Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

72 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BSc (Hons)

Start date



Markeaton Street, Derby Campus

Course description

Interested in an action-packed career at the cutting edge of outside broadcasting, live events and sports coverage? Featuring a foundation year to give you a strong platform for success in your studies, this distinctive degree includes genuine industry experience and all the skills and knowledge you need.   

Find out more about the exciting projects being undertaken by staff and students in our Entertainment Engineering specialist subject group.

Why you should study Entertainment Engineering at the University of Derby

Broadcast engineering is a constantly evolving area that requires highly skilled professionals who can keep up with the introduction of new technologies and techniques. This course prepares you to meet that challenge and chart a successful career path in the industry.

A solid foundation for success

An excellent choice for anyone who lacks the entry requirements to join the full honours degree immediately, the BSc (Hons) Broadcast Engineering and Live Event Technology with Foundation Year will help you build your skills, knowledge and confidence.  Taking a foundation year first is also a great option if you have changed your mind about your career since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your understanding of a different subject area.

The foundation year gives you a solid introduction to electrical and electronic principles as well as event and media technology. In addition, you will gain the essential scholarship skills for technologists that you need to study at honours degree level. From day one, you will enjoy all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to help you make a smooth transition to stage one of the honours degree.

A unique approach

Our BSc (Hons) Broadcast Engineering and Live Event Technology takes a unique approach to fostering future talent for the industry. Because part of your time will be spent at an outside broadcast firm, with teaching by current engineers in the industry, your qualification will set you apart from other university graduates.

Broadcast engineering includes outside broadcast, live events coverage, sports coverage and pre/post production. Throughout the course, you will be involved in a wide range of exciting media productions, from sports broadcasting and performance production to interactive displays and video creation.

Dynamic learning experiences

You will study in the outstanding facilities at our Markeaton Street site and at Cloudbass, an industry leader in outside broadcast based in Derbyshire. Cloudbass works on high-profile projects spanning everything from sports coverage to awards ceremonies.

Your learning experience will be rich and varied. The course involves a mixture of taught classes, lectures, guided practical sessions, lab sessions, group discussion, studio-based independent learning, reflective journal making, broadcast site visits, research-based essays, presentations and a dissertation.

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Students onsite at Cloudbass
Students onsite at Cloudbass looking at screens

Want to know more? Read our blog for all the latest news and views. 

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

What you will study

  • Preliminary Mathematics
  • Scholarship for Technologists
  • Technology Project (double module)
  • Foundation Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Event and Media Technology
  • Electronic and Mathematical Fundamentals
  • Engineering Workshop
  • Stagecraft
  • Introduction to Broadcast
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
  • Sound Technology
  • Broadcast Techniques 1
  • Signals, Compression and Data Flow
  • Computing and Communication Technology
  • Broadcast Audio
  • Broadcast Techniques 2
  • Video Audio Production
  • Electronic Systems
  • Applied Professional Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice
  • Independent Technology Project
  • Broadcast Practice
  • Broadcast Systems and Transmission 
  • Multi-Channel Sound System Design
  • Embedded Systems
  • Audio DSP
  • Streaming Media

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You will be based at our industry partner, Cloudbass, for some of your classes. Through this industry link, you will become involved in working with other broadcast companies such as Calrec and RTS too.

The course features field trips to live production events and, as part of your assessments in your final year, we assess you while you work on live broadcast events. 

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including practical assessments, logbooks, exams, written coursework, group work and lab work.

Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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When you graduate, you will be well prepared to work in a number of roles including vision mixer, broadcast engineer, audio engineer or live event producer. The direct involvement of a leading industry specialist in this degree means you can be confident you have the skills that the industry is seeking.

We have an excellent employment track record, and our graduates are now succeeding in all areas of the wider entertainment industry. You could work as an engineer at a hire or production company – specifying, designing and operating sound, lighting, staging and video systems – or you could work as a theatre technical manager. Many of our graduates become freelance engineers or set up their own businesses.

As well as progressing to postgraduate studies, some graduates take the opportunity to work in broader fields such as design and manufacturing, media, broadcasting, acoustics, technical sales and support, education and event technology.

Where are they now? Find out where our graduates’ careers have taken them. 

Programme leader

Ben Sams

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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