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UCAS Code
P30C
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020
Accredited
Yes

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2019 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is open until 7.00pm on Friday 16 August, 9.00am–3.00pm on Saturday 17 August and 8.30am–5.15pm from Monday 19 August.

Overview

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 an exciting 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 live television content to audiences, which will prepare you for employment within this fast-paced and competitive industry.

What you can do on this BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting degree
Live feed of CCI TV programme Fast Fresh Food

Watch BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting degree students work in different team roles to produce a live broadcast from Eldon Building for CCI TV Channel.

[00:00:12] [Indistinct chatter]

[00:00:16] Enwezor: You know, as they transfer things over—

[00:00:17] Dan: Yeah

[00:00:18] Enwezor: They can put them in these bowls and—

[00:00:20] Dan: OK, because it's—yeah, as long as they chop here so the camera can see them.

[00:00:23] Hannah: Three, 26... 58—yep! That's fine.

[00:00:29] Sam: And just keep my hands here to be seen.

[00:00:31] Louis: That's fine. Yeah.

[00:00:35] Dan: If presenters stand in a position, please.

[00:00:39] Aaron: So it's round about five minutes until we are live.

[00:00:42] Hannah: OK, guys, we've got five minutes until start.

[00:00:45] Jake: Er, good luck guys—

[00:00:46] Meg: Thank you.

[00:00:46] Jake: Yeah, just going to smash it. I'm going to be upstairs—

[00:00:48] Meg: Cheers!

[00:00:48] Jake: —But yeah, all the confidence in the world.

[00:00:51] Meg: Thank you.

[00:00:51] Jake: It's going to be delicious; I can't wait to try it.

[00:00:52] Lee: Right, is everyone ready?

[00:00:53] Meg: Ooh, good luck!

[00:00:54] Lee: You guys ready?

[00:00:55] Emily: Remember: talk slowly.

[00:00:56] Hannah: Yep.

[00:00:57] Ethan: This is the one I'm most nervous of – don't know why.

[00:00:58] Meg: You'll be fine, honestly.

[00:00:59] Ethan: I think it's because everything could go wrong.

[00:01:02] Aaron: Twenty.

[00:01:03] Emily: Deep breath, 20 seconds.

[00:01:03] Aaron: 20 seconds.

[00:01:07] Emily: It's exciting, guys.

[00:01:09] Aaron: Ten, nine, eight...

[00:01:12] Hannah: Seven, six...

[00:01:14] ALL: Five, four...

[00:01:16] Emily/Hannah: Three, two, one...

[00:01:19] Hannah: Zero.

[00:01:20] Ethan: Cheap, quick and easy-to-cook food. The students'...

[00:01:22] Emma: Cue the opening titles.

[00:01:24] Ethan: ...Whether you're veggie or not, we have a dish that'll leave your mouth watering.

[00:01:28] Meg: This is Fast, Fresh Food.

[00:01:29] Emma: Cut.

[00:01:30] Aaron: Fifteen.

[00:01:31] Emma: Preview Eight.

[00:01:33] Dan: Go now, Lee – go, go, go.

[00:01:38] Hannah: Ten, nine—

[00:01:39] Dan: Eight.

[00:01:40] Hannah: —Eight, seven, six...

[00:01:42] Dan: Camera Three, good – that shot is perfect, Jo; perfect there.

[00:01:43] Hannah: ... Five, four, three, two, one, zero.

[00:01:48] Meg: Hello, and you're watching...

[00:01:49] Emma: Right – get ready with name straps.

[00:01:51] Meg: Today, we bring you the second of three live cooking shows produced by Television and Broadcasting students.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by the industry body ScreenSkills (formerly 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.

In January 2018, this course won the NewTek Best U.K Content Award, with our course team also being awarded as NewTek Tutors of the Year.

What you'll experience

On this Television and Broadcasting degree 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 industry-recognised certification 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

Careers and opportunities

This degree course can take you in many directions in the broadcasting industry.

What jobs can you do with a television and broadcasting degree?

Our television and broadcasting 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
  • videographer
  • 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.

The course taught me so many skills which have been invaluable at work in the industry for broadcasters like ITV and BBC.

Alex Watson, BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Editing for Film and Video
  • E-Portfolio for Film and Broadcasting
  • Presenting and Writing for Broadcast
  • Researching the Media
  • Television Production Practices

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Factual Media Production
  • Researching Genre
  • Television Format Live
  • Television Pilot
  • Workflow and Post-Production

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Broadcast Transmission 
  • Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
  • External Live Brief
  • Professional Experience 
  • Student Enterprise
  • Underwater Filming and Media

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Major Broadcast Project
  • Media Futures, Content and Audience
  • Self-Promotion
  • Television Broadcasting

There are no optional modules 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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • essay and report writing
  • sound and video artefacts
  • blogging
  • 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 modules 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

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. You’ll have access to Creative Careers; a team within the faculty helping students to find placement opportunities within the creative industries. They’ll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search, including help with applications and interviews, and support throughout your placement.

