On this course I had to script my own reviews, film, present and edit at speed. I’m now at MTV UK still using those skills I learnt at Christ Church.


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A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

If you use Instagram or Snapchat, if you play computer games, if you binge on Netflix, or if you want to be a vlogger, then Media and Communications is the degree for you.

We’ll help you design webpages, write copy and explore and apply techniques of advertising and public relations. We’ll show you how the media is regulated and how it works, as well as aiding you to reach as wide an audience as possible.

Why Study Media and Communications with Foundation Year?

The world of media and communications is fast-moving and fascinating. Take social media, for example, where companies are using and selling personal data and world leaders are sharing their views on foreign policy.

On this course you'll get right under the skin of media and communications, and you'll be able to choose areas of study that most interest you. From publishing, advertising and branding to social media and creative digital production, you'll gain a solid skills set that will give you the confidence to forge a career in this exciting industry.

The Guardian University League Tables 2022

6th in the UK for student satisfaction for the quality of feedback and assessment in the subject area of Media and Film studies.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of arts and humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

You'll be able to apply yourself to many different aspects of media and communications and you'll be working on live briefs, responding to real life challenges in the industry.

During the foundation year, you'll gain an introduction to key aspects of media and communications and you'll gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level.

As you progress through the degree, you'll spend time creating media content, such as advertising and public-relations campaigns, blogs and digital design pieces, including short films and apps.

To develop your analytical and research skills, you'll learn techniques relating to questionnaire surveys, focus groups and interviews and you'll explore the meanings of advertisements, texts or films, and how media organisations work.

Working both independently and as part of a team, you'll develop the management, project planning and team-working skills that are essential for any future role in the industry.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops and through independent study.

You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week in Years 1 and 2 and fewer in Year 3 when there is more independent and self-directed study. Your actual contact hours will depend on the option modules you select.

Seminars in smaller groups and IT sessions will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in larger-group lectures. In addition, you'll be able to arrange tutorials with teaching staff and your personal academic tutor. 

In Year 2, you will have the opportunity to develop a media project abroad, and to work on live briefs.

In Year 3, you will undertake a 100 hour work placement with an external organisation. You will also complete an individual research project.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for assignments, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. They will have office hours so you can arrange tutorials to discuss any aspects of the module.

For the individual research project in Year 3, you will undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the course team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly.

You will have about 12 contact hours per week in Years 1 and 2, depending on the modules that you select. You will also undertake up to 24 hours of independent learning and assessment activity per week. 

The team consists of highly qualified academics with a range of expertise and experience.

Most of our team members hold doctoral qualifications, and all of them hold teaching qualifications. They are experienced, research-active lecturers who deliver research-informed teaching and have links with industry professionals. You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars, and they are available for tutorials and to offer further support.

National Student Survey 2020

of our Media and Communications students were satisfied with the teaching quality of the course.

How you’ll be assessed

Each module has one or two formal, or ‘summative,’ assessments. Assessment methods include coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations, individual and group projects, creative work, reflective pieces on practical projects, work-based case study and your final year research project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. Assessment procedures take account of not only your newly acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply knowledge and skills in situations relevant to the workplace.

The course also provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Modules normally contain a piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. They are designed to help you improve your work before you submit it.


The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

**Home (UK) Fees

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

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