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:
Points required:
Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
International (full-time):
Placement (home student):
Placement (international student):
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

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

  • You will study media institutions such as the BBC and Netflix and the cultures of production and consumption that surround them
  • You will develop professional writing skills, learn to communicate with a range of audiences, and critically reflect on what you produce
  • We focus on theoretical and critical study as well as transferable skills development
  • You will be taught by research-active staff and learn from media and cultural industry guest speakers
  • Emphasis on employability and work-based learning from the start of your degree
  • Our graduates go on to careers such as journalism, marketing, education, public relations and more.

About your course

The media have a major impact on how we understand our world, ourselves and other people. The BA (Hons) in Media, Culture, Communication at Liverpool John Moores University enables you to analyse the social, cultural and political importance of the mass media, everyday culture, and the communications industries, with a focus on employability, career development and critical skills. The course will teach you how to write and research for a range of audiences, both academic and professional. 

This BA (Hons) course offers a variety of modules covering aspects of the media, culture and communications industries. Our students enjoy the broad range of the programme, which expands their choices after graduation, while allowing them to specialise in their own areas of interest as they progress. We examine industries like film, television and games, sectors like advertising, public relations, journalism and publishing, and aspects of everyday culture like consumerism, identity and social media.

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. You’ll develop transferable skills in research, communication, problem solving, teamwork and independent working. Although we focus on theoretical and critical study, our students work on current case studies that are developed with employers, and work-related learning is designed into all levels of study. Many students undertake exciting and rewarding placements, internships and work experience during their programme.

"The Media, Culture and Communication degree at LJMU has allowed me to utilise my creativity in ways that no other degree could have. Over the three years, I was constantly encouraged to build upon my pre-existing skills and learn new ones. Plus, I was inspired to explore off-beat topics that would push me to think outside of the box and eventually alter my view of the world for the better. I’m eternally grateful that I opted for this wide-ranging degree because it helped me realise that I’m perfectly capable of taking on a variety of roles within the creative fields. Ergo, I would recommend this degree to any imaginative thinkers who want to keep their options open. "

Joseph Furness, recent graduate

Professional accreditation/links

We have worked with a range of organisations, including: The Liverpool Comedy Trust, Tate Liverpool, Sound City, The British Music Experience, BBC Radio Merseyside, Open Eye Galley, Merseyside Police, the NHS, ITV Studios, Everyman Theatre, the Museum of Liverpool and the Liverpool Against Racism Festival.

Fees and funding

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


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)


  • 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)


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.


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

  • advertising and marketing
  • museums
  • arts administration and publishing
  • television production
  • print and digital journalism
  • teaching
  • content creation
  • media and marketing start-ups
  • charity and third sector communication roles

Some decide to further their studies at postgraduate level, in either theoretical or critical areas or in vocational subjects such as journalism or marketing. This includes our own MA in Mass Communications programme

Student Futures - Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all 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 during Level 4, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities.

Every student has access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools, resources and jobs board. There are opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, LJMU’s in-house recruitment service, ensuring students can build experience whilst they study.

One-to-one careers and employability advice is available via our campus-based Careers Zones to accelerate your job search and applications, CV and interview technique. Themed careers and employability workshops, a programme of employer events and recruitment fairs run throughout the year and students have the opportunity to hear from a range of alumni who openly share their own onward experience.

Student Futures work with businesses to create opportunities for fully funded internships which help students increase their network within the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Our Start-Up Hub can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business or become a freelancer.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan. You can access LJMU’s Careers, Employability and Enterprise Services after you graduate and return for one-to-one support for life.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.

Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

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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

What exactly is ‘culture’? How have people defined it, or made judgements about it? Why is it important to our everyday lives? How have researchers tried to study culture and what it means to people? This module aims to answer these questions! In thinking seriously about ‘culture’ and what it means to us, the module explores two areas in particular: ‘student culture’ and everyday culture’. It also introduces you to a field of study known as Cultural Studies, which developed the idea that ‘culture’ should be defined as something different to elite culture for a narrow audience, and tackled the question of how to study popular, everyday forms of culture.

