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).
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.
Sound Production 1, Introduction to Audio Systems, Electrical Principles and Circuit Theory, Principles of Programmable Systems A/B, Mathematics 1 A/B, Integrated Engineering Studies 1.
Sound Production 2, Sound Reinforcement, Analogue and Digital Electronics, Signals and Electronic Systems, Mathematics 2 A/B, Integrated Audio Studies 2.
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).
Honours Project, Games Sound Design 2, Acoustics and Spatial Sound, Advanced Audio Processing, Converging Technology for AV and optional module in Digital Signal Processing (Optional module for year 1 or 2 entry students).
Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.
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.
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Clearing entry requirements
SQA Higher: BCCC including Maths and one from Physics/Tech Studies/Engineering Science plus Nat 5 English at grade C/4
A Level: CDD including Maths and Physics plus GCSE English at C/4
BTEC/CACHE: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering subject at MMP
Standard entry requirements
SQA Higher: BBBC including Maths and either Physics, Technological Studies, Engineering Science or Music Technology 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.
BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering subject at MMM plus GCSE English at C
SWAP: Access to STEM programme at BBB
Accepted as equivalent to one Higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry. Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship.
College HND: Sound Production with B in 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.
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.
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 recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.
You can apply to spend a semester in year three with one of our partner institutions:
- Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
- Helsinki Metropolia UAS
- Lahti University of Applied Sciences
- Ionian University
We welcome high-profile guest lecturers and expert panel discussions here on campus. In recent years, guest lecturers have included leading professionals from:
- Cirrus Logic
- BBC Scotland
- The Warehouse
- Broadcast, acoustics and games freelancers
Take part in global events and competitions such as the Celtic Connections festival, Global Game Jam and Dare to be Digital here in Glasgow.These events give you the opportunity to get involved in the support of technical operations including live radio broadcast.
You can apply to volunteer in a technical role and earn an optional 20 credits with one of our business partners:
- BBC Scotland
- The Warehouse
Please note; University-led placements are not always guaranteed but you can also be supported to find your own.
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2019/20
*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.
Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.
As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.
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.
For new international students, particular care is taken around our induction events which begin on 13 September 2019 to welcome you to the UK and GCU prior to the start of teaching. There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus tours, city tours and social events where you can meet other international students. Where possible, we encourage you to arrange travel to allow you to arrive in time to enjoy these.