This 15 month course - the only one of its kind in the UK - has been developed in response to film and television industry demands for suitably trained production sound professionals. The course is delivered in partnership with the BBC.

  • Unique course in UK.
  • Location and studio sound recording on real productions.
  • Music recording in studio.
  • Multi-camera television studio production.
  • Fisher Boom training.
  • Introduction to post production techniques.
  • Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School.

Course Overview

This course commences in September each year. The Location Sound Recording for Film and Television Diploma in partnership with the BBC offers an unrivalled opportunity to learn the practical skills required for a career in this field, and covers:

  • location sound recording techniques for drama and documentary
  • sound production for multi-camera television
  • music recording in the studio and on location

*15-month course; next intake September

Now well-established, the Location Sound Recording Diploma course enjoys an excellent reputation within the Industry and each year’s students rapidly find work on completing the course. Graduates have been employed as sound assistants and boom operators on recent television productions including Ashes to Ashes, Midsomer Murders, Lewis, New Tricks, Holby City, Cranford, Jane Eyre, Gavin & Stacey, Life Begins, Judge John Deed, Downton Abbey, Fresh Meat, Spooks and Merlin.

Graduate work on feature films includes Syriana, Extraordinary Rendition, The Hills Have Eyes II, The Mutant Chronicles, Clash Of the Titans 2, Never Let Me Go, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, World War Z, Sherlock Holmes : A Game of Shadows, The Iron Lady, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012).

The BBC provide an internship at the BBC for all students. Students on the course are called BBC Sound Scholars.


The course starts in September with a term of intensive workshops and exercises that prepare students to record sound on shoots with MA students in the following Spring and Summer terms. Alongside location and studio shoots for both documentary, fiction films and television productions, the programme of workshops and tuition continues throughout the course.

Unlike other schools, all production costs are met by the School. In addition you will be given a cash Production Budget. NFTS students are engaged in more productions as part of the curriculum than any of our competitors.


The course leader and Head of Location Sound Recording at the NFTS is Simon Clark,the BAFTA-winning and RTS-nominated Sound Recordist whose impressive work in over 25 years in the field includes credits on Wolf Hall, Mr. Selfridge, Secret State, Line of Duty, Skins, and Waking The Dead.


Joanna Andrews (Ashes to Ashes, Spooks, Criminal Justice, Cranford), Tom Harrison (Reggie Perrin, Gavin & Stacey, Clash of the Titans 2), Jodie Campbell (Never Let Me Go, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Sarah Howe (New Tricks, Lewis, Merlin) and Tom Fennell (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, World War Z) studied at the NFTS.

Entry Requirements

A proven interest in sound - particularly recorded sound - a lively interest in film, television and music and a willingness to work as part of a team are essential. We are looking for people who are practically minded and who have a good general education although there are no specific educational requirements for this course. Interpersonal skills are as important as practical ones, because sound recordists need to be able to work effectively as part of a team. You’ll also need to be fit and have plenty of energy, as sound recording can be physically demanding. While we don’t select applicants on the basis of their ability to drive, we strongly recommend that you learn to drive, as a clean, current, driving license will be essential in your future career. 

If you are not an EEA National, you must already be in possession of a UK visa valid for the duration of this course.  We are unable to accept your application if you do not.

Apply With

  • Please tell us of an event or production that you have recorded or one that you have experienced and would like to have recorded. Include information on what preparation you did and what you would have done differently. What inspired you about the event? No more than one page (A4 paper)
  • If you have any work that you would like to share with us please send us the links. However, this is not essential since you may not have had the opportunity to create something yet.

How to Apply

The application deadline has now passed, please contact registry via email stating your name, course of interest and email address if you would like to be added to a mailing list:
  • 15 Month Course
  • Full-time
  • Course starts in September
  • Next intake: September 2018
  • UK and EEA applicants only

“I am delighted that we are offering this world- class training which cements the BBC’s relationship with the NFTS. It acknowledges the importance of sound across all of our content, from Strictly to documentaries.”
Danny Cohen, Director of Television, BBC