Media Texts
20 credits

This module will enable you to analyse the social, cultural and political importance of the mass media in precise ways.  Centrally positioned as leisure resources and tools of citizenship, the media have a major impact on how we understand our world, ourselves and other people.  At the same time, the media cannot be taken as simply offering ‘windows on the world’; the image of reality that we get from television, radio, music, press, the internet and film is more accurately understood as a construction whose version of reality is influenced as much by economic, political and aesthetic factors as it is by the world in which we live. This module will introduce you to a range of methods for studying media texts, and their relevance for an understanding of contemporary socio-cultural debates. 

Media Institutions and Audiences
20 credits

This module introduces you to the study of the institutions that produce our media and the audiences that consume them. We will consider broadcast media institutions and examine the tensions that are created when trying to serve the public interests of citizens and the private interests of shareholders. Current institutional case studies include the BBC and the birth of radio, ITV and the early years of television and the rise of Sky in an era of apparent deregulation. We will then move on to examine what audiences may take from their consumption of media and how we can go about researching them. We will consider a range of topics including early research into media effects, uses and gratifications theory, the encoding/decoding model and ethnographic studies of domestic media consumption.

Professional Writing
20 credits

Professional writers produce content for audiences. On this module you will develop your writing skills to a professional standard to produce an original portfolio of writing, containing a feature, review, news story and podcast. You will also critically reflect upon your work and the influence of your practice on the content you have produced. On the module you will learn about: attribution and referencing; editing and proof-reading; writing to meet a brief; various forms of journalistic practice, e.g. print, online, podcasts. 

Introduction to Media and Cultural Industries
20 credits

In this module we get you to think about the professional and commercial practice of media and cultural industries, either in relation to work related learning or understanding how communication problems arise and are resolved. We want you to be able to develop key transferable skills including team management and problem solving, which will, in turn, enhance your employability. On this module we will look at marketing communications in two distinct media and cultural industries: tourism and leisure. We have worked with a range of partners on projects, including: marketing with Liverpool Comedy Trust, analysing social media marketing with partners from Homotopia Festival and the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, and visiting the Panoramic 34 fine dining restaurant to explore their social media marketing mix.

Communicating Politics and Protest
20 credits

This module introduces you to a range of techniques for the analysis of political activism and political communication. It pays particular attention to new and emerging methods of communicating information on a variety of social and digital media platforms. It will look at key moments during the development of social media and net platforms such as the Arab Spring, and the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements. The module will assess how online and social media have transformed political communication and empowered grassroots activists to become involved in major political issues.

Level 5

Core modules

Public Communication
20 credits

Public Communication is a work-based learning module about advertising and its role in awareness raising, communicating information and persuasion. We will introduce you to the study of advertising as persuasive communication and you will examine both theoretical and popular responses to advertising as a cultural form and develop critical analytical skills to deconstruct it. We will then move on to the world of Public Information Campaigns (PICs), those not-for-profit campaigns that encourage us to eat healthily, to drive soberly and to engage in sexual activity safely. You will be briefed by a real-world client about a Public Information Campaign they want you to develop. You will then work in campaign teams to design and then pitch a campaign in response to the client brief.

Analysing Entertainment Media
20 credits

Analysing Entertainment Media is a module that focuses on contemporary popular television, the institutions that produced it, the content it offers and how we consume it according to a range of socio-cultural contexts. You will explore key scholarly work in Television Studies and examine this work in relation to a range of case studies, around issues such as: television and celebrity, television and fandom, the rise of television formats, new forms of documentary, television genre in the age of hybridity, the use of ordinary people on television, the representation of social issues in soaps, and the rise of post-network brands such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. 

Research Methods
20 credits

This module enables you to use primary sources in the investigation of historical and contemporary cultural and communication practices, focusing on how digital archives can enhance your approaches to research.  By reflecting upon and critiquing the research process, you develop an understanding of the different stages involved in building a research project, coming to appreciate a variety of analytical methods for examining media, culture and communication texts and practices. You will be introduced to various research methods and given the opportunity to begin to apply a number of these methods for yourself. 

