University of Buckingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

Digital News and Media (including integrated Foundation) (flexible honours)

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Course summary

The University of Buckingham is:

  • Home of the two-year degree, the University of Buckingham, based in the South East of England, is ranked 6th for Student Satisfaction in the UK (National Student Survey, 2020).
  • We are proudly independent and not-for-profit, and offer courses in Allied Health, Business, Computing, Education, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Psychology and Security and Intelligence. We are one of the few universities in the UK that offer September and January start dates for almost all of our courses.
  • Based in Buckingham on a riverside campus, we are only 20 minutes’ from Milton Keynes central station and a short drive from Bicester, Aylesbury, Banbury and Northampton. There is free parking on-site and we are within easy reach of London and Oxford.
  • Our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies, including by dedicated personal tutors.
  • As pioneers of the two-year degree, we offer a condensed version of the traditional three-year degree, meaning you can gain a full honours degree and complete your studies a whole year earlier. Alternatively, you can complete both your undergraduate and master’s degree with us in just three years: saving you time and money.
The three year BSc in Humanities is designed for students who need additional preparation prior to undergraduate level study. The first year of the programme is intended to provide a foundation in both knowledge and academic skills for the more specialist subjects in years two and three. The programme combines a vocationally-orientated programme with a traditional academic interdisciplinary programme. It aims to familiarise students with a broad range of essential and advanced journalistic principles and writing / production techniques and production techniques The programme as a whole has a very practical orientation and is designed to prepare students for a real-world environment. Students will be given the opportunity to develop and practise a range of skills enabling them to work individually or in teams and successfully complete specified tasks, or manage and lead others. Students will take the same modules in the first 7 terms. Following this, each term of the programme provides a single core module and a choice of options. Our BA Digital News and Media degree explores an extensive range of elements within broadcast media that prepare our students for a career in the industry. Areas of study include: · TV and Radio · Digital and Print Editorials · Online Media · Communication Design · Social Media · Advertising · PR and Marketing With a pro-active, hands-on approach, this degree equips students with industry skills through valuable experiences and training, with plenty of coursework and less exams. Our programme is ideal for future Journalists, Reporters, Bloggers, Vloggers, Filmmakers, Storytellers, Photographers, YouTubers, Streamers, Designers, Influencers, Content Creators, Social Media Managers and Marketers.


Modules Foundation modules prepare the students for the academic environment. You will study Key Academic Skills, Critical Thinking, Academic Writing Skills, Research Skills, Advanced Academic Skills and many more.

Assessment method

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures and seminars supported by tutorials or workshops. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups (8-10 students). Classes are delivered by academic staff who are experts in their respective fields. The friendly, approachable academic staff are available to students daily, outside the scheduled classes’ time, and pride themselves on being friendly, helpful and accessible at all times. Most of the work of media students takes place in the TV and Radio broadcast studio and the 24h accessible computer lab where they produce weekly news bulletins, podcasts, publish articles, and design and create multimedia content. Students learn how to use industry standard software including Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, Premiere, After Effects), Final Cut Pro, DaVinci, Tableau, and Audacity, as well as DV cameras, photo cameras, audio recorders, broadcasting and livestreaming equipment (TV and radio), and much more! From their second week at the university, students will find themselves reporting, editing, scripting and presenting. All the practical studio work is credit-bearing and helps students to build their creative and practical skills, produce high quality industry standard work and build a strong portfolio. The majority of the assessment is through coursework and project work and (to a very limited extent) examination.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

International applicants

With staff and students from over 90 countries around the world, the University enjoys a wonderful and culturally diverse atmosphere. Ranked joint 4th in England and joint 7th in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS) for student satisfaction this year, the University and has always scored highly since it started taking part 14 years ago. We provide support for students from outside the UK including: assistance with visa application and renewal; guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence; and a personal tutor to support your academic studies. Academic staff are available to help and advise, and operate an open-door policy. We have the best staff to student ratio of any university in the UK. Our students have formed a number of overseas clubs, and there is a sports and social programme each term to ensure you enjoy your time with us. Our idyllic setting between Oxford and Milton Keynes offers access to a range of cultural and social activities and Bicester Village, the renowned shopping outlet is a short bus ride away. English Language requirements: it is very important that your English level is of a good standard for you to be successful in your studies. All applicants must achieve specific requirements in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Please check our website for more details of the undergraduate or postgraduate language requirements for your course.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have satisfactory completion of grade 12 plus GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / Grade 4, or above, plus evidence of genuine intellectual capacity. If your first language is not English, you will also need an IELTS score of 6.0. Please note that the first nine months of this programme constitute the Foundation stage. Students are expected to pass in all the Foundation modules with marks of 60% or more, in order to progress to the second year stage of the course.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will also need an IELTS score of 6.0.

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There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £34954 Whole course
Northern Ireland £34954 Whole course
Scotland £34954 Whole course
Wales £34954 Whole course
Channel Islands £34954 Whole course
EU £55732 Whole course
International £55732 Whole course
Republic of Ireland £55732 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website:

Digital News and Media (including integrated Foundation) (flexible honours) at University of Buckingham - UCAS