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Southampton Solent University

Audio and Acoustic Engineering

UCAS Code: 3KQW

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

A minimum of two completed A-levels, minimum grade C in 2 relevant subjects excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent. Grade C or above in GCSE english and mathematics Alternative entry on this course is available through the Media Technology Foundation Year and International Foundation Year We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

60 Credits with 45 M Level Credits

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

A minimum of two completed A-levels, minimum grade C in 2 relevant subjects excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent. Grade C or above in GCSE english and mathematics Alternative entry on this course is available through the Media Technology Foundation Year and International Foundation Year We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

UCAS Tariff

112

A minimum of two completed A-levels, minimum grade C in 2 relevant subjects excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent. Grade C or above in GCSE english and mathematics Alternative entry on this course is available through the Media Technology Foundation Year and International Foundation Year We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Acoustics

Are you intrigued by the science of sound? Would you like to pursue a career in this fascinating industry? Whether it’s designing auditoriums, improving consumer audio products or working to reduce noise pollution, audio and acoustic engineers play a vital role in a range of engineering projects. Audio and acoustic engineering is available as a three year undergraduate degree (BEng) or a four year integrated masters programme (MEng). Southampton Solent University’s audio and acoustic engineering programme offers students a solid grounding in core mathematics, electronics and computing principles alongside a thorough study of acoustic engineering.

Audio and acoustic engineering is available as a three year undergraduate degree (BEng) or a four year integrated masters programme (MEng).

Audio engineers specialise in the design and configuration of recording, playback and amplification technologies, combining a high level of technical expertise with operational skills and a practical knowledge of media industry practices.

This highly practical course aims to help students develop a strong grounding in both of these related disciplines, combining specialised acoustics and audio engineering tuition with core engineering skills such as computer programming, physics and electronics.

Modules

Year one: CORE UNITS *Core Skills *Engineering Mathematics *Electronics Fundamentals *Computing Fundamentals *Acoustics and Psychoacoustics *Transducers and Instrumentation. Year two: CORE UNITS *Managing Projects *Building Acoustics *Electroacoustics *Audio Systems *Fundamentals of Signal Processing. OPTIONS *Media Networks and Communications *Live Sound Technology *Curriculum Plus *Musical Acoustics. Year three (BEng Pathway): CORE UNITS *Digital Signal Processing *Audio Systems Design *Media Technology Project. OPTIONS *Media Networks and Communications *Live Sound Technology *Curriculum Plus *Musical Acoustics. Year three (MEng pathway): CORE UNITS *Digital Signal Processing *Audio Systems Design *Advanced Acoustics. OPTIONS *Acoustic Modelling and Simulation *Live Sound Technology *Curriculum Plus *Musical Acoustics *Media Networks and Communications. Fourth year (MEng only): CORE UNITS *Research Methods *MEng Project. Please see the website for a complete list of units.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Southampton Solent University

Department:

Media, Art and Technology School

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

72%
med
Acoustics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Engineering

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
93%
Male students
7%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C
258

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Acoustics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,070
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
94%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

7%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Sports and fitness occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Engineering and technology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

£13k

£21k

£21k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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