Digital Media and Communications with a Foundation Year

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This course is open for Clearing applications for international fee-paying students only.

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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 chosen honours degree. This programme leads to the award of BSc (Hons) Digital Media and Communications.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

The rapidly changing digital media and creative industries offer career opportunities in an extremely wide range of industry sectors including web design, media development, computing and system management, teaching, information management, IT consultancy, and as managers and administrators in a wide variety of public and private organisations. Previous graduates have been employed by new media companies across the North West and nationally.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


Minimum of 72 at A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3, Advanced Diploma or CACHE Level 3).

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

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 74 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points


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, and the Understanding the Contemporary World unit (with or without Uniwide Language option). You will also study Sociology and Criminology Today 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 will replace Understanding the Contemporary World unit. 

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.

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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.

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.

Digital Media 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.

Understanding the Contemporary World (with or without Uniwide Language)

This unit can be taken on its own as 30 credits or as a 15 credit unit with a modern language. It covers the key political concepts, historical events and philosophical underpinnings of Britain and the world today. It is divided into four themes: (i) an examination of recent history in Britain, for example, the British economy and the rise of New Labour; (ii) a detailed look at three case studies in the public services to illustrate recent political debates and the collapse of the old political consensus; privatisation / outsourcing of public services; and the changing role of the police; (iii) an overview of the key political structures and processes in a modern state, and an examination of the process of globalisation; (iv) an exploration of political philosophy, looking at the various positions philosophers have taken as regards to the state and the individual; the current status of debates in moral philosophy, and morally good conduct. 

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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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: £16,000 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

Specialist 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.


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How to apply

This course is only open to International students through Clearing

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