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BA (Hons) Marketing Communications (with Foundation Year option)
BA (Hons) Marketing Communications (with Foundation Year option)

BA (Hons) Marketing Communications (with Foundation Year option)

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Our main entry requirements for the degree are outlined below. If you do not meet these you may want to consider our foundation year, a one-year course that will prepare you for degree-level study.

  • We use the UCAS Tariff in our entry requirements and will accept a combination of grades and qualifications to meet the overall tariff requirement. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

  • We have outlined our entry requirements below using the most common qualifications that we consider for this course. If your qualification is not on the UCAS tariff or listed below, please contact our Future Students Enquiry Team who can advise accordingly. You can also find out more about how we consider your application in our offer-making process section.

  • For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent.

  • Numeracy and Literacy requirement: GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework. See all the equivalencies.

  • A-level and AS levels: 104 – 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels.

  • Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

  • Access to HE Diploma: 102 – 118 UCAS tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.

  • BTEC National:

    • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points)

    • Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction (104 UCAS tariff points)

  • Foundation Diploma/ 90-credit Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff

  • Extended Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

  • Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two principal subjects.

  • Cambridge Technical:

    • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (112 UCAS tariff points)

    • Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction (104 UCAS tariff points)

  • Subsidiary Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff

  • Introductory Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

  • Extended Project Qualification: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

  • International Baccalaureate Certificates: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Higher Level certificates.

  • International Baccalaureate (Diploma): An overall score of 28 - 31 points.

  • Scottish Highers: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.

  • T Levels: We will recognise T Level qualifications at a suitable level (and in a suitable subject, if applicable).

English Requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Course Information

Join the highest ranked Marketing Communications course in the UK, scoring over 90% in the National Student Survey (NSS) for over five consecutive years  

Develop a critical understanding of integrated marketing communications that will enable you to adapt to a variety of roles in the industry  

Work on live briefs set by industry for unit assessments and learn from professionals who deliver guest lectures and workshops every year  

Co-create academic and professional research with staff including consultancy projects for industry clients  

At the end of your first year you can choose which Marketing Communications course best suits you and your career interests

Complete a work placement anywhere in the world, giving you the chance to put theory into practice, make great career contacts and bolster your blossoming CV.

Foundation year: We have a foundation year option for UK students who do not meet the entry requirements for the degree course. This additional year of study will give you a grounding in the media & communication skills required for this course, building your confidence, knowledge and skills for further study. After successful completion of the foundation year, you will progress to the full degree. 

UCAS Code: N591

With foundation year: N595

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Foundation year

Core units

  • Academic & Professional Practice: You will build your confidence in both academic and professional skills. This unit will cover the academic skills which will be required at degree level study and you’ll practice them throughout the unit with support from key university services including the library and study skills team. There will also be the opportunity for you to reflect on and develop your own professional skills through interactions with employers, careers services and online resources. 

  • Collaborative Communication Project: The unit focuses on the centrality of communicaiton, both as a process and as a project. Through the collaborative development of a communication solution to a specific communication problem, the unit aims to promote the principles and practices of team-based iterative project work. 

  • Media & Current Debates: You will be introduced to a) the important role and responsibilities of the news media within democratic societies and b) the varied nature of reporting of key events, issues and debates within the contemporary 24/7 news cycle. You will gain an essential level of understanding of what constitues news and what the work of journalists entails. You will also develop an awareness and appreciation of differing coverage of particular stories by a range of news organisations. 

  • Media Work: You will become familiar with a range of profiles and career paths in the communication and media industries and be inspired to reflect on and develop your own professional identity. Through case studies of seminal campaigns, programmes and artefacts, profiles of ground-breaking personalities, masterclasses from industry professionals, and guest talks from BU staff who have worked or currently work in marketing, PR, media production, journalism and communications, you will encounter and interact with diverse role models, career trajectories, and types of profressional practice. 

Year 1

Core units

  • Principles of Marketing and Marketing Communications: This unit introduces you to the principles of marketing and marketing communications. You will become familiar with the marketing mix, including traditional and innovative marketing techniques and where marketing as a discipline currently stands.

  • Academic and Professional Practices for Marketing Communications: Through engaging in professional-relevant, authentic experiences and assessments to support your development as an independent learner, you will acquire a range of skills required for succesful academic and professinoal practice in marketing communications

  • Contemporary Debates in Marketing Communications: This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of the broader role that marketing communications play in contemporary culture.  You will be introduced to theories and concepts designed to help you develop a critical perspective when reviewing and reflecting on the wider impact that marketing communications’ campaigns can have on consumers and society at local, national and global levels.  

  • Digital Essentials: The unit will enable you to understand the impact of emerging digital technologies and review, utilise and explore the role of digital communications within marketing communications. You will use research and industry specific tools used for measuring digital communications.

  • Consumer and Stakeholder Insights: You will explore and analyse the importance of understanding stakeholder management and consumer behaviour for effective development and implementation of various aspects/practices involved in marketing communications. 

  • Integrated Marketing Communications: You will gain a critical understanding of how to plan, create, execute and evaluate integrated marketing communication campaigns. Upon completion of the unit, you will have an appreciation of the complexities of the integrated marketing communication campaigns process.

