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Communications and Media*

BA (Hons)

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What is Communications and Media BA (Hons)?

If you want to learn how to create a powerful identity and influence others, improve your photography and video skills, and discover how to develop the best social media campaign – then this is your course.

If you feel strongly about climate change or social equality, or you want to understand the nature of celebrity and power, this course will give you the knowledge and the practical skills to turn your interests into your profession.

This course is ideal if you’re keen to work in the rapidly growing communications industry. You’ll develop new skills under the guidance of our expert teaching team. Video making and photography are taught alongside copywriting and the strategic planning skills needed to succeed in the modern workplace.

Study style

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops. These will be supported by one-to-one tutorials, practical projects, written coursework, essays and portfolios. You can also complete industry placements.

You’ll have access to facilities described by one of our accreditation bodies as among the very best in the country. Our Media Centre includes professional-standard film, TV, music and news studios, as well as editing suites and production galleries. If you’re interested in the latest technology used to develop award winning campaigns, you can experiment with our 360 cameras, virtual and augmented reality equipment and green screen studios.

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*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is in the final stages of approval. Courses are normally approved, but if it is not then we will contact applicants and those who register interest to help you find a suitable alternative.

Entry requirements

    • Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don’t always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

      You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that’s A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

      Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

      Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
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Fee (international)
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Sep 2021 Park, Cheltenham

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Multimedia Content Producer
  • Social Media Editor
  • Public Relations and Communications Executive
  • Marketing Officer
  • Copywriter.

Industry links

You’ll learn from a teaching team that includes content producers, communications specialists and working journalists. Our staff have expert knowledge and close contact with industry, which means you’ll develop the key skills you need to become a practising media professional. You can also gain insight from our large network of alumni, with former students returning for guest lectures covering many subjects, including celebrity, sport and the charity sector.

You’ll hear from specialists from across the media industry. In previous years, we’ve welcomed guests from the likes of Google, Marie Claire, Top Gear magazine, Empire, the BBC, ITV and Heart radio. Students from the Journalism and Communications subject group have gone on to work for employers including Sky, the BBC, ITV, Vice, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Hello! Magazine and various PR and communication agencies.

Learn from the best

You’ll be taught by communications specialists, journalists and media practitioners who have expert skills and knowledge, and excellent industry connections.

Journalism lecturer on camera with TV presenter

Fantastic facilities

Our state-of-the-art studios and technology have been recognised by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council as being among the best in the country.

Students walking up the stairs that lead up to the first floor of the Media centre at Park campus
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Communications and Media Studies - Student Experience - The Times GUG 2021

Our Communications and Media Studies courses rank 7th in the UK for student experience, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

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Communications and Media Studies - Teaching Quality - The Times GUG 2021

Our Communications and Media Studies courses rank 9th in the UK for teaching quality, according to The Times GUG 2021.

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