Study a Audio & Music Technology Foundation Degree


Two Years


Foundation Degree

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If you want to gain the audio and tech skills to work as a professional producer and sound engineer, then this foundation degree is for you!

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You will undertake in-depth study into audio production processes, from initiation to final mastering, alongside the development of key musicianship skills. From this you will produce a body of creative work.
Learn how to engineer sound recording projects, both in the studio and on location. You will examine sound manipulation technologies and refine listening skills for mixing.
Get to grips with the science behind the sound. You will study sound theory, analogue and digital audio principles, room and instrument acoustics, as well as the design and application of audio systems.
You will get to understand the contemporary music industry, working on commissions from clients and on self-directed projects, which will develop your industry practice.
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  • Reasons to choose us
  • Develop your creative career
  • Year one study modules
  • Year two study modules
  • Industry experience
  • Your qualification
  • Day to Day practicalities
  • Signing Up
Reasons to
choose us
  • Practical, vocational content. Foundation degrees are less ‘academic’ than full degrees.
  • Flexible study options – you can hop off and on.
  • You can top up to a full degree with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) which can lead to a Masters.
  • Entry requirements are lower than for a full degree – 64 UCAS points which is a pass/pass/merit grade on a Level 3 RSL or BTEC extended diploma.
  • Industry practice is integral to both programmes with unique industry opportunities
  • Benefit from being a student with NTU, including student union membership and access to online library facilities.
  • Dedicated library in each centre.
  • Professional environments and taught by industry professionals.
  • Industry standard equipment.
Develop your
creative career

Choosing this Audio & Music Technology foundation degree is a great way to break into the creative industries.

The creative sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the UK economy and a great and exciting place in which to work.

This foundation degree can lead onto:

  • A top-up one year course leading to a full BA degree and then a Masters if you wish.
  • Employment, or self-employment, in the creative industries. This may be as a freelance producer or sound engineer, or it may be into another area of the music or creative industries.
  • A creative higher apprenticeship as a stepping stone to work.

You’ll learn practical studio recording techniques alongside the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in location-recording scenarios. You’ll learn how developments in audio technology have shaped the way we create, edit and manipulate sound and music. You will also gain critical listening skills as you’re introduced to various approaches and tools for mixing music.

You’ll get grounding in the skills necessary to create audio work derived from electronic (analogue or digital) means. You’ll be introduced to core technological concepts such as sequencing, sound synthesis, sampling and mixing, as well as musical concepts such as melody, harmony, rhythm and arrangement.

AUDIO & THE MUSIC INDUSTRY (40 credits)In this module you’ll study current industry trends, examining and evaluating how changes in technology have affected music and audio content. You’ll also be introduced to client management through the completion of a live client brief.

You’ll learn to research and select appropriate methodologies to progress your assessments and assignments. This module is designed to develop your understanding of research methodologies helping you build a foundation for your academic work.

SOUND & AUDIO THEORY (20 credits)
You’ll adopt a more scientific approach during this module – solving problems, interpreting data and presenting your findings. You’ll develop an understanding of the scientific principles underpinning audio and music technology, such as sound theory and analogue and digital audio principles.

You’ll learn how decisions made at each stage of an audio production, from recording, editing and mixing through to final master, impact on the quality of the final product. A strong research emphasis into current and historical trends in audio production will help frame your work and you’ll develop your technical proficiency alongside problem-solving and client management.

You’ll explore new and emerging audio technologies, developing knowledge of music technology outside commercial sound. You’ll use a range of different methodologies in the production of your work, combining software and hardware technologies in the creation and control of your sound.

You’ll gain a deeper appreciation of the application of sound sources, spaces and music technology equipment. You’ll learn about room and instrument acoustics as well as the design and application of audio systems.

During this module you will undertake appropriate self-directed projects, working collaboratively on creative work, allowing you to directly apply the knowledge and skills learnt throughout the programme in the context of the workplace. This module aims to develop your overall professionalism and provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin a career in the creative industries.

Get Industry experience

Being at Access is so much more than just doing a course. You will have the chance to get first-hand experience of the music and creative industries.

Here are some of the opportunities you can take advantage of:

  • EVENTS: You’ll have unique opportunities to work at events. These range from a local gig to the chance to engineer a festival stage at events such as Latitude organised by partner, Festival Republic.
  • MUSIC GLUE: Music Glue is a global direct-to-fan platform used by 26,000 artists worldwide to sell tickets, merchandise, music and more direct to their audience from one customisable website.
  • DISTRIBEAT: A partnership with worldwide distribution company, Distribeat, which allows you to market your music through all major online stores including iTunes.
  • MASTERCLASSES: Access promotes industry masterclasses by artists represented by Tri-Tone and 7pm Management. These enable you to gain advice and guidance from working musicians and producers.
  • TWINE: All our students get free Twine membership, which is an online platform allowing creative people to collaborate on projects and earn money!
  • FOCUSRITE: Access is proud of its partnership with Focusrite. You will have the chance to get your hands on over £500 of FREE Focusrite audio plug-ins, supported by special Focusrite workshops.
Get a qualification

On successful completion you will get a recognised qualification which you can add to your creative CV:

  • Foundation degree in Audio & Music Technology accredited by Nottingham Trent University.
  • You can upgrade your foundation Degree into a full BSc by undertaking a top-up year at Nottingham. This can lead on to a Masters if you wish.
  • Nottingham Trent are 2017 University of the Year.
  • 94% of graduates and 95% of postgraduates are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving.
  • 93% of students would recommend studying at NTU.
Day to Day practicalities
  • The Audio & Music Technology foundation degree lasts for 2 years.
  • It is delivered 3-4 days per week, from September to June.
  • You’ll develop your skills in dedicated HE facilities, such as music tech suites and recording studios. You will also gain exclusive access to extra facilities in the evenings.
  • Tuition fees are £9250 per year.
  • A non means-tested, a tuition fee loan may be available and is linked to the cost of your course. You can apply to borrow some of or all of the cost of your tuition fees and if you apply and are granted a loan, this will be paid directly to your Higher Education institute by Student Finance England. You don’t start repaying this loan until you have graduated and are earning over £25,000. Payments come directly out of your salary, so you don’t have to worry about it.
Signing Up

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  • You will be required to provide evidence of your prior qualifications (achieved or predicted).
  • Candidates must be at least 18 years of age on 31st December on the year of entry.
  • You will be required to achieve a recognised Level 3 qualification (e.g.RSL, BTEC, A Levels) which generates a minimum of 64 UCAS points (2017 tariff) in a music related subject, or where music is a key component. This equates to a Pass, Pass, Merit grade for a RSL/BTEC extended diploma.
  • All candidates must have achieved A* – C in GCSE Maths and English.
  • Mature candidates (21+ years of age) with non-standard qualifications and/or substantial experience in the music or related industries, are encouraged to apply and will be considered if the demonstrate appropriate ability through interview.
  • Students who do not have English as a first language are required to achieve the equivalence of a minimum of 6.0 overall with no band below 5.5 from a Secured English Language Test (SELT), the most common being IELTS, PTE or CAE. A student may be advised to undertake additional language courses or receive language support toward achieving the required standard by the start of the course, during the first term or by the end of the first year, as the situation demands.



Please note that we do not interview candidates for this course. Instead a decision will be made from your UCAS application and prior achievement.


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