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University of Sheffield

Digital Media and Society

UCAS Code: L391

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15,P:0

:60 credits overall, 30 Level 3 at Distinction and 15 Level 3 at Merit

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

Extended Project

B

plus grades BBB at A Level

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English at grade C or grade 4

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

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

DD

in a relevant subject plus grade B at A Level BTECs in Public Services and Uniformed Services not accepted.

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

DDD

in a relevant subject. BTECs in Public Services and Uniformed Services not accepted

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

plus grades AB at A Level

UCAS Tariff

128-153

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

87%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Media and communication studies

Sociology of science and technology

What happens to the information we share on social media? How do apps, platforms and devices change our social world?

You choose whether to take a broad range of modules or follow a themed route in either education, journalism or marketing. Whichever path you take, the third year includes a digital media work placement which could be in industry or with the digital media section of another organisation such as a museum, a charity or a local authority.

The course draws on expertise in this area from across the Faculty of Social Sciences, including the Department of Sociological Studies. It explores the impact of digital media on every aspect of our lives. You will learn how to use digital methods in research, and how to create products such as websites and animations that focus on users’ needs.

Our graduates are skilled researchers and problem solvers. Their highly developed social and cultural awareness is a valuable asset in any sector. They work for local government, in marketing, the civil service, charity organisations and the police service. They also go into teaching and of course social work.

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
£18,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. You may also be eligible for an additional £250 per year depending on your postcode and grades. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your eligibility for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. If you're a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year. The University also offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check what funding your could be eligible for - www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding/calculator. Further information - www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-funding

The Uni


Course location:

University of Sheffield

Department:

Sociological Studies

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.

79%
med
Sociology of science and technology

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?

10%
UK students
90%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

Sociology

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

83%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
19%
Male students
81%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
17%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Media professionals
25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
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

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.

£16,654
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
40%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
8%
Public services and other associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

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.

£18k

£18k

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

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.

Sociology of science and technology

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

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

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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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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