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Acoustical Engineering Student

University of Salford


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  • Case Study »
    • Elle is a student in Acoustical Engineering at the University of Salford.
    • Acoustics is a combination of physics and maths to understand sound.
    • Elle is interested in both science and music, which both combine in her role as an acoustical engineering student.

  • Routes »


    Most employers will expect you to have a degree in:

    • acoustics
    • maths
    • physics
    • engineering


    You could start by doing an acoustics technician higher apprenticeship, then take further training to become an engineering consultant.

    Working towards this role

    You may be able to start work as an assistant or trainee technician and, with further training, qualify as an engineer or consultant.

  • Entry Requirements »


    • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
    • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and physics


    • 2 or more A levels, or equivalent, including maths and science, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

    Working towards the role:

    • You'll normally need at least 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including two science subjects. A levels or equivalent, like applied science, may be acceptable. 
    • Employers may also consider relevant work experience like non-destructive testing, if you do not have academic qualifications.
  • Skills and Knowledge »
    • Attention to detail
    • Knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
    • Work well with others
    • Knowledge of engineering science and technology
    • Work well under pressure
    • Flexible and open to change
    • Customer service skills
    • Knowledge of media production and communication
    • Use of computer and the main software packages confidently

  • Other roles that may interest you »
    • Project leadership
    • Management
    • Product design and development
    • Acoustics technology
    • Consultancy

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