Would you like to improve your English language and academic skills before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree programme? This course aims to fully prepare those who speak English as a second language for full-time study on one of our degree programmes. Part of a range of extended degree programmes for students whose first language is not English, this foundation year helps learners to reach a standard broadly equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of IELTS 5.5 in each language skill component) before starting undergraduate studies. Solent University is proud to offer students a supportive learning environment. Face to face academic support is complemented by 24/7 access to our virtual learning environment. Students also benefit from access to our dedicated language centre, which offers a range of interactive resources designed to aid second language study. Thinking of studying for a degree here in the UK? This foundation year will help you transition into academic life as smoothly as possible, improving your language, research and communication skills as you begin to learn about your chosen subject area. Successful completion of the International foundation year will provide a pathway to the Popular Music Production degree. Suitable for both schooled and self-taught producers of all skill levels, Southampton Solent University’s popular music production programme combines technical learning with an in-depth study of the history, context and theory behind contemporary music production. Students will build the required skills by working alongside our experienced course team on a range of different equipment including: five recording studios and four mix workstations, all equipped with Pro|Tools HDX and NI Komplete, three ICON DCommand worksurfaces, an analog studio with Audient ASP8024, outboard by Neve, Lexicon and Universal Audio, microphones by Neumann, AKG, Coles, Rode, plug-ins by Waves, McDSP, Sonnox, Yamaha M7 and LS9 digital live mixers, and a Music Technology Lab with 25 Apple Macs, Pro Tools, Logic and Sibelius. Past students have benefitted from the course team’s excellent links to industry by attending guest lectures from visiting industry professionals. Speakers have included Mike Moran, composer; Trevor Horn, Grammy award-winning producer; Rob Da Bank, DJ and festival organiser; Gary Langhan, sound engineer; and Mark Lawrence CEO of The Association for Electronic Music. Students will also be able to tailor the course to their own interests through optional projects and units in the second and third years. These units can help to inform your career and ensure that your technical skills are underpinned by a solid understanding of the wider music industry. Graduates from this course have gone on to secure roles at record labels, post-production studios, and film and television companies.