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Solent University (Southampton)

Live Sound Technology

UCAS Code: XCS5

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

From 2 A levels or equivalent qualification, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D*. 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 enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45,P:15

60 Credits overall with 45 Merit level credits and 15 at Pass.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

From 2 A levels or equivalent qualification, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D*. 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 enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.

UCAS Tariff

112

From 2 A levels or equivalent qualification, BTEC Extended Diploma DMM, BTEC Diploma D*D*. 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 enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Audio technology

Do you have a passion for live music? Are you hoping to work behind the scenes in the entertainment industry? This practical and skills based live audio technology degree will help you develop a high level of working knowledge, fully equipped to install, operate and customise modern audio systems and pursue a range of careers in the music and live events industry.Students studying live sound technology will have the chance to build these specialist skills by using our industry standard media facilities. These include radio and audio recording studios, Foley booths, digital mixing systems and channel desks.Students are also able to use our HD outside broadcast vehicle, giving them first-hand experience of the time and quality pressures associated with outside broadcasting.The course focuses on helping students to improve their employability. As such, past students have been given regular opportunities to conduct work experience at live music and sporting events. These opportunities have included work at some of the UKs biggest music festivals.This course also offers students the opportunity to collaborate with students from Southampton Solents other creative programmes. This collaborative environment simulates real working practices and helps prepare learners to work with professionals from other disciplines after graduation.

Modules

Year one: CORE UNITS *Core skills *Signals and sources *Physics of light and sound *Audio production techniques *Electronics fundamentals *Computing fundamentals. Year two: CORE UNITS *Managing projects *Audio systems *Media formats *Live sound techniques *Live event technology. OPTIONS *electroacoustics *Sound design. Year three: CORE UNITS *Media technology project *Live sound technologies *Event management. OPTIONS *Audio systems design *Sound for video and computer games *Audio post-production *Curriculum Plus *Broadcast distribution technologies.

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
£12,500
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:

Solent University (Southampton)

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.

58%
low
Audio technology

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.

Others in technology

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
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

83%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
28%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

39%
UK students
61%
International students
78%
Male students
22%
Female students
51%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

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.

Others in technology

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.

£23,000
low
Average annual salary
79%
low
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
18%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
8%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats cover quite a broad subject area, but over half of the graduates we're talking about here studied some kind of audio technology subject. It's not a surprise, then, to find that the most common job for graduates from this subject last year was as a sound technician in film, TV and music. Jobs in IT, as arts officers or musicians, in marketing, or in business were also popular — these degrees can be quite flexible and give you a lot of opportunities. Another degree that falls under this heading is in transport logistics (told you it was broad!), and those graduates did particularly well as our whole just-in-time retail economy really needs good logistics skills - and graduates with those qualifications are in serious shortage. But your prospects do depend on the particular degree you take, so if you have a course in mind, take a look at the information on the university's website.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Audio 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.

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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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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