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Broadcast Audio and Music Technology (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Foundation Year: City of Bristol College and Years 1 to 3: Frenchay
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Martyn Harries
Key fact:
Developed in partnership with BBC Radio and Music Operations, this course will teach you specialist knowledge and skills, with input from leading practitioners in the broadcast and music industries.

Page last updated 27 July 2017


Why BSc(Hons) Broadcast Audio and Music Technology?

Broadcast sound has a unique place in society. It contributes to the soundtrack of our everyday lives. We hear it in the form of music or supporting in-depth analysis of current affairs, eclectic documentaries, live international events and literary works in the form of sound-designed drama. Sometimes it is even accompanied by pictures!

The broadcast industry recently predicted a "critical shortfall" in professionals with specialist sound skills. Understanding new technologies is now also vital in addition to traditional techniques. A solid technical knowledge of audio is a requirement for sound specialists in film, radio, TV and games, as well asthose working in online and mobile media. As a result, numerous opportunities exist for skilled sound professionals with a broadcast background.

Why study this course?

BSc(Hons) Broadcast Audio and Music Technology at UWE Bristol is accredited by JAMES, the education arm of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) and the Music Producers Guild (MPG).

Developed by leading industry figures and partnered with BBC Radio and Music Operations, the course has been designed to address the predicted skills gap in the broadcast industry. Learning from experienced practitioners, you will develop basic engineering skills and study recording techniques and the technological aspects of music. As you progress, you will learn how to apply your creativity to enhance the sound and quality of audio, using technology. This is through building a solid understanding of the science of sound, acoustics and recording.

Real world experience

Thanks to our partnership with BBC Radio, you can attend master classes, hear from industry professionals and gain hands-on experience in world-class facilities. You can get involved in inspiring projects for the radio and community. You will also develop your portfolio and gain valuable industry experience on internships and placements.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will be equipped to go into a wide range of careers in sound. Opportunities are available in the broadcast and music industries and potential jobs include composition, location recording and sound design/tracklaying, along with editing and mixing.

Watch Jim's YouTube video to see how learning from inspiring musicians and sound technicians, as well as performing at the Centre for Performing Arts, led to his career as a Music Manager.

Read how Josh won a week's scholarship in Berlin being tutored by acclaimed audio engineers, DJs and producers.

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You will spend your initial year at City of Bristol College. From the second year of your course onwards, you will be based at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the Foundation Year alongside students from our other Computer Science and Creative Technologies courses, and therefore may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year. Transfer into the Creative Music Technology course is subject to an audition.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Foundation Maths for Computing
  • Professional and Communication Skills
  • Computer Architecture
  • Internet Systems
  • Internet System Fundamentals
  • Programme Design and Implementation
  • Programming Project.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introductory Audio Programming
  • Audio Technology
  • Audio Engineering
  • Broadcast Technologies.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Audio Process Design and Implementation
  • Applied Audio Systems
  • Audio Recording
  • Outside Broadcast.

You will be encouraged to undertake a placement year.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Music Technology Project
  • Broadcast Practice
  • Audio Post Production.

You will also study three optional modules from the list below OR two if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

  • Instrument Recording Investigation
  • Professional Experience
  • Audio For Games
  • Software Development for Audio
  • Game Audio Programming
  • Live Sound
  • Sonic Art.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You will be taught by leading industry professionals with extensive experience and networks in the broadcast and music industries. Learning is delivered through a range of methods, including lectures, discussion-based seminars, practical workshops and tutorials.

For more details, see our glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week. However, you will be expected to spend at least as much time in essential independent study.


We use various methods of assessment to help you develop a range of technical, creative and practical skills. Assessment types include examinations, group presentations, portfolio development and group programme-making activities. You will also receive ongoing formative feedback through practical sessions.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by JAMES, the education arm of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) and the Music Producers Guild (MPG). We also have links with the Institute of Professional Sound, and the Association of Motion Picture Sound.


Students who complete a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. This means that, as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

You will have the option to undertake a series of assignments during your placement year. This will help develop your portfolio and entrepreneurial skills. It also reflects the contract-based work you are likely to do on graduation. Past students have worked on video intake management, sound recording and post-production with organisations including the BBC, Dolby Labs and Acoustic Design, Sound By Design and Bang Post Production (EMMY award winners for the BBC crime drama 'Sherlock').


During your course, you will attend a tour of Dolby Laboratories where you will experience the latest in feature film surround sound formats. You will have the chance to experience technology and sound systems behind the scenes on trips to locations such as BBC Studios and the Albert Hall.

Study facilities

During your initial year, you will study at City of Bristol College's Ashley Down campus. During this year, you will also have access to all the facilities and accommodation available to UWE Bristol students.

From the following year of the course, you will learn and gain valuable experience in the BBC's world-class studios, as well as UWE Bristol's well-equipped facilities, where you will.

  • record and mix audio in our recording studios with professional standard analogue and digital consoles
  • enhance, edit and mix music in our advanced surround mixing room, six control rooms or isolated booths, which are all equipped with industry standard monitoring
  • edit videos and audio with industry standard software, including Pro Tools and Logic and Final Cut Pro.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

You can develop your network and learn more about the industry at master classes and presentations from visiting professionals, including sound writers and recordists, as well as composers for TV and film from organisations, including the BBC.

Enhance your skills

You will be able to cultivate your broadcast sound recording skills with like-minded students on UWE Bristol's Hub Radio. There will also be opportunities for you to get involved and hone your skills at our celebrated Centre for Performing Arts.

Inspire and engage

We encourage students to get involved in projects with local organisations. Recent opportunities have included work with the BBC composing audio for food festivals and the creation of podcasts for the Natural History Museum.

Showcase your work

Our students regularly showcase work at the annual plan+make degree show. Past exhibits include music students, who have composed and created for film and computer games. 


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will be creatively and technologically proficient and have the ability to create and record professional quality sound and music in live, studio and broadcast environments.

Career opportunities are available in a range of jobs in the broadcast and music industries, including composition, location recording, sound design, tracklaying, editing and mixing.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses, see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Grade D or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in Mathematics or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider your application if you have a mixture of A-Levels and BTEC qualifications.

We also welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, so we will consider you if you have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Broadcast Audio and Music technology course.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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