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Media and Communications (including foundation year)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2).

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Media and communication studies

**Why study this course?**

Our Media and Communications (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree is the perfect route into higher education if you want to work in media but don't have the necessary qualifications for an undergraduate degree. This four-year degree will give you the skills and working practices needed to start your career in the exciting and ever-evolving world of media.

**More about this course**

During your foundation year you'll learn about digital media and journalism more broadly. By the end of this first year you’ll understand how to critically assess the media. The skills you gain in this preparatory year will prepare you for the subsequent three years of study.

The foundation year on this course is shared with a number of other media-related foundation courses, so you'll learn alongside students who are interested in different specialisms.

Following your foundation year, you will study the same course content and get the same choice of modules as those who study our Media and Communications BSc (Hons) degree. Should you wish to change your subject specialism following Year 0, there will be flexibility to do so.

As you progress through the course you’ll learn about how media affects society from a cultural and political perspective. The forms of media you'll be focusing on include the press, television, film, the internet, popular music and social media.

You'll benefit from tutors who are experienced researchers as well as insights from industry experts. Learning from current media professionals will ensure that you graduate with the skills and techniques widely used in the industry. You’ll also have regular opportunities to visit educational places such as London Film Festival and British Board of Film Classification.

You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

Modules

Example Year 0 modules include:

Introduction to Journalism and Writing for Media;
Introduction: Media and Communications;
Introduction: Film, TV and Broadcast Media;
Introduction: Digital Media.

Example Year 1 modules include:
Introduction to Digital Media;
Media Genres;
Media Histories;
Moving Image and Sound Practice;
Digital Media.

Example Year 2 modules include:

Media and Communities;
Researching Media Audiences;
Television Studies;
Work Related Learning for Media 1;
Cultural and Creative Industries;
Situation Comedies;
Crime and the Media;
Digital Humanities;
Documentary Photography;
Youth Culture and the Media;
Open Language Programme.

Example Year 3 modules include:
Globalisation and the Media;
Media and Communication Dissertation;
Media, Culture and Identity;
Analysing Popular Music;
Digital Video Post-Production;
Documentary Filmmaking;
Media, Power and Politics;
Open Language Programme.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through reports, creative media work, essays, poster presentations, research projects (both individual and group) and a final year dissertation. You’ll also receive regular feedback throughout the course.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£15,576
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,576
per year
International
£15,576
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£15,576
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

School of Media, Culture and Communications

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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.

59%
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

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
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

47%
Library resources
47%
IT resources
66%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
27%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
63%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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.

Media, journalism and communications

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

£23k

£23k

£23k

£23k

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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