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The BA in Media and History and Aberystwyth University enables you to learn the strategic and structural components of the media industry while at the same time exploring periods and events in History that have shaped our society. The combination of Media and History is a perfect combination of analysing and understanding how historic events and eras have moulded the media industry. The History component of this degree will allow you to place the past in perspective, and equip you with the analytical skills of interpretation, analysis and communication that are both vital in everyday life and highly sought after by employers. The Media component of this degree will allow you to study in great detail the following: advertising, news analysis, website design, digital culture surveillance society, gender and the media, media history and policy together with creative practice experience in multi -platform production and experimental media. Your three years of study will be dynamic, invigorating and stimulating.
Taught by two departments (the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies and the Department of History and Welsh History), you will have an opportunity to study in great detail the following: media fandom, advertising, news analysis, website design, digital culture, children and the media, surveillance society, language and the media, media history and policy.
The History element will expose you to the various areas and time-periods in History which include Medieval and Early Modern Britain and Europe (1000-1800), The Modern Word, 1789 to the present; People, Power and Identity in Wales 1200-1999, Image Wars in Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century propaganda; Interpreting the contemporary heritage of the British isles (1960-1980).
At Aberystwyth University, our students benefit from our strategic closeness to the National Library of Wales. This is a copyright library which houses every book that has been published in the United Kingdom. In addition, it also home to National Sound and Screen Archive of Wales and will be home to the new National Broadcast Archive of Wales which are valuable resources for your research.
The University’s Centre for Media History, established in 2005, is an internationally-renowned centre which is also home to the international journal, Media History.
On the University campus, our facilities include the Hugh Owen Library which is open 24/7, the Students’ Union, the Sports Centre and the Arts Centre which has close and deep links with the departments of Theatre, Film and Television Studies and the department of English and Creative Writing. The multitude of facilities on Penglais campus ensures that your student experience is memorable and exceptional.
The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies has strong links with external industry, these include the BBC Wales which houses it regional office in the heart of the Department, Boom Cymru, Avanti, Arad Goch and the Mid-Wales Arts Centre. The Department itself is modern, vibrant and has all the latest teaching facilities that media student requires, this includes a brand-new PC lab designed to assimilate the digital media industry, digital production and editing suits, a viewing cinema, a television studio and modern learning spaces.
Many of our graduates have found career paths which include: Broadcasting media; Floor managers; Camera operators; Producers and directors; Marketing; Media Planning; Education; Public relations. Employability is at the heart of our teaching. We encourage our students by: Inviting guest speakers to our campus; Obtaining work experience with the BBC, Fiction Factory and Boom Pictures.
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|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
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
|UCAS Tariff||112 - 120 points|
|A level||BBC - BBB|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM - DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 - 30 points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: email@example.com) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||62.0||With minimum scores of 51 in each component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Clearing contact details
0800 121 40 80
Course contact details
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622828
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622831
Department of History and Welsh History (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622662
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622676
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)