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Media and Communications - BA (Hons)
Media and Communications - BA (Hons)

Media and Communications - BA (Hons)

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above / grade 4 or above (for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A Level (or equivalent).

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  • Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) , plus 112 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent)  

  • Typical offers may include:

  • 112 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM

  • 112 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers

  • 112 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4

  • 112 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Entry requirements differ from course to course. The University values both work experience and academic qualifications and will consider students from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

  • You may also need to undertake an English qualification before being admitted onto a course.

  • Our team of International Marketing Officers travel all over the world to meet potential students and assist with your queries and application. In some cases, you can be interviewed and be made an offer in person in your own country.


​English Requirements

  • Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent.

Course Information

Embedded into our everyday lives, the media plays a powerful role within society. Consequently, the importance of studying and understanding the subject has never been more vital. 

This distinctive Media and Communications degree combines theoretical analysis of media, such as film, TV, gaming and music with practical skills in digital media, media writing and journalism. With Cardiff having one of the largest media centres in the UK, the degree is ideally placed to embed employability skills within the course. This allows you to combine theoretical perspectives with practical vocational skills, meaning you will graduate with strong communication and analytical skills that are highly valued in today's employment market. 

This Media and Communications BA will enable you to not only develop your critical understanding, but to also gain professional knowledge of various media industries. You will be encouraged to follow your passion throughout the degree, focusing on a creative industry that interests you, such as fashion, film, gaming, marketing, music, PR, sport and TV. 

You will gain an understanding of how the media industry is organised from a local, national and global perspective, while the course will guide you on how to establish yourself as a media practitioner. Your own personal and professional development are at the core of the programme that will provide you with a foundation on which to build your career. 

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  • This BA (Hons) Media and Communications degree offers a module framework, which provides the fundamental underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding to be able to gain employment in a creative media industry. 

  • You will develop strong communication and media writing skills while focusing on specific industries, and gain confidence in writing various forms of journalism, PR and marketing for different media industries, such as film, sport, fashion and music. These skills are combined with multimedia production, allowing you to design, film and edit your own creative work. There is a strong focus on creativity, journalism, marketing, entrepreneurship and strategic thinking that offers the potential for you to define and develop your own ideas for media content. 

  • Year one: introduces key theoretical and practice-based approaches to the study and creation of media at degree level. The year aims to promote critical reading of media texts while developing knowledge of a range of theoretical approaches taken towards media in terms of textual meaning, production and audience consumption. You are encouraged to engage with and examine a variety of audio-visual texts to develop understanding of the important relationship culture and society has with mass media. A foundation in media and journalistic writing also introduces students to key industry skills and techniques. We look at news writing, covering the journalistic basics of researching a story, interviewing sources, writing clearly and concisely, and structuring your story so that the essential information is highlighted. We then move onto feature writing, examining how this less structured form of journalism can bring in more descriptive and narrative qualities in writing, while still requiring the fundamentals set out in news writing. The basics of writing for PR and other communications based media are also covered this year. 

  • Year two: develops subjects in more depth with specific modules targeting journalism, media industries, and continued analyses of film, TV and digital media. Our attention to research methods prepares you for the third-year independent project and you have the option of a work placement and other collaborative projects throughout the year. Through work-based learning you will gain practical, real-world experience, developing key communication skills relevant to employment in professional and enterprising contexts. 

  • Year in industry: The option of spending a year in industry between the 2nd and final years allow you the option to complete the degree with a level of practical experience. In consultation with the Programme Director, it may be possible to undertake this option in the three-year degree course, undertaking practical work in industry during term time or in holiday breaks during the course.

  • Year three/Year four: continues to specialise in the study - and creation - of media content, but will also carry out an independent project, as agreed with a project supervisor. By the end of this year, you will have a keen sense of your academic and career trajectory and will be equipped with a variety of transferable and vocational skills to help you on your journey beyond your degree.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The Cardiff Met EDGE supports you to thrive in the modern world. Throughout your degree you will experience a range of opportunities to develop your Ethical, Digital, Global and Entrepreneurial competencies through problem-based learning and work-based learning placements. We will ensure that you get a range of opportunities to develop transferable skills such as communication, team work and leadership. 

We will also support you to seek opportunities to work or study abroad. Work placements can give you a critical EDGE in gaining professional employment on graduation. Students who have graduated from the BA (Hons) Media and Communications programme will be expected to go on to work in careers both within and beyond the Media, Journalism, PR, Marketing, Communications and Digital Media. 

Many students also pursue their own opportunities and set up businesses based on ideas that they have generated during their studies. There is on-going enterprise support available from the Centre for Entrepreneurship designed to help provide the best chance to create a successful enterprise. This includes business mentoring, funding advice, free office space and networking opportunities. 

Other students might choose to continue onto further study through our MA Specialist Journalism programme and might progress to doctoral level studies. Graduates from our MA Specialist Journalism programme are now working in the professional media industry with Future Fusion New York, Cardiff City FC, Dead Press and GTFM Radio. 

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OSHC: 624 ($) GBP per year

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