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.
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 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.
Our next University-wide Open Days will take place on Saturday 25 November. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|Typical Offers (UK students)|
At the point of enrolment, you must have GCSE at Grade 4 (C) or above in English Language. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications will be considered.
Plus, you must have achieved or be completing one of the following:
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||DD at A-Level or 48 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 1 A-Level|
Access to Higher Education Diploma
|Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Must be in a relevant subject pathway.|
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)
|MP - 48 UCAS points|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)||PPP - 48 UCAS points|
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years)
|D - 48 UCAS points|
Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design
International Baccalaureate Diploma
|Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 10 points or above from two Higher Level Subjects will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.|
Irish Leaving Certificate
|48 UCAS points - Higher Levels|
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher
|Achieve a minimum of 48 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers.|
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma – Core
|Minimum of 48 tariff points|
Applications from mature students (21+) with alternative qualifications and/or considerable work experience will be considered on their merits.
Starting: Sep 2020
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. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.
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.
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:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
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.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.
This is a practical course and you may be required to purchase materials to support your learning and development. Please contact Birmingham Metropolitan College for details: www.bmetc.ac.uk / T: 0845 155 0101.
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.
We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
The HND Media and Communication course consists of five modules:
The production side introduces and develops skills in television and video production, radio presentation and production, photography, desktop publishing, journalism and multimedia production.
Most modules are assessed through written and production assignments, and there are module-end tests in theory subjects.
Journalism, press and public relations, video and television production and presentation, radio presentation, publishing, photography, and progression on to degree courses.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
The Professional Studies element of the course involves work with media organisations and students have to spend two weeks in a media production business.
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.
Our teaching staff comprises specialists in their respective fields, including academics and industry professionals, all of whom are perfectly placed to offer a wealth of experience and knowledge. Birmingham School of Media students also benefit from access to high-profile guest speakers from across the industry.
A dynamic community that is responsive to the changing face of the media industry, Birmingham School of Media is the perfect starting point to your media career.