Year 2

Core units 

  • Marketing Communications in a Global Context: During this unit you will develop an understanding of the concepts, principles and activities of Marketing and Marketing Communications in an international context, and the analytical skills required to examine the challenges raised by both globalization and different international market situations. You will then explore and recommend appropriate approaches and practical ways of responding to these situations.

  • Research Principles and Practice: Initially you will learn about the value and importance of research, in relation to your chosen degree, and the place of research ethics. Emphasis will then be placed on skills or ‘doing research’, exploring both standard and more innovative ways of obtaining meaningful data and insights for both academic and commercial purposes. You will get hands on experience of qualitative and quantitative methods, modes of analysis, interpretation and presentation of research findings to understand how research is done from beginning to end.

  • Content Creation: This unit will provide you with the opportunity to acquire an in-depth understanding of the content, meanings and decoding of marketing communications campaigns and equip you with the skills required to create marketing communications content (e.g. internal communications, posters, brochure, advertising, POS, direct mail) based on the theoretical perspectives learned, making use, where relevant, of software commonly used in industry. 

  • Brands and Branding: You will be introduced to the building blocks of brands, the theoretical principles of branding, and will also be exposed to theoretical applications in diverse situations and contexts. This unit will also explore the role of branding as a strategic managerial tool and its implications on businesses, consumers, and markets.  

  • Customer Experience: The aim of this unit is to enable you to apply the key concepts and analytical frameworks of customer experience to develop innovative and effective ways of delivering and enhancing customer experience within a marketing communications perspective. 

  • Marketing Communications Campaigns in Practice: You will have the opportunity to experience the parameters and constraints of a client brief, where client issues, tight deadlines and the limitations of a budget call for ideas that are practical and realistic, as well as creative and original. 

Placement year

The inclusion of a 30-week placement (minimum) is a key feature in helping you to develop your abilities and understanding of advertising in the work environment. It also provides a platform for successful entry into the profession following graduation.

Final year

Core units 

  • Strategic Marketing and Planning: You will become familiar with how to develop, assess and implement marketing strategies at the corporate and operational marketing levels in a global organisational context. This is fundamental to your understanding of how marketing operates at a strategic level, drawing on contemporary aspects underpinning marketing thinking and function.

  • Marketing Communications Portfolio: Through peer collaboration, self-critique and regular feedback from instructors and industry guests, you will build an effective portfolio of marketing communications work (with either a tactical or strategic focus). This  will have the benefit of acting as a persuasive tool for both graduate and future employment. The finality of this unit will be an end of degree ‘grad show’ type event whereby all students will be able to showcase their portfolios to the faculty and invited guests.

  • Dissertation: The dissertation offers you the opportunity to become an expert on a topic of particular interest, and to develop a study that connects your learning with real-world observations.

Options units (choose two)

  • Behavioural Economics: You will be introduced to Behavioural Economics and Choice Architecture. The unit will focus on learnings from cognitive neuroscience, and how these can enhance strategy and creativity, with significantly optimised levels of efficiency and effectiveness across all elements of the communications mix.

  • Brand Meaning: You will create your interpretation of brand meaning for a brand of your choice, producing meaning appropriate for a 21st century brand.

  • Consumer Futurising: You will gain a critical appreciation of state of the art thinking within consumer culture studies..

  • Corporate Communications: The unit will provide you with a critical understanding of the professional communicator’s role as applied to key sectors, such as entertainment, health and beauty, financial, and B2B. 

  • Influencer Marketing: The unit aims to develop your knowledge and skills on marketing to influencers and becoming an influencer yourself in the marketing communications field.

  • Race, Media and Inequality: You will critically examine the processes through which social inequalities are maintained and perpetuated in and through the media. The key areas of focus are race, ethnicity and culture using an intersectional approach to examine their construction and representation in media and communication practice and political discourse

  • Persuasion and Influence: You will be provdied with an understanding of the psychology of audience members and become equipped to reflect on the ethics of persuasion to critique contemporary persuasive communication in the context of broader social and cultural issues.

  • Promotion, Power and Democracy: The unit will introduce you to key theoretical ideas from social and critical theory, political economy and political philosophy, and encourages you to both reflect on your personal and professional experience, and to apply ideas discussed in the unit to real world problems and examples. 

  • Relationship Marketing: You will gain an understanding and conceptually analyse relationship marketing which is becoming increasingly important given the challenge of attracting, developing and retaining customers within a competitive environment (both for-profit and non-profit organisations).

  • Social and Intercultural Communication: The unit will provide you with an understanding of pertinent social and intercultural issues (both in the UK and internationally) and their impact upon contemporary professional communication practices. ‘Communication practices’ can include any form of interaction between individuals, groups, ‘communities’ and / or organisations that take place within an increasingly complex, diverse and interconnected world. 

  • Social Media Management: You will gain the ability to critically understand how to plan, create and execute management of social media accounts and activities on a national and global scale.  

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

This course will give you all the skills you need to get ahead in this thriving sector and the work placement will allow you to make contacts and build relationships with those already working in the industry.

You’ll be career-ready with 100% of our graduates in employment after 15 months, with 85% in professional/managerial positions.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 624 ($) GBP per year

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