The Media and Communications course has really helped me. It made me stand out from the other applicants for the job.


    How do you want to study?


    4 years

    UCAS code:



    Apply via UCASBook an Open Day


    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.

    Complete University Guide Subject League Table 2023

    2nd in the UK for graduate prospects in the subject area of Communications and Media Studies.

    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.

      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.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      Applicants without formal level 3 qualifications will also be considered.

      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.

      UCAS Points

      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.

      Our students work on a range of practical assessments that give real life experience in the media and communications industries working with industry professionals.

      Sarah O’HaraCourse Director

      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.

      Your future career

      Our graduates have gone on to work in local and national media, journalism, PR agencies, events promotion, advertising, media planning, media relations, media sales, the music press, online publishing, press and publicity offices, corporate communications, external relations, graduate management, and market research. Some of our graduates have continued projects that were developed as part of the degree. You will be well placed for further study to undertake Master's or Doctoral degrees or teacher training.

      A foundation year provides an introduction to academic study and life at university, supporting every student to achieve their full potential.

      Martin WattsFoundation Year Programme Director

      Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

      of our Media and Communications students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.


      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:

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

      Apply now


      4 years

      UCAS code:



      Apply via UCAS

      Find out more

      Sign up to hear the latest from the University, including upcoming events, useful updates, student life and more!