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BSc (Hons) Broadcast Systems Engineering

Make media happen – develop professional TV and radio engineering skills

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Are you interested in working in the media industry? Are you confident around the latest technology? Southampton Solent University’s broadcast systems engineering programme will help you get up-to-speed with the latest technical standards, developing a comprehensive understanding of broadcasting technology as well as the core computing and electronics skills that underpin it.

  • This course focuses on the technical side of broadcast production, covering the installation, operation and management of both live and pre-recorded broadcast technology.
  • Members of the course teaching team have had extensive experience in the industry and maintain their network of industry contacts.
  • The curriculum has been developed alongside these contacts, helping to ensure that students are equipped with the correct combination of skills required by graduate employers.
  • Southampton Solent University has a 20-year history of producing successful media technology graduates. Solent alumni can be found working with Visions, SiS, F1, Bloomberg, Pinewood Studios, Shepperton Studios, Teddington Studios, ITV, the BBC and Sky and many more.
  • A flexible curriculum allows students to specialise for a career in the specific areas of broadcast systems engineering that interest them.
  • Students are given access to a range of high-end and industry-standard broadcast production and networking facilities. These facilities include one of the few University owned HD outside broadcast vehicles, green screen studios and a range of high-end radio and TV broadcasting equipment.
  • Investment into 4K technology has already begun, allowing students to use the latest professional standards.
  • Students benefit from Southampton Solent’s links with the BBC, ITV, Arqiva, Global Media and independent facility providers. 

The industry

With the rapid expansion of the broadcast sector in recent years – caused in part by the rise in digital video broadcasting, satellite/cable TV, digital audio broadcasting and internet TV – qualified broadcast engineers are in high demand. As media production technology develops, highly skilled technical practitioners will continue to be an essential part of the production process.

This course aims to help equip students with the broad base of knowledge required to take advantage of these emerging technologies and pursue a range of graduate positions

The programme

Students studying broadcast systems technology will spend much of their time using our industry standard broadcast and media facilities. These include a HD outside broadcast vehicle, multitrack music recording studios, radio and television production studios, editing suites, video laboratories and a Dolby certified private cinema, featuring Dolby Atmos film playback and mixing environment.

Broadcast systems students also use our dedicated electronics lab, where they will test circuits and learn to modify or service broadcasting and production equipment.

Students will then have the opportunity to take the skill that they have learnt on campus and apply them to a range of real-world briefs. In the past students have helped produce coverage of University events; recorded at Glastonbury, Truck and Butserfest music festivals; and worked with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain on their prestigious 25th anniversary concert.

The academic team is made up of practitioners from a variety of industry backgrounds. In previous years their network of contacts have provided further potential employment opportunities and work placements to students.

Students are also encouraged to develop a range of transferable skills throughout their degree. These include group leadership, IT, networking, project management, communication, problem-solving, working to deadlines and project planning.

Next steps

Think you’d like to pursue a career at the cutting edge of broadcast technology? With industry standard facilities, an experienced teaching team and the option to specialise in an area of broadcast production that suites you, Southampton Solent University’s broadcast systems engineering programme could be the perfect start to your dream career.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk
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"For me there have been a lot of highlights, so it's hard to narrow it down to just one! I've had some pretty cool work experience…"
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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year GS83
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H643
  • 3 Years Standard entry H642

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
240 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
96 UCAS Tariff points

Solent students at Truck Festival
 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Core Skills
  • Signals and Sources
  • Engineering Physics
  • Electronics Fundamentals
  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Video Production Techniques.

Year two:

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Core units

  • Managing Projects 
  • Electronic Applications
  • Computing and Networking
  • Media Formats
  • Video Systems.

Options

  • Audio Systems
  • Sound Design
  • Television Operations.

Year three:

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Core units

  • Media Technology Project
  • Media Networks and Communications
  • Broadcast Systems Design.

Options

  • Cinema Technologies
  • Audio Post-Production
  • Curriculum Plus
  • Communication Signal Processing
  • Formats and Workflow
  • Event Management.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through classroom study, practical lab work, studio exercises and independent research.

Work experience
Practical experience is an extremely important element of the course, and each year students get involved with the technical broadcast and production of coverage for local and national events.

Recent highlights include: coverage of university graduation and fashion shows; recording at Glastonbury, Truck and Butserfest music festivals; the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain 25th anniversary concert at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall; production of an internet news channel for the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam; BBC coverage of the Olympics; the final departure of the QE2; and BBC Children in Need.

Solent students have also obtained year-long work placements with companies such as Dolby.

Assessment
The course is assessed through written assignments, laboratory exercises, individual and group presentations, production portfolios and short tests.

Our facilities

Our outside broadcast (OB) truck runs in full HD with three Ikegami HD55 system cameras, four Panasonic 371 cameras, a For-A 12-input vision mixer, a Blackmagic 40 x 40 vision router and a 96-channel Vi6 sound desk, as well as picture and waveform monitoring, PMC audio monitors, a Pyramix multi-track recording system and a Trilogy intercom system.

Throughout the course you’ll use industry-standard ProTools|HD and Pyramix digital audio workstations for audio production tasks.

You’ll also be able to use our electronics lab for systems testing and circuit building, including professional analogue and digital live sound desks and modelling software.

Further specialist facilities include: five multi-track music recording studios, four radio studios, a 5.1 surround sound video dubbing studio, a 5.1 post-production suite, ProTools™ and Pyramix™ workstations, two multi-camera TV green-screen studios and a full 5.1-equipped, high-definition, multi-camera outside broadcast vehicle.

There is also a wide range of location equipment for recording and live events, including green screen.

Study abroad

If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study broadcast systems technology units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

For more information, see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange  

If you’re studying outside Europe, then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year GS83
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H643
  • 3 Years Standard entry H642

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Solent’s media technology courses have an excellent graduate employment rate, with a number of companies regularly recruiting directly from us.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Broadcast video or audio engineer
  • Picture editor camera operator
  • Studio assistant
  • Post-production and transmission engineer
  • Digital cinema development engineer
  • Satellite transmission quality engineer.  

Links with industry

Many members of the course team are active industry practitioners, working with radio, TV and cinema companies across the UK. This gives you access to close links with many broadcasters, facility providers and manufacturers, and the opportunity to take part in visits to industry organisations such as BBC Southampton, Turner Broadcasting Europe and Framestore.

You’ll also receive guest speakers from companies and organisations like Ericsson, Dolby and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers SMPTE), as well as attending the UK’s largest broadcast video event, BVE, in your final year.

Transferable skills

During the course you will develop professional skills such as project management, communication, problem-solving and working to strict deadlines. You can also enhance your event management, teamwork, leadership and networking skills.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Solent media technology graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles in radio, television and cinema.
Solent's media technology courses at the New Forest Show

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

240 points (for 2016 entry) or 96 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two A Levels including minimum Grade C in two relevant subjects excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • An interview is required for entry to this course.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year or the International Foundation Year.

Interview requirements

Before attending your interview, please read the following: Interview information

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

 

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

 

 

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year GS83
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year H643
  • 3 Years Standard entry H642



 

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