2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Media, Culture, Communication with Foundation Year

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

4 years, 5 years with placement

UCAS code:

P30F

Points required:

72

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,600
Placement (home student):
£1,850
Placement (international student):
£3,650
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Media, Culture, Communication with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • Combines the study of media institutions, cultural practice and the communications process
  • Focus on theoretical and critical study as well as transferable skills development
  • Teaching from research-active staff and guest speakers
  • Exciting work placement opportunities and case study projects
  • Opens up a wide range of careers from advertising and arts administration to publishing and education

About your course

The BA (Hons) Media, Culture and Communication at Liverpool John Moores University is taught by by industry experienced professionals and offers you exciting work placement opportunities in high-profile companies, such as Sky Sports, Liverpool Echo and the BBC.

This BA (Hons) course gives you an opportunity to look at how these industries contribute to our every day experiences, through the study of media institutions like television, film, advertising, publishing and journalism, as well as forms of communication (public relations, social marketing, fiction, documentary, video games, magazines and new media) and cultural trends and practices (youth culture, comedy, social media, consumerism, travel, tourism and fashion).

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the Media, Culture, Communication honours degree programme yet.

Once you pass the Foundation Year (level 3) you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria).

 

The programme is designed with your future employability in mind, so you are encouraged to develop transferable skills such as research, communication, problem solving, teamwork and independent working. Although we focus on theoretical and critical study, we incorporate applied case studies and work-related learning into many aspects of the programme, including a period of work experience with a local or national organisation.

"I found a sense of direction on this course. I didn’t really take school and college too seriously but with my degree I was learning new things about something I was actually interested in. So, as well as the great times I had, what I got most out of my degree was finding out how I work at my best, what exactly I’m good at and what I wanted to do after graduating."

Hollie Taylor, recent graduate

Professional accreditation/links

  • Sky Sports
  • Liverpool Echo
  • Juice FM
  • Odeon Cinema
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Everyman Theatre
  • National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside 
  • BBC

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

We are proud that the paths followed by our graduates are so varied. Our former students are to be found working in occupations ranging from:   

  • advertising
  • marketing
  • museums
  • arts administration and publishing
  • industrial, retail, leisure, and charitable organisation management
  • educational administration
  • accountancy
  • the social services
  • teaching
  • the Civil Service

Some decide to further their studies at postgraduate level, often in vocational subjects like journalism or marketing.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 3

Core modules

Preparing for Success: Academic Skills
20 credits

This module provides you with the integrated skills required for academic success. You will develop your skills of creating posters, constructing bibliographies, and sourcing relevant materials. Alongside this you will learn to identify and understand academic writing and referencing techniques. The multi-disciplinary syllabus and assessment tasks will enable you to acquire the academic skills needed for successful transition into Level 4 and the completion of the degree.

Investigating the City
20 credits

In this module you will explore historical and cultural aspects of Liverpool, including trips to develop knowledge. It enables you to develop skills to produce an academic piece of writing to prepare for Level 4. 

War: Conflict in the Arts and Humanities
20 credits

This module introduces you to key themes and perspectives in the Arts and Humanities through the cross-disciplinary study of representations of, and responses to, war. It will include regular assessment tasks in order to support a structured approach to learning.

Peace: The Pursuit of Harmony in the Arts and Humanities
20 credits

This module aims to develop your understandings of society at peace through a multi-disciplinary approach in the arts and humanities. The assessment tasks will enable you to focus on a subject area which will facilitate your selection of a pathway for Level 4.

Media & Society
20 credits

This module introduces you to key perspectives in the study of media through investigation, critical appraisal, contextualisation and research. 

Communication and Culture
20 credits

This module introduces you to key themes and perspectives in the understanding of the interaction between the Individual and the broader cultural environment of communication forms and practices.

Level 4

Core modules

Studying Culture
20 credits

The aim of the module is to introduce you to academic literacy and the more specialised demands of media cultural and communication research. It will introduce you to the key approaches, issues, theoretical concepts and debates in the study of lived culture. 

Media Texts
20 credits

This module introduces you to a range of methods for studying media texts, providing you with an understanding of key theories for the analysis of media, communication and cultural texts. You will examine the key concept of media representation, illustrating its relevance for an understanding of contemporary socio-cultural debates.

Researching Cinema
20 credits

The aim of the module is to introduce you to entertainment media and the contexts in which it is produced and consumed. It also introduces you to the study of popular film through analysis of the formal properties and techniques specific to the medium and the analysis of comparative style, genre and narrative structure. 

Media Institutions and Audiences
20 credits

This module introduces you to aspects of media production. You will be able to investigate the methods used to research media, culture and communication industries. It will provide you with an understanding of theoretical and historical conceptualisations of media audiences. 

Professional Writing
20 credits

This module will introduce you to the study of communication in a professional context. It will assist in developing the conceptual and critical language necessary for studying media and cultural practice. 

Introduction to Media and Cultural Industries
20 credits

This module will introduce a range of key debates and approaches to the study of media, culture and communication. It will assist you in developing the conceptual and critical language necessary for studying media and cultural practice. 

Level 5

Core modules

Public Communication
20 credits

The module will introduce you to ways of analysing public communication as both a textual form and cultural practice. It provides you with the opportunity to undertake and reflect upon professional practice in media, cultural and communication industries.

Analysing Entertainment Media
20 credits

This module enables you to examine how narrative forms interrelate with the society in which they are produced and consumed, You will also consider the historical development and conceptual models which inform the close study of popular narrative texts.

Research Methods
20 credits

This module will enable you to use primary sources in the investigation of historical and contemporary cultural and communication practices. It also enables you to understand the central role of research questions in the analysis of media, culture and communication texts and practices.

