BSc (Hons) Sound and Live Event Production

The Sound and Live Event Production course will give you the technical skills to transform live performances into events.

You'll study live sound, video, rigging and lighting technology for use in all kinds of venues, from theatre, concerts and festivals, to TV, themed attractions and corporate events.

There is a balance of theoretical and practical applications of technology, so you'll learn how to work with artistic colleagues to find creative solutions to the practical challenges of staging live events.

We regularly get involved in all kinds of events, from pop-up castle cinemas to live sports broadcasts. This mix of theory and practice will prepare you for a career in entertainment, broadcasting, touring logistics, technical production companies, and technical sales.

There are plenty of opportunities to use what you learn on this course, from practical sessions on campus in The Cube, to work placements, attending events and field visits. With a vibrant live music industry in the UK, local TV and film, and a wide range of major sporting and corporate events, you can develop skills to boost your employability in these areas.

2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
JP92 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A

You'll cover the fundamentals of sound, lighting and electrical technology, alongside key aspects of rigging and installation design. You'll also explore video technology and issues around networks, business concepts and planning. During your final year, you'll undertake a major group project to develop an industry-standard product. This will allow you to build additional skills such as creative problem solving and effective communication that are highly valued by employers. 

Year One: Sound and Live Event Production Degree

  • Live Sound Technology 1 - 20 credits
  • Electrical Principles and Design - 20 credits
  • Introduction to Lighting Design and Technology - 20 credits
  • Concept Design and Video Technology - 20 credits
  • Business and Event Safety - 20 credits
  • Electronics 1 - 20 credits

Year Two: Sound and Live Event Production Degree

  • Video Systems Technology - 20 credits
  • Live Sound Technology II - 20 credits
  • Flying and Rigging Design - 20 credits
  • Entertainment Lighting Design - 20 credits
  • Power Systems Verification - 20 credits
  • Lighting Control and Network Technology - 20 credits

Year Three: Sound and Live Event Production Degree

  • Group Project - 40 credits
  • Live Sound Technology III - 20 credits
  • Video Applications Technology - 20 credits
  • Lighting Practice - 20 credits
  • Professional Preparation - 20 credits
  • Supervised Work Experience (SWE) - 120 credits


The BSc (Hons) Sound and Live Event Production course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and practical workshops. Teaching often takes place in television studios and other creative spaces on Campus. We also work with other Cardiff venues to provide realworld experiences developing essential practical skills and techniques.

As well as the teaching on campus, there are field trips and backstage tours, including to the West End and BBC. You will also benefit from our links with industry through regular lectures from high-profile guest speakers.


Assessment involves a mixture of assignments, coursework, presentations and class tests throughout the year, with exams for some modules.


We encourage all students to complete a placement as part of their Sound and Live Event Production degree. On a sandwich placement, you can spend up to a year working in the industry to apply your new knowledge and learn new skills – it’s a great boost to your CV and can lead directly to employment when you graduate.


We have exceptionally close ties with industry. Many of the industry’s leading companies donate or loan equipment, give guest lectures and demonstrations, or invite us to their headquarters to look around and meet their staff. These include 11th Hour Events; AC Entertainment Technologies; BBC Wales and Northern Ireland; Enlightened LX; Green Hippo; Just FX Pyrotechnics; PRG/XLVideo; Southwest Group; Stage Sound Services; SSE Audio Group; Hawthorn; Wales Millennium Centre; Whitelight and Zero88 (Cooper Controls).


Our lecturers are experts in their subject areas, having worked in, or with, industry, conducting research, presenting at conferences, publishing their work, and informing your studies with the latest industry insights and advances. 

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a relevant Mathematics, Science, Electronics, Technology or Performing Arts (Technical) subject.

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include a relevant subject such as Mathematics, Science, Electronics, Technology or Performing Arts (Technical) (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant Maths, Science or Engineering subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including a score of 5 in a numerate subject at Higher Level. You will also need to obtain a score of 5 or above in English at standard level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass an Access to HE Diploma in Science, Maths or Engineering and obtain a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13800 

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (uniform and equipment) £15 - £35
You'll have the option to buy branded clothing such as tee-shirts, hoodies and jackets.
Additional courses £100
Pyrotechnics course may be offered.
Field trips £480 - £550
Two-day field trip to Robe's head quarters in the Czech Republic may be offered.

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please register and apply directly.

International students
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.

Admissions statement

Throughout the Live Event course you will develop the key skills involved in rigging for theatre, festivals and events, adding to your employability. Mixing theory and practice, the Sound and Live Event Production degree will ensure you are well prepared for a technical career in live entertainment, broadcasting, live performance, event management, with production companies or to conduct freelance work. The latest research shows that unless the industry can recruit 30,000 new technical staff over the next decade, theatre and live music employers will face a shortage of trained technicians, including lighting directors, sound consultants, designers and broadcast experts. Demand for graduates from USW's live event course is likely to increase.