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Media and Communication - HND

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This course offers an inspiring introduction to the production, theoretical and professional aspects of media. It gives you a solid and respected platform from which you can progress to further study or present yourself as a competent and credible candidate for employment in the media and communication industries.

  • School Birmingham School of Media
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts, Design and Media

Overview

This course offers an inspiring introduction to the production, theoretical and professional aspects of media. It gives you a solid and respected platform from which you can progress to further study or present yourself as a competent and credible candidate for employment in the media and communication industries.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

We strongly believe in the practical application of theory to real-life situations. We are fortunate to have very strong links with employers in the media industry, who see great value in our approach.

Modules you study include Broadcast Production, Research Methods and Academic Skills, History and Structure of the Media, Media texts and Cultural Contexts, and Professional Studies, in which Birmingham Metropolitan College will support you in securing a two-week placement in a media production business.

Your studies cover key aspects of audio, the moving image, journalism, and television studio practice.

You explore broadcast journalism, photography and photojournalism, radio features and documentary television production, as well as television drama and film studies.

You focus on future employment in a Career Development workshop. You also gain the crucial research and academic techniques to enable you to effectively source, collate and analyse information.

This HND qualification can give you direct entry to the second or third year of our BA (Hons) Media and Communication or BA (Hons) Media Production courses. You would need to successfully complete the HND award and achieve a merit profile across the two years of HND programme for third year entry. Students who achieve a Pass profile would be considered for second year entry. Close working between the College and the University ensures that students on the HND will cover much of the same content as first-year students at University.

Why Choose Us?

This course is called a franchise programme, which means that most of the teaching (in the first two years) takes place in College but that everything about it is assessed and approved by the University. It is a BCU programme taught in a supportive College setting.

  • You are welcome to come on to BCU’s campus any time you like to access our library, sports facilities, computer rooms and speak to any of our staff about your studies.
  • Your teaching will be based on campus at the College, which means that you will also have access to support from College tutors and advisors.
  • Lots of our students find that the additional support in College helps them build confidence and even more skills ahead of transferring to study on campus with the University.
  • You will still be incredibly close to BCU, located in Birmingham and easily able to move between the two places.
  • Delivered at one of our highly regarded partner institutions, Birmingham Metropolitan College, the course is managed, maintained and monitored by the University.
  • A placement allows you to absorb the day-to-day realities of a media production business.
  • Gain from the experience, close support and encouragement of expert staff.
  • Share all the facilities, contacts and advantages of a Birmingham City University student, and feel part of a dynamic, creative and enquiring media production community.
  • Your HND qualification can give you direct entry to the second or third year of our BA (Hons) Media and Communication or BA (Hons) Media Production courses at BCU. You would need to successfully complete the HND award and achieve a merit profile across the 2 years of HND programme for third year entry. Students who achieve a Pass profile would be considered for second year entry. Close working between the College and the University ensures that you have covered much of the same content as our first-year students.

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

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Next Open Day: March 2023

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Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

48 UCAS tariff points.

Level 2 qualifications
GCSE GCSE English Language or English Literature and GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above. If you do not have these or are not undertaking them, we accept other Level 2 equivalents, or we may ask you to pass BCU's GCSE equivalency tests.
Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level) See level 3 entry requirements under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
Scottish National 5 English Language or English Literature and Maths at grade C or above. If you do not have these or are not undertaking them, we accept other Level 2 equivalents, or we may ask you to pass BCU's GCSE equivalency tests.
Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) qualifications

A Level and Advanced VCE

  • DD / 48 UCAS points
  • A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.

AS and AS VCE

Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 48 pts

Access to HE Diploma

  • Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3.
  • Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma (2016 – present)
  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) (2010 - 2016)
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (2002 – 2010)

PPP

Foundation Studies (Art and Design, and Art, Design & Media)

Pass

IBO Certificate in Higher Level

  • Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 10 points or above from two Higher Level Subjects
  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted
  • Considered with a maximum of 2 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 48 pts

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall
  • For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted

Irish Leaving Certificate (Highers)

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 48 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level minimum grade H1/H7 (or A-D / A1-D3 up to and including 2016

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

PPP

Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

  • Achieve a minimum of 48 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.
  • Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD
  • Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).

T-Levels

Pass overall (D or E on the core)

UAL Extended Diploma in Art & Design

Pass overall

UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology

Pass overall

UAL Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts

Pass overall

International
IELTS 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each band.
Please note that you must have a Secured English Language Test (SELT) to study on the HND. Other SELTs are Pearson Test of English (PTE) or LanguageCert.

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (21+) with alternative qualifications and/or considerable work experience will be considered on their merits.

Fees & How to Apply

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UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: HND

Starting: Sep 2023

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International students

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead.

Access to computer equipment

You will require use of a laptop, and most students do prefer to have their own. However, you can borrow a laptop from the university or use one of our shared computer rooms.

Printing

You will receive £5 print credit in each year of your course, available after enrolment.

Field trips

All essential field trips and associated travel costs will be included in your course fees.

Access to Microsoft Office 365

Every student at the University can download a free copy of Microsoft Office 365 to use whilst at university and for 18 months after graduation.

Key software

You will be able to download SPSS and Nvivo to your home computer to support with your studies and research.

Key subscriptions

Subscriptions to key journals and websites are available through our library.

Free access to Rosetta Stone

All students can sign up to the online learning language platform for free through the Graduate+ scheme.

Media consumable items (mandatory)

This course requires the use of consumables, including wired headphones.

Excess printing (optional)

Once you have spent your £5 credit, additional printing on campus costs from 5p per sheet.

Books (optional)

All module key texts will be in the University library, but in limited numbers. You may choose to purchase a copy.

Personal stationery and study materials (optional)

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £30 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

  • Course choice - Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
  • Career plans - If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
  • Work experience - Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
  • School or college experience - Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
  • Non-accredited skills or achievement - eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Worried about Personal Statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

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*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Course in Depth

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Course Structure

The HND Media and Communication course consists of five modules:

  • Broadcast Production
  • Publication Production
  • History and Structure of the Media
  • Media Texts and Cultural Contexts
  • Professional Studies

The production side introduces and develops skills in television and video production, radio presentation and production, photography, desktop publishing, journalism and multimedia production.

Employability

Employment Opportunities

Journalism, press and public relations, video and television production and presentation, radio presentation, publishing, photography, and progression on to degree courses.

Facilities & Staff

Facilities

This course is delivered by Birmingham Metropolitan College at its James Watt Campus.

Situated on the Aldridge Road, right on the 997 bus route through north Birmingham, the James Watt Campus is an imposing building. Spread over two main buildings and five floors, the campus features a fully equipped, professional quality TV studio, beauty salon, gym, media suite and construction workshop.

Find out more about James Watt Campus