BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting - University of Portsmouth
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BSc (Hons)

Television and Broadcasting

UCAS codeP30C

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

Produce and Broadcast Live TV and Radio Programmes

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This industry recognised Creative Skillset Accredited course offers a great opportunity to pursue an exciting career in television and radio broadcasting. Teaching takes place in purpose-built TV and radio studios, using industry standard hardware and software. Learn to produce weekly live professional TV programmes, and become a multi-skilled practitioner.

The curriculum is very practical and focuses on industry skills, with approximately 75 per cent of it hands-on and highly practical. If you are creative and technically minded and wish to make live TV programmes, this is the perfect course and you will gain skills in professional video production, writing, television programme producing, presenting, graphics, all leading to the operation and management of a TV channel.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Use professional tv studios to produce weekly live TV and produce, direct, film and edit TV programmes for broadcast
  • Learn a comprehensive approach writing for TV and radio broadcasts, applying the latest industry practices to your work
  • Become technically competent and pursue specialist roles
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  • Learn editing skills within curriculum and optionally become an Avid Certified User.

What opportunities might it lead to?

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset. Working with industry, Creative Skillset accredits practice-based degree courses that most effectively provide students with the skills and knowledge required by employers in the Creative Industries.

Our course specialises in a multi-skilling approach, much favoured by the TV and video industry itself. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of maintaining a broadcast television channel, and there are opportunities to operate and explore many of the roles required for TV production and broadcast. The course also specialises in outside broadcast, documentary filmmaking and radio production.

The Film Broadcast section is also accredited with Avid to offer a certified user editing course (The Avid MC101/MC110) that is industry recognised and respected.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • broadcasting and television transmission
  • post-production
  • radio
  • tv studio production
  • presenting and writing


Alex Watson, BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting student

The course involves lots of practical work and hands-on experience which is brilliant for preparing you to work in the TV or radio industry.

Alex Watson, BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting student


BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting

Watch this video to get a great understanding of what this course offers, including:

  • All the fantastic opportunities to work on a real TV channel
  • The great facilities and hands on experience using them will give you
  • Work experience opportunities
  • What students have enjoyed and the great employment prospects

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

The first year provides a foundation of professional practice, and you will begin to develop the key skills required to run and operate a TV channel, as well as be introduced to video production, editing, writing and presenting.

  • Core units in this year include:
  • Editing for Film and Video
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • Introduction to Television Skills
  • TV and Film Production Practices
  • Presenting and Writing for Broadcast
  • E-portfolio

Many of these first year units help to develop your CV and future contacts in the TV industry.

Year two

The second year is all about advancing your skills, and this is achieved by working with real video clients, producing factual programmes and going live on television.
Core units in this year include:

  • Factual Television Production
  • TV Client-Led Video
  • Workflow and Post-Production
  • Live TV Production

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Student Enterprise/Video Business
  • Professional Work Experience (short placement)
  • Underwater Filming

Year three*

The third year offers a professional platform to showcase all of your learning and skills. This includes the production of weekly live television, documentary production, and the running of the TV channel alongside your final-year project.
Core units in this year include:

  • Television Broadcasting
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Outside Broadcasting
  • Final-Year Project

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

*This course is also available as a 4-year sandwich (work placement)

Placement year

Between the second and third years of study you will have the option to undertake a work placement year. There are two exciting options for the placement year:

We offer a range of salaried professional placements as part of your degree.  You can gain invaluable work experience to help you prepare for your graduate employment.  The University can provide you with advice on how to secure a work placement that matches both the needs of your degree and your future career plans, as well as giving you useful links and contacts.

Interested in running your own business instead? We also offer students the chance to start-up and run their own company for a year as an alternative to the traditional work-based placement. Students who choose this option often start-up their companies with fellow, like-minded students, working together, as a bona fide operation, in an attempt to build a successful venture. The Faculty and University provide mentoring and support throughout the year.

To find out more visit our Employability and Enterprise page.


You will experience a variety of teaching through lectures, seminars and hands-on workshops.

