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About the course

Got a passion for English? Looking for a degree that can open up a wide range of professional careers? Southampton Solent University’s English and media degree programme combines two versatile subjects to create an excellent foundation for careers in marketing, PR, post-production, journalism, publishing and much more.

In the 2017 National Student Satisfaction (NSS) Survey the English studies subject area, which includes BA (Hons) English and Media, ranked 13th out of 92 universities for overall satisfaction.

Southampton Solent University’s English and media programme encourages students to think in new and imaginative ways about fiction, drama, poetry and language, as well as providing practical media training.

Taught by knowledgeable researchers and industry professionals, students examine western and non-western cultural contexts and the significance of media and literature in shaping identity, ideology, representations and politics – all the time discussing the contrasts and similarities between the two arts.

Learners also study the literary greats and hone their writing skills through assessed exercises and group projects. These skills can then feed into practical digital media, video, radio and photographic production projects.

Students are encouraged to work with others on these projects, mirroring professional working practises and teaching students to effectively work with students from other creative disciplines.

English and media at Solent aims to combine real-world experience with creative and technical teaching. As such, students are supported as they look for work experience. Past students have been involved in producing audio-visual content at Glastonbury music festival and Cowes Week sailing regatta to name just a few.

Study abroad Foundation year available Further studies Sandwich year

Solent’s English and media programme is taught by tutors with extensive professional and academic backgrounds.

What does this course lead to?

On graduating you'll be able to work in a number of communication and media-based industries including media production, teaching, journalism, writing, TV post-production, programme research, marketing and sales, publishing, copywriting and information management.

Who is this course for?

Students who want to combine their love of language, literature and the modern media landscape will find that this course offers a perfect blend of the three, ideal for careers in PR, marketing, post production, publishing and journalism.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year Q33P
  • 3 Years Standard Entry QP3H

Sandwich

  • 5 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year PQ33
  • 4 Years Standard Entry QPH3
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,700

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Optional costs:
Study or theatre trips: £750 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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • GCSE English at grade C or above.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by telephone.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry is available through our Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.

Telephone interview requirements

Before your interview, please read the following:

Interview brief

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 minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • 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.


100%

of students feel staff value students’ views and opinions about the 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.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

BA (Hons) English and Media

BA (Hons) English and Media with a placement year

Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year route:

Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year

Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year with a placement year 

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Cultural Fragments
  • Adapting the Novel
  • Making and Reading Poetry
  • Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English
  • Video Production: Craft and Process
  • Audio Production: Craft and Process
  • Editing and Post-Production

Year two

Core units
  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: The Early Moderns
  • Playtexts in Context
  • Empire and Industry in 19th-Century Literature
  • The Business of Independent Publishing
  • Producing II: Research and Methods

Options

  • Documentary Audio
  • Documentary Video
  • Imagining Reality: Audio Production
  • Imagining Reality: Video Production

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Final Year Project
  • Shock Value
  • Representing Gender and Sexuality

Options

  • Radical Re-readings
  • Work Experience
  • On the Road: An Introduction to Travel Narrative 
  • Minority Experiences in American Literature
  • Criminal Texts
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

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

Key figures

3%

Written exams

89%

Assessment by coursework

8%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Carolyn Cummings-Osmond academic profile Carolyn Cummings-Osmond Course Leader View profile
Devon Campbell-Hall academic profile Devon Campbell-Hall Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Jamie Clarke academic profile Jamie Clarke Senior Lecturer View profile
Seamus Finnegan academic profile Seamus Finnegan Senior Lecturer View profile
Ani Ritchie academic profile Ani Ritchie Senior Lecturer View profile
Eden Sharp academic profile Eden Sharp Lecturer View profile
Dr Tom Masters academic profile Tom Masters Associate 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

You’ll have access to excellent facilities and equipment including three fully equipped television studios, a 200-seat HD multi-camera studio and a fully equipped IT centre with both PC and Mac computers. Computers come loaded with video / audio editing programs and industry-standard software packages including Adobe Creative Suite and QuarkXpress. Training and access to photographic equipment is also available.

Solent University’s media academy is a hub for creative students at Solent, with three green screen TV studios, a large visual recording studio with capacity for 200 seated audience members and a range of radio and music production facilities. Our large edit suites feature Mac Pro computers and the full Adobe Creative Suite for editing, colour grading and special effects.

Southampton Solent’s media academy offers a comprehensive media loans scheme, giving students free access to a range of modern film-making equipment including high-definition (HD) video cameras and DSLR full-frame cameras.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • TV research
  • Journalism
  • TV post-production
  • Marketing
  • PR
  • Advertising
  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Management and administration.

90%

of students go on to work and/or study

98%

of students think the course is well organised and running smoothly
  • Our teachers are really supportive and help us develop our own ideas and understanding.

    Annie Holland, Student

Industry links

During the course you’ll have the opportunity to work on live briefs set by industry professionals, and to use the course team’s close ties with the industry to secure valuable work experience.

You’ll also receive visits from advertising and creative agencies such as D&AD, Young Creative Network (YCN) and the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM), as well as having access to a programme of guest lectures from the industry.

Recent speakers have included:

  • Michael Apted (film director)
  • Sir Alan Parker (film director)
  • Ed Byrne (comedian)
  • Julian Unthank (Oscar-shortlisted writer)
  • Zoë Ball (radio presenter)
  • Jeff Taylor (assistant film director).

Placements

Work experience is a key part of study at Solent and you’ll be supported in finding placement opportunities. You’ll also have the option of undertaking a freelancing unit in the third year, working through our Solent Creatives agency on briefs from real-world clients.

Students have been involved in producing audio-visual content at Glastonbury music festival, Cowes Week sailing regatta and other high-profile events.

Further study

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