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Hoping to pursue a degree in advertising, journalism, marketing or PR? Do you not yet have the necessary qualifications to study at degree level? This innovative foundation year will support you to learn new skills, gain academic confidence and develop your creativity in advance of a full honours degree at Southampton Solent University. During the foundation programme, students are encouraged to explore a range of different creative disciplines before specialising in one specific area.
This practical programme begins with the opportunity to work on a media-based project as part of a small team. This project helps students to see how different content elements come together to make a final outcome. By working in teams, students also develop interpersonal and project management skills.
The course is delivered in a supportive environment, learning a range of academic and study management skills. These skills include independent learning, time management, academic research and critical thinking. Students are also introduced to the business of the creative industries and get a taste of the employment opportunities that are available.
Learning is hands-on with an emphasis on employability skills and real situations that students might experience in the workplace. Students will also develop new practical skills to support their chosen degree. These skills include photography, film, editing, audio production, website development, digital design, media and broadcasting.
Study skills seminars and tutorials teach students advanced research techniques, how to write creative and compelling text, and how to think critically. Workshops introduce students to media production, photography, script writing, communications, IT skills, investigative journalism and creative writing. During the last part of the year students will work on a final project which is directly related to the honours degree they have chosen.
Successful completion of the Journalism, Advertising and Marketing foundation year will provide a pathway to the Marketing with Sport degree.
Southampton Solent University's English and advertising programme draws the best from both worlds to help you develop your professional skills and gain a deep understanding of what makes great writing.
You’ll study English literature in considerable depth and will also be introduced to advertising through a variety of units. In addition, you’ll be encouraged to think in new and imaginative ways about drama, poetry and language, and learn to relate them to film, journalism, advertising and your own creative writing.
The degree also aims to give you an understanding of how advertising campaigns are planned, developed and creatively executed, along with how advertising theory can be put into practice.
Students studying on this degree can take advantage of a combination of creatively stimulating academic study with real-world experience and a strong focus on employability. To support this students have the opportunity to work in our own in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives, which includes a publishing arm, working on live client briefs and developing links with potential employers. Students are also encouraged to seek work placements with support from the academic team, and get fully involved with practical projects set by academics and local businesses.
To help further immerse them in the industry, previous students have also been offered the opportunities of going on literary and industry trips and visits, both in the UK and abroad.
Core unitsGroup Communications Project *The Skills You Need *Working in the Creative Industries *Practical Creative Skills *Futurology
The assessment for this course will largely be portfolio based – asking you to present evidence of your engagement in the units. This will be supported as appropriate with self-reflection. You will also learn to write reports using formal English as appropriate. There will also be a presentation assessment for the Futurology unit.
How to apply
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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:
All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application.
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A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent.
We will consider mature students who have not recently undertaken a formal course of study at A-level, or equivalent, but can demonstrate relevant work or voluntary experience, that's indicative of their ability to complete the course successfully.
We will also consider overseas applicants in an equivalent situation to UK students as outlined above, and who have been taught in English or have IELTS 5.5, or equivalent.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.
|A level||DD||From two completed A Levels.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PPP|
|AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh)||D|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh)||PPP|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh)||MM|
|AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh)||MP|
|AS||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Extended Project||In combination with other qualifications.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate||In combination with other qualifications.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||MP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||PPP|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma||MM|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||D|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||MM|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||In combination with other qualifications.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MP|
|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|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||A|
IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 71 with a minimum of 19 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||5.5||IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component|
|TOEFL (iBT)||71.0||TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.
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