BSc (Hons) in Audio Technology


Program Description

Accredited by: IET JAMES

Audio is an everyday part of our lives, whether it is listening to music on a portable player, catching up on the latest news on digital radio or experiencing a live show.

GCU has an excellent reputation for teaching audio and continues to undertake exciting technical and education research in this area which feeds into the programme. The specialist audio facilities have a range of industry-standard equipment and software, providing a stimulating environment for study and experimentation.

Students benefit from guest lectures by industry experts and have the option to undertake an innovative work experience module 'Volunteering in a Technical Role' or to study abroad for a semester through the ERASMUS scheme. The cutting-edge technical skills, work experience opportunities, professionalism and people skills acquired open up a wide range of opportunities for technical posts in the audio industry.

The programme is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) as well as the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology).

Your career

Graduates can access a broad range of careers within the audio and new media industries such as broadcast engineer, sound engineer, audio technician and games sound engineer.

What you will study

Year 1

Sound Production 1, Introduction to Audio Systems, Electrical Principles, and Circuit Theory, Digital Video Media Production, Mathematics 1 A/B, Integrated Engineering Studies 1.

Year 2

Sound Production 2, Sound Reinforcement, Analogue and Digital Electronics, Signals and Electronic Systems, Mathematics 2 A/B, Integrated Audio Studies 2.

Year 3

Musical Acoustics, Audio Processing and Effects, Games Sound Design, Audio and Interactivity, Audio Analysis and Assessment, Integrated Engineering Studies and optional modules in Signals and Electronic Systems Design (Optional module for year 1 or 2 entry students) and Volunteering in a Technical Role (Additional module option to enhance student portfolio of experience).

Year 4

Honours Project, Games Sound Design 2, Acoustics and Spatial Sound, Advanced Audio Processing, Converging Technology for AV and the optional module in Digital Signal Processing (Optional module for year 1 or 2 entry students).

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

2018 entry only in Year 1. If you are applying to start in 2017, please see Year 3 entry requirements.

SQA Higher

BBBC including Maths and either Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Science plus Nat 5 English at C.

A Level

CCC at A Level to include Maths and Physics plus GCSE English at C/4.

ILC Higher

H2 H2 H3 H5 including Maths and Physics, plus English at ordinary Level O2.

IB Diploma

24 points must include Maths and Physics.


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering subject at MMM.

Year 3


HND Sound Production with B in the graded unit. In addition to the HND requirements, applicants will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process. Interviews will be held during February and March.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognized professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Professional accreditation

The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support).

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