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Bath Spa University

Media Communications (Professional Placement Year)

UCAS Code: S176

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-C,C,C

A Level - Grades BCC-CCC preferred

Access to HE Diploma

M:30

Typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, including 30 at merit or higher).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

A minimum score of 27 points required

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

Extended Diploma grades Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM) accepted

UCAS Tariff

96-104

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with year in industry | 2021

Subject

Media and communication studies

This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year.

Develop the skills you need to examine, challenge and transform today’s issues through the power of media communications.

- Learn to communicate new ideas to audiences – locally and globally.

- Explore and challenge the ways global media shape everyday perception and culture.

- Build up a diverse portfolio that demonstrates your knowledge of the changing media landscape.

Ever wondered why the media tells stories and represents people the way that it does? Or how the film, TV, music and game industries transform wider society and culture? Or how social media shapes how we perceive, consume and participate in everyday life?

BA Media Communications develops the research skills you need to make sense of these questions, and looks across contemporary media industries – their audiences, interactive platforms and representations – at a local, national and global level.

We want you to develop the collaborative and digital skills you’ll need to participate in and across media platforms. You’ll benefit from a creative blend of practical and research-led approaches, to better equip you with the skills you’ll need to understand audiences and how to communicate new ideas with them.

**More about the Professional Placement Year**
A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers & Employability Team.

Modules

In Year 1 you’ll take modules which will equip you with the essential critical toolkit for understanding and analysing contemporary media and conducting media research. You’ll be introduced to some of the key themes, theories, methods and debates in media research through a series of case studies including gender, class, disability, national identity and violence in the media, music subcultures, branding, preservation and more.

Year 2 will see you explore questions of global media cultures. Alongside this, you’ll study the impacts of a global media culture on everything from production to consumption. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills in media-making, while further examining these themes in relation to more specific areas of advanced research.

Finally in Year 3, you’ll be encouraged to specialise in an area that interests you, and to develop independent research and/or practice. This manifests in the form of a dissertation, with specialist modules available.

For more information please refer to our website.

Assessment methods

Media Communications is a theoretical course with a practical component. Assessments therefore range from essays, professional writing, presentations, reviews and feature writing, to cross-media presentations, object history work and industry reports and investigations. You’ll also learn through the creation of journals, research logs and portfolios, blog posts and collaborative projects.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bath Spa University

Department:

School of Creative Industries

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

64%
low
Media and communication studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

72%
Library resources
71%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
45%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,971
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
35%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Other elementary services occupations

Only a small number of students study courses within this catch-all subject area, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at any stats. Marketing and PR were the most likely jobs for graduates from these courses, but it's sensible to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course, and what previous graduates did.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Mass communications & documentation

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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