BSc (Hons) Audio Technology

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.

Year 1

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.

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 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.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
2 - 4 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
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Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBC (incl Maths plus a Science or Technology subject) Nat 5: C (English)
Minimum entry requirement:BCCC (incl Maths plus a Science or Technology subject at Higher) Nat 5: C (English)

Minimum entry requirements are for widening access students only. If you are from a group that is not currently well-represented in higher education you may qualify as a widening access student. This includes living in a target postcode area, attending a target school or college, attending SWAP, are care-experienced or provide care for someone else, have refugee status or are an asylum seeker.

A level: CCC (incl Maths plus a Science or Technology subject) GCSE: C/4 (English)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H5 (incl Maths plus a Science or Technology subject) O2: English
IB Diploma: 26 points (incl Maths plus a Science or Technology subject)
BTEC: MMM Ext Dip in Engineering subject GCSE: C/4 (English)
SWAP: Access to STEM - BBB

Year 2

A level: BBB (incl Maths and Physics)
IB Diploma: 30 points (incl two subjects at HL level including Maths or Physics, one at SL and one at HL)

Year 3

College HND: Sound Production - graded unit B

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

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.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

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.

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

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

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.

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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 million per year.

View undergraduate scholarships at GCU.

The degree course is accredited by JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support) as well as 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.

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

You can apply to volunteer in a technical role and earn an optional 20 credits with one of our business partners:

  • BBC Scotland
  • Mediaspec
  • The Warehouse

Please note; University-led placements are not always guaranteed but you can also be supported to find your own.

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

Celtic Connections

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 will be assessed based on exams, class tests, coursework and presentations.