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Media with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

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

English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents* Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*

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 | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Media and communication studies

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.
Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary**
- 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.

**How you learn**
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

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.

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**
You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Recent students have worked with the BBC, regional newspapers, local and national PR agencies, Disney, South Yorkshire Police, Sheffield Children's Hospital and in the voluntary sector.

**Networking opportunities**
Every year we hold industry events that bring you together with regional and national PR experts. Graduates return to share their experiences and top tips for finding jobs. Selected students are offered a chance to be mentored by PR professionals for one year.

You gain automatic free student membership of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and all the benefits that come with it, including exclusive access to work placements, internships, graduate schemes and entry level jobs, free and unlimited online training, and free access to the industry-recognised PRCA Online Certificate.

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.
Year 1
Compulsory modules
Creative Synergies In Media Production 40
Media In Context 20
Media Project 40
Preparing For Independent Practice And Study 20
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Making Media 20
Making Media 2 20
Media Audiences 20
Media Evolution And The Professional Landscape 20
Media Industries 20
Media Texts And Genres 20
Year 3
Compulsory modules
Media, Identities And Representations 20
Media Technologies 20
News Media 20
The Media, Power And Politics 20
Elective modules
Applied Photography 20
Global Communications Strategy And Critique 20
Music And Events Pr And Management 20
Radio And Sound Production 20
Storytelling In Film, Television And Beyond 20
Tv And Video News Skills 20
Year 4
Optional modules
Placement Year
Final year
Compulsory modules
Applied Project/Dissertation For Media 20
Globalisation And The Media 20
Postcolonial Media Culture 20
Researching For The Media 20

Assessment methods

Coursework

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
for the whole course
England
£9,250
for the whole course
EU
£14,415
for the whole course
International
£14,415
for the whole course
Northern Ireland
£9,250
for the whole course
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
for the whole course
Scotland
£9,250
for the whole course
Wales
£9,250
for the whole course

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

College of Social Sciences and Arts

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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.

74%
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

66%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
6%
First year 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
20%
low
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, 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

£21k

£21k

£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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