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University of Bedfordshire

Media Communications with Professional Practice Year

UCAS Code: P328

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,E-C,C,C

80 - 96 UCAS Tariff points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMP-MMM

UCAS Tariff

80-96

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Media and communication studies

The media (film, television, press, media institutions, new technologies) impacts our lives every day. This course will give you the analytic and practical skills needed to work within it as an effective communicator and analyst. From your choice of area (radio, scriptwriting or new media) you will develop broad production experience, and examine social, political and historical aspects of contemporary media forms, looking critically at the various, ever-changing areas to understand how they work and the roles they play. Your special project, either a portfolio of work (ideal to show future employers) or dissertation on an area you choose to explore in depth, will help you develop your own powers of communication.

Modules

Explore areas of media such as: television studies; skills for media research; new technologies; Hollywood or European film studies and World cinema; radio, new media and scriptwriting; arts and events management; contemporary debates in the media.

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.
There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

Assessment methods

The majority of units are assessed through coursework, portfolios, essays, presentations or, in a few cases, exams. Presentations are usually given and assessed in a group seminar.

You will also produce media artefacts in the area of your specialism: for example, if you choose radio as a pathway, you will produce a radio programme; if you choose new media, you might design a website.

Year 1
Written exams = 10%
Coursework = 85%
Practical exams = 5%

Year 2
Written exams = 8%
Coursework = 54%
Practical exams = 38%

Year 3
Written exams = 0%
Coursework = 90%
Practical exams = 10%

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
£11,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Luton Campus

Department:

School of Culture and Communications

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.

71%
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

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
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

72%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
72%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
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?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
57%
Male students
43%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
20%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D
215

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.

£18,720
med
Average annual salary
85%
low
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

9%
Other elementary services occupations
7%
Administrative occupations: finance
7%
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.

Communications and media

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

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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