BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering

Using industry-standard equipment and software, the University of South Wales’ Sound Engineering degree will give you the practical skills and essential for a successful career in sound. Key themes of this Sound Engineering course are studio recording and production, live sounds engineering, computer-based music creation, electronics and acoustics, multimedia, and the music, sound and multimedia industries.

This course offers plenty of hands-on experience of sound technology’s practical elements. To ensure you become a thinking practitioner in sound engineering, we also help you develop critical and research skills. This combination of theory and practice means you can offer employers a little bit extra and build a career in any area of sound. 

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
J991 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
J991 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

During the first year of your sound engineering degree, you will learn recording and sound engineering techniques and practise live sound, the use of computers in music production and the basic building blocks of electronics.

In year two, you will build on your audio engineering, recording and production skills, and start to experience live sound in a working venue. You will also learn about the sound industry and be equipped to deal with contracts, copyright law and running a small business.

The final year of the sound engineering degree involves a major group project, working with students from other creative courses. You will refine your production skills in recording engineering and learn about the acoustics of performance spaces. You will also experience the recording and development of sound design for film and television. Final year students can choose to specialise in one of four areas: music production, computer-based music production and advanced sound synthesis, computer-based media production or electronics design for music.

Year One

Recording Studio Engineering
Live Sound Engineering
Computer Based Audio
Production Project
Sound Engineering Fundamentals

Year Two

Digital Recording Techniques
Sound Design for Moving Image
Synthesis and Audio Signal Processing
Learning Through Employment
Professional Production Project
Advanced Live Sound Engineering

Year Three

Group Entrepreneurial Project
Major Production Project
Research and Business Skills
ndependent Study (Sound Engineering)
Mae modiwlau cyfrwng Cymraeg yn cynnwys:
Sain Cyfrifiadurol
Prosiect Cynhyrchu
Technegau Recordio Digidol
Dylunio Sain i Ddelwedd Symudol
Prosiect Cynhyrchu Proffesiynol
Prosiect Entrepreneuraidd Grŵp


This sound engineering degree offers plenty of hands-on experience of sound technology’s practical elements and the skills you will gain are continuously assessed and involve teamwork. To ensure you become a thinking practitioner in sound engineering, we will also help you develop critical and research skills. This combination of theory and practice means you can offer employers a little bit extra and build a successful career in any area of sound.


Course assessment is through regular coursework submissions, in addition to examinations in some areas.


Sound and Music Technology courses at the University of South Wales are accredited by JAMES, Joint Audio Media Education Support.

The Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries is also an Accredited Apple Training Centre for Education for Apple Logic Pro.


The Atrium has a studio spaces, a theatre, TV and radio studios and technology labs with the latest software for music and sound and digital imagery and editing.


Stuart Jones, Sound Engineering Course Leader
Richard J. Parfitt, Academic Subject Manager
Andrew Gwilliam, Senior Lecturer
David Jones, Senior Lecturer
Lloyd George, Senior Lecturer
Gill Edwards-Randle, Senior Lecturer
Andy Cooper, Lecturer

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.


This course requires an interview. As part of your interview, you’ll need to bring in a track which you have worked on as engineer, songwriter or producer. This should be presented as either a Logic Pro X project, Pro Tools session or stereo mix on a USB pen drive.


Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)

45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International:  £12300 

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £500
It is suggested that students have their own laptop computer and smart phone. All academic years
Other: Travel £100
Students may be expected to travel to master classes /conferences/events/ performances at their own cost. All academic years

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

This sound engineering degree will equip you for a career in any area of sound, from live performance to film and television. You will also have the necessary business skills to develop a successful career in the industry.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.