The UK is the home of many famous broadcasting and media outlets, as well some of the best films and breakthrough communication moments in recent years. This makes it a great place to study media or communications. This specialist course provides an in-depth education in all areas of communication and high-quality preparation for degrees in media and communications-related subjects. You will learn theoretical knowledge and the practical skills needed to succeed in your chosen degree. Students study 18-25 hours per week in class. The course is modular in structure. It has core modules studied by all Foundation students and core modules for the Media Foundation. The core Foundation modules develop academic and English language skills.
During the first term of the Media Foundation programme, you will have the opportunity to work with a professional media team to produce a music video for a band or solo artist based at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM). You will work alongside teachers and industry professionals, and have regular contact with the artist, for two hours every week. You will gain a unique industry experience, providing you with skills that will stand out (such as team working, planning and improved subject knowledge) and help you progress to a top university.
BIMM Institute is a collection of eight music colleges in London, Berlin, Dublin, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Hamburg and Brighton. Since 1983, BIMM has been providing courses to help students launch successful music careers. Students benefit from expert tutors, industry contacts and professional masterclasses while studying at the heart of a music city.
Our students have gone on to study Advertising at Lancaster University, Photography at Falmouth University, Film and Media at Newcastle University and Media Communications at UAL: London College of Communications.
You can explore a selection of university destinations that Foundation students can choose from here.
Students on this subject pathway will receive an offer of conditional progression* to study at the following universities:
Start in October and you will have an extra one half of a term to prepare for the Foundation programme in January. You will receive extra English classes, extra university guidance and have more time to develop study skills.
Analyse films, understand film production, and produce either an analysis essay on a film of your choice, or a short film.
Learn the theory and practical skills needed to design and create content for a news website. Learn journalism skills and general design principles and apply these to evaluate the success of a practical project. Research audience and formulate specific objectives for a news website, and provide an interactive experience for a defined audience.
Web Design Principles and Ideas
Multimedia Journalism Analysis and Practical Skills Development
Analyse advertising campaigns and study the processes of advertising and marketing. You will also work on an advertising campaign using image-editing software.
Understand contemporary media debates, explore theories and evaluate media texts. Learn to appreciate the wider context in which media is produced, consumed and evaluated.
Looking at British media, study the influence of the media on society, and topics covering moral panics and bias. Learn to use Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Publisher to create magazine layouts.
Extend and integrate previous studies. Gain experience of an individual piece of extended research. Apply key research skills. Select texts for a critical investigation. Apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks and plan and implement a practical project based on a selected research area.
Introduction to Research Methodology
The Research Process
The Research Findings – Academic Writing Skills
Practical Production Skills
Academic English Skills provides thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable international students to best achieve their academic potential at University. Key skills include:
Improving IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.
*Offer of conditional progression is subject to meeting all academic requirements, submission of completed UCAS application, academic reference, personal statement meeting required standard, and passing the Foundation programme with the required grades and English language level. Please note that the letter in itself is not a Conditional Offer from the university. You will receive a conditional offer if you meet all the requirements through your submission of a completed UCAS application.
GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A Levels or a Foundation pathway. We offer a 2 Year GCSE Pathway programme as well as a 3 and 4 term programme, offering students from the age of 14 years an early opportunity to establish the language, learning and cultural skills they need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.
A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice.
A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK.