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University of Huddersfield

Popular Music Production

UCAS Code: JW93
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time, sandwich 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Others in technology
  • Music
Student score
82% MED
87% HIGH
% employed or in further study
100% HIGH
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
£15.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

BBB.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

in a related subject.

BTEC Diploma
MDD

In a relevant BTEC Level 3 Diploma.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

In a relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

International Baccalaureate
31

in a related subject.

UCAS tariff points
120

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

This industry focused course aims to develop your practical skills and abilities in popular music recording and mixing techniques, whilst showing you all the opportunities this industry has to offer. The course has been designed to allow you to explore a range of processes and techniques for studio engineering and music production, including tracking and mixing. You'll study music theory (from a popular music perspective) and areas including computer composition and sound design, live sound production, sound to film and TV, development of internet content and the production of radio content. At Huddersfield, you'll be joining a large community of music technology students. You have the chance to enhance your employability by undertaking an optional placement year as part of your course. Working in music technology facilities of the type you would find in industry in the UK with a number of tutors who are experienced industry professionals, you'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of professional equipment and software including eleven Pro Tools studios. You can book into the studios for your own use, the studios you'll be taught in depend upon the modules that you study. Through the course we will support you in developing your core approaches, processes and techniques for music engineering, and mixing, to help you achieve a professional standard of production. This course holds JAMES accreditation. JAMES accredit courses in audio recording and music production and endorse relevance, quality and continuing innovation. Previous graduates have gone on to work for organisations including British Grove Studios, Warner Music and DOCK10.

Modules

Year 1: core modules: introduction to music theory; programming for music technology 1; introduction to digital media and the internet; computer composition and sound design 1 (CCSD1); audio technology 1; recording 1. Year 2: core modules: computer composition and sound design 2 (CCSD2); recording 2; live music production; musicology of production; the music industry and the internet; radio production. Year 3 optional placement year. Final year: core modules: individual project (music technology); business and the music industry; recording 3; vision and sound; creative programming with midi and digital audio.

University of Huddersfield

The campus at sunset

The University of Huddersfield was named Times Higher Education University of the Year in 2013, an award supported by outstanding support for students at all levels. The university is in the top ten in the UK for graduate employability and teaching excellence and the number one mainstream university in England for assessment and feedback. Combine this with our record for supporting work placements and student enterprise and you will find there is a lot more to Huddersfield than meets the eye.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
24%
76%

Year 1

24%
76%

Year 2

18%
82%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
18%
82%

Year 1

13%
87%

Year 2

27%
73%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

81%

Staff made the subject interesting

81%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

62%

Feedback on work has been prompt

67%

Staff are good at explaining things

90%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
30% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
21% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
347 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
62% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
12% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are managers and proprietors in other services

7%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

6%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The stats cover quite a broad subject area, but around 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, or in business were also popular – these degrees can be quite flexible and give you a lot of opportunities. But it does 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.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 87% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

90%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

83%

Feedback on work has been prompt

84%

Staff are good at explaining things

97%

Received sufficient advice and support

90%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
27% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
344 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
77% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £15.5k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

8%

Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

7%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2012. Most were working after six months – but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs in music is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.
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