BA (Hons) Media, Music and Sound

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Overview

UCAS Code:PW33
Course Length:3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2019
Department:Department of Media
Location:Edge Hill University
Clearing & Adjustment:Places Available
  • Discover a range of media, music and sound production techniques;
  • Explore your passion for media, music and popular culture and study its impact on society;
  • Develop expertise for a career in the creative industries, with a particular focus on media and music.

Music, sound creation and performance is enjoyed and pursued in a number of forms, from DJ work and musical performance to the mixing and composition of music and sound using electronic and digital technology. This degree is aimed at music and sound enthusiasts, as well as conventionally trained musicians and those with an interest in studying contemporary media. You will develop a range of practical production and creative skills in music production and moving image production (camera work and editing). In addition, you will examine the social and theoretical context of both music and media production and consumption. A range of optional modules enable you to choose an area of specialism in either music or media production and explore topics in popular music, film and television. No previous music or media training is required but an enthusiasm for music and media in all forms is essential.

Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Tom Eland

    BA (Hons) Media, Music and Sound
    My three years at Edge Hill University have allowed me to develop a real understanding of my subject and equipped me with the skills I need for my future career.
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  • Chloe Pettit

    BA (Hons) Media, Music and Sound
    The course has been everything I hoped it would be. It has provided me with a valuable insight into how music and media are related as well as how I can build my career around both these fields simultaneously.
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  • Philip Edgington

    BA (Hons) Media, Music and Sound
    I became a student blogger as I felt it would help develop my employability skills and help to raise awareness among students of the things I am doing to enhance my opportunities."
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In Depth

What will I study?

Year 1 will introduce you to key theories in media, music and sound. You will explore and investigate the relationships between media, music and society and engage with media production and creative music technology. There will also be the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the social production of media and music, how they relate to each other, and their place within popular culture.

Year 2 enhances your knowledge of the relationship between the media and music industries and develops your skills in researching media and culture. Optional practical modules explore themes such as electronic music and sound design, applied and collaborative composition, music videos and photographic images. Through the study of representation and the relationship between producers and audiences, Year 2 also offers you the opportunity to analyse the visual in contemporary media and explore music and sound in live performance and studio recordings.

Equipped with considerable expertise in media, music and sound, you will undertake advanced research in Year 3, honing your skills in an area of personal interest, either written or practical production, and developing a portfolio of work. In addition, you will focus on employability and graduate destinations in a dedicated module focused on employment strategies in the creative industries.

The range of optional modules in each year enables you to focus on either practical or theoretical modules in media or music, or study a combination of the two.

How will I study?

You will be taught through a wide range of lectures and seminars, practical workshop classes, performance workshops and small group exercises and production projects.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is made through a mixture of practical and written work, including written reports, research projects, essays, individual and group practical projects, assessed presentations and performance pieces.

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

Who will be teaching me?

The programme will be taught collaboratively by Media and Music theorists and practitioners from the departments of both Media and Performing Arts.

The two departments have creative expertise spanning a wide range of disciplines, including performance and production, popular music theory, media and culture, film and television production, experimental music, songwriting, research and practice-led research.

Recognising and acknowledging the collaborative nature of industry disciplines, you will benefit from the experience and knowledge of the subject teams, as well as associate tutors and visiting speakers from the creative industries.

A Great Study Environment

Two students operate the controls in a sound booth overlooking a recording studio.The Department of Media is based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17m building offering highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for music students.

Key features include TV studios with broadcast capacity and full production capabilities, recording studios, sound-editing suites, animation studios, a 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.

Music production and audio post-production studios come equipped with AVID ProTools HDX digital recording systems with C|24 control surfaces, as well as Waves and IK Multimedia, and a range of microphones (AKG, Coles, Neumann, sE, Electro Voice, etc).

Dedicated Mac labs provide access to the latest audio software (AVID ProTools 11, Apple Logic X, Propellerhead Reason 7, Adobe SoundBooth CE, AVID ProTools 11, Native Instruments Komplete Ultimate, Sibelius), and several dedicated rehearsal rooms, which provide electronic keyboards (Yamaha, Kawai), and a range of acoustic and electric guitars (Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Martin, Taylor, etc), effects modules and practice amps.

The University library stocks a comprehensive range of music books and scores, e-books and specialist music journals, including Grove Music Online, Rock’s Back Pages, and the Naxos music stream.

Music students at Edge Hill attend the annual music festival, Liverpool Sound City, of which the University is a partner. This event fuses a music festival with a music conference, providing you with the opportunity to network with a range of industry speakers and professional musicians, as well as experiencing live music across the city. Edge Hill students have also won prestigious awards at the festival, including the UK Student Music Award (2013) and the UK Student Innovation Award (2014).

Consolidating Edge Hill’s commitment to music, the University has also launched The Label Recordings, an independent label without contracts. This has been established by the University to promote existing new music and to equip you with some real-world, hands-on experience in a competitive industry.

