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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:P300
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This course will provide you with the academic skills to understand and analyse the media and provide you with the practical skills to work within it. It will help you develop specific practical skills and enhance your powers of communication across a range of media, such as radio, online media and journalism.

The aim of the course is to enable you to become an effective media communicator and analyst. You will explore and examine critically at aspects of the media (radio, film, television, press, media institutions, new media technologies) to understand how they work and their role in our lives. You will choose a practical area (radio, online media, journalism) and move from a basic to a broader production experience. You will also produce a special project, choosing either to create a portfolio of work, or to write a dissertation on an aspect of the media that you would like to explore in more depth.

The course aims to produce students with a well-rounded understanding of the way the media works and how it shapes our understanding of the world. It also aims to produce students with good communication and research skills, which are essential in most careers.


  • Learn how the media works and how it shapes our understanding of the world, helping to prepare you for a career within it, exploring areas of media such as: creative industries; television studies; contemporary debates in the media; radio; journalism; digital media and get practical skills in some of these areas.
  • Study the practices involved in producing, describing, analysing and responding to the media to become an effective media analyst and communicator
  • Develop practical and academic skills in research, summarising, preparing logical arguments and reports, clear thinking and powers of persuasion, problem solving and analysis.
  • Gain personal confidence, the ability to work in groups, and the ability to express opinions and explain concepts creatively and correctly
  • Develop responsibility for your own learning and an ability to initiate a research project, making you able to establish working relationships with others.
  • Benefit from a course that will provide you with the academic, analytic and practical skills to work in careers in the media and creative industries (print and audio-visual media companies), media research, teaching, or continue to further study at Postgraduate level.

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Introduction To Digital Storytelling (MED056-1) Compulsory
  • Media Theory And Research (MED012-1) Compulsory
  • Reporting And Writing (MED011-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding Media (MED004-1) Compulsory
  • Public Relations And Marketing (MED079-2) Compulsory
  • The Creative Industries (MED080-2) Compulsory
  • Future Digital Production (MED034-2) Optional
  • Key Themes In Television Studies (MED027-2) Optional
  • Radio (MED021-2) Optional
  • The Art And Craft Of Journalism (MED081-2) Optional
  • Contemporary Practices And Debates In The Media (MED023-3) Compulsory
  • Dissertation Special Project - Cnc (MED079-3) Optional
  • Practical Special Project - Cnc (MED078-3) Optional
  • Routes To Market (MED080-3) Compulsory
  • Magazine And Online Publishing (MED012-3) Optional
  • Radio 24/7 (MED013-3) Optional

Throughout your course, you will be assessed in a variety of ways. The majority of Units are assessed through coursework, portfolios, essays and presentations or, in a few cases, exams. Presentations are usually given and assessed in the context of a group seminar. You will also produce media artefacts in the area of your specialism: for example, if you choose radio as a pathway, you will produce items of audio content; if you choose new media, you might design a website or mobile application. At Level 4 (First Year), you are assessed on your understanding of the fundamental concepts and disciplines, which underpin the study of Mass Communications. You will come to comprehend the basic range of intellectual concepts that form the foundations of the subject area, and you will be assessed on your ability to articulate such concepts in a coherent manner, in a variety of written assessments / written briefs. For example, you will learn about texts, audiences, and industrial dimensions of the media. At Level 5 (Second Year), you are assessed on your ability to apply the basic concepts of the disciplines introduced in Level 4 to existing controversies and issues on which there is already a body of research and critical opinion. You also should be able to demonstrate the inter-relationships between critical theory and media practice. For example, you might be asked to discuss how new narrative forms are emerging in contemporary television, or how new media is having an impact on how we consume audio and video content. At Level 6 (Third / Final Year) you will be required to demonstrate independent thinking and initiative. This may, for example, be in the form of analysing and criticising a media text or institution in an original manner. In all cases, you will be expected to show an awareness of the major theories and practices of the discipline. You will progress from well-defined briefs to more open-ended and challenging assessments, which culminate in your special project where you will be given freedom to choose your area of work.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team


This course will prepare you for a career in the creative industries as a professional communicator, producer, and researcher.

Other options include magazine and newspaper journalism, teaching, and local radio.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

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Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student