BA (Hons) Media Studies

To keep pace with the fast-changing media environment, the Media Studies degree is adapted to meet demands of employers and equip students for a career in the media industry. It reflects the changes in digital and online technology, as well as introducing more practical production elements.

By keeping up with changing industry, this makes our degree more suitable for students who want to explore all aspects of media production, with an increased emphasis on practical learning, reflecting the significant vocational nature of this subject.

The degree looks at the theory behind media - encouraging students to critically examine such subjects as popular culture, society, technology and youth culture.

With access to the fully equipped technical facilities at the Media and Journalism Centre in the heart of Peterborough, the degree is taught by industry professionals who are specialists in their chosen field. The facilities include a TV recording studio with green room, audio and radio studio and desktop publishing suite to help students understand how media is produced in all its different forms.

Students are required to find a work placement in their final year and ideally with an employer who can offer work that is linked to future career plans. The media department works closely with local and national companies to support students who are seeking work placements within the media industry. Recent projects include a link with Peterborough Cathedral to produce a film for the Peterborough 900 Campaign – the finished film is now on permanent display as part of the Cathedral’s exhibition.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

  • You have access to industry- standard facilities at the Media and Journalism Centre located in Peterborough city centre.
  • Our lecturers have industry experience in both digital and print media.
  • We have excellent links to local media companies and offer work experience opportunities in your final year.
  • Previous students have worked with the BBC, Vivacity Peterborough, the Ideal World shopping channel and i3MEDIA amongst others.

64 UCAS points:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language  qualification.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Media, Culture and Society (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Radio and Audio Production (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Video 1 (15 credits)
  • Researching Media (15 credits)
  • Theorising Popular Culture (15 credits)
  • Media and Technology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Television Studies (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Desktop Publishing (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Web Design and Development (15 credits)
  • Digital Media Theory (15 credits)
  • TV Genres (15 credits)
  • Radio Production (15 credits)
  • Online Journalism (15 credits)
  • Teenage Kicks: Youth Culture (15 credits)
  • Non-Fiction Filmmaking (15 credits)
  • Digital Media Practice and Creative Computing (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Media Law, Culture and Technology (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Television (15 credits)
  • Independent Film Practice 1 (15 credits)
  • Independent Film Practice 2 (15 credits)
  • Creative Publishing (15 credits)
  • Working in English and Media (15 credits)

Click here for more information about each of the core modules.

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 38 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one full day a week over two semesters per year).

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 40 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Portfolio
  • Reflective log book
  • Presentation/oral assessment
  • Practical assessment
  • Written assessment
  • Performance
  • Dissertation (final year)

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+         First
60-69%     2:1
50-59%     2:2
40-49%     Third

The mix of creative and factual modules ensures graduates have the complete skill set required by today’s employers. On successful completion of this course you will be able to seek employment in a variety of media-related areas such as broadcast, online, print, production, radio, video and film. Peterborough is home to many large media organisations providing excellent job opportunities locally.

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Media Studies degree at University Centre Peterborough.  I have been responsible for the course since January 2013 and have been teaching in further and higher education since September 2007.  As well as overseeing the Media Studies course I also lecture on the BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism and the BA (Hons) Performing Arts programmes at University Centre Peterborough.

Before I started teaching full-time, I spent 18 years working for the Peterborough-based magazine publisher EMAP (now Bauer Communications). I was the editor for both consumer and B2B publications and worked closely with some of the UK’s leading technology manufacturers and exhibition companies.

I have had a long association with Westacre Theatre in Norfolk. As well as contributing as an actor, director and youth workshop leader, I am also on the board of the Westacre Arts Foundation.


  • MA New Media & Society, University of Leicester
  • BA (Hons) Drama, University of Hull
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Northampton University

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Monday 25th February to Thursday 4th July 2019. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.

This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.


Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

Key Facts

Institution code
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough (50%) / Peterborough Regional College (50%)

Duration and Delivery

3 years full-time 
(2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
w/c 16th September 2019

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

All full-time undergraduate students will receive £500 cash reward at the end of every year and students from low income households can apply for a £500 cash bonus after the first semester of every year (subject to eligibility).

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Additional Notes

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The course content is currently being revalidated for September 2019 and this webpage will be updated as soon as confirmed so please check back for updates.


BA (Hons) Media Studies

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