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Foundation Degree Sound and Music Technology (UCAS: 8H74)

The Foundation Degree in Sound and Music Technology is designed to develop the skills necessary to work in the music for media industry. The music industry is going through a huge transitional period, in which music practitioners are having to seek new areas of employment which require a new skills set. Through the specialist units this course will develop student’s skills and understanding of music composition, technology and production techniques and their direct relationship within the evolving world of new media, giving students the wide range of skills they need to find employment in the growing media industry, or progress to further study.


This course is aimed at students who have a Level 3 qualification in relevant subject areas (e.g. Music, Music Technology, Media) and adults who have experience of music and music production. They are likely to be seeking employment in the music and media industries, in jobs such as sound recording, composition, sound design and audio editing, or also looking for a route into Higher Education.

The personal project modules are derived from live industry briefs, allowing you to gain real work based practical experience of creating sound and music to a brief and gaining feedback from potential employers, whilst also developing content for your professional portfolio of work, which is a useful tool to gaining future employment.


Content will be delivered in a variety of formats including, but not limited to; lectures, seminars, group discussions, practical workshops, self-directed projects and independent study supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE).

Course Leader profile

Jim Wheatley

A subject specialist, Jim has experience in sound engineering, recording, production, mixing, game audio and music theory, having taught each of these disciplines across a variety of courses. Before joining Calderdale College he worked for almost ten years in the creative industries, producing podcasts for an award-winning counter culture magazine and creating music and sound design for a Nottingham-based production company. Jim also holds a higher level teaching qualification and a masters degree in music production, ensuring his industry experience is backed up with academic competency. Cutting his teeth as a vinyl DJ, he then pushed a live act based around innovative software instruments and hardware controllers, touring and performing around the country for many years. His main focus now is on production, composing electronic music and releasing on a variety of independent dance music labels, receiving support from DJs and producers across the drum n bass scene.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess BTEC National Certificate or BTEC National Diploma in a related subject or two A Level passes or one A Level pass with four GCSE grades A-C or 9 - 4 including English and Maths or relevant work experience. All applicants will be interviewed, where you will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment. Mature applicants (aged over 21 years) without formal qualifications but with appropriate relevant vocational experience are also welcome to apply. If English is not your first language, you will also need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or above. Calderdale College actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Interview Process

Interview with Specialist tutor. (see how to apply field)

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

Modules may include Sound Recording Techniques, Audio Processing, Music Theory, Sound Design, Composing & Arranging and Production Techniques.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

Foundation Degree Sound and Music Technology

What does the student do on completion of the course?

Many students have progressed onto top-up degrees, before graduating with full honours and gaining employment within the industry; often working as freelance sound designers, teachers, foley artists and business consultants for PRS.

How is the course assessed?

Candidates will be assessed throughout the course by completing a personal development plan, portfolio, course work, presentation, written reviews, evaluations, self evaluations, case studies and a file of evidence.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Students may progress internally onto the college’s own BA (Hons) Sound and Music Technology (Top-Up), or onto any related top-up offered at a university. Students may also progress directly into industry careers, including: Sound Engineer (live and studio); Mix Engineer; Foley Technician Sound Designer (Film/Television/games/theatre); Producer (production and post-production). Past graduates have gone on to provide music for Sony Entertainment, set up their own sound design companies and released music on international record labels for worldwide release.

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Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team will provide help and advice for applicants, both before enrolment and during your study, including: financial advice, applications for grants and student loans, assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel.

During Your Study

You may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. Careers and student advisors are also available to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing into work or on to study at a higher level. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • UCAS Code: 8H74
  • Institution Code: C01
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 12 hours
  • Days: Wed (aft) Thurs (morn) Fri (all day)
  • Start Time: tbc
  • End Time: tbc
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course Fees: £7000 per year. Students may be eligible for funding through Student Finance England. Please contact Student Services for further information 01422 399367. All full time higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422-399367. The college has an Access to Learning Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties. All part time higher education students should contact our guidance team on 01422-399367 for advice and guidance on course fees.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker

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  • Level: Foundation Degree
  • Qualification Name: Foundation Degree Sound and Music Technology
  • Awarding Body: The Open University.

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