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About the course

Want to work in media technology, but not quite ready to study at degree level? This one year foundation course will provide you with a strong introduction to media and digital technology and help you build the skills and experience to gain entry on to one of our highly-regarded media technology degrees.

You’ll learn the basics of media technology and its ever-closer relationship with computing and networking. Some modules are shared with students on the computing foundation year, meaning you’ll gain the necessary coding, networking, web, digital design and analytical problem-solving skills to complement your expanding media technology knowledge.

An exciting and creative learning environment with opportunities to explore many of the technical, creative and fun aspects of media technology helps to underpin the requirements for study at degree level, and ultimately prepare you for a career using digital technologies.

Personal development is key, and you’ll be supported in improving your academic confidence to start you on the road to becoming an independent learner. Teamwork is also encouraged, and you’ll work with fellow students on the presentation and delivery of a group project, which could involve designing and building a piece of media technology equipment; equipment testing; analysis of a media technology product; or exploration of new technologies within the media field.

To help you begin building your professional network, you’ll have the opportunity to attend guest lectures, and join media societies and coding clubs, as well as work with other Solent students across varying disciplines. There may also be the chance to get involved with the University’s internal organisations, Solent Acoustics and Solent Productions, to start putting the skills you are learning into practice.

Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

This foundation year will equip you with the practical skills and build academic confidence required to successfully progress on to one of our highly-regarded media technology degrees.

What does this course lead to?

This foundation year aims to provide you with the skills and experience you need to gain entry onto one of our highly-regarded media technology or computing degrees, which help to equip you with the necessary attributes sought after by employers in a wide variety of digital areas.

Who is this course for?

This foundation year will suit those who are looking to pursue a career in media technology, but feel they do not yet have the skills or experience, or necessary qualifications for direct entry onto a full honours degree course.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.
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Key entry requirements

48 UCAS tariff points

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent.
  • We will consider mature students who haven't recently undertaken a formalised course of study at A-level or equivalent, but who can demonstrate relevant workplace or voluntary experience, indicating their ability to complete the course successfully.
  • We will also consider overseas applicants in an equivalent situation to UK students (as outlined above) and who have been taught in English or have IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • Digital Media Technologies
  • Foundation Computing
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Group Technology Project
  • Individual Degree Related Project
  • Problem Solving

Support

Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Stuart Ray academic profile Stuart Ray Course Leader View profile
Michael Saker academic profile Michael Saker Senior Lecturer View profile
Brian Dupée academic profile Brian Dupée Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Students on the media technology foundation year will have access to the University’s fully-equipped media technology labs, including audio studios and testing labs, as well as a CISCO networking lab and software development labs.

Solent’s media technology courses have an excellent graduate employment rate, with a number of companies regularly recruiting directly from us.

Your future

The skills that you develop on this course will get you up to speed with the basics of media technology, and relevant computing skills. Upon completion, you will be well prepared to progress onto one of Solent’s specialist undergraduate media technology courses:

Industry links

The course team have strong links with industry and media technology students have benefitted from listening to guest speakers from organisations such as:

  • GITHUB
  • Westermo
  • Webdevcon16, internal web conference
  • Clearcom
  • BBC
  • Visions
  • Sony
  • Pinewood Studios

Placements

Students who wish to undertake a work experience placement will be supported by the course team. We make every effort to allow work experience to be undertaken at any time during the course.

Further study

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