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University of Winchester

Media and Communication (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: P30X

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

48

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Media and communication studies

- A strong focus on the convergence of old and new media, including social networking

- Develop as a critical thinker and master the art of how to communicate creatively

- Access outstanding industry-standard facilities in our Multimedia Centre, including two HD TV studios with green screens, a newsroom, and a computerised radio studio

Whatever the platform, media is at the centre of our daily experience and the ways in which we communicate with each other. Our dynamic and focused Media and Communication programme equips you to analyse the media and think critically about its social and political impacts, while giving you the chance to develop practical solutions for work-relevant projects.

Our outstanding Media and Communication department of widely published experts help you to develop a strong understanding of the media industries and trends in media culture and communication. And we leave no stone unturned — this programme gives you the broadest possible choice of optional modules, from Social Media and Feature Writing to News Media and Branding in Advertising.

Our state-of-the-art multimedia facilities, which include two HD TV studios and a computerised radio studio, and strong links with local employers, such as independent film producers, radio stations and newspapers, can help you build a combination of practical and transferable skills, creative thinking and applied academic knowledge so that you stand out in a competitive job market.

The Foundation Year (first year of study) gives you the chance to commence your studies with us if you have not quite achieved the degree qualifications required or if you feel you would benefit from the opportunity to develop your study skills and subject knowledge prior to embarking on your degree. Through a range of engaging, small-group lessons and practical placements, you will be equipped with the academic, professional and personal skills to help you succeed at university. Modules will cover broad topics as well as an introduction to your chosen subject area. You will also have the opportunity to study alongside students undertaking a range of degree programmes.

Year 1 introduces you to the academic study of media, developing core skills and understanding in the use of media across a variety of contexts. There is a particular focus upon the impact of digital technologies as new and old media converge.

In Year 2, you take core modules in media and communication theory and research methodologies, and can choose from a range of optional modules, including Media Campaign Management and Analysing Journalism. The Work Placement module allows you to prepare for your future in the world of work.

In the final year, you undertake an Extended Independent Study on a topic of your choice. A variety of optional modules include a blend of academic courses and those offering further practical experience relating to various aspects of media, audio, journalism and social media.

Graduates leave Winchester armed with a key set of flexible skills. They go on to work in a wide range of careers in journalism, media management, social media, public relations, fashion, advertising, communications, HR, education, management and public service.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Winchester

Department:

School of Media and Film

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.

72%
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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
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

94%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


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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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
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Employed or in further education
98%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Other elementary services occupations
20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

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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