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Bournemouth University

Communication and Media

UCAS Code: P900

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

Entry requirements


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91%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

3 years | Sandwich | 2019

1 year | Full-time | 2019

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Media and communication studies

If you’re interested in a media career but are unsure of exactly what you’d like to do, this is the perfect course for you. It offers a fascinating overview of media and society, providing the practical skills required to work in this fast-paced environment, all underpinned by academic approaches from the humanities and social sciences.

You’ll examine the different ways people communicate, from face-to-face interaction to popular culture, as well as practical skills such as how to write in a variety of styles and formats, from scripts to online articles, short stories to digital media content. You’ll also learn lots of multimedia skills such as creating and editing videos that are vital in today’s media environment. What’s more, in your final year, you can choose units tailored towards your favoured career – for example advertising, public relations or journalism.

A four- or 30-week placement, depending on the length of degree you choose, will give you the practical experience you need to succeed in the communication and media sector. Your placement experience will help to shape your appreciation of the industry, put theory into practice, provide a variety of professional contacts, and enhance your CV – all essential for starting a career after graduation.

Our graduates have progressed into roles such as account executive, communication officer, copywriter, PR executive and concept managers.

Modules

You will study a range of areas with modules including: communication and marketing, academic and writing skills, language matters, web and mobile communication, narrative structures as well as a number of option units to choose from so you can tailor your study.

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
£13,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bournemouth University

Department:

Department of Media Production

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.

73%
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

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

82%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

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£20k

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£29k

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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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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