UCAS CODES Course Code: 2Y4Z Institution Code: P63




Our exciting Live Sound degree is highly practical, gear heavy, packed full of industry connections/opportunities and will give you the skills needed to progress onto a successful career. We’ll teach you current mixing technologies, acoustics, modern speaker systems, analogue and digital live sound production, while elevating your listening skills and honing your professional practice.

This course has been designed to facilitate in-depth knowledge and practical application of the skills required to design, build and operate professional sound systems in a range of varied live event situations. You'll be using professional grade equipment from respected manufacturers such as Midas, Avid, Yamaha and Martin Audio and taught by tutors who are at the very top of the UK Live Sound industry. All practical elements of this course take place in our own specially designed teaching and performance space.

+ YEAR 1

  • Live Sound Systems & Stagecraft
  • Acoustics Analysis Techniques
  • Professional Studies
  • Advanced Sound Techniques
  • Loudspeaker History & Design
  • Live Sound Production Skills

+ YEAR 2

  • Digital Audio Principles
  • Modern Loudspeaker Technology
  • Networking & Digital transport
  • Critical Listening & Audio Psychology
  • Live Sound Studies
  • Digital Show Production

+ YEAR 3

  • Work Portfolio
  • Prediction, Analysis & Optimisation
  • Advanced Monitoring Application
  • Wireless System Management
  • Honours Project


All practical elements of this course take place in real working venues, in Bristol and students have the opportunity to gain work experience on a volunteer basis every week.

You'll have access to professional grade equipment from respected manufacturers such as Midas, AVID, Martin Audio, and Allen & Heath.




Every year dBs Music is involved in GlastonburyLooe FestivalKnee Deep, Sidmouth Folk Festival, Dart Music FestivalBoardmastersFreedom Fields, among many other major events have even put huge line array speaker systems into legendary venues like the Plymouth Pavilions and visits to the Royal Albert Hall. 

Check out our latest Live Sound stories here


You will learn from tutors at the very top of the UK live sound industry and experience our extensive guest lecture programme, meeting leading industry professionals ranging from respected sound engineers to specialist technical staff from world-class audio companies, who will demonstrate cutting-edge products.

A key highlight to this course is our collaborative partnerships with Martin Audio, which provides access to the revolutionary MLA speaker system, and leading sound rental company RG Jones.



Formal applications for this course are made through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature and EU students. To help you through this process we’ve put together a useful Guide to Applying Through UCAS

For further advice on the application process or for more course details contact our Admissions Team here

Alternatively you can start your initial application by hitting the button below, fill in your details and a member of our Admissions Team will be in touch.


The live sound industry accounts for over 40% of the annual sound and music sector income - there is a huge demand for skilled and experienced professionals in this area. There are a variety of roles within the live Sound industry that this course could prepare you for. Former Live Students have gone on to work the main stage at Glastonbury, work for leading PA firms, the Olympics ceremonies and tour with major acts.

Some of the potential roles the Live Sound degree can lead to:

  • FOH Engineer
  • Stage Manager
  • Monitor Engineer
  • Location Recordist
  • A/V Manager
  • Tour Manager
  • Promoter
  • Band Manager
  • Systems Technician


UCAS Points: 112 Points from:

  • A-levels
  • Level 3 Diplomas
  • Or an equivelent qualification
  • If applying from outside the UK please contact us to find out if we can accept your qualifications.

Check the UCAS tariff tables to see how many points you have.

If you do not hold the minimum entry requirements but can demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation you will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact us for further details. If you do not have any UCAS points, check out our ACCESS TO HE Diploma.

UK Applicants must have GCSE English Language & Maths at C or above, or an equivalent qualfication such as Functional Skills Level 2.

Applicants who do not have English as their first language must have:

IELTS, minimum of 6.0 in each category (within the last 2 years) or an equivalent qualification.


The tuition fees for the 2020/2021 academic year:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Students on this course are also official students of the University of St Mark & St John, our validating university, and can apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of your course. There are also loans available to help you cover living costs too.

We understand that figuring out student finance can be a bit of a daunting prospect but we are here to help! If you get stuck or just want some friendly advice give us a call on 0333 344 2243.

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