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About the course

Learn the practical skills and knowledge to underpin your role as an Acoustics Engineering Technician on this acoustics HNC. Completion of this qualification should enable you to register with the Engineering Council at EngTech level (subject to accreditation). This will then allow you to gain membership of the institute of Acoustics at Associate Membership level (AMIOA).

Designed to meet the needs of acoustics apprentices, this course is built around the apprenticeship standard for the Acoustics Technician role, and is delivered part-time on a block release basis over a two-year period.

Throughout the course you will study the science of sound and vibration propagation using industry-standard equipment, and will apply this to work areas relevant to your employer’s working practices - which could involve working in construction, planning, electroacoustics, manufacturing or a range of other industries.

You will be supported to learn how to undertake noise and vibration surveys and laboratory testing; learn how to collect, process and analyse data; calculate the behaviour of sound and vibration; undertake specialist acoustics modelling; maintain and calibrate equipment and produce reports, present results and liaise with clients.

To ensure you have a solid grounding you will also study general principles of acoustics and engineering mathematics, before moving onto specialist subjects such as environmental and building acoustics, psychoacoustics and electroacoustics (the design of sound reproduction systems).

You can apply direct to Solent University for this course.
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After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
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You can study this course part-time.
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This course is an apprenticeship, which is a course that is a blend of study and work. All apprentices must be in employment.

Solent is home to world class audio facilities including a Dolby Atmos cinema, recording studios, an acoustics laboratory and an outside broadcast vehicle.

What does this course lead to?

As an apprentice you will already be embarking on an exciting and rewarding career as an acoustics technician. 

An acoustics engineering technician will undertake tasks in support of practitioners in acoustics, including consultants, laboratories, local authorities, transport authorities and other engineering disciplines in a variety of professional areas.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those on the Acoustics Technician Apprenticeship scheme and is aimed at those wanting to develop a career in acoustic engineering. 

Potential employers for this scheme can be found through the apprenticeships scheme website, or via the Institute of Acoustics or the Association of Noise Consultants.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Businesses with an annual payroll above £3million will be classed as a levy paying employer and will be able to use funds accrued in their digital apprenticeship service (DAS) account for payment of the training. Please contact us for guidance on fees if you are a non-levy employer which will cover at least 95% of the costs. 

You can find out more about funding an apprenticeship and the apprenticeship levy in our guide for employers.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been: 

Compulsory costs:

Scientific calculator: £15

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

    Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved qualifications equivalent to a level 3 apprenticeship, preferably in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, engineering or design (collectively known as STEM).

    Apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end point assessment.  For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship English and Maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to an English qualification for those for whom this is their primary language.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

If you are an employer and would like to have an in-depth conversation with us about potential opportunities, please send a message to or call 023 8201 5066.

If you are currently in work and are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship here at Solent, please speak directly with your employer to see if there is an existing agreement in place.

If you would like more general information about apprenticeships, please see our  apprenticeship homepage.

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Fundamentals of Acoustics
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Acoustic Instrumentation

Year two

Core modules
  • Construction Practice
  • Building and Environmental Acoustics
  • Subjective and Electroacoustics

Meet the course team

Chris Barlow academic profile Chris Barlow Professor View profile
Juan Battaner-Moro academic profile Juan Battaner-Moro Senior Lecturer View profile
Ludovico Ausiello academic profile Ludovico Ausiello Senior Lecturer View profile
Lee Davison academic profile Lee Davison Lecturer View profile
Matthew Hickling academic profile Matthew Hickling Technician View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


During your studies you will have the chance to use a range of specialist facilities, including field measurement equipment of the type you will typically use in consultancy for environmental and building acoustics, with sound level meters, tapping machines, omnidirectional loudspeakers and environmental condition monitors. We also have accelerometers and a laser doppler vibrometer for doing vibration analysis.

The acoustics laboratory houses a full size hemi-anechoic chamber, a small full anechoic chamber, head and torso simulators, an Impedance Probe, Impedance tube and a large data acquisition system. These enable testing in a wide variety of technology, including sound power testing and loudspeaker/microphone testing which will support the practical elements of your modules.

You will also have access to IT suites with a range of productivity software and specialist programs for CAD, Building Acoustics modelling packages such as CATT-Acoustic, Environmental Acoustic modelling packages such as Cadna and iNoise which you will use to model how sound behaves indoors and outdoors.  We also have electroacoustic analysis packages and audio recording software including ProTools and Adobe Audition.

Learners use industry-standard hardware and software to develop specialist skills, with equipment from Bruel and Kjaer, NTi, Larson Davies, National Instruments, GRAS and Microflown. 

Your future

As an apprentice you are already on your way to an excellent career in acoustics. Highly-skilled graduates are in high-demand by employers, and the industry offers careers in exciting roles working with state-of-the-art technology. 

In acoustics, you could be involved in the planning process for new airports or motorways, or the design of the latest skyscraper – many graduates will go into consulting, while others will work for technology firms improving the sound quality of the latest flat-screen TV. Others will work for local authorities, the government or the military.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Acoustic consultant
  • Acoustics calibration engineering technician
  • Acoustic engineer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Signal processing specialist

You could also continue studying with us on our BEng (Hons) Acoustic and Audio Engineering and then our MSc Applied Acoustics.

Industry links

Our highly experienced course team have experience in both academic and industrial sectors, and maintain excellent industry links who have supported the development of this course.  

Members of the course team also represent the industry at the highest levels, including having positions on the Institute of Acoustics (IoA) Council, IoA Education Committee and AES National Executive. The team also hold long established links with a range of companies including Sustainable Acoustics, KP Acoustics, ACCON:UK, Mott Macdonald, Hilson Moran, Vanguardia Consulting, Arup, Bae Systems, Naim Audio, Bauers and Wilkins and Clarke Saunders Associates, amongst others.

The University also regularly host guest speakers for both course tuition and AES/IoA meetings.  Recent speakers have included Peter Mapp (Peter Mapp Associates), Peter Rogers (Sustainable Acoustics), Dr Andrew Horsburgh (d&b Audiotechnik), Ed Veale (Ed Veale Associates), Dr Helena Daffern (University of York), Dr Jude Brereton (Uni of York), Simon Goodwin (Codemasters), Sara Rubio (Sustainable Acoustics), and Dr Aglaia Foteneiou (University of Wolverhampton).


Students will be employed before starting this course, and are expected to maintain a personal development portfolio with support from their employer and their course tutor.


Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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