Previous students have done placements with some of the big players in the broadcasting industry, including:

  • Discovery UK
  • Sky
  • Envy
  • IMG
  • 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. 

The benefits of a BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting degree
An interview with BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting student, Thomas Halliday

Hear from Thomas the perks of studying this BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting degree, including his chance to work on set with BBC for its shows Flog It and The Big Questions.

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.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • hands-on workshops

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

Teaching staff profiles

Charlie Watts, Principal Lecturer

Before joining the University, Charlie freelanced as an Avid editor, working for Meridian, Channel 4 and Oasis TV, and brings his extensive experience in broadcast television transmission delivery, post-production and teaching to the team.

His research interests include industry and academic interaction, deep learning via web tree usage, and the evolving methods of broadcasting.

Evan Pugh, Lecturer

Evan is an experienced director of documentaries and reality television, with credits such as Big Brother for Channel Four, Celebrity Scissorhands for the BBC, and Love Island and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here for ITV.

Evan has also previously worked on The Lord of the Rings - Return of the King, filming animation reference for the character of Gollum, and he specialises in filming, organising productions, controlling large crews, and covering live broadcasting events.

Zoe Sale, Lecturer

Zoe is a producer and documentary filmmaker who was part of the Nobel Prize nominated team on the multi-award-winning Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and War Crimes Unpunished films for Channel 4 and ITN Productions. She was also part of the team that produced No Fire Zone, a feature-length documentary that screened worldwide.

After completing a postgraduate degree in broadcast journalism, Zoe got her start in the industry as a researcher for BBC South West, working in current affairs and politics. She went on to spend a few years as a Producer/Director on the regional magazine programme Inside Out, before moving up to network BBC and working on Rogue Traders.

After going freelance, Zoe worked on Tonight with Trevor McDonald and various factual programming for ITV and National Geographic. And from 2012–2015, Zoe became the main in-house development producer for the current affairs unit at the BBC.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your Television and Broadcasting degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, workshops, fieldwork and supervised studio sessions for about 11 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends. There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You’ll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

Student support advisor

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.

Academic skills tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Creative skills tutors

If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.

IT and computing support

Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty 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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

BSc (Hons) Television and Broadcasting degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Qualifications or experience
  • 112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

What skills and qualities do I need for this television and broadcasting degree course?

You don't necessarily need existing media skills in addition to meeting the course entry requirements before you start this television and broadcasting degree.

However, you should have a passion for television and be open-minded to what the television broadcasting industry could offer you as a career.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,700 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.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

You may need to spend £50 to £100 each year on a variety of materials, such as DVDs or camera cards, and a small hard drive to back up media.

We recommended you get the most recent version of Avid accreditation text, which costs around £50–£80.

If you take the Student Enterprise Module, you’ll need to pay an additional cost of approximately £20.

The Underwater Filming and Media module is available if you haven’t dived before. It includes a PADI Open Water course combined with the Underwater Filming and Media course. It costs around £850.

The Underwater Filming and Media B module is available if you already hold a PADI Open Water certificate (or equivalent). It includes a further diving course (e.g. PADI Advanced Open Water), combined with the Underwater Filming and Media Course, and costs around £700 to cover tuition, transport and diving costs.

Common questions about this subject

Can't find the answer to your questions about this course or anything else about undergraduate life? Contact us

Common television and broadcasting questions

Television is a label we use for a 'content platform', which includes smartphones, tablets and computers as well as TVs. Any viewing of media on these platforms is 'televised media'.

Broadcasting is how we deliver televised media to mass audiences. Because the way people consume televised media has changed, we also use the term 'narrowcasting'. This describes how we deliver televised media to smaller, more specific audiences.

The words 'television' and 'broadcasting' indicate something has been made to engage an audience and there's a plan and means to deliver it to that audience. For example, Netflix commissions a series of programmes because there is thought to be an audience for it. The series goes into production and it appears on the Netflix viewing platform.

The next time you watch something that's televised – for example, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here or Game of Thrones – imagine being one of the people involved in making it happen.

Television and broadcasting is still one of the most effective ways to communicate. Working in television and broadcasting gives you the opportunity to have a hand in something that might be seen by millions of people.

To prepare yourself for this television and broadcasting degree, a good starting point is to watch different types of televised media – for example, BBC and other terrestrial channels, and YouTube and Netflix.

Think about what processes took place before the programme was made (pre-production), imagine yourself behind the camera view (production) and look at the editing, colour, sound effects and graphics (post-production). 

A good broadcaster is aware of the different ways to convey ideas through televised media. They also have a good grasp of legal and technical issues that go hand-in-hand with television.

We're one of the few universities in the UK that makes regular live TV broadcasts. We produce live magazine shows and live outside broadcasts from various locations, as well as making documentary and factual films.

The television industry is one of the most exciting careers on offer to graduates. If you want to do more than simply watch television, doing a television and broadcasting degree such this as give you the chance to get involved in actually producing and transmitting programmes that you know and love.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up 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.

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P30C
  • our institution code – P80

How to apply from outside the UK

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. 

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