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Television Production BA (Hons)

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.

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

A £1,000 subject award bursary is available for this course for 2023 entry UK UCAS applicants.

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

    • 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 2023 Park, Cheltenham P311 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 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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