Studying at Christ Church introduced me to a web of useful people that I met and learnt from and that really set me on my way to becoming a self-employed sound engineer and record producer.


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    A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

    Learn how to make ground-breaking sounds and maximise your potential in our digital studios.

    Guided by tutors with years of industry experience you’ll develop your skills in studio and computer-based sound production, electronic composition, music technology and audio software development.

    You’ll have many chances to perform or exhibit your music with live performances, installations and websites.

    Why study Creative Music Production and Technology with Foundation Year?

    This course is designed for students with a background in music technology, sound recording, electronic composition and production, DJ technology or audio software development.

    You will be able to compose and produce music using the specialist facilities of the Creative Arts building which include recording studios, mixing suites and Apple Mac labs as well as rooms equipped for rehearsals and dedicated music venues. You will have the opportunity to perform or exhibit your work in a range of contexts, such as performances, installations and websites.

      All about the course

      A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme:

      • Year 0 provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
      • Year 0 offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

      Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year may give you a way of accessing higher education.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

      Additionally, all applications are considered on an individual basis according to qualifications, background and experience. All students will need to demonstrate some prior experience of music production skills, such as a recording and mixing or computer-based music-making and will be required to demonstrate their suitability through an individual interview/audition.

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      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      The Creative Music Production and Technology course is taught in two semesters each year, separated by a two­week assessment period in January. Students take 3 modules in each semester. 

      The teaching delivery on each module will vary depending on the module content. Through the year you would usually be taught in lectures, practical workshops, seminars and individual tutorials.

      The contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected. Typically, a 20 credit module with 15-20 students has around 3 - 4 contact hours per week, but there are variations in the case of some modules, particularly where a module might be delivered predominantly by individual tutorials or in smaller groups for instance.

      You will also be supported in your learning through regular access to your tutors and through one-to-one tutorials. In addition, you will meet periodically with your personal academic tutor. All modules are supported by a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) webpage, providing information about the modules and a variety of learning and support materials.

      You will have access to IT and library facilities throughout your course.

      All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves working on production projects, reading, developing your digital music tech skills and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops or seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific activities to complete before class.

      For the Independent Projects and Creative Production Portfolios in year three, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team and will meet with your supervisor regularly.

      Your overall workload typically consists of around 10 - 12 contact hours per week plus additional hours of independent study, practice and rehearsals for instance. There will be variation to this depending on the modules taken and the year of study. 

      The staff team consists of highly qualified academics and practitioners who have a range of expertise and experience. The staff teaching on the Creative Music Production and Technology course currently include a Professor, Principal Lecturer, Senior Lecturers and Associate Lecturers. All of the staff are practitioners and are active as performers, producers or composers, and researchers, for instance. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

      A foundation year provides an introduction to academic study and life at university, supporting every student to achieve their full potential.

      Martin WattsFoundation Year Programme Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      The balance of assessment type depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose, but you will be assessed by a range of methods including practical work (such as recordings, composition work – in the form of recordings or scores), written work (such as commentaries and essays) and presentations.


      You will receive feedback on all your assessments and we aim to provide you with your feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.


      Your future career

      The Creative Music Production and Technology course aims to prepare you as a creative practitioner in music technology and studio production or commercial composition (as a songwriter, or media and film composer). Graduates from our programmes have gone on to work as freelance performers or producers, DJ’s, songwriters, web designers, live sound engineers and freelance instrumental and vocal tutors. Some graduates have decided to train to teach in schools or further education while others have elected to continue their education by progressing on to Masters’ Degree qualifications.

      A foundation year provides an introduction to academic study and life at university, supporting every student to achieve their full potential.

      Martin WattsFoundation year Programme Director


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500
      Part-time £4,625 N/A

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 / £4,625 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

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      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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