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University of Sussex

Media and Communications

UCAS Code: P306
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128

% applicants receiving offers

82%

Subjects
  • Media studies
Student score
76% MED
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£18.1k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB

Scottish Highers
AABBB

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAB-ABB

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Diploma
DD

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
D

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

International Baccalaureate
34

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 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

82%

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

£9,250

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

At Sussex, you are taught by researchers who produce books, articles, documentaries and films that influence media studies, media policy, media law and media ethics. Together, they will help you develop an understanding of the role media plays in shaping the political, social and cultural world, equipping you with the skills to pursue your chosen career.

Modules

Year 1 core modules: debates in media studies a; digital environment; everyday life: ordinary and extraordinary; questioning the media a. Options: creative production: digital media; creative production: photography; creative production: sound; creative production: video; film analysis: Hollywood narrative and style; music and site specific art; popular music cultures; working with film. Year 2 core modules: news, politics and power a. Options: advertising and social change a; American cinema b; creative media: animation 1; creative media: digital media; creative media: documentary video; creative media: photography; creative media: script writing; creative media: sound; culture, race and ethnicity; digital cultures b; gender, space and culture; industry projects; journalism and crisis b; locating cinema: British cinema b; media, memory, history; music, stage and screen 1: from opera to film; music, stage and screen 2: film, musical and music theatre; professional media practice; sound, culture and society; sound, culture and society; the allure of things; theory taste and trash b; TV: fictions and entertainments a; TV: fictions and entertainments b. Year 3 options: adaptation: filming fiction; alternative cinemas; class and popular culture; comedy and cultural belonging; consuming passions; creative project; documentary, reality TV and 'real lives'; globalisation and communication; Hollywood comedian comedy; Hollywood industry and imaginary; media, publics and protest; music, media and culture; race and ethnicity in popular cinema 1; sexualities and the cinema; social media and critical practice; the musical; the politics of representation; viewing women.

University of Sussex

Sussex in spring

Sussex is a small campus uni set in the beautiful South Downs, right on the doorstep of the vibrant seaside resort of Brighton. You can study on the beach or just soak up the sun on campus, but hold on to your ice-cream because the seagulls are infamously cheeky! Did you know our pirate society was recently listed as one of the 10 weirdest societies in the country?

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
16%
84%

Year 1

16%
84%

Year 2

11%
89%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
7%
81%
12%

Year 1

5%
93%
2%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 76% MED
Able to access IT resources

88%

Staff made the subject interesting

83%

Library resources are satisfactory

89%

Feedback on work has been helpful

62%

Feedback on work has been prompt

54%

Staff are good at explaining things

87%

Received sufficient advice and support

73%

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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
49% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
68% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
356 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
70% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% 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 97% MED
Average graduate salary £18.1k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

8%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

24%

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, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic – some parts of the industry have struggled during the recession 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 the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2012, one in seven grads entering the media had a media studies degree) but they’re more likely to be directing, or operating sound or video equipment, or researching.
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