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Television Production BA (Hons)

What is Television Production BA (Hons)?

We don’t just study TV programmes, we make them.

On this practical, broad-ranging and industry-focused course, you’ll be hands-on with cameras, editing equipment, lighting, and sound kit from the start. You’ll learn about everything from developing ideas for scripted and unscripted TV, through to writing and producing finished programmes.

You’ll design drama sets, film and livestream sports events, and produce multi-camera TV shows in our virtual production studio. Teaching you those all-important job-hunting skills like CV writing and networking is a key part of the course, too.

Our award-winning teaching team are all TV industry professionals who’ve worked for the BBC, ITV, Channels 4 and 5 and US broadcasters. We pride ourselves on teaching the skills that we know employers want, to help you succeed in this exciting profession.

And where do graduates from this course end up working? Everywhere! On HETV drama series like Sex Education and Doctor Who, on Factual programmes like Louis Theroux and The Great British Bake Off, on ITV Sports output and on entertainment shows like Britain’s Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing.

The course is ScreenSkills accredited, recognising courses that provide exceptional standards of industry-relevant training. It also scored 93% for teaching and 90% for academic support in the National Student Survey 2023.

Study style

It’s completely hands-on. You’ll learn mostly by doing, exploring television production theory through practice.

The teaching team is supported by current industry professionals who are regulars on campus. You’ll work with directors, producers, camera operators and talent managers who’ll help you develop your skills and provide invaluable career advice.

Industry work placements are a key part of your learning experience. You’ll gain real world TV experience and useful contacts before you leave University. It’s all about making you industry-ready.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

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

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

Course modules


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 2024 Park, Cheltenham P311 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham P311 TBC TBC

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Meet our industry experts

Our Course Associates are industry supporters who will prepare you for your future career in TV. They regularly come in to hold workshops, sit on selection panels and will advise you on your projects and career.

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Ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction

Our film production & photography courses are ranked 6th in the UK for student satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK for teaching satisfaction

Our film production & photography courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK for teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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.

We also work closely with in-house production company Unit One Films giving students hands-on professional experience throughout their time here.


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.

"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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