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University of Portsmouth

Music and Sound Technology

UCAS Code: GJ49
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Others in technology
Student score
60% LOW
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£24k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels. A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required.

International Baccalaureate

A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required.

UCAS tariff points

112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. A relevant qualification or experience in music/sound is required. Applicants without relevant qualifications may be asked to submit a digital portfolio.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 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


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


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

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? Sound design and music production are key aspects of media production, whether it's film and video or audio for apps and computer games. The entertainment industry also relies heavily on sound design and development. This course is geared towards helping you become an audio professional with a wide range of skills in developing music and sound within digital media products. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE You will explore sound, music production and visual imagery, as well as developing software tools for sound so your creativity, technical abilities and problem-solving skills will be developed in relation to sound theory and music production. You will also have use of an impressive studio suite. Visit the University of Portsmouth website for more details.


In the first year, you will begin working in our recording studio facilities, and develop a range of technical, creative and academic skills. During your second year you will expand upon your recording and production techniques, be introduced to software design and creative programming, and plan for your final year project and future career in the three core units. You also choose three units from our list of options, allowing you to specialise in your areas of interest. Your final year allows you significant freedom to pursue your academic, creative and professional interests. A broad range of option units is available, allowing you to tailor the course to your professional and educational requirements.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 58%
Student score 60% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
11% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
12% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
324 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
75% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% 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 93% MED
Average graduate salary £24k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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