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Sheffield Hallam University

Media with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: A037

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15,P:0

An Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or L2 equivalent

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

MMP

UCAS Tariff

80

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example: •CDD at A Level. •MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma. •A combination of qualifications, which may include a maximum of one AS level, EPQ and general studies

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Media and communication studies

•Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
•Research, plan, implement and manage successful PR and media campaigns.
•Gain an in-depth knowledge of the media including industries, audiences and texts.
•Access specially designed teaching rooms to enable content creation and editing.
•Engage with current debates about the relationship between public relations, the media and wider society.

Examine and evaluate key theories relating to PR and the media and study professional issues on this wide-ranging course. Your studies are led by a team that includes national award-winning industry specialists, with experience across TV, health, charity, public and private sectors, and internationally recognised PR and media theorists.

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Public Relations and Media course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other media arts and communication foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

Throughout the course you attend a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars where key topics and concepts are introduced and explored. This includes a mix of tutor-directed learning, discussions and student-led exercises and activities where you engage in collaborative activities in face-to-face and virtual learning environments.

You learn through
•essays
•practical tasks and projects
•case studies
•reports
•group work
•concept maps
•research tasks and projects
•electronic assessment
•oral presentations
•portfolios of work

In the foundation year, you'll study wide-ranging media arts and communication topics, while also focussing on your particular subject area and completing assignments in that field. You'll grow as a creative, and begin developing a professional portfolio. You'll also become familiar with Hallam's exceptional facilities and staff, so you're fully prepared for undergraduate study.

Modules

Module: Creative Approaches To Media Production Credits: 40.00
Module: Media In Context Credits: 20.00
Module: Media Project Credits: 40.00
Module: Preparing For Independent Practice And Study Credits: 20.00
Module: History Of The Media Credits: 20.00
Module: Making Media Credits: 20.00
Module: Making Media 2 Credits: 20.00
Module: Media Audiences Credits: 20.00
Module: Media Industries Credits: 20.00
Module: Media Texts And Genres Credits: 20.00
Module: Media, Identities And Representations Credits: 20.00
Module: News Media Credits: 20.00
Module: Researching For The Media Credits: 20.00
Module: The Media, Power And Politics Credits: 20.00

Module: Applied Photography Credits: 20.00
Module: Celebrity Culture Credits: 20.00
Module: Documentary Media: Critical And Historical Approaches Credits: 20.00
Module: Event Management Credits: 20.00
Module: Feature Writing And Publishing 1 Credits: 20.00
Module: Feature Writing And Publishing 2 Credits: 20.00
Module: Global Pr Credits: 20.00
Module: Radio 1 Credits: 20.00
Module: Storytelling In Film, Television And Beyond Credits: 20.00
Module: Tv1: Introduction To Tv News Credits: 20.00
Module: Applied Project/Dissertation For Media Credits: 20.00
Module: Globalisation And The Media Credits: 20.00
Module: Media Technologies Credits: 20.00
Module: Postcolonial Media Culture Credits: 20.00


Module: Alternative Media Credits: 20.00
Module: Communication Through Photography Credits: 20.00
Module: Corporate Communications: Strategy And Critique Credits: 20.00
Module: Feature Writing And Publishing 3 Credits: 40.00
Module: Moral Panics Credits: 20.00
Module: Pr And Power Credits: 20.00
Module: Radio 2 Credits: 20.00
Module: The Environment, Science And The Media Credits: 20.00
Module: Tv2: Tv Journalism And Production Credits: 20.00
Module: Work Based Learning: Professional Communication 2 Credits: 20.00

Assessment methods

Coursework, exams, practical

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Science Technology and Art

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.

77%
med
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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

84%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
4%
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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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 and communication studies

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

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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