Sheeran or recording the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra you will have the knowledge and skills to really stand out from the crowd in a competitive market with industry networking to open doors. As a professional industry degree you will also receive Pro Tools training and take the industry certification as part of the course.

The course will allow you to develop a portfolio of industry standard projects to enhance your employability, we supply integrated learning across our degrees to enhance your opportunities.

Don’t have the credits to go to University? Don’t panic! We run a Year 0 for a direct route into the course, covering everything you need to guarantee progression to the BSc (Hons).

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    West Suffolk College Main Campus

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    3 years

Course details


Experimental and Analytical Skills (20 credits)
Introducing the student to published research and the contribution that it makes to their practice and career development. Using experimentation and approaches to problem solving, suitable for the foundation of academic work.
Individual Project (40 credits)
This module is a substantial task, which provides learners with the opportunity to investigate a chosen area of music that interests them (e.g. Front of House)

Location Recording (20 credits)
This module introduces the principles of location recording, using portable recording devices and accessories.

Recording Fundamentals (20 credits)
This module introduces the fundamentals of multi-track recording and overdubbing using a range of recording devices and equipment.

Collaborative Practice (20 credits)
Live sound engineering workflow requires collaborative skills, social interaction and communication skills.
Recording Workflow (20 credits)
Starting with signal chains and desk workflow, microphone fundamentals and recording techniques with exploration of gain structure.
Acoustics Analysis (20 credits )
The physics of acoustics and how to measure and control sound. The biology of the human ear. Properties of sound how it is propagated.
The Science of the Loudspeaker (20 credits)
You will understand loudspeaker components and the various types in current live sound practice and the history of their development.
Front of House Mixing (40 credits)
This module will explore the intricacies of concert management, licensing, venue protocol, liability insurance, health and safety and risk assessment of all venues types.
The Digital Audio Work Surface (20 credits)
The use and comparison of D.A.W’s in the industry for live sound recording. Additional certification with AVID will be included.

Modern Loudspeaker Technology (20 credits)
Learners will look more critically at the capabilities and limitations of current multi-way loudspeaker systems and the software applications in the available technologies of today.
Live Sound Business and Management (20 credits)
Linking to the Music Business degree for integration across the disciplines.
Research Techniques (20 credits)
The module will aim to develop the students’ ability to understand published research and the contribution that it makes to their practice and career development

Live Sound Mixing (20 credits)
The differences between Front of House mixing and recording of and event are fully explored at live events to attend and gain valuable working experience of the differences.
Independent Project (40 credits)
This module is a substantial task lasting 2 semesters, which provides a student with the autonomy, responsibility and freedom to negotiate an industry project in a subject specific area of their choosing.

Career Portfolio (40 credits)
The student will collate a portfolio of work achieved throughout the three years of the BSc, detailing work enhancement activities that they have participated in.
The Science of Professional Monitoring (20 credits)
This module will look at modern hybrid monitor mixing, using monitor wedges, ‘in ear monitors’ etc. Reviewing stereo image, 3D spatialisation techniques with both music and games/eSport events.
Professional Networking (20 credits – requisite)
This module will focus on the development of crucial presentation and networking skills ready for exit from an undergraduate programme into employment within the live music and events industry

Mandatory Module (40 credits)
A year-long exploration and research module. The dissertation can be chosen by the student in a field of live music they would like to explore in greater detail. Research and exploration of both primary and secondary sources with interaction from the industry is expected. Two options of a 10, 000 word or 7,500 word with practical portfolio dissertation project are available

Assessment method

The course will use live events to assess the practical elements of the course. There will be written evaluations and portfolios of concerts and events.
Some practical tests will be undertaken and the Pro Tools online certification exams.

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

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

Course code C001
Institution code W46
Campus name West Suffolk College Main Campus
Campus code A

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8,500 Year 1
EU £8,500 Year 1
England £8,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,500 Year 1
Scotland £8,500 Year 1
Wales £8,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

There will be some travel costs associated with visits to companies and venues for networking (£100) a year, along with a recommendation to own a hard drive with a terabyte of capacity. Studio head phones are also recommended (£50)