On this course you will usually be taught by a range of 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.
- The Language of Television: Through exploration, examination and deconstruction of a variety of existing television programmes in different genres, this unit aims to acquaint you with an understanding of the language of the screen and the principles of television production.
- Television Craft Skills: This unit equips you with the skills required in the process of programme making. Through an ethos of professionalism and an understanding of the applied technology, this unit will enable you to create effective programming throughout the degree and beyond.
- Developing Arguments: This unit focuses on developing your information gathering, processing and presentation skills in order to develop your ability to form arguments based upon theoretical evidence.
- Discipline and Research: Here you'll be encouraged to deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of academic concepts and approaches related to your subject specialism and practice.
- Production Portfolio: You'll work in groups to create a portfolio of programmes in a variety of different TV genres.
- Collaborative Project: During the summer term you work alongside other students in Digital Media Design, Radio and Scriptwriting to produce larger, innovative projects that test your collaborative and creative ability.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the first year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 145 hours
- Independent learning: 1055 hours
- Media Theory Perspectives: You'll choose two theory study options from a menu of choices to help you further your skills of applying media theory to current industry debates.
- Multi Camera and Live Production: This unit aims to develop your television production skills with multi-camera and live production work, in the HD studio and outside. You'll create programmes for, and be instrumental in the running of the BU internet TV channel; BU Station.
- Location Production: You'll work in groups to produce and direct a portfolio of work shot using single camera on location, and covering a range of genres.
- Debates and Scholarship: This unit introduces you to the contested nature of debates and theories specific to your subject area.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the second year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 124 hours
- Independent learning: 1076 hours
You'll have the option to complete either a 4-week or optional 40-week work placement (or a minimum of 30-weeks for 2017 entry) during the course, working in a professional environment alongside experienced programme-makers. The placement provides you with the experience of how an organisation operates, as well as an opportunity to enhance your personal development and future employability.
Year 3/4 (final year)
- Dissertation: The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate your critical, analytical and research skills by conducting a significant piece of academic work.
- Concept Development for Television: The aim of this unit is to provide a route-map for the development of final year students. You will prepare a pitch and treatment for your intended graduate project as well as making a short film to hone your producing and directing skills.
- The Graduate Project (TV): This is where you produce and direct a film – factual or fictional – which is uniquely your own and will be the culmination of your production work at BU. You’ll crew it using other students on the course, and you will also crew for other students on their films.
- Television Industry Perspectives: This unit serves to prepare you for the industry you are about to enter. You will meet people working in it, and reflect on your 3rd year work and your intended trajectory into that industry.
The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during the final year of this course. You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions. Your independent learning could include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments.
- Learning and teaching: 84 hours
- Independent learning: 1115 hours
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At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career; therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a placement in the industry as part of their course.
We will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement. The duration of your placement will depend on your course.
Placements allow you to practise the skills you have learnt in a professional context. The Faculty of Media and Communication has a wide range of established, high profile contacts which offer excellent placement opportunities.
A placement should be a highly rewarding experience for you and the employing company and we do our best to ensure that everyone involved feels that they have got the most that they can from the experience
Why are placements important?
The placement is a valuable opportunity. With the combination of a vocational/professional degree and relevant work experience to offer to an employer, you can be one step ahead in the job market.
The benefits to you as a placement student are many. You will have the chance to:
- Put the theory learnt throughout the course into professional practice
- Enhance your study and help you decide on subject options (where appropriate)
- Learn a wide range of skills such as time management, problem solving and team work (all of these are important to succeed in any career)
- Make contacts - it is not uncommon for our students to be offered permanent positions to return to after graduating
- Gain a real insight into how the industry operates in roles that would be almost impossible to achieve for an outsider
- Many of our students, during their placement, are given responsibilities normally associated with graduate trainees
A recent report from High Fliers Research has highlighted the vital importance of work placements. The report found that more than a third of jobs for new graduates are being taken by people who have already had work experience with that employer through work experience during holidays or placements as part of a course. More than half of employers expect would-be recruits to have some kind of work experience, without which they are unlikely to be considered, regardless of their qualifications.
How long is my placement?
You will begin your placement after completion of your second year of study and you must complete a minimum of 6 weeks.
