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Television Production

BA (Hons)

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What is Television Production BA (Hons)?

This is a vocational, accredited, industry-standard course designed for people with a genuine passion for TV. Our graduates are working in all areas of television – on high-end TV dramas Doctor Who, The Crown and Sex Education, on entertainment shows Strictly, Bake Off and Top Gear, and in factual programming One Born Every Minute, Gogglebox and SAS Who Dares Wins. And many, many more.

On this exciting and highly practical course, you’ll explore and produce programmes in all of these three areas of broadcast and streaming platforms – high end TV Drama, factual and multi-camera studio entertainment production. You’ll gain specialist technical and production skills, as well as a firm grounding in each stage of the production process, from initial script writing, through research, pre-production, shooting, to post production.

You’ll gain knowledge, skills and career guidance from our award-winning teaching team of highly experienced industry Producers and Directors – who’ve worked on recent high-profile dramas, documentaries and studio shows for the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and ITV. You’ll also go on field trips around the UK to support the development of your work. With such strong industry links, facilities and equipment, the course is accredited and supported by ScreenSkills and The Guild of Television Camera Professionals.

Study style

The majority of your learning will be practical – learning by making. You’ll work with industry-relevant cameras, sound and editing equipment in our professionally equipped HD multi-camera studio and out on location. You’ll gain a solid grounding in production, technical and craft skills, while also developing your creativity and team work.

In your final year you’ll specialise, working on two programmes made to broadcast standards within your chosen TV genres. You’ll pitch your ideas to industry experts, working with them to help develop and produce your project. You’ll also benefit from a work experience module, gaining invaluable industry experience, preparing you for employment as soon as you graduate.

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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.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

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

Course modules

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Park, Cheltenham P311 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Park, Cheltenham P311

Possible careers

Our graduates work across the entire TV industry for BBC, ITV, Netflix, Amazon Prime and more.

Shows include:

  • high-end TV drama – The Crown, Doctor Who, Sex Education
  • factual TV – Life & Birth, Made in Chelsea, The Apprentice
  • live multi-camera shows – Strictly Come Dancing, The Grand Tour, The Great British Bake.

Roles include:

  • Producer/Director
  • Researcher
  • Sound
  • Editor
  • Camera
  • Outside Broadcast (OB) Engineer.

Industry links

By continuing to work regularly in the industry, our teaching team are extremely well placed to bring in top industry professionals for workshops, masterclasses and mentoring, as well as providing links and work opportunities with the UK’s top production companies. Also, over the years, our graduates have spread across the entire TV landscape. They keep in touch through our active alumni groups, regularly returning to inspire others and invite current students to work with them.

Course Associates

ALICE TROUGHTON
Drama Director

Alice Troughton is an internationally-acclaimed director working between the UK and the US. Having recently lead directed and executive produced Baghdad Central (2020) for Channel 4, she is also known for her work on the award-winning shows The Living and The Dead (BBC), Cucumber (Channel 4) and Dr Who (BBC). Her work in US includes NETFLIX series Lost in Space, and CW’s The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Last year she finished Tin Star Series 3 for Sky. She is currently working as lead director and executive producer on Sky Atlantic’s serial adaptation of the John Wyndham classic sci-fi novel The Midwich Cuckoos.

SIMON KERFOOT
Award-Winning Executive Producer
Simon Kerfoot has worked on a variety of outputs including Channel 4’s The Hotel, the last three series of One Born Every Minute and the first series of Surgeons: At the Edge of Life for BBC Two. Simon has spent his career making both series and single documentaries for a variety of UK and International broadcasters ranging from David Walliams’ Big Swim, Hairy Bikers Mississippi Adventure, groundbreaking social experiments like Young Mum and Dad’s Mansion and quirky hits such as The Whale that Blew up in the Street.

JAMES POOLE
Outside Broadcast Unit Manager, Timeline TV
James is an accomplished Outside Broadcast Unit Manager with over a decade of experience planning and managing the delivery of live and recorded productions. James has worked on live sport, the arts, political programmes and brand projects. He was the lead on site Engineering Manager for the BAFTA nominated BBC Sport coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019. His role involves working with the production team, managing the technical broadcast planning, logistics and H&S, as well as bringing together and managing different contractors and suppliers, finding innovative, joined-up technical solutions to realise the production teams’ creative ambitions. James joined Timeline TV in 2019 at a key time in the company’s expansion. As well as being a market-leading provider of UHD HDR outside broadcasts facilities, Timeline is now also established as the go-to technical partner for remote production.

