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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. 

85% of our final year students felt the staff are good at explaining things. 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 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 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

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

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

September 2020 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2020 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.