Background and Experience
For this course, we are looking for applicants who can:
- Demonstrate both intellectual and creative abilities
- Show an understanding of the television and film industry
- Have an appreciation of broadcast media and film
- Possess a strong awareness of the visual arts
- Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills
Students on this course will typically have a creative background and have had some work experience in the media industry; students may also have some experience using multimedia technology, such as basic film and editing skills.
Students will also have a proven ability to work creatively, in groups and individually. We look for creative and innovative thinkers who are familiar with current practice in the film and TV industries. We would encourage applicants who are interested in new ideas, can express themselves well in writing, work well in groups and can demonstrate a wide range of interests.
Students should be familiar with using computers for assignments and group activities. Students will be using mainly Apple McIntosh computers whilst on the course, mainly using the editing programme Final Cut Pro, however it is not an essential requirement for the course for students to be already familiar with this. Students are not required to own their own PC or Mac.
We’ll use the UCAS applications to create a shortlist of candidates that we would like to find out more about. You can find some handy hints about filling in your UCAS form on how to apply webpages.
As we will need you to have practical and applicable skills in this particular subject, we’ll invite the very best students for an interview and activity day.
Our offer making process
Our offer making will typically be based on your three main graded qualifications, including any required subjects. Additional study may be valuable for breadth of study, and we will look at a range of qualifications and subjects, including the Extended Project Qualification and General Studies, although these may not be part of our offer.
If you do not meet the criteria of your original offer, we may still offer you a place. We will review your whole application and consider all academic qualifications (including those not in the offer) and the rest of the application to see if you have the academic potential to succeed on the course. If we feel the answer is yes, we will still confirm your place.
How we'll assess your application
We look at individual applications and make a tailored offer based on your potential to succeed on the course considering a range of factors, including your academic achievements, work and other experience, predicted grades, reference and personal statement, and in some cases, your performance at an interview/selection test.
If you meet one or more of our contextual data indicators for educational disadvantage (such as being in care, living in a low participation neighbourhood or in an area with less advantaged socio-economic characteristics), your offer could be between 20-60 points below the published tariff
Unconditional Offer Scheme - for September 2016 entry
Our Unconditional Offer Scheme seeks to reward exceptional applicants who are predicted to achieve top academic results. The scheme is offered to applicants on all courses who are predicted AAA at A-level/triple Distinction in BTEC Extended Diploma, or above, or equivalent, subject to any course selection measures and meeting other entry criteria (i.e. required qualifications). What’s more we’ll recognise your achievement if you meet these grades with an Academic Excellence Scholarship from £1,500 when you arrive*.
We believe that unconditional offers will reduce pressure on applicants who will continue to strive to achieve the best grades possible. Excellent grades will become a part of applicants’ CVs and are also required for BU’s scholarships. International qualifications are considered in the scheme; however applicants must satisfy the English language requirements. *Our scholarships are subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria, detailed on our scholarships pages.
2017 entry requirements
The new UCAS Tariff will be used for September 2017 entry. If you have applied in the 2016 UCAS admissions cycle, you will use the previous UCAS Tariff.
The entry requirements for this course are 120 to 128 tariff points from 3 A-Levels, including 40 points in one specified A-level, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
UCAS have created a helpful calculator so you can calculate points to use for courses starting from September 2017 onwards.
Excluded subjects: This course does not accept General Studies
GCSEs: This course requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs grades A* - C (or grade 4 or above in the newly reformed GCSE grading) including Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.
Numeracy and literacy: We need to be sure that you can express yourself in written English and have basic numeracy skills. We look at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework, which includes, but is not limited to, GCSEs, iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills Level 2. If you do not have formal qualifications to this level or have alternatives, we may still be able to consider your application – please contact the askBU Enquiry Service to find out more.
We have outlined below other qualifications that we consider for this course. If you are studying a qualification that is not listed, please contact the askBU Enquiry Service – it may be that we can still consider it.
Access Course: BU welcomes Access to HE Diploma applicants. This course requires applicants to Pass the Access to HE Diploma (with 60 Credits - at least 45 at level 3, remainder at level 2 or equivalent). Any combination of grades to meet the overall tariff is acceptable.
Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
Diploma:This course requires a Distinction, Distinction in addition to an A-Level to achieve the overall tariff.
90-credit Diploma:The 90-credit Diploma will be accepted as part of your overall tariff but it must be accompanied by A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.
Subsidiary Diploma:This course requires a Distinction in addition to two A-Levels to achieve the overall tariff.
A combination of BTEC qualifications to meet the overall course tariff is also acceptable.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma: We welcome applicants studying the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma or a combination of Pre-U subjects and A-levels.