JIM CONNOLLY
Executive and Series Producer
Jim Connolly is an award-winning creative, executive producer known for his cutting-edge entertainment shows. He has worked in TV for over 20 years initially on game and quiz show formats for terrestrial broadcasters including Deal or No Deal for Channel 4, Britain’s Brightest Family and Alphabetical for ITV. He Series Produced Rated Awards for Channel 4 in 2018 and his show Peng Life was nominated for Best Original Programme at the Broadcast Awards 2019. His most recent work has seen him move onto new platforms: The Cut for Red Bull Media (UK and US Series) screened on global multi-platform channel Red Bull TV – an original song writing series hosted in the UK by DJ Tiffany Calver and in the US by producer and DJ OG Parker. And Orbital for Otro a freestyle football travel series shot in London, Paris, Barcelona and Munich taking freestyle talent around Europe to meet and challenge top professional footballers including Louis Suarez and James Rodriguez. As Head of Content, he helped Renowned Films grow from a small indie production company to winning Independent Production Company of The Year at Edinburgh Television Festival. He has recently been making, via his own company bigbellytelly, an anarchic chat show Balley TV with the band IDLES,  a gameshow pilot for Netflix at Talkback and continues to work as a Development Executive for Thames TV.

KAREN BELAND
Award-Winning Series Producer
Karen began her career working in radio news and current affairs, and on consumer TV programmes, like ​Watchdog ​and ​Crimewatch ​(BBC1) before moving in to documentaries and mixed format factual entertainment across a multitude of genres – everything from natural history and crime through to lifestyle and children’s programming. Her specialism is Ob Docs with titles like the award-winning ​Living with the Wolfman ​(Channel 5 and Animal Planet) ​Nature’s Miracle Orphans ​(BBC1) and ​Naked and Marooned (​ Discovery) to her name.

Get ahead with our Creative ScreenSkills accredited degree

You’ll be taught by television professionals on a course approved by the UK TV industry. We have connections with global companies and leading freelance Producers, Directors, Editors and Screenwriters. When you graduate you’ll be recognised by the industry as a ‘work-ready’ graduate.

Graduate smiling infront of BBC sign

Pitch your work to professionals

Pitch your programme ideas to a panel of renowned Producers, Directors and Writers. Recent guests include BAFTA & Emmy winning producer and director Patrick Collerton, and Simon Kerfoot, Executive Producer of UK top-10 production company Dragonfly Television. The best work is shown at an awards ceremony and entered into competition with the Royal Television Society. 

Students on Film and Television Production (Level 6) course looking through camera during practical in studio at Park campus

Develop your technical skills

Our technical staff are AVID certified trainers and you could gain AVID certification while on the course, alongside experiencing an array of software programmes, such as DaVinci Resolve, After Effects and ProTools.

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Trips and experiences

The course has a strong sense of community. Our highly successful alumni are regularly able to invite current students to work on very high profile shows such as The Voice, Doctor Who and One Born Every Minute. We also organise regular trips to recordings of shows with backstage access to Directors and production teams – we recently made a visit to BBC’s This Country.

Placements

The course includes a core Work Placement module in your third year, where each student spends two weeks working in the TV industry. Previous placements have included:

  • Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
  • Sky’s Discovery of Witches
  • The Living and The Dead
  • Tin Star
  • Coronation Street
  • Britain’s Got Talent
  • BBC Doctors
  • One Born Every Minute
  • Celebrity Juice
  • X Factor
  • ITV Sport.

Vanessa is a Senior Lecturer in Television Production and a Senior Producer

She’s worked in the television industry for over 25 years. Alongside lecturing at The University of Gloucestershire she’s still producing shows for network television. Her most recent credits are Casting Producer for Channel 4’s award winning series One Born Every Minute and Online Edit Producer for ITV’s Tipping Point. Vanessa’s career in TV began in front of the camera after a Drama degree at Exeter University, working as a presenter for Sky sports and CITV’s Top Ten of Everything. Her first directing credit was for ITV1’s Poor Little Rich Girls. She also spent 5 years as a Senior Producer on Channel 4’s award winning Deal or No Deal.

Vanessa Bewley, Senior Lecturer for Television Production

Vanessa Bewley

"I'm a BAFTA nominated self-shooting Series Director in factual TV"

“When I started the course, I initially wanted to focus on drama. I thought I’m going to be the next Guy Ritchie, and then I did studio in the second year, and I loved studio, I thought I’m going to make the next Soccer a.m. And finally, I discovered a love for documentary in the 3rd year and thought, this is for me.

“A huge part of this course was the range of skills – editing, camera, sound and lighting. And as TV has progressed since I started, self-shooting has become more vital, so to be able to do a lot of that second nature and focus on directing has really helped me. I wouldn’t have had the chances and career I’ve had, if I hadn’t done this course”.

Tom Power, Television Production student

"Everyone wants to be a Producer, Director or Editor"

“Then at university you realise there’s about 3 million other jobs in TV. For me, I wanted to work my way up through production to become a Production Coordinator. When I graduated I knew all about Call Sheets, sides, everything in a production office – and that got me a lot higher, a lot quicker.

“I demonstrated I was really passionate about being in High End Drama through work experience, then when an opening came up, I was hired based on doing well in the work experience. It’s so much easier to get where you want to be in TV when you have a 3-year support system behind you.”

Ellie Simmons, Television Production graduate, Doctor Who Production Coordinator

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