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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Media studies
Student score
81% HIGH
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104-112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? Media is pervasive and as such it influences our perception of the world and our place in it. You will explore various forms of media from the web to television, investigating media as sources of information, entertainment and identity and its evolution from the early days of the press to the digital age. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE In addition you can gain practical skills in media writing for public relations or press and script writing for film or television. You will also have the opportunity to gain real life experience on an optional placement year. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? If you are interested in exploring media in its various forms and have aspirations to work in an industry that has roles ranging from public relations officer to production manager, assistant publicist to video producer, then this is the course for you. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED Develop and perfect your communication and research skills making you an asset to a range of potential employers. You will also have excellent writing and critical thinking abilities. AFTER THE COURSE Careers our graduates have gone on to pursue include journalism, publishing, new media development, PR and marketing and media research.


The first year covers several central topics and begins your training in the skills and techniques you’ll be using throughout your course. You will be taught by specialist staff with strong research interests across a range of media. The second year allows you to start to specialise in the areas that interest you most. Choose to focus on specific media forms, practise your production skills and spotlight on certain topics. In the final year you will have the freedom to tailor your studies to your particular areas of interest. You will choose from a selection of optional topics ranging from comedy to British drama and you’ll have the choice between a dissertation or production/writing project to round off the course.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 81% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
9% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
52% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
272 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
74% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The UK has a world-class media industry in film, print and broadcast media, worth billions to the economy, and employing thousands of new graduates every year, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic — this is a highly-sought after industry and jobs are amongst the most competitive around. If you want to be a star in front of the camera or in print, you might want to look at other options. Media studies graduates are much the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2015, one in five grads entering the film industry, and one in four getting jobs in TV or film production had a media studies degree) and they’re more likely to be in crucial roles directing, producing, or operating sound or video equipment, or in media research or marketing roles. Self-employment and freelancing is more common than for most degrees, so that may be something to prepare for.
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