BSc (Hons) Media and Communications Extended Degree


Media and Communications

About the course

UCAS Code: P301 | UCAS Institution Code: L68

Located in London, a worldwide hub for media creatives, this extended degree provides exciting opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge, preparing you for a successful career in the media and creative industries.

The course is ideal if you don't have traditional qualifications or meet the entry requirements for direct entry to the 3-year BA (Hons). It enables you to study for a degree in four years, including a foundation year that focuses on developing your academic skills and subject knowledge for degree-level study.

Through practical work experience and with expert teaching from media professionals and respected academics, you'll develop the skills and expertise you need for your career, including how to construct basic websites, documentaries, news stories and academic essays. By taking part in stimulating debates and interviewing a range of interesting people, you'll develop your own media style. 

The foundation year (Level 3) is taught at City and Islington College, with one module taught at London Metropolitan University's Holloway Road campus. On successful completion of the foundation year, you can progress directly to a wide range of BA (Hons) programmes such as Digital Media, Media and Communications, Film and Television Studies  and Journalism at London Metropolitan University.

In addition to London Metropolitan University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A Level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent level 3 qualification e.g. BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (Grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English Language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 Student Visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about our English Language qualifications please see our English language requirements.

You'll be supported by mentors proficient in media and communications, film, TV and broadcast media, digital media and journalism, and will have access to advanced teaching and laboratory facilities.

Level 3 modules include:

  • Introduction to Media and Communications
  • Introduction to Film, TV and Broadcast Media
  • Introduction to Digital Media Skills
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Writing for Media

Level 4 modules include:

  • Approaches to Film and Television
  • Moving Image and Sound Practice
  • Media Histories

Level 5 modules include:

  • Television Studies
  • Work Related Learning for The Media
  • Crime and The Media
  • Documentary Photography
  • Photography Journalism

Level 6 modules include:

  • Media, Culture and Identity
  • Digital Video Post-Production
  • Documentary Film Making
  • Globalisation and the Media.

Modules at Level 4, 5 and 6 may vary depending on the degree course selected.


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. With small class sizes, you’ll enjoy quality contact time with lecturers, and the attention and support when you need it. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. Contact time varies between modules, but typically comprises of around 2-3 hours contact per week for each module.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and HE hubs.

Overall workload

workloadYour overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning hours, and assessment activity plus field trips (where relevant), with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. Your actual contact hours may depend on the course you study. An indication of how much time allocated to different activities is included within course specification.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and technical officers.

Standard Additional Course Costs

Please see here for examples of extra costs that may be incurred. Please read this PDF for examples of extra costs that may be incurred. 



The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Some modules may contain at least one 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.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Method of assessment

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the modules that form part of your course. The majority of the courses offered at the College use coursework as the main method of assessment. Further information regarding the methods of assessment for your course can be obtained from the Course Manager.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We normally aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 10 working days of hand-in.  


On successful completion of the foundation year (Level 3), you can  progress directly on to one the following courses at London Metropolitan University:

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