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Birmingham City University

Media and Communication

UCAS Code: 003P

Higher National Diploma - HND

Entry requirements


A level

D,D

A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.

AS

A,A-E,E

Must be in different subjects to the A levels (and only if applicant is holding at least two A levels).

60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.

Must be in a topic related to the subject being applied for. Must be offered along with either one A-level OR a one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE grade 4 GCSE English Language and or Functional Skills Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.

Course dependent Overall Distinction profile must be in a related subject. May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.

Course dependent Overall Distinction profile must be in a related subject. May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.

Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Group B - Grade 5 or above from the IB will be accepted. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of  10 points or above from two Higher Level Subjects will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 48 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details

Must be offered along with either one A-level OR one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma to achieve minimum of 48 UCAS points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MM

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

Must be offered along with either one A-level OR one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma to achieve minimum of 48 UCAS points

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MPP

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D

Must be offered along with either two A-levels (grades B and C), two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas (grades D and M) or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma (grades DM).

Must be offered along with either one A-level OR a one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.

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

MP

Can be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 48 tariff points. Media realted subject

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

D

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

PPP

Media related subject

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

M

Achieve a minimum of 48 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve minimum of grades DDD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).

Achieve a minimum of 48 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (DDDDD) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).

UCAS Tariff

48

with grade B plus grades BB at A-Level (or equivalent qualifications) Must be offered along with either two A-levels (grades B and B), two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas (grades D and M) or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma (grades DM).

67%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

2years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Media and communication studies

This course offers an inspiring introduction to the production, theoretical and professional aspects of media. It gives you a solid and respected platform from which you can progress to further study or present yourself as a competent and credible candidate for employment in the media and communication industries.

What's covered in the course?

We strongly believe in the practical application of theory to real-life situations. We are fortunate to have very strong links with employers in the media industry, who see great value in our approach.

Modules you study include Broadcast Production, Research Methods and Academic Skills, History and Structure of the Media, Media texts and Cultural Contexts, and Professional Studies, in which Birmingham Metropolitan College will support you in securing a two-week placement in a media production business.

Your studies cover key aspects of audio, the moving image, journalism, and television studio practice.

You explore broadcast journalism, photography and photojournalism, radio features and documentary television production, as well as television drama and film studies.

You focus on future employment in a Career Development workshop. You also gain the crucial research and academic techniques to enable you to effectively source, collate and analyse information.

Why Choose Us?

Underlining our innovative approach to media studies, we are the UK’s sole provider of an HND in Media and Communication.
Delivered at one of our highly regarded partner institutions, Birmingham Metropolitan College, the course is managed, maintained and monitored by the University.
A placement allows you to absorb the day-to-day realities of a media production business.
Gain from the experience, close support and encouragement of expert staff.
Share all the facilities, contacts and advantages of a Birmingham City University student, and feel part of a dynamic, creative and enquiring media production community.
Your HND qualification gives you direct entry to the second year of our BA (Hons) Media and Communication course at the University, with a choice of eight specialist routes. Close working between the College and the University ensures that you have covered much of the same content as our first-year BA (Hons) Media and Communication students.

Tuition fees

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England
£5,150
per year
EU
£5,150
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,150
per year
Scotland
£5,150
per year
Wales
£5,150
per year

The Uni


Course location:

BMET (James Watt)

Department:

Birmingham Met Franchise

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.

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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

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

80%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

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.

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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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