University of West London
Sound Engineering (with Foundation) BSc (Hons)
University of West London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Get a head start in your sound engineering career with this multifaceted course, which combines vocational study and academic theory.

You will learn key concepts such as acoustic analysis and sound synthesis, as well as sound studio recording, audio post-production and other practical skills. Furthermore, we will focus on your personal development, so that you can graduate as a well-rounded specialist with a full complement of in-demand skills.

During your studies, you will have access to one of the largest audio complexes in Europe, which includes more than 20 studios, as well as teaching rooms, labs and computer suites. You will be encouraged to build links with professional bodies and be supported by specialist practitioners. Their knowledge ensures that the content and delivery of the course meets current industry needs so that when you graduate you are ready to take the next steps in your career.

This is one of only eight courses in the UK accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) with Full Incorporated Engineering status (IEng).

The foundation year course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to continue onto your Honours degree. You will study a range of subjects that will underpin your future study and also gain valuable experience of university life, with full access to campus facilities. Successful completion of the year allows you to progress straight onto Level 4 of this course.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 52 graduates of Sound Engineering (with Foundation) BSc (Hons) at University of West London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Music.

Overall student satisfaction
92 /100
52 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Music

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £28763 £31439 £36396
25-75 percentile range £25332 - £31776 £25347 - £38308 £28616 - £44464

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Sound Engineering (with Foundation), BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Sound Engineering (with Foundation) BSc (Hons) at University of West London

25% Engineering professionals
10% Skilled trades occupations
10% Elementary occupations
10% Information Technology Professionals
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Research and Development (RandD) and Other Research Professi
5% Other Educational Professionals
5% Architects, Chartered Architectural Technologists, Planning
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Business and public service associate professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Pass Access to HE Diploma (Minimum of 45 credits at level 3)

GCSE (or recognised equivalent) English and Mathematics at Grade C or above

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 5.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Sound Engineering (with Foundation), BSc (Hons).


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • Foundation

University Rankings

Positions of University of West London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of West London in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #23 
    • #29 
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]
    • #49 
    • #58 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

See all university rankings of University of West London

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About University of West London

The University of West London (UWL) is a government funded university in England. West London is made up of eight distinct schools: Claude Littner Business School, London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism, the School of Computing and Engineering, the College of Nursing, London College of Music, the School of Law and Criminology, the School of Human and Social Sciences, and the London School of Film.

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Where is this programme taught

Ealing / Brentford
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Main site - West London
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