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BA (Hons) Communication & Media

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

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let's talk about your future.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

Communication and media affects everything, from how we present our identity on social media through to the most significant global challenges facing society such as 'fake news', political division, and even tackling climate change.

Communication and media is so important to organisations of all types, in all sectors, who are increasingly valuing the need for adaptable, interdisciplinary experts to manage their communication strategies internally and externally. This multi-purpose and exciting degree provides you with the expertise required to understand, analyse, and produce effective communication strategies to local and global audiences.

  • Develop a critical understanding of the role the media plays in culture and society - ranging from the rise of the 'influencer' to the promotion of social issues
  • Master communication theories that can be applied across any media platform - including narrative structures and audience theories
  • Work on live briefs with local charities in the Community and Digital Engagement unit. Charities that students have previously worked with include Volunteer Centre Dorset, Transition Bournemouth, The Pantry Partnership, B.O.L.D. Colour & Sound, Hengistbury Head, GECCO - Early Years Childcare Environment, BU Social Enterprises Forum, Dorset Road Safety and ACTS Fast
  • Demonstrate an interdisciplinary practical skillset in multi-media design and production - including audio, video, scriptwriting and online publishing
  • Work at prestigious companies across a range of industries as placement students and graduates - including Nintendo, Adobe, Mercedes, and Walt Disney. Our graduates have progressed into roles such as account executive, communication officer, copywriter, PR executive and concept managers
  • Access industry-standard software and technical production facilities - including HD TV and Radio studios
  • You'll have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester at one of our partner universities in Canada, Czech Republic, Romania, Netherlands or Thailand
  • Publish news and features across our student platforms: Fresher Publishing and Nerve Media.

See Course details for more information, including how this course will be delivered safely in autumn 2020 in response to Covid-19.

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

For September 2021 entry: 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 September to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

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

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years full-time with a 4-week placement, or 4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let's talk about your future.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

International entry requirements:

For September 2020 and September 2021 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components., or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

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 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. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

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.

You could even 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.

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.

95% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating.

Careers advice, resources, events and job opportunities

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. 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. 

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

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.