Students in recording studio


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:
Chris Nash
Key fact:
Experience technology and sound systems behind the scenes with trips to the Albert Hall and BBC Studios, Bristol.

Page last updated 3 March 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Audio and Music Technology

New technologies and techniques are opening up a whole world of creative possibilities for music creation and production.

Understanding these and how they can be applied enables you to play an important role in the creative process. It also equips you with the ability to explore and discover technological and musical innovations of the future.

Why study our course?

The BSc(Hons) Audio and Music Technology course is focused on the computing aspects of music and audio and is ideal if you have no formal musical training but an interest in the technology behind music. You will learn basic engineering skills and the technological aspects of music with an emphasis on the creative application of technology. From learning basic recording techniques, you will progress to the science of sound, acoustics and recording in depth.

During the first year of this course you'll study at City of Bristol College. You can access UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus and all the facilities and accommodation available to our students. From the second year of your course onwards you'll be based at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus.

Real world experience

There are opportunities to perform in our celebrated Centre for Performing Arts. You can get involved on inspiring live musical briefs for the community, TV and schools. You will put what you've learnt into practice on a final year project showcasing your talents. These, and the opportunity to do a series of placements, will equip and prepare you for a career in the music industry.

Where It Can Take You

On graduation, potential careers include roles in audio and sound engineering from recording, to mixing, production, as well as performance, composition and concert management. You will be suited for work in areas where there is a heavy reliance on audio technology such as film, television, games, theatre and the arts. You will be able to apply your expertise with audio hardware and software companies, for example designing home or in car sound systems.

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The underlying content of this course is music and computing, allowing you to develop skills particularly in the development and operation of music and audio technology systems.

Year 0 (Foundation Year)

You will study the Foundation Year alongside students from our other Computer Science and Creative Technologies courses, and so you 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.

  • 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 0 modules before progressing to Year 1.

Year 1

In your first year you will be introduced to the programming skills that you will continue to develop in subsequent years. This is especially important in terms of developing general problem solving and fundamental engineering skills. All first year audio and music technology students study fundamental music concepts, both in terms of the underpinning music theory and the appreciation of a range of musical styles.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introductory Audio Programming
  • Audio Engineering
  • Audio Technology
  • Theory of Music
  • Exploring Music

Year 2

Your second year will contain some technological aspects of music but with an emphasis on creativity and the creative application of technology. Your work will move beyond basic recording techniques to the science and engineering of sound and the recording environment. You will also study how various musical instruments are engineered to produce their characteristic sound behaviour and how a range of audio signal processing systems are designed and implemented. You will also continue to develop skills in computer-based audio and music systems through developing sampler instruments, soundscape work and using sensors and controllers to manipulate audio and synthesis systems.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Audio Process Design and Implementation

Plus three of the following optional modules:

  • Audio Recording
  • Applied Audio Systems
  • Mobile and Physical Computing
  • Research and Practice in Music Technology

In your third year, you will have the option of spending a year on a salaried placement. For students on placement, there is an opportunity to complete a professional practice module and be awarded 15 level 3 credits. The professional experience module is shown in the option list for the final year, but is actually completed during the year out.

Final Year

In your final year you will study acoustics and recording in depth, as well as the appreciation of audio for video and film. Module options allow you the freedom to develop your own particular specialisms. These options are likely to change, depending on staff interests, and in response to feedback from the music business. You will also undertake an individual final year project, which is a substantial body of work where you will expected to demonstrate your own particular talents, skills and passion for the subject area.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Instrument Recording Investigation
  • Music Technology Project
  • Audio Post Production

Plus three of the following optional modules:

  • Sonic Art
  • Game Audio Programming
  • Live Sound
  • Audio for Games
  • Software Development for Audio
  • Advanced Performance
  • Professional Experience

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

Getting to grips with new subjects can be demanding, but by offering the correct level of assistance we aim to support you throughout your studies. Using a practical approach, during laboratory investigation and directed experiment, theory and principles can be more easily assimilated.

Much of the work is carried out in pairs or small teams, which helps to really understand difficult concepts by discussing them with friends and colleagues. Programmes of lectures provide explanation and overall guidance for the work.

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


Each module is assessed individually. There is a mixture of assessment styles but the pattern of assessments is designed to be appropriate to the learning within each module. Some modules are assessed entirely on coursework and in-class tests whilst for others there are written assignments and end of module exams.

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).


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

Many of our students do a series of supported placements during their placement year. This develops their portfolio and reflects the contract-based work they are likely to do on graduation. Past students have worked with national orchestras and on events. Others have worked in acoustics, recording and post-production studios, with organisations including the BBC, Dolby and Acoustic Design.


To give you the chance to experience technology and sound systems behind the scenes, we arrange trips to the Albert Hall, BBC Studios Bristol and Dolby Labs where possible.

Study facilities

During your initial year, you'll be studying on City of Bristol College's Ashley Down campus, which has the latest industry standard software. During this year you'll have access to all the facilities and accommodation available to UWE Bristol students.

From the next year of your course you'll be able to develop practical skills in our state-of-the-art facilities at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus where you'll be able to create and enhance music in our well-equipped studios and performance spaces.

  • Compose and play in a choice of four performance spaces with options ranging from live to dead acoustics.
  • 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.
  • Edit videos and audio in our video post room equipped with industry standard software including Pro Tools and Logic.

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

Perform and play

There is a host of opportunities for you to play and perform a range of musical styles a UWE Bristol's celebrated Centre for Performing Arts. These include a thriving Symphony Orchestra, Big Band, Brass consort, Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Group, Chamber Choir and the University Singers.

Learn from industry

To help you learn more about the industry, we arrange regular talks from professionals including TV and film sound recordists and composers from organisations like the BBC.

Get involved

Join our Live Music Society and compete at its annual Battle of the Bands. You can also broadcast with fellow students on Hub Radio.

Showcase your work

Our students regularly showcase their final year projects at the annual plan+make degree show. Past exhibits include music and audio processing software, and musical performances.

Inspire and engage

We encourage students to get involved on projects with local organisations. These opportunities include work with the BBC composing music for wildlife programmes and audio for food festivals.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will have a clear understanding of the role of technology in music and be able to use a range of modern technologies underpinned with basic engineering concepts.

Career opportunities are available in performance, production and concert management, as well as audio and sound engineering. You will be suited for work in creative areas where there is a heavy reliance on technology such as film, theatre, and the arts. You will also be able to apply your expertise designing home or in-car sound systems for manufacturers.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps 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.


Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their 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 applicants with a mixture of A levels and BTEC qualifications.

We welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, but who have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Audio and Music Technology course.

UWE Bristol's International College

International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course 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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