Media and Cultural Theory
20 credits

Media and Cultural Theory offers you the opportunity to trace the theoretical roots of our subject area and to develop skills and knowledge around theorising, critique and analysis. We take key terms such as hegemony, post-feminism, structuralism and postmodernism and seek to understand how they came to be so vital to the study of media, culture and communication. We deal with core issues such as race, class, gender politics, and how media and culture are sites for the reproduction and transformation of power relations. Along the way we will offer you the opportunity to critique and apply these ideas in the theorisation and analysis of media texts and cultural practices. The module culminates with you developing an essay plan and research essay based on your own analysis and theorisation of a case study media text of your choice. 

Optional modules

Public Relations
20 credits

The module examines a distinct field of communications practice, that of public relations – but it’s not just a module for students with PR in mind as a career option.  We’re all familiar with the concept and the language of ‘spin’. PR practices have become pervasive: tactics that we see people engaging in all the time, from politicians to reality TV celebrities. This module enables you both to critique what goes on in the name of public relations and also to make creative use of its tools and practices.  Central to the module is the idea of producing effective communication – in our case, effective, persuasive writing. We think about how organisations go about doing this: how they cope with challenges that threaten their reputation, and how they take advantage of opportunities to build up their reputation.

Popular Journalism: Research in Practice
20 credits

Magazines are a popular form of journalism, read by many thousands and often staffed by freelance writers. In this module you will both critically evaluate journalistic practice, in contemporary publications like Vogue, Cosmopolitan and When Saturday Comes, and produce professional standard copy for real-world audiences. The module focuses upon contemporary industry practice with an emphasis on lifestyle and feature journalism. You will examine a range of issues that influence the production and consumption of popular journalism. You will undertake research for your own professional-standard portfolio of original reviews and features which meet the professional demands of real-world publications.

Level 6

Core modules

Culture and Identity
20 credits

There are few more persistent or lively areas of debates in the modern world than those that cover questions of identity. At some point in our lives, identity matters to us all. Thinking through identity entails questions of politics, of feeling, of emotion, of social relationships and cultural representation. Identity is rarely about just one thing, because none of us are just one thing – just gendered, just classed, just raced, etc. Culture is a key site for the making and contesting of identities. Culture and Identity is about how we try to negotiate our place in the world at different points and in different contexts. We will explore approaches to identity through a series of case studies, such as: television representation of classed identities, self-reflexivity in reality television, psychoanalysis and filmic representation, music as a resource of self-identity, and media sport and national identity.  

Media Policy and Regulation
20 credits

The module explores historical shifts in the ethics of media production and consumption in the light of changes in policy and regulation, new technologies and changes in media ownership and communication. It highlights how an appreciation of regulatory and legal contexts can enable us to gain insights into complex contemporary debates regarding issues such as the distribution of offensive media content, unethical journalistic practice, and the balance between freedom of speech and the protection of privacy. 

Optional modules

40 credits

The dissertation module requires you to undertake a sustained piece of academic analysis on a self-selected topic and present this in a proper academic form. You will demonstrate a thorough understanding of theoretical and methodological issues relevant to your chosen subject of study. The dissertation module will move through three key phases: proposal development, researching and data collection, and writing up and re-drafting. It enables you to pursue in-depth research on a topic that enthuses you and offer new insights on this.

Consumer Culture
20 credits

This module offers a wide range of theoretical and conceptual perspectives on the critical study of consumer society and consumer culture, beginning with a series of lectures on core theoretical approaches and concluding with case studies of a range of cultures of consumption, such as: the shopping mall, nostalgic consumption, luxury consumption, gender identity and consumer culture and postmodern leisure consumption. You will develop critical interpretive skills for the observation of consumption practices and will produce a critically and theoretically-informed essay about a selected aspect of consumer culture and/or cultural consumption.

Digital Writing
20 credits

This module is about becoming an excellent writer who can produce content suited to the digital environment. This environment can vary hugely, including writing for personal and professional purposes, on behalf of organisations, and as produced by a range of individuals, from global celebrities to ordinary people blogging from their bedrooms. We will critically and creatively explore notions of ‘voice’, originality, community, and the desire to share, and examine how audiences are attracted to content in an increasingly competitive ‘attention economy’.  The module involves tasks where you will be analysing, producing, and editing writing suitable for a range of careers and audiences.

