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BA (Hons) Communication & Media

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  • UCAS Code:
    P900
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

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 which 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, place theory into practice, provide a variety of professional contacts, and enhance your CV – all essential for starting a career after graduation.

Our graduates have progressed into roles such as account executive, communication officer, copywriter, PR executive and concept managers. 

BU graduates who studied in this subject area were typically earning £26,700 after five years, this is 20% higher than all graduates who studied this subject. Join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day. 

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO 2017), Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, September 2019

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years (including a 4-week placement) or 4 years (including a minimum 30-week placement), full-time

Entry requirements:

For 2018 entry: 112 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2018 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. As an indication, 92% of the most popular units on this course in 2016/17 were assessed by coursework.

Download the programme specification (pdf 587kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of support to help you find the most appropriate work placement for the subject you’re studying and the career you’re interested in, which means you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For BA (Hons) Communication and Media we are looking for applicants who can:

  • Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
  • Work well within a team as well as individually
  • Demonstrate good presentation skills
  • Enjoy reading a variety of texts including literature and newspapers.

Students must be able to demonstrate an interest in media including television and newspapers, and have a broad knowledge of how the media industry works. Overall students must have a strong creative ability and have an interest in writing. Students must have basic computer literacy, including knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

This course is multidisciplinary, which means you'll be able to enter a wide variety of careers after you finish university thanks to the diverse skills you'll develop.

Within six months of finishing their degree 85% of our students are continuing their studies or working for organisations such as  B&Q, BMW Mini, Daily Mail, Generation Media, Imagine Publishing, NSPCC, Quadrant2design, Red Bull, Target Media and We Are Social.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.  You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student; see our Belong+ pages for more information.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the advertising sector which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Find out more about some of the staff and their research activities who will be teaching on this course.

Course changes

What our students say

3rd year Communication & Media student

It definitely gives you the option to explore. First I wanted to be a journalist, then work in PR and I'm now working in marketing alongside my degree!

What our graduates think

Anushka Naidoo

Studying at BU was a great experience. It equipped me with the professional and life skills needed to get a career in the field of communications and media.