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BA (Hons) Television Production

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In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in May 2017 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

If you want to get in to the exciting and demanding world of television, then this course is for you.

It offers room for you to hone your production skills, as well as to develop your intellectual and creative voice. The course combines academic skills with industry realistic practical ones, and in doing so ensures that you have a thorough understanding of the issues surrounding TV production, as well as all the practical skills you’ll need to power yourself in to a career in television.

Across the course you will produce your own programmes, fictional as well as factual, both in the studio and on location. With this hands on experience giving you a solid grounding in real-world professional television production. But we aren’t looking for you to just replicate what you see on screen, we want you to be an innovator and shape the future of television.

87% of our final year students agree our staff are good at explaining things – why not come and meet us to find out more?*

*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.

Key information

Next start date:

September, 2017


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


3 years including a 4-week placement (or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement). Full-time


Creative Skillset

Relevant subjects:

English Language, Art, Media, Photography, History, Psychology

Entry requirements:

For 2017 entry (we will use the new UCAS tariff): 120 to 128 tariff points from 3 A-Levels. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM. For more information check out our 2017 entry requirements page.

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 page

Course details

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.

Year 1

Core units

  • 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.

Year 2

Core units

  • 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.

Year 3

You'll have the option to complete either a 4-week or optional 30-week (minimum) work placement 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)

Core units

  • 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.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. When not attending lectures and seminars, you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments. The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course.

Year 1 – 12% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 145 hours
  • Independent learning: 1055 hours

Year 2 – 10% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 124 hours
  • Independent learning: 1076 hours

Year 3/4 – 7% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities

  • Learning and teaching: 84 hours
  • Independent learning: 1115 hours

97% of the course is assessed by coursework

  • Year 1: 92%
  • Year 2: 100%
  • Year 3/4: 100%

Throughout the course you will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, but you will also undertake group work and written exams.

Programme Specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for BA (Hons) Television Production.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

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.

Placement opportunities

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 work placement as part of their course.

We will provide a great deal of help and support to ensure you achieve a rewarding and satisfying placement. What’s more, you can also choose to undertake your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market.

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 not read about some of our students’ experiences?

Henry Cramer-Todd

"I do think that a placement year is invaluable… You may already have an offer to come back or met some important contacts so that you're not just coming out of university after those three years and going hard into the industry and having to stand on your own two feet with not too much experience with how it all works.”

Henry Cramer-Todd, BA (Hons) Television Production, placement at Discovery Channel, 2016

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, as 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.

Our students have previously worked for:

  • Hawkeye Innovations
  • NBC Universal
  • Disney Channel
  • Blink TV
  • Homegrown Productions

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 4-weeks or you can choose to complete a minimum 30-week placement.

Your application

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.

Selection Methods

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.

Find out more information about what to expect during your interview.

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 6-20 points below the published tariff

Unconditional Offer Scheme

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.

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.

Other qualifications

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.

BTEC Qualifications

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.

Options include:


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, 89% 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
  • Cameraman
  • Director
  • 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

  • TV
  • Creative
  • Broadcast
  • Media.

Further Study

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.

Your lecturers

Our staff are actively engaged in research and professional practice in the television production 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 below.

Dr Ashley Woodfall

Ashley worked in the television industry for many years before joining the teaching and research community at Bournemouth University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy and lectures in media production and theory. He holds an MA in producing film and television, a PGCE in educational practice and his PhD focus was on children and cross-platform media.

His learning and teaching activity spans undergraduate and postgraduate media production and theory, and he is currently first year coordinator for BA (Hons) Television Production.

Ashley is currently supervising Resh Somauroo and Ross Adamson’s doctoral research and is keen to work with any future PhD researchers who may have an interest in children’s media.

His practice experience includes producing and directing factual, news, continuity, promos, commercials, entertainment and comedy; often with an interactive slant, and mostly within Children's TV. As a producer/director Ashley has worked with the likes of Sasha Baron Cohen, Dave Berry and Simon Amstell. Whilst at Nickelodeon he devised, produced and directed innovative interactive music shows and telephony led game shows. For BBC Children's (where he was part of the 2007 Emmy award winning interactive team) he created multi-platform content that spanned web, red-button and linear broadcasts. Ashley’s career began within MTV and LWT’s camera departments, and he still enjoys throwing a camera on the shoulder when the opportunity arrives.

No hidden extras

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

Course specific material(s) included in your tuition fee:

  • Enclosed headphones
  • Level C (Year 1) Fieldwork for units: Language on Television; TV Craft Skills; Collaborative Project; Production Portfolio
  • Level I (Year 2) Fieldwork for units: Multi-Camera & Live Production; Location Production
  • Level H (Final Year) Fieldwork for units Concept Development for Television; Graduate Project

As a student at BU we will provide many things to support you and there will also be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying at BU. The information below will help you understand our provision and what you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services, many of these are included on the Next Steps insert enclosed with your offer letter.

  • One set of study-related consumables such as a memory stick/ DVD
  • Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity
  • Support for placements (UK or abroad) and fieldwork, and non-financial support whilst on placement
  • A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service
  • The Library – access to a wide range of electronic resources (databases, e-journals and e-books), print and multimedia collections, subject librarians and study spaces
  • IT labs (some open 24/7), wireless network, AV equipment to borrow
  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme
  • Disability and additional learning support
  • The BU Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills
  • 24 hours a day, 365 days a year security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you need to consider

  • Accommodation and living costs: view our price guide.
  • Text books: remember that our award-winning library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge
  • General stationery and other supplies such as print and presentation materials: the Students’ Union shops stock a wide range of stationery supplies on both campuses
  • Travel to, from and between BU campuses: our bus service operates in the local areas offering a subsided travel rate; we also have a large number of secure bike storage compounds
  • SportBU membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the SportBU webpages
  • Optional fieldwork travel, outdoor wear and footwear (where applicable)
  • Telephone and travel costs incurred when undertaking interviews for coursework/securing placements.
  • A fee will be payable towards the cost of an Educational Psychology Assessment if this is required in connection with additional learning support. BU pays for approximately two-thirds of the cost of this assessment for UK students. For more details and current pricing please visit the Students section of the website.

Repeat units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies (with or without attendance), you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit. 

Financial help available from BU

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at BU. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

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Nick Bamford

You will develop technical and production skills as well as a critical grasp of the medium, enabling you to hit the ground running when you enter the industry.

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