Popular Fiction and Publishing
20 credits

This module poses the question: why is popular fiction popular, and how does it maintain that popularity across a range of narrative media, including books, films, TV, comics and even games?  This module offers you the opportunity to analyse storytelling across a variety of commercial narrative media forms.  We currently examine two case studies - the genres of detective fiction and the thriller – and consider how they adapt to changing cultural climates from the 19th century to the present day. We also analyse the production and consumption of popular fiction within the context of creative, economic and institutional imperatives, to see how publishers, film companies, and other makers and distributors of media predict – and fail to predict - what will be popular.  

Sport, Crime and Politics: Critical Sociological Analyses
20 credits

The module adopts various sociological and critical criminological approaches in the understanding of sport in contemporary societies. The module looks at issues relating to recent transformations, prejudices and cultural cohesion in the world of sport, focusing in particular on developments relating to issues such as racism, nationalism, globalisation and gender prejudice. The module will also be centrally concerned with the transformation of sport in the light of ongoing changes to a consumerist society.

Mediating Diversity
20 credits

This module aims to equip you to explore, interpret, and analyse representations of diversity and diverse identities in the media. The module will present a range of themes and topics alongside case studies of media and cultural texts that represent and mediate key issues in contemporary culture to enable students to critically engage with diverse representations in media, culture and communication texts. Case studies will be used to explore key themes and issues. These currently include: representations of democracy in the UK/US; reporting conflict(s); representing Pride & LGBTQIA Communities; femininities & masculinities; the Black Lives Matter movement; #MeToo and gender power relations; disability and migration.

Social and Digital Media
20 credits

This module seeks to explore social and digital media theory and practice. We will examine the rise of new platforms and forms of storytelling and then examine the stories that they frame and narrate about various groups and individuals. We will engage in some social and digital media practice which will critically interrogate its own construction and challenge modes of representation commonly found in popular social and digital media spaces. We will explore social and digital media through a range of case studies, including: Hashtag activism; Game streaming; Fan commentaries; Instagram influencer marketing; ephemeral media forms: TikTok and Snapchat; online sports talk and the political economy of Twitter.

Screen Media
10 credits

This module offers you the opportunity to engage in theoretically informed analyses of a range of screen media, including: television, film and video games. You will critically examine the institutional and economic imperatives that impact upon the nature of screen media and the textual properties of such media. Each week we will watch/engage with a set film, TV or video game text and do walkthrough analyses using a range of theoretical and methodological tools. For your assessment you will produce a pre-recorded presentation based upon a piece of scene analysis. You will then choose both a text for analysis and the approach you will take to it for your final analytical essay.

Britain, Brexit, Europe and the Media
20 credits

This module highlights the relationships between politicians and the media and the role of the media as a primary space for political agenda setting. The module will look at the political structures in Britain, including what devolution has meant for people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It will encourage you to engage closely with the political economy of the news media in Britain and the role that it plays in political communication. It will address the historically often jingoistic and patriotic nature of the English-based national news media and how that led to the grotesque caricatures of other nationalities and identities from the 19th century onwards. This ultimately led to the Euro-sceptic tradition in British newspapers which developed from the 1980s, just a decade after Britain had entered Europe, to the heated media and public debates leading up to Britain’s exit from the European Union following the Brexit referendum of 2016.

Media and Cultural Industries
30 credits

This module gives you the exciting opportunity to undertake a work placement (of your own selection, though support and advice is available from the University) and/or focus on career planning. The module will enable you to develop confidence in identifying and discussing the skills you have in order to present yourself as employable and ready for the world of work after graduation. By the end of the module you will have created a portfolio unique to the skills and talents you have to offer. Working with departments across the University, like Careers, Employability and Enterprise, and invited alumni from the course, this is the module to help you focus upon and enhance your employability.

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 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.” 


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
  • Welsh GCSE in Maths or Numeracy
  • 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

T Levels

  • T Level requirements:

    72 UCAS Tariff points in a related subject

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

OCR National acceptability

  • National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications


  • Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

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.

Reduced Offer Scheme

As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International entry requirements

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

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


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.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.