Audio and Music Production

2017 entry

BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Production

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1007 per annum*

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: J930

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time or four years with one year spent on industrial placement

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: 88

About your course

By studying BSc (Hons) Audio and Music Production at Liverpool John Moores University you will graduate with excellent technical skills plus the business management expertise required to succeed in this exciting industry.

  • Excellent student support from academic tutors and student mentors, including a three-day field activity to help new students get to know their course mates and tutors
  • Our application-led curriculum (designed in line with advice from industrial partners) emphasises an understanding of the concepts and theories that underpin technology as well as their application to real-world professional scenarios
  • Teaching is supported by relevant laboratories and workshops (including recording, radio and television studios) with state-of-the-art software and excellent technical support
  • Option to complete a validated year-long industrial placement (as part of the sandwich programme)
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU'sInternational Study Centreto find out more

I had studied Music Technology before and this degree will definitely widen my opportunities for employment.

Audio and Music Production graduate

Excellent facilities and great staff. It’s good to be in a small class as equipment is easy to borrow.

Audio and Music Production graduate

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

This course offers an invaluable opportunity to undertake a sandwich year or placement working in the industry after your second year. This experience cannot be underestimated as it will give you a chance to put what you have learnt in the first two years into practice, enhance your skills and provide a taste of what it’s really like to work in the industry. It will also give you a head start when you come to negotiate your way around the competitive job market.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

Undoubtedly you will need support during your course but particularly during the early stages. For this reason, you will be allocated a personal tutor with whom you can discuss course-related issues, work on a personal development plan and set your own targets. Small tutorial groups also provide a supportive environment in which to discuss ideas and issues more informally with your tutors and fellow students.

Course details

Graduate from this BSc degree course with the technical skills and the business management awareness needed to succeed in the audio/music production industry.

Behind every live or studio performance lies a fascinating array of modern audio technology. This course gives you an opportunity to learn about the theories and concepts which underpin the use of this equipment, enabling you to work independently, solving practical problems and identifying solutions which help performers, producers and directors get the best results.

It is important to note that while this course includes some elements related to artistic matters, it is not an arts-based course. Furthermore, students are expected to engage with other media production theories and techniques where audio plays only a part, albeit a significant one.

The advent of new computer-based technology has profoundly altered the way we create, capture and deliver audio content. In order to secure a career in the audio/music-related industries, you will need to gain and demonstrate the competence and confidence to work effectively with this technology.

Traditionally, purely technical graduates lack a business and management perspective. Similarly, media studies graduates lack the necessary technical appreciation to work in this field. This programme bridges that gap and you will graduate not only with technical skills and sound/music appreciation, but also the business management awareness to succeed in the audio/music production industry.

You will have access to state-of-the-art sound technology as well as staff with extensive knowledge and experience. You will develop skills in media technology, electronics, computer applications and studio technology and be trained in all aspects of live or recorded entertainment. Combined with the practical hands-on experience you will get if you choose to do a work placement, this will give you a significant advantage when it comes to securing your first job. Graduates from the programme have gone on to work for leading production companies such as Paradise Productions; while others have become leading DJs or global games music stars.

You will have access to industrially-relevent teaching facilities at the Byrom Street campus including a dedicated 'live' recording area, radio and television studios and modern editing facilities.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Computer Audio Technology
  • The Media Industry
  • Spreadsheets and Data Presentation
  • Audio Production Technology
  • Practical Audio Production
  • Sound Technology
  • Radio and Podcasting

Level 5

  • Audio Recording
  • Broadcast Standards
  • The Media Entrepreneur
  • Live Performance Operations
  • Broadcast Studio Operations
  • Sound for TV, Film and Games

Sandwich degree:
  • Year-long placement
Level 6
  • Music Video Production
  • Devices, Apps and Streaming
  • Project Preparation
  • Career Management
  • Audio Restoration and Digital Enhancement
  • Project

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We have sound and TV studios where you will practice your skills and develop understanding of the production process through teamwork in a completely realistic environment.

Teaching varies according to the module being studied but is mainly delivered through lectures supported by small-group tutorial work. There is an emphasis on interactive study through our virtual learning environment, Canvas, from which you can access online learning resources at any time and from anywhere

Our Byrom Street campus, where this course is delivered, is engineered to assist you to success thanks to the investment of £6million in state-of-the-art teaching facilities.

Our contemporary air-conditioned computer suites provide access to high-performance computers, dedicated to students from the Engineering Departments. Teaching rooms are designed to enable the multimedia delivery of teaching materials and demonstrations.



Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

Your tutors have extensive experience in technology and media, and can offer invaluable insight into how best to go about building a career in this competitive industry. They are also highly committed to helping you fulfil your potential in both your studies and your future career plans.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and project work

Students' knowledge and understanding will usually be assessed via a combination of examinations and coursework. However, certain subjects may be assessed by other means, such as through a portfolio of work or practical work, for example.

A final-year project gives you the chance to work independently and contributes considerably to your final mark. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas, face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more effort.



Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to: www.gov.uk/student-finance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go to:www.gov.uk/student-finance

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

You will enjoy varied career opportunities working in sound production or as sound engineers.

The first group of students from the BSc Audio and Music Production degree graduated in 2011, with a number securing employment with high profile companies, including BBC Radio 4 and Sky, clearly demonstrating the calibre of both our students and the programme itself.

Since then graduates from 2012 and 2013 have continued this successful employment profile with companies such as Adlib, ITV, Bradford City Film, ADI tv and various independent recording studios.

Graduate opportunities include working as sound engineers or in sound production working in television and radio companies, theatres, event venues and music recording studios. Many graduates have also started their own recording/production companies.

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers (www.ljmuisc.com/) or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (int-admissions@ljmu.ac.uk)for guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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