Music Technology Extended Degree (With Foundation Year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

On this Music Technology Extended Degree, you'll work with industry-based software and practice with a range of musicians and styles. You'll carry out projects in our computer labs and collaborate with students of this course and on other courses around the University.

More about this course

This Foundation Degree will provide you with a broad range of tools and techniques as you work with music, sound and sonic arts immersed in a music studio environment. Our professional surround sound, live/recording room and music studios are complemented by video editing suites, a foley studio and a music Computer Lab equipped with iMacs and MIDI keyboards.

A wide range of specialist software is available in line with the newest trends of the industry, equipping you with the most up-to-date technologies. Our cross-school partnerships assure an impressive array of expertise from highly specialised lecturers and researchers.

At the end of the Foundation Year you'll have completed a workbook that contains a mini-portfolio of interdisciplinary assignments. The music department offers industry active tutors, course leaders and technical staff, with international careers and experience working with top acts and companies including; Kate Nash, Clean Bandit, Wolf Alice, Imelda May, Echobelly, the BBC, Sky and Channel 4.


You will be assessed through a portfolio of works and studio reports.

Fees and key information

Course type
UCAS code W302
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 48 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2)

We encourage applications from International/EU students with equivalent qualifications. 

We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Suitable applicants living in the UK may be invited to a portfolio interview. Applicants living outside the UK may be required to submit a small portfolio of works via email.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

Example Foundation Year modules include:

  • Music Enterprise
  • Music Production
  • Sound and Media
  • Introduction to Media and Communications

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • Composing with Technology
  • Media Skills and Practice 1: An introduction to Music and Sound for Media
  • Creative Studio Practice 1: An introduction to Studio-based Production Techniques
  • Music and the Creative Industries

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • Applied Music Technologies
  • Creative Studio Practice 2: Advanced Studio-Based Production Techniques
  • Music and Media Context and Cultural Musicology
  • Sound for the Moving Image and Interactive Arts (Sonic Arts Pathway)
  • Composition and Live Electronics

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • Project (individual or collaborative)
  • Project Development: Music Technology
  • The Music sectors and Music in numbers (Music Production Pathway)
  • The Creative Industry (Sonic Arts Pathway)
  • Dissertation/Investigative Study

After the course

This Music Technology Extended Degree will help you gain the technical expertise needed for a career in the music and media industries. You'll develop as a creative and reflective practitioner with the skills and experience to take on employment and self-employment opportunities in music production, sound recording, sound engineering and sound broadcast.

On completion of the degree you could become a professional composer, sonic artist and/or sound designer. You could also work in post-production, sound or music for film, video editing, sound and music for games, live sound such as sound for theatre, concerts and outdoors festivals, all of which represent an important sector of employment for music and media graduates.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

What is an extended degree?

Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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