European Baccalaureate: Applicants are required to achieve a minimum score of 77%.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: The IB Diploma is welcomed as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB). This course requires 31-32 points including 5 points from each of the 3 Higher Level subjects.
Scottish Qualifications: Scottish Advanced Highers, Scottish Highers and other Scottish qualifications are all welcomed providing that your results meet the overall course tariff.
Welsh Baccalaureate: The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma is welcomed alongside A-Levels or equivalent, to meet the overall course tariff.
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Qualification: The OCR Extended Diploma or a combination of one Diploma plus one Introductory Diploma is acceptable for entry to this course.
Extended Diploma: This course requires Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
Other combinations of OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical qualifications to meet the overall course tariff may be acceptable.
Extended Project Qualification: The grade achieved for the Extended Project may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has marginally failed to meet the conditions of their offer.
Deferred Entry: We are happy to consider applicants for deferred entry.
International entry requirements
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
View further information about our English language requirements.
If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course. Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement, without the need to re-take IELTS.
Academic entry requirements
You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students’ page.
We offer a number of preparatory programmes through the Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.
Our courses have an incredibly good reputation within the industry and with good reason - our graduates are motivated, versatile and prepared for work in this fast-paced sector. The work placements you undertake will give you the chance to develop valuable contacts, helping you when it comes to finding work on graduation.
Within six months of finishing their degree, 92% of our students are working or in further study*. In many instances, you will start in a junior role, but will have the opportunity to progress quickly. Freelancing is also common practice within the TV industry. Our graduates have taken on a range of roles, including:
- Creative producer
- Assistant television editor
- Floor runner
- Commissioning editor (Channel 4)
- Head of technical development (BBC)
- UK On Air creative producer intern
You can find some of our alumni working on popular shows, such as Dr Who, Top Gear, Eastenders, This Morning, Louis Theroux and Hollyoaks.
This course is accredited by Creative Skillset and carries the Creative Skillset Tick. In achieving the Creative Skillset Tick this course joins the ranks of the top creative training and education this country has to offer, you can be sure that it has undergone a rigorous assessment process conducted by experts working in the creative industries. The Tick is only given to those courses that have the strongest links with industry giving you the best possible chance of a successful career.
Industries Worked In
Once you have completed an undergraduate Honours degree, you can further develop your education by studying for a postgraduate degree. Please visit our Postgraduate section for further details about our range of Master's degrees.
*All statistics shown are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
The National Student Survey
The below information all comes from the National Student Survey completed by some of the students who graduated from this course last year.
- Students agreed staff are good at explaining things - 84%
- Students agreed staff made the subject interesting - 83%
- Students were satisfied overall - 72%
- Students agreed they got sufficient advice and support - 72%
At BU, we take our students feedback very seriously. We have reviewed all the responses to the NSS, and we are implementing a number of new initiatives for our students. We are continually investing in new buildings with dedicated workshop, study and social spaces on campus. Why not visit us to see for yourself at an open day?
Other new support initiatives for our students:
- Ensuring you have access to our facilities and teaching team outside of lectures and seminars
- New students welcome pack has much more information about where to go for help and advice
- Inviting more guest speakers from industry to give you an insider's view
- Recruiting new staff to help you Grow@bu - a Faculty support service run by recent graduates who really understand student issues
- ContriBUte: a brand new scheme run by the Student Union to give you the opportunity to get involved in making things happen at BU.
97% of the course is assessed by coursework
This is a very ‘hands on’ degree and therefore the majority of your assessed work will be via practical assignments, as well as coursework.
10% is scheduled learning and teaching activities
In the first year, there will be a consistent level of scheduled learning and teaching which includes lectures, seminars and practical workshops through which you are introduced to media theory and context, production techniques and editorial processes, acquiring technical skills. Using all these you will develop practical project ideas, both studio and location-based, on which you will work either alone or in your peer groups. In your theory studies you also engage in self-directed learning in preparation of your course work assignments. In your second year project briefs will become looser allowing you to specialise in certain areas, you will therefore be required to develop more self-directed learning by initiating, developing and delivering your own work. In the final year there are lectures at the start, but fewer as the year continues, as you take a greater responsibility for your learning and pursue your own work.
Guided independent study will supplement scheduled learning and teaching activities across all three years.
Comprehensive details of the course content and areas of study are available for your information.