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Key Facts

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

About the course

Our course is one of the most established and well-esteemed Television Production programmes in the UK and has developed close links with the factual and entertainment TV industries. We are proud to say our graduates are now working on the some of the top programmes and films in the UK and US.

This is a highly practical course which covers a broad area of television production. You will be hands-on in our multi-camera TV studio and on location using a variety of camera, sound and lighting equipment. You will also be taught the post production process and will be encouraged to develop, produce and screen your own programming as part of your learning at Bedfordshire. At the end of your three years, you will be multi-skilled, industry-ready practitioners.

Employability is a core feature of this course. It is our job to help you break into TV and we will help you to develop industry links and find paid work or internships during your time with us.

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Work experience and networking opportunities

The key to beginning a career in television is finding work experience. But many of these opportunities are not advertised to the public so how do you get started? We are here to help! As part of the BA Television Production course, your lecturers and the University’s Careers team will use their own contacts to link you up with industry placements and paid work in TV and film. We also run networking events here on campus and have set up similar events in Soho and at Bafta to allow our students to meet industry workers and build up their contacts book, all of which is key to getting started in TV. With our help, many of our students manage to secure paid work in TV and film before they graduate.

In the last few years, we have helped students find placements and paid work on the following productions:

  • The Jonathan Ross Show
  • The X Factor
  • Britain’s Got Talent
  • Dickinson’s Real Deal
  • EastEnders
  • BBC World Service
  • Big Brother


Our course will give you a solid grounding in all aspects of TV production; from producing to production management, from camerawork to editing.  You will be taught by lecturers who have been working at the highest level in the television industry and with their help you will make your own industry contacts and start to make your first steps into the television industry while studying on the course.

You will have access to thousands of pounds worth of high-end production kit including cameras, lights, sound recorders, rigs, edit suites, O.B. kit and, of course, our multi-camera TV studio.  Aside from assignment production work, you will also get the opportunity to produce and broadcast your own programming online and on social-media via our in-house TV station BedsTV.

BedsTV is the University’s student-run TV station which is officially affiliated with NASTA (National Student Television Association). 

Set up in 2015, the station is a platform for original programming devised and produced by University of Bedfordshire students.  Traditionally, the students from our Television Production courses act as BedsTV managers and are involved in the commissioning and producing of programmes for the station.  Students on the MA Television Production course have the option of a 3-month internship on BedsTV after their studies where they are expected to take on a leadership role in managing and promoting the station.

Example of BedsTV’s programming include:

  • Inside Beds - a magazine show about news and events on campus
  • Chatterbox - a film and TV review show
  • Archive - a showcase for student films and documentaries.
  • Bulls TV – Sports programming reporting on the University’s Bedfordshire Bulls teams

BedsTV has also worked on a variety of projects with internal and external clients such as the University’s Sustainability Forum, the NHS and The Culture Trust in Luton.


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.


Units

  • Introduction To Digital Storytelling (MED056-1) Compulsory
  • Tv Programme Content & Creation (MED017-1) 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
  • 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
  • Contemporary Practices (MED061-3) Optional
  • 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.

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 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

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

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

Media Facilities

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.