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Keele University

Media with Humanities Foundation Year

UCAS Code: P9V1

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

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language at grade C (or 4).

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64

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Media and communication studies

At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We proudly rank 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for the last three years. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too.

The Humanities Foundation Year provides preparation for the academic skills required for degree level study in the Humanities subject of your choice. It will enable you to progress to a single or dual honours Humanities degree at Keele in subjects such as American Studies, English, English and American Literature, English with Creative Writing, Film Studies, History, Media, Communications and Culture, Music, Music Technology or Philosophy. In this case, progressing onto study Media alongside another subject as a combined honours degree.

The Media degree explores the relationships between media and society in relation to our social and cultural lives, and in the context of business, politics and international affairs.The course is distinct in combining media and cultural theory with creative media practice, and is in the top 20 Media courses in the UK in the Complete University Guide. Based in our own building with dedicated staff and creative facilities, Media at Keele offers a supportive and stimulating environment for students, scoring 94% for overall student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey compared to the 80% sector average. The course provides you with the critical skills to analyse and contextualise a variety of media and cultural forms, including films, photography, advertisements, news and digital media.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore your own creativity in producing cultural artefacts, with opportunities ranging from documentary-making to podcast development, and from photographic installations to magazine production. We can also provide opportunities to enter work placements through our links to the creative and media industries.

When you graduate from Keele, you’ll be ready to take up a role in a wide range of media-rich careers. The distinct range of creative and academic opportunities offered in the degree will provide you with media-specific and key transferable skills, which are essential for a broad variety of roles both within the creative industries and beyond. Previous graduates have gained employment in fields ranging from film-making and TV production to journalism and public relations, graphic design and marketing. We regularly invite alumni back to give current students an insight into how they’ve transferred their skills to the workplace, and are the most employable media course in the region according to the Complete University Guide.

The Uni


Course location:

Keele University

Department:

Keele (Central)

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.

75%
med
Media and communication studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Media studies

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

86%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

78%
UK students
22%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
C

After graduation


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Media studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

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91%
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Employed or in further education
77%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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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£30k

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