However, independent study and self-motivation is also an essential part of your studies. We encourage you to read from our numerous resources, take out University kit or use computer workstations in your own time to enhance your learning.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 21% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 79% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 71% studying independently and 7% on work placement
  • Year three students: 23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 77% studying independently and 0% on work placement


Due to the practical nature of this course, assessment is extremely varied and includes:

  • essay and report writing
  • sound and video artefacts
  • blogging
  • journal writing
  • written exams
  • practical exams emulating real-world practice

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 17% by written exams, 40% by practical exams and 43% by coursework
  • Year two students: 4% by written exams, 39% by practical exams and 57% by coursework
  • Year three students: 8% by written exams, 35% by practical exams and 57% by coursework

Tutor's view


Charlie Watts
Creative Technologies

My course is dedicated to providing essential TV industry skills. The course is very hands-on and unique because it runs an actual TV channel, with weekly live TV shows. Our absolute focus is TV and broadcasting, and we are very successful in getting graduates into employment within the TV industry.

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Facilities & Features

TV Studios and Broadcast Hub

You will have access to our purpose-built TV studios (both traditional and green screen) that allow the production of all types of television work. You'll use professional cameras (Sony, JVC, Canon) and professional grade audio equipment (Sennheiser, Sony, Mackie). A variety of vision mixing systems including the Ross Carbonite and the NewTek TriCaster system and an actual TV Broadcast Server (Capital Networks – Audience.TV).

CCI Channel

Take part in your very own TV show or produce a broadcast-quality documentary. Use our CCI TV channel to develop your skills and share your potential with others. TV has no boundaries and you will be able to easily promote yourself via the work you are producing. We are also fully equipped for outside broadcasting with mobile TV studios (DataVideo, BlackMagic Design) and a MiniCaster Satellite system. All this equipment enables you to get lots of practical experience and it ensures you are working to an industry standard.

Big Screen

​The City of Portsmouth and the University of Portsmouth have collaborated on a unique venture that allows the CCI TV Channel to broadcast live to the main civic centre, and show other prerecorded media content (short films, documentaries, etc). The Big Screen is viewed by approximately 25,000 people each week, and this provides an amazing platform for students who wish to exhibit their work, or present TV programmes.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

You may need to spend £50 - £100 each year on drawing and modelling materials, CDs, and DVDs. We also recommend that you acquire the most recent version of Avid accreditation text. This costs around £50 - £80.

For the optional Student Enterprise unit, there is a cost of approximately £20.

For the optional diving skills units: The Underwater Filming and Media unit is available if you have not dived before. It consists of a PADI Open Water course, combined with the Underwater Filming and Media course, and costs around £800 for tuition, transport and diving costs. The Underwater Filming and Media B unit is available if you already hold a PADI Open Water certificate (or equivalent). It consists of a further diving course (e.g. PADI Advanced Open Water), combined with the Underwater Filming and Media Course, and costs around £700 for tuition, transport and diving costs.


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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

This course is a great starting point for those who want to get into the television business. You will be well informed with current practice and have the key skills to jump straight into the industry.

Graduates from this course have been successful in finding work and below are just some of the names:

  • BSkyB
  • BBC
  • Avid Technology
  • Channel 4
  • Envy
  • 16oz

Many graduates have also found great positions with independent production companies, while others have set up their own companies or have successful freelance careers.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Camera operators
  • Studio technicians
  • Video editors
  • Studio managers
  • Presentation scheduler
  • Videographer
  • Film/video producer

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

Here at the CCI’s Creative Careers Centre we are committed to improving your employability. Whether it’s placements, self-employed placements, internships, short-term work experiences, freelancing opportunities and volunteering, we will help you find valuable and relevant work experience to complement your degree. The experienced team is always on hand to offer advice on everything from producing high-quality applications through to preparation for a company assessment day.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

Daniel DiMartino, Studio Technician for 16oz and TV and Broadcasting graduate 2014

The course gave me the knowledge of cameras and filming techniques, and helped my editing and workflow skills. Everything I learnt on the course I put into practice every day I am working.

Daniel DiMartino, Studio Technician for 16oz and TV and Broadcasting graduate 2014

Video Description

Graduate, Richard Bearpark (graduated 2012), talks about his role as Video Producer for IGN Entertainment.

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Apply for 2018 entry

To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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