Communications and Media*

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Now recruiting for September 2021 start

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Park, Cheltenham

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 are passionate about climate change or social equality or want to understand the nature of celebrity and power, BA Communications and Media will give you the knowledge and the practical skills to turn your passion into your profession.

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

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 are 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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Study style

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops. These will be supported by one-to-one tutorials. Assessment will take the form of practical projects, written coursework, essays and portfolios. You will also complete a work placement – or series of placements – in industry.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

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.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeP301


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

*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

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 needed to become a practising media professional.
You will benefit from our lecturers’ professional experience and contacts. 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.
There will be invaluable networking opportunities. In recent years content specialists from the likes of Google, Marie Claire, Top Gear magazine, Empire, the BBC, ITV and Heart radio have joined us for guest lectures and workshops, and for our annual Media Festival.
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.

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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.

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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.

School of Media

Our School of Media provides industry-standard, specialist facilities so you can develop your creative talent. Our studios and production spaces are an exciting place to work together with students from different subjects on creative projects.

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