Media and Cultural Theory
20 credits

This module will broaden your understanding of the theoretical roots underpinning the study of media, culture and communication. It encourages you to assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of theoretical approaches discussed throughout the module. 

Public Relations
20 credits

This module will introduce ways of analysing public communications as both a textual form and a cultural practice. It will provide you with the opportunity to undertake and reflect upon professional practice in media, cultural and communication industries.

Level 6

Core modules

Culture and Identity
20 credits

This module will use a range of concepts to critically review the relationship between culture and individual and collective identities. You will evaluate theoretical concepts and assess their usefulness for interrogating relevant analytical case studies.

Media Policy and Regulation
20 credits

This module enables you to examine media policies, paying attention to the contextual factors that influenced your development. You will reflect on the role that policy and regulation plays in the ethical decision making processes of media practitioners. You will engage with key debates regarding media regulation and law in order to understand the perspectives of different stakeholders.

Optional modules

Dissertation
40 credits

Within this module, you will be able to engage critically with key theoretical, conceptual and methodological issues in the construction of a self-directed project. You will also formulate a research plan and gather, synthesize and make use of relevant literature.

Media and Cultural Industries
30 credits

This module will enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the world of work, and to foster initiative through an evaluative approach to the assessment of work experience or career planning in the context of academic study.

Screen Media
10 credits

This module offers you the opportunity to develop critical, analytical and evaluative skills appropriate to the textual study of screen media, and to identify and critically evaluate the discursive roots of given examples drawn from screen media. 

Mediating Popular Culture
20 credits

This module enables you to examine the ways in which music is originated, realised and distributed and the extent to which these processes have changed and contribute to change. It also enables you to debate the ways in which creative and cultural values are experienced and understood within popular culture. 

Consumer Culture
20 credits

This module enables you to explore scholarly accounts of the development and nature of consumer society and its associated cultures of consumption. It also enables you to produce a critically and theoretically-informed essay. 

Digital Writing
20 credits

The aim of this module is to evaluate the properties of new media writing and language in their social, cultural and technological context, in order to produce effective and professional new media communications.

Popular Fiction and Publishing
20 credits

This module offers you the opportunity to develop critical analytical and evaluating skills appropriate to the textual study of screen and print media, and to locate the production and consumption of popular fiction within the context of economic and institutional imperatives.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Teaching is via a combination of lectures, seminar-workshops, peer presentations and film screenings, and you are expected to spend a significant proportion of your time in private study, using our virtual learning environment, Canvas, as well as our archives and special collections. There will also be opportunities for online discussion with staff and your fellow students.  

Work-related Learning

Work-based learning is a vital part of this degree and gives you a taste of what it’s really like to work in the media and cultural industries. You will not only get to practise skills you have learnt on the course, but you will also be able to add the experience to your CV, giving you a head start when you eventually enter the competitive job market.

In fact many of our graduates have been offered a full-time position by their placement employer on the strength of successful work experience. Past students have worked with Sky Sports, Liverpool Echo, Juice FM, Odeon Cinema, the Everyman Theatre, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside and the BBC. 

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

We believe that one-to-one support during your studies is vital, and for this reason you will be assigned a personal tutor from the minute you enrol at LJMU. They will arrange meetings with you to discuss course-related issues, monitor progress and help you formulate your future career plans. You will also receive support in finding and securing a work placement.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of innovative assessment methods. These include exams (seen/unseen), essays, log books and diaries, group and individual presentations, research projects, work-based learning reports and other forms of continuous assessment including response papers, blogs, organised debates and seminars.

Constructive feedback from your tutors is designed to help you identify your strengths as well as the areas that may need further attention, and is provided by email, in writing or verbally through seminars, tutorials and personal development planning sessions.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Steven Spittle

Dr Steven Spittle

Programme Leader

Steve leads the Media, Culture, Communication programme team at LJMU. He has over two decades of experience developing and delivering media programmes. His research interests focus on the role of media as resources for identity formation, with a particular interest in video games, advertising and factual television.  Steve leads and teaches modules on screen media analysis, consumer culture, culture and identity and media and cultural theory. Steve is a member of the University’s Academic Board and he is an experienced External Examiner in UK and international contexts. He has recently successfully franchised the BA (Hons) Media, Culture Communication programme to Westford University College in Dubai. 

“The Media, Culture, Communication programme is designed to provide a broad and flexible educational experience for students wishing to make sense of the rapidly changing media, cultural and communication industries, the content they produce and the contexts in which they are consumed. The programme combines theoretical engagement with development of a range of writing and research skills devoted to areas such as journalism, blogs, podcasts and public relations. The course has a strong employability and careers strand. Our students have gone on to work in television, digital marketing, teaching, journalism and public relations.” 

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School of Humanities and Social Science offers an ideal environment in which to expand your knowledge and horizons. Situated on Mount Pleasant in the new ‘Knowledge Quarter’ of Liverpool, the School is home to five subject areas: English, History, International Relations, Sociology, and Media, Culture & Communication. It has a lively programme of cross-disciplinary research seminars, conferences, visits from international scholars and public events. Research from the School is recognised nationally and worldwide.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 72


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: DDD
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: DM if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS Tariff points when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS Tariff points when combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 24 Merits and 21 Passes, or any other combination that equates to 72 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 72 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 72 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Alternative qualifications considered

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
 
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

International entry requirements

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Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​All applicants should possess the following essential qualities:

  • Good analytical skills, so you can critically assess all kinds of texts and forms of communication: adverts, films, on-line content, cultural practice, television and print media
  • Research skills that allow you to investigate the relationships between media, culture and society
  • Interest in the range of media, culture and communication industries
  • Good communication skills and the ability to express, substantiate and present your ideas in a clear and lively way.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

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