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University of West London

English, Media and Communications

UCAS Code: QP11

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Pass Access to HE Diploma (Minimum of 45 credits at level 3)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112
100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Information services

English studies

Media and communication studies

Would you like to give yourself a wide range of career options with a degree designed to combine your passion for reading with a set of highly sought-after media and communications skills? This highly contemporary and stimulating course has been designed with the aim of providing you with a wide range of interesting, exciting and challenging opportunities to develop your interest in literature, intellectual abilities and creative talents.
Students on the course will be acquainted with a variety of critical perspectives and analytical methods both specific to the two areas of study of their degree and operating between them.
The course aims to foster an independent approach to formulating problems and arguments, using the close reading and analytical skills that are fundamental to the disciplines of English in combination with the specific theories and practices of Media and Communications.
Studying for a joint honours degree in English will allow you to combine the development of your interest in literature with a combined subject area. The latter will be tailored to suit your interests and enable you to develop a specialism in an area of creative practice.
This approach will help you develop into a high calibre, motivated graduate, equipped with the confidence and flexibility to thrive in the dynamic media landscape. We aim to give you:
• knowledge of a range of forms and genres of literature in English from a range of periods
• the ability to analyse and interpret complex works of literature and to develop your own critical voice
• knowledge of a range of issues and themes in contemporary media
• a set of general digital media skills
• advanced skills in a designated area of audio-visual or audio production.
As well as gaining highly transferable skills from English Literature, you will gain essential vocationally-focused skills in media and communications, such as digital production.
Additionally, you will gain valuable work experience in your second year, in a placement related to your core literary interests (for example, publishing) or in the area with which you are combining English (for example radio or film).
By combining a critical understanding of English literature and media and communications, you will gain transferable skills for a range of careers in film, television, publishing, journalism, radio broadcasting, research and new media.
You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main site - West London

Department:

London School of Film, Media and Design

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.

33%
low
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.

Information services

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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.

English studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate
302

Media studies

Teaching and learning

37%
Staff make the subject interesting
57%
Staff are good at explaining things
42%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
41%
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

50%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
40%
Course specific equipment and facilities
20%
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?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D
274

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.

Information services

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.

98%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Information services covers a broad range of degree options including librarianship and museum studies, which are usually only taken by a small number of students at first degree level. These areas tend to be much more popular at postgraduate level - and with a lot of competition for jobs in libraries and museums, most (but not all) of these jobs go to holders of Masters qualifications. However, many industries are increasingly looking for professionals skilled in managing data and information - so there are related jobs to be had with just a first degree and starting salaries are actually a little above average for this subject.

English 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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
87%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Nursing and midwifery professionals
6%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2015, more than 11,000 students graduated with English degrees - although this does represent a fall from recent years. As good communication is so important to modern business, you can find English graduates in all parts of the economy, although obviously, you can't expect to get a job in science or engineering (computing is a different matter - it's not common but good language skills can be useful in the computing industry). There's little difference in outcomes between English language and English literature degrees, so don't worry and choose the one that suits you best. More English grads took another postgraduate course when they finished their degree than grads from any other subject - this is an important option. Teacher training was a common choice of second degree, as was further study of English, and journalism courses. But many English graduates changed course and trained in law, marketing or other languages -or even subjects further afield such as computing, psychology and even nursing. This is a very flexible degree which gives you a lot of options

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Secretarial and related 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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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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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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.

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

£21k

£21k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

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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