Broadcast Audio and Music Technology (with Foundation Year)
Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2019 intake. Applications for 2020 should be made through UCAS from September 2019. If you would like information about our alternative course(s), please visit the BSc(Hons) Audio and Music Technology (with Foundation Year) page
About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Computer Science and Creative Technologies
- Four years full-time; five years sandwich
- Full-time; sandwich
- Programme leader:
- Martyn Harries
- Key fact:
- Learn specialist knowledge and skills on a course developed in partnership with BBC Radio and Music Operations.
Page last updated 5 October 2018
Why broadcast audio and music technology?
Broadcast sound has a unique place in society, providing the soundtrack to our everyday lives.
Music, news, documentaries, drama and sport are streamed to our TVs computers and mobiles around the clock. Sound professionals are vital in the global delivery of these services.
Sound professionals are a vital requirement for film, radio, TV and games as well as online and mobile media.
With the broadcast industry predicting a critical shortfall in specialist sound skills, numerous opportunities exist for skilled graduates with a broadcast background.
Why UWE Bristol?
BSc(Hons) Broadcast Audio and Music Technology is accredited by JAMES, the education arm of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS), the Music Producers Guild (MPG and the Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS).
Developed by leading industry figures and partnered with BBC Radio and Music Operations, this course addresses the skills gap in the broadcast industry.
Learn basic engineering skills and study recording techniques and the technological aspects of music.
Apply your creativity to enhance the sound and quality of audio and build a solid understanding of the science of sound, acoustics and recording.
Attend master classes with BBC Radio, hear from industry professionals and gain hands-on experience in industry standard facilities.
Get involved in inspiring projects for the radio and community, while developing your portfolio and gaining valuable industry experience.
Where can it take me?
You'll graduate ready 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, sound design, tracklaying, and editing and mixing.
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
Year zero (foundation year)
You will study:
- Computational Thinking and Practice
- Information Practitioner Foundations
- Creative Technology Studies
- Web Foundations
You usually need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.
You will study:
- Introductory Audio Programming
- Audio Technology
- Audio Engineering
- Broadcast Technologies.
You will study:
- Audio Process Design and Implementation
- Applied Audio Systems
- Audio Recording
- Outside Broadcast.
Placement year (if applicable)
If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.
You'll either complete a professional experience module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Music Technology Project
- Broadcast Practice
- Audio Post Production.
Plus three optional modules from (two if you've done a placement year):
- International Experience or Professional Development
- Instrument Recording Investigation
- Audio For Games
- Software Development for Audio
- Game Audio Programming
- Live Sound
- Sonic Art
- Architectural Acoustics.
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 we aim to support you throughout your studies.
We take a practical approach that uses lab investigation and experiments to help you understand and remember ideas more easily.
Learn fromleading industry professionals with extensive experience and networks in the broadcast and music industries. Attend lectures, discussion-based seminars, practical workshops and tutorials.
Work in pairs or small groups to explore difficult concepts through discussion. Programmes of lectures provide explanation and overall guidance for the work.
Play and perform a range of musical styles at our celebrated Centre for Music. These include a thriving Symphony Orchestra, Big Band, Brass Consort, Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Group, Chamber Choir and the University Singers.
Attend industry talks from visiting professionals, including TV and film sound recordists and composers from the BBC.
See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Showcase your work
Show your final year projects at the annual degree show.
Past exhibits include music and audio processing software and musical performances.
Each module is assessed individually. The style of assessment will be appropriate to the modules and help you develop a range of technical, creative and practical skills.
You can expect a mix of exams, group presentations, portfolio development and group programme-making activities. You'll get ongoing formative feedback through practical sessions.
See our full glossary of assessment terms.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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 get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you highly employable on graduation.
If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two. This develops your portfolio and entrepreneurial skills. It also reflects the contract-based work you're likely to do after you graduate.
Past students have worked on video intake management, sound recording and post-production with organisations including the BBC, London Symphony Orchestra, Dolby Labs and Acoustic Design, Sound By Design and Bang Post Production (EMMY award winners for the BBC crime drama 'Sherlock').
You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.
We arrange trips to the Dolby Labs so you can experience the latest in feature film surround sound formats.
You'll also get to explore technology and sound systems behind the scenes on trips to locations such as BBC Studios and the Albert Hall.
We encourage students to get involved on projects with local organisations. Our students have worked with the BBC composing music for wildlife programmes and audio for food festivals, and producing podcasts for the Natural History Museum.
Gain valuable experience in the BBC's studios as well as UWE Bristol's well-equipped facilities.
Record and mix audio in our studios with professional standard analogue and digital consoles.
Enhance and mix music in our advanced surround mixing room, six control rooms and isolated booths - all equipped with industry standard monitoring.
Edit videos and audio with industry standard software including Pro Tools, Logic and Adobe Premier.
A mix of traditional and creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.
Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.
Careers / Further study
As a graduate, you'll be able to create and record professional quality music and sound in live, studio and broadcast environments.
Career opportunities are available in the broadcast and music industries, involving composition, location recording, sound design, tracklaying, editing and mixing.
Watch Jim's YouTube video to see how learning from talented musicians and sound technicians led to his career as a music manager.
Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.
We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.
Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.
There is currently no published fee data for this course.
Supplementary fee information
Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.
You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.
Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.
This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.
- Tariff points: 72
- GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade D/4 or above 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. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least 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.
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) Broadcast Audio and Music technology course.
UWE Bristol's International College
If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 83333