Television BA (Hons)

UCAS code: P310

Create. Innovate. Broadcast. We’ve designed this degree to place you at the cutting edge of the television industry. Learn to understand audiences and develop the technical know-how you need for life in the creative industries.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Film, Media and Television
Department: Creative Arts
A student monitors recording on the screens in the production gallery.

Why have shows like Hollyoaks and Euphoria been so successful? How are TV executives harnessing technology to reach new audiences? What should you consider when creating something for the small screen? If you’re keen to explore the answers, this is the course for you.

Studying with us, you’ll develop the essential skills needed for a career in production, such as planning, research, and content creation. Our expert teaching staff will train you on real-world projects, sharpening your creative talents, technical skills, and production management.

Our strong links with the television industry help us help you explore various exciting career opportunities. Employers value graduates with strong writing, shooting, and editing skills. Whatever your dream, we’ll help you make it a reality.

Course features

  • Learn a Language

  • Sandwich Year Option Available

  • Studying Abroad Option Available

  • Work Placement Opportunity

What you'll study

Your first year of study will ground you in the essential skills of television production. You’ll explore multiple genres while looking back at TV history. Your course tutors will train you in a mix of practical and theoretical work, deepening your understanding. Other areas of study will include narrative storytelling and studio practice, as well as optional modules such as photography and global popular culture.

Compulsory modules:

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Moving Image Production: Single Camera

Narrative Storytelling

Studio Practice

TV History: From Analogue to Streaming

Working in Creative Industries

One of:

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Global Popular Culture

Photography

Language 1

In your second year of our BA (Hons) Television, you’ll step out of your comfort zone and produce a wealth of creative content – from children’s television to branded content. Other modules cover TV drama, fan culture, festivals and production management. These contextual studies will help you to make informed and insightful practical work.

Compulsory modules:

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Children’s Television

Cultural Representations and the Media

Four of:

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Branded Content

Fan Cultures and Subcultures

Festivals

Production Management

Production Placement

Project Arts

TV Drama

TV Studio Practice

Language 2

The final year of your degree will bring together different strands of learning. Your research (or dissertation) project will help you demonstrate the expert knowledge you’ve acquired. You’ll also examine contemporary media practices. Other modules will include Multicamera Production, Short Films for Curious Minds, Telefantasy, and Non-Fiction TV. The mix of group and individual-based practical work will enhance your portfolio and employment opportunities.

Compulsory modules:

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Dissertation/Research Project

Media Futures

Three of:

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Global Convergence: Film and Television Drama in the 21st Century

Multicamera Pre-Production

Multicamera Production

Non-Fiction TV

Short Films for Curious Minds

Telefantasy

Language 3

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

Teaching and learning is through workshops, lectures, seminars and screenings. You will also have opportunities to work with visiting professionals from the screen and television industries.

You may have the exciting opportunity to help bring Liverpool’s Sound City music festival to life. As part of an innovative partnership, Film and Television students at Edge Hill University are invited to film and edit footage of performances to create high quality videos of bands which are used by Liverpool Sound City to promote the festival worldwide.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment is predominantly by coursework, either at the end of the module or distributed throughout the course. Coursework includes practical projects, essays, case studies, individual and group presentations, and a dissertation. Some modules may include class tests based on technical operations or knowledge of safe working practices.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this degree.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by an experienced team with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of Television theory and practice.

Team members are active in the research of contemporary developments in television, film and online media and have current or recent experience of working in those industries. Partnerships with the Production Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts also offer a number of opportunities for enhanced industry outreach.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.

If you apply to join this degree and do not meet the UCAS Tariff requirements, we may invite you to submit a portfolio of work as evidence of your suitability for the course.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Creative EdgeTelevision students are based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17million building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for the Department of Creative Arts.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, photographic studio, radio studio and multimedia laboratory. Our innovative resources are designed to ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Dedicated support in the use of all creative media facilities is available through our Media Development Team.

Where you'll study

Creative Edge

Learning resources

Creative Edge boasts high-definition TV studios which come equipped with camera channels that can be operated via either a studio configuration or hand-held setup, production galleries and control rooms with reference lighting, a Media Asset Management system (Editshare) which ensures a seamless tapeless workflow and provides network storage for your work. There is a fully independent talk back system to all studio areas. You can expect to use industry standard equipment such as vision mixers, sound mixing consoles, a chroma key infinity wall, and fully populated motorised lighting rigs. Media editing booths are also available, equipped with software such as Adobe Creative Cloud (Premiere) and After Effects.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

Our television degree readies you for a successful career in digital production and the creative arts. This may include careers in the media and creative industries, film and television industry, project management, advertising, marketing, social media, or research.

Previous graduates have gone on to work for Lime Pictures, BBC Sport, BBC Bitesize, and college media departments. You’ll be ready to apply for a range of roles including:

  • audio visual technician
  • assistant director
  • grip/camera assistant
  • media technician
  • production management assistant
  • media production technician

Some of our graduates have also progressed onto postgraduate study in a related area, like our MA Film and Media. Whatever route you choose, our staff will support you each step of the way.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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