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.
- Start your journey with a foundation year if you feel you are not quite ready to join the three-year honours degree directly
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the engineering and technology behind broadcasting such as production, vision mixing, replay systems and signal distribution
- Take some classes with our industry partner, Cloudbass: a unique opportunity to access industry-standard equipment and expertise
- Benefit from working on a variety of real live broadcast productions with Cloudbass in your final year
- Get involved in exciting media productions, from sports broadcasting and performance production to interactive displays and video creation
- Learn from practising broadcast engineers for important and current insights into the profession
- Boost your employability – we are ranked 15th highest among all UK universities and 12th for English institutions, with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree (HESA 2016).
Find out more about the exciting projects being undertaken by staff and students in our Entertainment Engineering specialist subject group.
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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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.
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.
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.
September 2020 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|IELTS||6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)|
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
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.
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.
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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.