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University of Kent

Cultural Studies and Media

UCAS Code: V902

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

Applicants should have either an overall grade of 34 or 15 points at higher level.

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

DDM

Distinction, Distinction, Merit in Health and Social Care or Public Services. Applicants should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above.

Scottish Higher qualifications are considered on an individual basis.

UCAS Tariff

120

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Media and communication studies

Cultural studies

We are all caught up in the network of communications, whether in face-to-face encounters, on Facebook or Twitter, or by way of email; it is something we all do, cope with, and make sense of. Cultural Studies addresses contemporary media and culture in more theoretical and analytical ways, seeing them in a broader global and historical context and evaluating their impact on the ways we experience our lives and organise and govern our societies.

Cultural Studies at Kent is an innovative subject exploring the complexity of contemporary media and culture in our rapidly changing global society. The degree offers an academically rigorous approach to the study of mediated cultural forms, practices and technologies and their vital social, political and economic implications. We examine a range of exciting areas, from digital media and journalism, to the creative and cultural industries, to social identities and sub-cultures.

You critically explore the links between culture, media and society with a focus on: popular culture; mass media and advertising; digital media technologies; news and journalism; television and film; literature and the arts; cultural differences and practices; gender, sexuality, class, race, religion and identity; the body and embodiment; transnational media and culture; capitalism and media ownership; cultural history and memory; and multiculturalism and cultural policy, among other areas.

You have the opportunity to work across disciplinary boundaries and to choose modules from a wide range of subject areas – all addressing ‘culture’, ‘media’ and ‘society’ as they are widely understood. This includes practice-based modules and creative forms of assessment focused on building both critical thinking and transferable knowledge and skills.

This programme has a Year Abroad option which takes place between Stages 2 and 3 of your degree. You can apply to add a year abroad to your degree programme from your arrival at Kent until the autumn term of your second year.

In your final year of study, there is an option to take a dissertation module on a subject of your choice, which allows you to focus in detail on an area you are particularly passionate about. Recent dissertation topics include: ‘Corporate crime and media activism’; ‘The performance of gender’; ‘Online dating and virtual sociality’; ‘Fantasy film and black identity’; ‘Political transparency and collective memory’ ; ‘Punk subcultural identity in the 21st century’; ‘The uses of graphic novels in literacy education’; and ‘Corporate communication and viral media’.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Kent

Department:

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

TEF rating:

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What students say


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.

Communications and media

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

Communications and media

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.

100%
high
Employed or in further education
75%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

42%
Media professionals
18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
9%
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.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Public services and other associate professionals
9%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

£21k

£21k

£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.

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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