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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:W610
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

As one of the most established TV production degree courses in the UK, we have close links with the TV industry and an amazing track record in placing our graduates, many of whom now work on top shows and films.

This is a highly practical course providing a solid grounding in all aspects of TV production whether you are hands-on in our multi-camera TV studio or on location using a variety of camera, sound and lighting equipment. You develop an impressive set of skills covering cinematography, audio and visual effects, editing, sound design, lighting, scriptwriting, directing, producing, music videos, live magazine programmes and television drama.

We focus on your employability: it is our job to help you break into TV. So we create opportunities for you to develop industry links, often via networking events on campus or at external industry events such as BAFTA. We also help you find paid work or internships in TV and film during your time with us.

In the last few years, we have helped our graduates find placements and paid work on such programmes as The Graham Norton Show; The X Factor; Gogglebox; The Apprentice; The Only Way is Essex; and Dr Who, to name but a few.

Why choose this course?

  • Taught by lecturers who have been working at the highest level in the television industry
  • Benefit from masterclasses with professional TV performers and presenters
  • Access high-end production technology including cameras, lighting, sound recorders, rigs, edit suites, OB kit and multi-camera TV studio
  • Produce and broadcast your own programmes via our in-house, student-run TV station, BedsTV, officially affiliated with the National Student Television Association (NASTA). You could also take up a three-month leadership internship at BedsTV after your studies
  • Take the course over four years and benefit from a fee-free year’s placement in industry (see below), where you gain experience and build contacts for the future

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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more.


You will be working with high-end production hardware and software during your time on the course.

Our state-of-the-art HD TV studio has all the features you would expect to find in a modern TV studio and has been used by the likes of the BBC to transmit live broadcasts to BBC 1 while our Media Stores kit-hire facility is equipped with industry standard camera, lighting and sound equipment from the likes of Canon, Blackmagic, Lumix, Rode, Sennhesier, Zoom and many more.

We work with Adobe CC in our edit suites and even have an OB (outside broadcast) kit available for students who wish to broadcast live from outside of the University.

In total, there is hundreds-of-thousands of pounds worth of kit and facilities at your disposal and we actively encourage students to take full advantage of these resources to practise and develop their production skills.

The campus where this course is taught

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

  • Content And Creation (MED017-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Digital Storytelling (MED056-1) Compulsory
  • Tv Studio Production (MED013-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding Media (MED004-1) Compulsory
  • Bedstv: Location (MED078-2) Compulsory
  • Fiction Filmmaking (MED059-2) Compulsory
  • Key Themes In Television Studies (MED027-2) Compulsory
  • Non-Fiction Filmmaking (MED061-2) Optional
  • Radio (MED021-2) Optional
  • Scriptwriting (MED026-2) Optional
  • Tv Studio Music (MED065-2) Optional
  • Bedstv: Studio (MED073-3) Compulsory
  • Dissertation Special Project - Cnc (MED079-3) Compulsory
  • Practical Special Project - Cnc (MED078-3) Compulsory
  • Post Production For Sound And Image (MED062-3) Optional
  • Radio 24/7 (MED013-3) Optional
  • Routes To Market (MED080-3) Optional

Assessment is an integral part of your learning. As you complete each stage of your production we give you feedback and advice on how to further develop and improve your work so that you can take it to the next stage. We assess both the processes you use to produce work and the quality of the final production. The media industry expects high quality work completed to absolutely fixed distribution deadlines. We will reflect this in our assessment of your work and so whilst the way in which you work is important, ultimately it is the quality of what you produce that will be the main influence on your grade. The course will be assessed through practical work, production reports, portfolios, essays, presentations and computer-based examinations. This will prepare you for writing a dissertation for your final project if you wish. As the course progresses we will move from well-defined conventional production briefs to more open-ended challenging briefs that require you to generate new ideas and new ways of working.

Why study in the School of Culture and Communications

  • Industry links and Media Masterclasses
  • Media arts centre equipped with industry standard facilities

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


Our course has been running for over a decade and is well-regarded by the television industry. We have a reputation for producing well-rounded, industry-ready TV workers and as a result our alumni have gone on to work for award winning (and Emmy nominated!) productions including:

  • Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • The X Factor
  • Britain’s Got Talent
  • Top Gear
  • Gogglebox
  • The Apprentice
  • Take Me Out
  • Made in Chelsea
  • The Only Way is Essex
  • Celebrity Juice
  • The Jonathan Ross Show
  • The Graham Norton Show
  • Alan Carr Chatty Man
  • Piers Morgan’s Life Stories
  • The Voice
  • Big Brother
  • Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast
  • Great British Menu
  • - and many more

Graduates of the course have also gone on to work around the globe on major TV dramas and films such as:

  • His Dark Materials
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Imitation Game
  • Doctor Who

Other students have gone on to work for some of the biggest broadcasters in the world including BBC, Sky, BT Sport, CBS and facilities houses such as Envy and Evolutions in Soho.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2021/22 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 2021/22 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 2021/22 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 2021/22 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 2021/22 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 2021/22 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