Media and Sociology - BA (Hons)

Media and Sociology allows you to develop your innovative and imaginative approach towards your creative learning and build key skills in problem solving and critical analysis. You will explore the evolution and influence of media in society and experiment with various media forms in your theoretical and practical studies. You will also tackle a range of important social issues through research and reflection as well as building awareness of the core concepts of sociology, enabling you to become an independent and critical thinker.

Year of entry

  • 2023

Course type

  • Combined Honours

UCAS code

  • PL33

Duration of study

  • 3 years / 4 years with international or placement year

Why study Media and Sociology at Keele University?

On demand access to the Media Building – gain practical skills using film, sound and image production facilities
Global Top 300 for Social Sciences (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, 2022)
Taught by specialists in a wide range of areas including, migration, cultural studies, consumer culture, family and personal life, anthropological perspectives, and environmental sociology
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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.

Entry requirements

The following section details our typical entry requirements for this course for a range of UK and international qualifications. If you don’t see your qualifications listed, please contact us to find out if we can accept your qualifications. If you don't think you'll meet the entry requirements specified, you may be able to gain entry to this course via a Foundation Year.

Additional information

A Level requirements

  • A Level requirement BBC

GCSE requirements

  • English at C (or 4)

BTEC

  • BTEC requirements DMM

International Baccalaureate

  • 29 points 

Access to HE Diploma requirements

  • Obtain Access to Higher Education Diploma with 112 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction.

Read more about our undergraduate entry requirements for International students.

English Language Requirements

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Alternative and contextual offers

We're committed to ensuring equality of opportunity to all our applicants with the potential and motivation to succeed, regardless of background. That's why we operate a range of alternative offer schemes with clear eligibility criteria, including contextual offers, offers for those studying within the Keele region, and recognising a range of additional qualifications in your offer.

General information

The entry grades outlined in this section indicate the typical offer 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.

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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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Keele prepared me for my future as I had the opportunity to get involved in some incredible extra curricular activities such as Model UN. This undoubtedly helped me in my early career as the skills in debating and negotiation were so valuable when it came to doing assessment centres for graduate schemes. I would definitely advise students to be open to every opportunity that comes their way!

Stephen Barber, Communications Manager for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Politics and Sociology Graduate

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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. 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.

The Keele 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 and Sociology degree. For example, the Foundations of Humanities 1 module introduces you to the broad range of source material across the Humanities disciplines – from music to media – which enable us to analyse political, social or economic perspectives and attitudes to individuals, marginal groups and ‘mainstream’ society. In addition, the Foundations of Social Sciences 1 module introduces you to the ‘backbone’ of social sciences, the concept of social inclusion, the factors that lead to exclusion and the impact this may have on individuals, families and communities. 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

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-00263 Foundations of Social Sciences 1 15 credits

Semester two

FYO-00269 Advancing Social Sciences 30 credits
FYO-00271 University Research Portfolio 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 will need to apply for BA (Hons) Media with Foundation Year (UCAS code: P9V1) through UCAS at www.ucas.com. You will then be contacted to confirm your second subject by a member of our team. 

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.

We also offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach, the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies. Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses.

Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.

In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route.

Please refer to the September start tab for more information about the entry requirements and what you will study. The modules that you will take on a January start Foundation Year will be similar to those for the September start, but in a slightly different order and pattern.

For more information, including fees, the UCAS code for this course, how to apply, and how you will be taught, please visit our January Start Foundation Year webpage.

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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