Birmingham City University

Media and Communication Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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This course offers an inspiring introduction to the production, theoretical and professional aspects of media. It gives you a solid and respected platform from which you can progress to further study or present yourself as a competent and credible candidate for employment in the media and communication industries.

What's covered in the course?

We strongly believe in the practical application of theory to real-life situations. We are fortunate to have very strong links with employers in the media industry, who see great value in our approach.

Modules you study include Broadcast Production, Research Methods and Academic Skills, History and Structure of the Media, Media texts and Cultural Contexts, and Professional Studies, in which Birmingham Metropolitan College will support you in securing a two-week placement in a media production business.

Your studies cover key aspects of audio, the moving image, journalism, and television studio practice.

You explore broadcast journalism, photography and photojournalism, radio features and documentary television production, as well as television drama and film studies.

You focus on future employment in a Career Development workshop. You also gain the crucial research and academic techniques to enable you to effectively source, collate and analyse information.

Why Choose Us?

Underlining our innovative approach to media studies, we are the UK’s sole provider of an HND in Media and Communication.
Delivered at one of our highly regarded partner institutions, Birmingham Metropolitan College, the course is managed, maintained and monitored by the University.
A placement allows you to absorb the day-to-day realities of a media production business.
Gain from the experience, close support and encouragement of expert staff.
Share all the facilities, contacts and advantages of a Birmingham City University student, and feel part of a dynamic, creative and enquiring media production community.
Your HND qualification gives you direct entry to the second year of our BA (Hons) Media and Communication course at the University, with a choice of eight specialist routes. Close working between the College and the University ensures that you have covered much of the same content as our first-year BA (Hons) Media and Communication students.

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.

Course code 003P
Institution code B25
Campus name BMET (James Watt)
Campus code H

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

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points
A level DD A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP Media related subject
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2.
Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 48 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (DDDDD) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
AS AA - EE Must be in different subjects to the A levels (and only if applicant is holding at least two A levels).
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the subject being applied for. Must be offered along with either one A-level OR a one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE grade 4 English Language, must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered.
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2
Key Skills level 2
HNC (BTEC) Course dependent Overall Distinction profile must be in a related subject.
May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
HND (BTEC) Course dependent Overall Distinction profile must be in a related subject.
May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall. For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B - Grade 5 or above from the IB will be accepted.

Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of  10 points or above from two Higher Level Subjects will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 48 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Must be offered along with either one A-level OR one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma to achieve minimum of 48 UCAS points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma MM
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D Must be offered along with either one A-level OR one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma to achieve minimum of 48 UCAS points
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MPP
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma D Must be offered along with either two A-levels (grades B and C), two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas (grades D and M) or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma (grades DM).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either one A-level OR a one 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP Can be offered along with either one A-level, 2 AS-levels or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 48 tariff points.
Media realted subject
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) M
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 48 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve minimum of grades DDD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) with grade B plus grades BB at A-Level (or equivalent qualifications)
Must be offered along with either two A-levels (grades B and B), two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas (grades D and M) or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma (grades DM).


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) with no less than 5.5 in any level

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Birmingham City University
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B5 5JU


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