Communication and Media

Bournemouth University

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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If you’re interested in a media career but are unsure of exactly what you’d like to do, this is the perfect course for you. It offers a fascinating overview of media and society, providing the practical skills required to work in this fast-paced environment, all underpinned by academic approaches from the humanities and social sciences. You’ll examine the different ways people communicate, from face-to-face interaction to popular culture, as well as practical skills such as how to write in a variety of styles and formats, from scripts to online articles, short stories to digital media content. You’ll also learn lots of multimedia skills such as creating and editing videos that are vital in today’s media environment. What’s more, in your final year, you can choose units tailored towards your favoured career – for example advertising, public relations or journalism. A four- or 30-week placement, depending on the length of degree you choose, will give you the practical experience you need to succeed in the communication and media sector. Your placement experience will help to shape your appreciation of the industry, put theory into practice, provide a variety of professional contacts, and enhance your CV – all essential for starting a career after graduation. According to the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 95% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating. Our graduates have progressed into roles such as account executive, communication officer, copywriter, PR executive and concept managers.

Course details

Modules

Communication & Marketing | Media & Society | Adaptation | Academic & Writing Skills | Language Matters | Media & Marketing Research | Media: Messages & Meanings | Web & Mobile Communication | Narrative Structures | Writing for the Media | Dissertation or Creative Dissertation


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM 112 tariff points
Access to HE Diploma 102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades
Scottish Higher 104 - 120 tariff points from Scottish Highers
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D 104 tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Scottish Advanced Higher 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 - 31 points 28 - 31 points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Extended Project Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM 112 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D 104 tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent

Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application. Deferred entry: We are happy to consider eligible applicants for deferred entry.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14100 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £850.

Provider information

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Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
Poole
BH12 5BB


Clearing contact details

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Future Students Enquiry Team

+44 (0)1202 966777

Course Clearing information

Additional information

Our Clearing helpline is currently open Monday–Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm. Then the following times will apply: Thursday 13 August - 6:30am - 8:00pm, Friday 14 August - 8:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 15 August - 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday 16 August - 10:00am - 3:00pm, Monday 17 August onwards - 9:00am - 5:00pm.


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01202 961916

Communication and Media at Bournemouth University - UCAS