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About the course

Got a passion for music production? Hoping to pursue a music degree here at Solent University? This year-long popular music production foundation programme is structured to equip you with the broad range of production and performance skills you’ll need to progress onto a full degree.

This course enables students from widely varied backgrounds and with varying aspirations, to develop their music production and performance skills, whilst helping to acclimatise to the ethos and expectations associated with higher education study in general, and study at undergraduate level.

Throughout their studies, students will have access to a range of contemporary, industry-standard software and plugins including; Logic Pro X, Ableton Live Suite, Pro Tools and Native Instruments’ Komplete. Students also enjoy access to our professional recording studios, acoustically treated workstations, DJ equipment/facilities, music labs, and instrumental practice rooms.

This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Students build a broad knowledge of music production, studio recording and live sound engineering.

What does this course lead to?

On completion of the foundation year you choose to progress onto one of our undergraduate degrees: 
BA (Hons) Digital Music 
BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance and Production
BSc (Hons) Popular Music Production

Who is this course for?

Students who are new to music production/music performance or those who do not yet meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate music production degree will benefit most from the foundation programme.

Upon completion, students will be able to progress directly into the first year of a relevant undergraduate music course at Solent University.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,000 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

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

48 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.

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 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

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:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Digital Music (Introduction) 
    This module will introduce and familiarise you to industry-standard digital sound production software. You will learn the software, composition and production techniques; including audio manipulation and synthesis exploring sound with accompanying visual elements.
  • Popular Music Production (Introduction) 
    This module provides you with an understanding of studio techniques, song formats, instrumentation, and the popular music production industry contextually. 
  • Musicianship 
    This module provides you with an understanding of song formats/song structure and instrumentation. You will learn how to critically listen developing your aural skills to established and published musical works, in order to apply to your own musical outputs. 
  • Music Industries 
    This module will help you to develop an entrepreneurial mind-set with regards to developing yourself as an artist by building a visual branded online presence. You are also able to research a wide variety of music industry professions, gaining insight and potentially helping you to choose your future music related career
  • Music in Context  
    In this module, you will learn about the significance of various developments within the music industry. It primarily focuses upon key facts, figures, events, artists and relevant technological developments, which have led/contributed to the current climate within electronic music. 
  • Major Project 
    The Major Project is a synthesis of the student’s practical, theoretical, music/aural and/or multimedia skills, which demonstrates an, analytical and critical inquiry, culminating in the presentation of an individual body of work.


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

Meet the course team

Jenna Barker academic profile Jenna Barker Course Leader View profile
Simon Fisk academic profile Simon Fisk Senior Lecturer View profile
James Hannam academic profile James Hannam Senior Lecturer View profile
Frankie Murdoch academic profile Frankie Murdoch Lecturer View profile
Jennifer Skellington academic profile Jennifer Skellington Associate Lecturer 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 opportunity to use industry-standard software such as Logic Pro Studio, Ableton Live, Native Instruments Komplete 10 and Traktor, building essential knowledge for work in the music production industry.

You will also have access to the latest studio and production equipment, including five top-of-the-range multitrack music recording studios, four radio studios, a 5.1 surround sound video dubbing studio, a 5.1 post-production suite, ProTools™ and Pyramix™ workstations, Korg MIDI keyboards and controllers, two multi-camera TV green-screen studios and a wide range of location equipment for recording at live events.

Solent University is home to a range of high-end production equipment including nine recording studios, four large rehearsal rooms, digital and analogue workstations, vocal booths, a 200-seat performance space and the latest Apple hardware.

Students are able to get involved with SO:Music City, the University’s annual music industry conference.

Past speakers include Zoe Ball; The Blackout; Gallows; Steve Strange; Download booking executive and Livenation promoter, Andy Copping; Kerrang editor, James McMahon; and Bloc Party/Franz Ferdinand PR guru, Janine Warren.

Your future

At the end of the course you’ll have a solid foundation of technical and academic skills ideal for progress onto five related degrees at Solent; BA (Hons) Digital Music, BSc (Hons) Popular Music Production, and BA (Hons) Popular Music Performance and Production.

Suitable roles for degree graduates include:

  • Professional music producer 
  • Professional music composer 
  • Sound engineer (studio, mastering and/or live) 
  • Music and sound production for film, TV and games 
  • Professional DJ 
  • Working for/managing record labels 
  • Live performer 
  • Post-production audio work for film and TV 
  • Music publishing and licensing  
  • Music producer for third-party clients/businesses 
  • Music retail 
  • Music promotion and events management 
  • Teacher 
  • Music management
  • Live sound technician.

Industry links

Solent’s close links with the music industry enables live briefs to be incorporated into coursework. This way you can be assessed on real-world outcomes, either producing work for an external client or working entrepreneurially.

The course team are actively involved in the contemporary music scene, bringing guest lectures from industry professionals, including James Zabella (DJ), Colin Lester (artist management), Rob Da Bank (DJ, producer, Bestival organiser) and Wez Saunders (producer).

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day