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Key Facts

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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 2 Years
UCAS Code:W370
Campus Location: Bedford College

About the course

Music Technology covers music for visual media, (film, television, video games and web design); software synthesis and digital signal processing, and composition and song writing, giving you plenty of opportunity to develop and showcase your creative talents.

Using industry-standard technology, you will study recording and production with an option of software programming, explore different musical genres and practise music business skills, with an opportunity in your final year to work with students on other media courses on a joint project.

This course is delivered in partnership with Bedford College


The Foundation Degree in Music Technology offers you the opportunity to gain a qualification in music technology by blending both theory and practice. You will be exposed to a series of learning opportunities relevant to todays workplace. These include:

  • A strongly supportive environment in which to explore your practice
  • Small class sizes.
  • Projects led by clients.
  • Use and management of purpose built professional level recording studios in South Bank Centre for the Arts. -
  • Training in a variety of current software to promote the development of digital skills.
  • Opportunities for credit designed to recognise a range of learners current experience.
  • Staff who are experienced in both media theory and the practice of production.
  • Access to higher education through the University of Bedfordshire.

Units

  • Context And Listening (MED022-1) Compulsory
  • Music Software (MED023-1) Compulsory
  • Recording And Mixing (MED021-1) Compulsory
  • The Business Of Music Technology (MED024-1) Compulsory
  • 21st Century Production Techniques (MED031-2) Compulsory
  • Major Project - Recording/Media Commission (MED033-2) Compulsory
  • Music And Media (MED069-2) Compulsory
  • The Business Of Music Production (MED032-2) Compulsory

Assessment methods will include: One-to-one discussion of practical work this method allows you to discuss your work in an informal setting and gain confidence in using and understanding appropriate critical thinking and evaluative terminology. Peer assessment - where you present your work to your peers, and receive feedback. You will learn from viewing each other's practical work, hearing each others presentations and considering your own output in relation to this. You will also learn how to synthesize information and present and articulate your own views. Final presentations and portfolios - this will involve you in presenting your finished work, to a professional standard, adhering to strict deadlines. Work based learning assessment strategies will include assessment of an academic report, a skills portfolio detailing prior experience if applicable, reflective diary or journal, professional practice and task management, and practical artwork and digital product. Academic staff will use information from direct observation, self-evaluation and employer feedback to formulate an assessment decision against the learning outcomes of the work based units. You will also reflect on the fitness for purpose of your efforts and practical work. In doing this you will receive feedback directly from the employer, and gain valuable skills in communicating and understanding. Team based assignments - where you are working in team projects. This will test your negotiating skills, and also confirm your individual contribution to a team effort. You will be assessed against your individual contribution and how you fulfil the learning outcomes. It will be important for you to self evaluate critically your role as a team member, and how the different roles within the team equate to a fully functional team, or otherwise. In this way you will gain insight and understanding of how teams operate and the skills you will need to acquire and employ in the industry. The overall product from team-based work will receive verbal feedback. This will be supervised by academic staff, and may involve elements of peer and employer feedback. However, you will be formally assessed on their individual roles within the team. So, although some of your productions may involve group work and we will examine the final content produced, the grades are given based on your individual contributions and not on group work. In other words, there is no group grade: only individual grades.

Entry Requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student