Television and Broadcasting BSc (Hons)
BSc Hons Television and Broadcasting
Television is evolving and the need for media content continues to grow along with the popularity of platforms such as YouTube, Netflix and Now TV.
This BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting degree course is a fun and practical way to learn how to produce and make live television programmes whilst developing industry-level skills in media production. You’ll become a multi-skilled, media-savvy broadcaster who's fully experienced in camera operating, sound recording, producing, presenting, directing, editing and writing for media platforms and television.
You’ll use industry-standard video kit and multiple TV studios to produce and broadcast content to live audiences, which will prepare you for employment within this fast-paced and competitive industry.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Learn the specialist skills you need to thrive in the industry – 75% of this course is practical
- Use professional cameras (Sony, JVC, Canon), audio equipment (Sennheiser, Sony, Mackie) vision mixing systems (including the Ross Carbonite and the NewTek TriCaster system) and scheduling software for our television channel (Capital Networks' Audience.TV)
- Develop your television production and editing skills
- Experience running a real TV channel and make TV and radio programmes
- Get valuable vocational qualifications and certificates using software such as Avid and Adobe
- Diversify your broadcasting knowledge by taking specialist modules that support your career ambitions
- Contribute to our student-led TV channel – CCI TV
- Get involved with our live weekly TV programme, which we broadcast to thousands of people on campus, around the city and online
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your portfolio.
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.
Previous students have done placements with some of the big players in the broadcasting industry, including:
- Discovery UK
- Ross Video
- Gearhouse Broadcast
You can also set up your own business in your placement year, on your own or with others on your course.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Careers and opportunities
This degree course can take you in many directions in the broadcasting industry.
Our graduates have gone on to enjoy successful careers in broadcasting and television transmission, post-production, radio, and TV studio production. Many have secured jobs at household names such as Sky, BBC, IMG, Channel 4, Lion TV and Envy in roles such as:
- camera operator
- studio technician
- video editor
- studio manager
- presentation scheduler
- film/video producer
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
This course is accredited by the industry body, Creative Skillset. This accreditation lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the broadcasting industry when you graduate.
Tuition fees (2018 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £14,000 per year (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
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.
We recommended you get the most recent version of Avid accreditation text, which costs around £50–£80.
If you take the Student Enterprise Unit, you’ll need to pay an additional cost of approximately £20.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.
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
There are no optional units in this year.
Core units in this year include:
- Factual Television Production
- TV Client-Led Video
- Workflow and Post-Production
- Live TV Production
Optional units in this year currently include:
- Student Enterprise/Video Business
- Professional Work Experience (short placement)
- Underwater Filming
Core units in this year include:
- Television Broadcasting
- Documentary Filmmaking
- Outside Broadcasting
- Final-Year Project
There are no optional units in this year
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.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- hands-on workshops
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:
- Year 1 students: 21% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 79% studying independently
- Year 2 students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 71% studying independently and 7% on work placement
- Year 3 students: 23% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 77% studying independently
Teaching staff profiles
Charlie Watts, Course Leader and Principal Lecturer
Charlie Watts has been the course leader of TV and Broadcasting for over 10 years, is a professional Avid editor and TV programme maker, and has a background in documentary editing. Charlie has worked alongside Sandi Toksvig, Angus Deayton, Jack Dee and Jon Snow, to name but a few.
Zoe Sale, Lecturer
Zoe Sale is an award-winning factual television producer with over 16 years of experience. Zoe oversees radio, tv production and journalism for the course, and lectures in factual and documentary programme making.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- essay and report writing
- sound and video artefacts
- journal writing
- written exams
- practical exams emulating real-world practice
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
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 1 students: 17% by written exams, 40% by practical exams and 43% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 4% by written exams, 39% by practical exams and 57% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 8% by written exams, 35% by practical exams and 57% by coursework
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
Want to start this course in 2019?
To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – P30C
- our institution code – P80
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.