Media and Communications - BA (Hons)

Are you interested in how the media has evolved? Would you like to understand the role of the media in society? Media and Communications at Keele combines the theoretical and practical elements involved in the analysis and production of contemporary media. You will explore a range of media forms and outlets and develop key attributes to showcase your skills and individuality, helping to prepare you for a career in a range of creative industries.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Single Honours

Location

Subject area / School

UCAS code

  • P300

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Media and Communications at Keele University?

On demand access to the Media Building – gain practical skills using film, sound and image production facilities
Work Placement opportunities to enhance your career prospects
Discover diverse cultures through an International Year at a partner university across the globe
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"I had an exceptional experience during my internship. Developing project management skills, learning, producing a premiered documentary about the impact of the YMCA Crewe team during the COVID pandemic. This led to being a finalist in the ‘Best Intern’ category at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2022. The Keele Media programme has built my confidence, pushed me out of my comfort zone by continually presenting me with opportunities to formulate and express my creative ideas, all with supportive lecturers, ensuring my excellence in chosen projects. Practical Modules, especially, have been outstanding for me."

Abasiama, Media, Communications and Creative Practice

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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During my final year at Keele I carried out work experience at BBC Radio Stoke which opened up an opportunity for me to work for the European Broadcasting Union / Eurovision News Exchange in Geneva. After about two years as a news producer, I transitioned to a social media and digital role working for the Solar Impulse Foundation and its CEO Bertrand Piccard. This ultimately led me to my current role as Brand Manager of Nescafé in Amsterdam, taking care of one of the world’s most iconic coffee brands.

Kimberley Colombo, Media, Communications and Culture, and Music

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Take a tour of Keele's Media facilities

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

The information within this section is for students wishing to start their studies in September. If you would like to start this course in January, please visit our January pages for further details.

Course content

Our Foundation Year allows you to develop your critical thinking, academic reading, writing, and communication study skills along with subject-specific knowledge and skills which will be invaluable in your academic studies and beyond. Upon meeting the progression criteria and successfully completing our Foundation Year, you will automatically progress into your Keele undergraduate degree with the confidence that you have the skills, and knowledge needed to successfully complete your course.

This Foundation Year is a two-semester programme which provides a tailored pre-degree programme of study to better prepare you for the BA (Hons) Media, Communications and Creative Practice degree. For example, the Foundations of Humanities 1 module introduces you to the broad range of source material across the Humanities disciplines - from media to history which enables us to analyse political, social or economic perspectives and attitudes to individuals, marginal groups and 'mainstream' society. Course content has been developed in collaboration with degree teaching teams, so that by the time you begin Year 1, you will be ready to excel at your studies, as the majority of our Foundation Year students do. 

Find out more about the Keele Foundation Year, including information about teaching and assessment methods by visiting the Foundation Year homepage

Course structure

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

Semester one modules

In addition to the modules listed, students will study a further 15 credits in semester one. The optional modules available for students to choose from is dependent on the degree programme and timetabling restraints. 

FYO-00247 Foundations: Breaking the code - Understanding Academic Writing 15 credits
FYO-00257 Foundations of Humanities - 1 15 credits
FYO-00259 Foundations of Humanities - 2 15 credits

Semester two modules

FYO-00271 University Research Portfolio 30 credits
FYO-00261 Advancing Humanities  30 credits

Entry requirements

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the likely offer or range of offers which would be made to candidates along with any subject specific requirements. This is for general information only. Keele University reserves the right to vary offer conditions depending upon a candidate’s application. Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for United KingdomEuropean Union and International students.

  • Between 40-48 UCAS points from at least 1 A level/level 3 qualification or equivalent, or
  • Relevant work experience

  AND

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C), or Level 2 Functional Skills, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (with 5.5 in all subtests)

How to apply 

Students should apply for BA (Hons) Media, Communications and Creative Practice with Foundation Year (UCAS code: P9V0) through UCAS at www.ucas.com. 

Direct entry students 

If you already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly.

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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Discover the Keele difference

Everything’s on your doorstep at Keele, and you’ll soon feel at home and make friends wherever you go.

We help students manage their money and ensure that they receive any funding for which they may be eligible.

Make yourself more employable after graduation by taking advantage of the whole host of additional opportunities.