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Course summary

OVERVIEW UWS's BA (Hons) Broadcast Production (TV and Radio) combines theory and practice which will enable you to make and understand television, radio and other digital media. Our course is accredited by ScreenSkills (the industry-led skills body for the screen industries) and is tailored to the needs of the current broadcasting industry. You will be taught by academic staff with research expertise and extensive experience in the creative industries throughout the course. In terms of practical nature of the course, your studies will incorporate industry professional guest lectures, work placement opportunities, as well as field visits to organisations such as the BBC and Glasgow’s Film City. As a student on the course, you will have access to the latest broadcasting facilities and the chance to work in our state-of-the-art radio and television studios, digital sound and video editing suites; and the opportunity to broadcast on the campus radio station. We will teach you how to develop and produce television programmes and multiplatform content, write scripts, produce radio, and make documentaries. The course will also help you develop the skills necessary to critically study and analyse media output. PRACTICAL FOCUS Work related learning and practical placement is promoted throughout the course. You will have the opportunity to broadcast on the campus radio station as part of your course of study. Students have undertaken placement/work-based learning with organisations such as QTV Sports, Thames Scotland and Scottish Television (STV). The industry focus and vocational nature of the degree is reinforced through the many practical modules that have been designed in consultation with current practitioners.  The degree includes several practice-based staff who retain strong industry links. Much of the practical input, for example, on pitching and commissioning sessions, mirrors professional practice.  These strong industry links also afford the students opportunities for work placements and input from industry practitioners in the form of master-classes and guest lectures. PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION Our course is accredited by ScreenSkills - the industry-led skills body for the screen industries. CAREER PROSPECTS Graduates from this programme have gone on to work for national broadcasters, such as the BBC, and a range of national and international media companies.  Jobs This degree prepares you for entering the dynamic media and creative industries. National broadcasters, such as the BBC and a range of media companies at home and abroad, have employed UWS graduates. We currently have graduates working at BBC Scotland, STV, independent production companies such as Maramedia, Lion Scotland, QTVSports and IWC Media. Some opt for a more technical role and we have alumni making their way as camera assistants or Digital Imaging Technicians on major drama productions. A growing number are moving into digital sports production working for major sporting organisations or companies that specialise in sports production. Further Study Many graduates of our course continue onto further postgraduate study – choosing such courses as Masters in Creative Media Practice or Broadcast Journalism. 

Modules

This course combines theory and practice and is tailored to the current broadcasting industry. The course is professionally accredited by ScreenSkills, having undergone a rigorous assessment process conducted by industry experts.   You will work in our radio and television studios using the latest broadcasting facilities and digital sound and video editing suites. In Year 1 you will introduced to the theory and practice of TV, film and radio production, and script-writing. In Year 2, you will begin to focus on your chosen specialisms, developing technical and creative skills in areas such as radio, broadcast drama, documentary, and creative writing. In Year 3, you will choose to specialise in one of two major strands: television production or radio production. You will also enhance your research skills ahead of your final year research project. In your final year of study, you will study genres of particular interest, focusing in particular on creative and research projects that bring together all of the skills and concepts you’ve learned throughout the course.

Assessment method

A range of teaching and learning methodologies are used within the degree. This includes lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, enquiry-based learning and student-centred learning. In the latter case, the emphasis is on independent work by students that is coordinated and guided by tutors. You are as likely to be taught in TV and Radio studios as in lecture theatres. As you progress thoughout the course, the level of autonomous work increases culminating in the final year project where you carry out your own individual project – linking the creative and theoretical - with supervisory guidance.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Skillset

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
P391
Institution code:
U40
Campus name:
Ayr Campus
Campus code:
A

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Entry to Year 1 with SWAP (BBB) in Access to Humanities.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Additional entry requirements

Interview


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

UWS's English language requirements

https://www.uws.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
85%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £14500* Year 1
International £14500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

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