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About the course

You will have access to the latest equipment, software and facilities for acoustics measurement and modelling and work with an experienced teaching team with consultancy and research expertise in building acoustics.

This valuable qualification delivers the skills and accredited professional training you need to carry out and report upon sound insulation tests on walls and floors, in accordance with relevant standards and regulatory instruments.

While the design and detailed specification of sound insulation in walls and floors is beyond the scope of this course, you will gain a basic grounding in the principles and practice of achieving good sound insulation and develop sufficient familiarity with commonly-encountered forms of construction to recognise and report on any obvious defects affecting sound insulation performance.

Concentrating on measurements according to ISO 140 parts 4 and 7, the course is also relevant for a range of other situations including Building Regulation requirements.

This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
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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.
Further studies
You can study this course part-time.
Part time option

Excellent professional links with a number of different relevant industry sectors.

What does this course lead to?

Course graduates have gone on to roles at BAE Systems, Hilson Moran, KP Acoustics, Mott Macdonald and various local councils, including Southampton City Council and Dorset County Council.

Who is this course for?

Ideal for those new to acoustics consulting, this IoA accredited certificate of competence is a highly valuable qualification for career development.

The course is also suitable for anyone working in building design, construction, environmental health, and building control.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
£1,350, including tuition and IoA examination fees.

If you are interested in registering or would like more information, please contact us via email:

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

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Key entry requirements

This is an open course. There are no prerequisites to study, however due to the length of the course if your first language is not English then you may need to demonstrate your level of proficiency in English (Please see English language requirements)

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
  • 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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

How to apply

Places are limited on each course.

Subject to availability, registrations can be accepted up to three weeks before the exam date.

Applications for 2020 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email Admissions.

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What you'll study

Course content

Although the design and detailed specification of sound insulation of walls and floors is beyond the scope of this course, it is expected that candidates will gain some understanding of the principles and practice involved in achieving good sound insulation.

Students will learn familiarity with some of the standard forms of construction commonly encountered, sufficient for them to recognise and report types of construction tested and any obvious defects affecting sound insulation performance.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support


We have a specialised acoustics department with excellent equipment and facilities.

All equipment required for the course is provided, although you will need to bring a scientific calculator.

You'll receive guidance on furthering your career in acoustics and you will have access to the Solent Online Learning virtual learning environment and library facilities.

Your future

The Institute of Acoustics (IoA) Certificate of Competence is a highly valuable qualification both for new staff in acoustics consulting and for anyone involved in building design/architecture, construction and site management, environmental health, planning and building control.

The course also gives you the appropriate skillset to undertake partition testing*, which is a core business of many acoustics consultancies. Holding this certificate will make you significantly more employable with firms undertaking building acoustics testing.

The certificate is also a core part of CPD for many other fields, in particular construction, environmental health and environmental consulting, and successful completion allows you to apply for technician-grade membership of the Institute of Acoustics.

This course provides appropriate skills required for work as an acoustics technician, acoustics consultant, building control officer, architectural technologist, environmental health officer or structural engineer.

Industry links

We have excellent links with a number of companies across the sector, as well as with the Institute of Acoustics and the Association of Noise Consultants.

*Note: This qualification does not certify you to undertake projects requiring conformance with Part E of the Building regulations. A firm or individual needs to be accredited by an appropriate body in order to certify pre-completion testing to Part E. However, this qualification will give you the appropriate skillset to register as an approved tester for an accredited company.

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