BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism degrees with a Foundation Year

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Overview

If you have the potential to study at degree level, but you don’t meet the entry requirements, a foundation year can bridge the gap – laying the groundwork for entry into Year 1.

The units you’ll study are designed to build your confidence and bring you up to speed for the rest of your chosen degree. So, as well as the Academic Skills for Higher Education unit, which helps develop your study skills for learning at the degree-level, you’ll also do three humanities units.

Once you have successfully passed your Foundation Year you will progress directly into Year 1 of your linked honours degree. 

Below is a list of the linked honours degrees for Information and Communications Degrees with a Foundation Year.

If you're interested in studying Multimedia Journalism with a modern foreign language but wish to start with a Foundation Year, you will need to please apply via the BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism Foundation Year route. 

For more information about each linked degree please see the Journalism, Information and Communications website and choose a course from the list.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

The rapidly changing digital media and creative industries offer career opportunities in an extremely wide range of sectors including print journalism, digital publishing and editing, broadcasting, researching, media development, freelance writing, specialist journalism, working for news agencies, public relations departments and public sector press departments.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72 - 80

72 - 80 UCAS Tariff points from A Level or equivalent.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade D or grade 3. Equivalent qualifications (eg Functional Skills) may be considered.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3. At least 24 credits at Merit or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate points

24

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

All Humanities foundation year students study the Academic Practice for the Humanities and Social Sciences unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work. You will study Understanding the Contemporary World unit (with or without Uniwide language option). You will also study Writing for Publication and Digital Technologies.

International students are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit. This unit will replace Understanding the Contemporary World. 

Teaching is delivered via a range of methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and, where appropriate, practical workshops, PC lab sessions, and online learning. Teaching methods depend on your chosen linked honours degree and you should expect to spend some time each week in independent study.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study.

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Writing for Publication

This unit introduces students to the fundamental principles of writing professionally. The unit will engage specifically with what professional writing, including journalism, means. The unit develops writing skills for professional writers, notably story telling and representation of information, to give students confidence in written assessment and also oral presentation. A further focus is listening, note-taking, and group work for ease of working in a range of professions including journalism.

English for Academic Study (for International Students only)

The course develops language skills in academic English, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in written assessment and oral presentation. A further focus is listening and note-taking, for ease in following lectures. The development of reading, to aid analysis and interpretation of course material will also feature, and the unit will additionally develop study skills, to assist you in the transition to Higher Education study.

Academic Practice for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This unit aims to help students make a successful transition to higher education study, developing the skills required for the study of humanities and social science disciplines. These include independent learning, time management, note-taking, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques, oral presentations, research skills, information literacy, digital literacy/ICT - word-processing, spread-sheets and databases.

Understanding the Contemporary World

This unit introduces students to the importance of politics and philosophy for studying the contemporary world, focusing on British politics, economy and policy, and the welfare state.

Digital Technologies

This unit introduces students to key technologies, providers and issues relating to telecommunications and the media. The unit will cover communication formats, local communications and telecommunications, broadcasting systems, technical, social and commercial factors, media producers and content, telecommunications providers and users along with communications technologies in society. The unit will explain the basic technologies which underpin telecommunications and media systems, analyse the non-technical factors which have transformed telecommunications, outline the main forms of media production and content, identify the range of telecommunications users and media audiences and outline the debate on the role of technology in social change.

Option Units

Uniwide Language

You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from beginner to advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency.

Journalism, Information and Communications

Our Journalism, Information and Communications section provides courses in the areas of information, library and information management, digital media, web development, communications and multimedia journalism.

The department’s history goes back nearly 70 years and it has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, working collaboratively with industry to develop partnership agreements in the public sector.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £14,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

Foundation year UCAS codes are available on the honours degree pages. Visit www.mmu.ac.uk/foundation for a full list of degrees available with an integral foundation year. 

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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