You may also wish to get involved with the Edge Hill Students Union’s online media platform, Vibe Media. This offers many different opportunities for you to volunteer and gain experience of working within a media environment, whether as a DJ or TV presenter, organising marketing and events, or reviewing the latest films or album releases.

Modules

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Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

MED1437Media and Society (20 credits)

Media and Society studies the complexity of factors that shape the relationship between media, culture and society. You will be introduced to media representations of reality, identity constructions and the relationship between media producers and users. The module will also look into how reality is produced, reproduced, maintained and transformed by the media. A key focus is the interplay between the various roles of the media: the civic role in a democratic system, media as business and media as a public service provider. You will consider the linkages between media forms and production and issues such as access, inclusiveness, marginalisation, knowledge, power and information. You will analyse media organisations, study the way in which media content is produced, distributed and received by audiences, as well as assessing its contribution to culture and social progress.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MUS1011Music and Society (20 credits)

Music and Society introduces you to the key concepts and developments that have shaped modern music and assesses the current trends in musical practice. By placing these themes in an historical perspective, the module will also consider the contexts of production, distribution and consumption of music in various contexts in order to consider the links between music and society. You will investigate the impact of new technologies on the development of new music genres and also the way music has driven technological innovation.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MUS1164Is This Music? Understanding Sound in Society (20 credits)

Is This Music? Understanding Sound in Society primes you to formulate a vocabulary and repertoire of concepts so as to communicate with clarity on the subjects of music and sound. The module introduces you to the sociology and psychology of music and encourages you to reflect on your own musical activities in the context of other practices and theories. It covers a wide range of musical customs, Western and non-Western, classical and popular, past and present, although it focuses on musical and social developments since the Industrial Revolution. The aim is for you to understand not just how these customs connect with music, but why they do so, and how that engagement compares to that of others in the world.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

You will select three of the following modules:

FLM1024How to Read a Film: Approaches (20 credits)

How to Read a Film: Approaches takes you a step further into critical, analytical and theoretical spheres, examining films in close detail and discovering some of the many significant academic and critical approaches to the cinema. You will be introduced to several important critical concepts such as structuralism, post-structuralism, Marxism, feminism and postmodernism.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

MED1434Digital Photography (20 credits)

Digital Photography is a module which is suitable for anyone with an interest in photography. No previous experience is required. Practical knowledge of camera equipment and composition are required to fully exploit the creative possibilities of visual media. This module will cover various genres within photography such as landscape, portrait, architecture, pictorial and other areas. You will consider composition, framing, colour and editing. Basic training in the use of Photoshop will also be provided.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

MED1436Understanding Visual Cultures (20 credits)

Understanding Visual Cultures introduces you to a variety of approaches to analysing a range of media. It engages with media histories, technologies, narrative, genre and aesthetics and will introduce you to a range of different media and how they relate to each other. On completion, you will be able to provide a detailed analysis of any media text and critically engage with some core approaches to media such as semiotics, structuralism, convergence theory, auteurism, visual persuasion, medium specific criticism and different aspects of aesthetics. These will include mise-en-scène, sound design, editing, aspects of convergence and new media aesthetics (such as CGI and special effects).


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MED1438Moving Image Production (20 credits)

Moving Image Production immerses you in moving image production practices. This includes the origination, development and refinement of ideas, the stages of pre-production, production and post-production, and the basics of camera operation, lighting and editing. The module will also acquaint you with the issues of resource and budgetary constraints and cover a range of creative, commercial and industrial contexts within which production may take place. You will be encouraged to bring knowledge, information and experiences gained outside the module to the production practice, thereby facilitating the development of creative critical approaches and problem-solving skills.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MUS1169Creative Music Technology (20 credits)

Creative Music Technology introduces you to techniques for studio and desktop-based composition. You will identify and analyse concrete (sample-based) approaches to composition within contemporary electronic music. A creative exploration of recording studio technology, sampling, sequencing and arranging will enable you to develop knowledge of a variety of techniques that can be applied within musical compositions. You will create your own sounds ‘from scratch’ in a recording studio. These sounds will then be used in compositions or sound design projects. This process requires you to develop essential technical skills, critical listening and attention to detail.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

MUS1170Ensemble Performance (20 credits)

Ensemble Performance assists you in developing skills and confidence in musical performance. Practical workshops will enable you to develop your skills in composition, arranging, performance strategies and improvisation. Through a series of collaborative small-group projects, you will develop arrangements of existing or original material to be performed in a public setting at the end of the module. You will produce all aspects of the final performance, such as staging, stage management and live sound, thereby gaining knowledge and understanding of this key area of musical practice.


Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of one of the optional modules above.

Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

MED2308Cultural Representations and the Media (20 credits)

Cultural Representations and the Media asks what is representation, how does representation function within contemporary media and  culture, and what role do stereotypes play in the construction of ‘reality’ and identity? Each week you will analyse a key representational issue linked to gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, age, disability and national identity in order to gain a better understanding of the cultural and ideological construction of  representation. The module provides you the opportunity to study cultural representations across a range of different media forms. At the end of the module you will have knowledge and understanding of various representational systems and theories in a variety of different contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MUS2004Music and Media (20 credits)

Music and Media will broaden your appreciation and knowledge of the ways in which popular music is mediated. The module will help you to understand the organisational and cultural influences that affect the production, distribution and consumption of popular music. By studying the synergistic relationships between the music industry and media industries, you will be able to demonstrate detailed knowledge of the business side of creative industries (such as the music industry) and better understand the organisational complexities in music and sound production.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MUS2058Researching Media and Culture (20 credits)

Researching Media and Culture provides an overview of the main research methodologies in research in the humanities (media, music, performing arts). You will learn to identify, justify and implement appropriate methods and techniques, in accordance to the topic and type of the research project. The module will also encourage you to think independently and reflect upon the ethical constraints of research and professional conduct.


Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

You will select three of the following modules:

FLM2035Censorship and the Cinema (20 credits)

Censorship and the Cinema enables you to learn about and debate the power relationships between industry, audience and censor during such happenings as the imposition of the Production Code in Hollywood during the 1930s and the Video Nasty scare in Britain in the 1980s.


Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

MED2300The Soundtrack: Film Music and Sound (20 credits)

The Soundtrack: Film Music and Sound focuses on the soundtrack as an integral way of understanding film. It can tell us something about characters, space, place and time but, further to this, it can also stimulate a feeling, a mood. It can help to determine what we see and how we see it, informing and touching audiences at an emotional and sensory level, in ways that visual elements alone cannot achieve. Yet, despite its integral role in the filmmaking process, the soundtrack is often arguably seen as too technical, ineffable or complex to articulate. It does not lend itself to formal textual analysis in quite as straightforward a manner as the film image. This module presents a clear consideration of film music and sound by providing a critical survey of its history, technical processes, aesthetics and key theoretical approaches in order to elucidate its expressive and narrative potential.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED2310Music Video (20 credits)

Music Video examines the academic and cultural theory of popular music applied to the production of music videos. You will combine your understanding of the industrial contexts in which music videos are produced with your burgeoning technical skills to produce a music video of your own which is designed to satisfy the various needs of multi-channel, niche-audience music television. Issues relating to copyright will be discussed and the planning of post-production will also be covered.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MED2314Thinking Photography (20 credits)

Thinking Photography introduces you to the historical and contemporary discourses around the photographic image. The module recognises that the ontological status of the photograph has changed during its development from the 1830s to a stage in modern society where photography and taking photographs is ubiquitous. Introducing you to theorists that focus on the nature and ontological status of the photographic image in society, the module enables the analysis of key texts and practitioners in order to equip you with an understanding of the relationship between the photographic image and society. You will study historical discourses including Walter Benjamin, Susan Sontag, and Roland Barthes as well as more contemporary theorists such as Elizabeth Edwards, Shawn Michelle Smith and Geoff Batchen as you engage in the critical evaluation of the production, distribution and reception of the photographic image in contemporary society.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MED2318Spectacles, Bodies and Other Pleasures: Concepts in Television, Animation and Film (20 credits)

Spectacles, Bodies and Other Pleasures: Concepts in Television, Animation and Film is centred on how animation, television and film are in a constant process of change. This evolution is partially determined by new technologies which is reflected in contemporary media theory. The module brings these theories together by focusing on contemporary discourses grounded in the critical concepts of spectacle, postmodernism, affect and visuality. It will thus draw attention to the increased emphasis on aesthetics in film and television theory, the ideas of spectacle and the centrality of the body to the experience of different media. You will be introduced to a range of critical methodologies including textual analysis and theory-based close reading.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MUS2066Playing Live (20 credits)

Playing Live allows you to gain experience of performing live in different environments and in front of different audiences. You will have the opportunity to gain credit for playing live on the street, or at a venue, such as a local open-mic event or other specialist music venue. You will also have the opportunity to perform in the Creative Edge TV studio and to play and have your music streamed over the Edge Hill Student Union’s radio station. This module is ideally suited to performing musicians and will provide you the opportunity to engage with the planning and organisational elements necessary for successful live performance.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MUS2067Listening Studies (20 credits)

Listening Studies will develop your skills in listening and in appraising what listening is as an occupation of the brain and mind. The module will also consider the psychology of ‘the musical mind’ and the social history of listening, from pubs and festivals to the iPod. Above all, the module will enable you to consider, annotate and critique live music performance across a variety of popular music genres through a series of projects, thereby expanding your vocabulary, your means of communication, and your experience of music as an act of performance.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MUS2171Electronic Music and Sound Design (20 credits)

Electronic Music and Sound Design engages you in a creative exploration of sound synthesis techniques, equipping you with knowledge and skills to inform the production of distinctive and highly flexible sounds for use in a variety of applied musical contexts. The module will develop your understanding of fundamental concepts and repertoires of relevance to digital audio, enabling you to identify and analyse synthetic approaches to composition and sound design within contemporary digital and electronic music. The acquisition of technical and theoretical knowledge will be demonstrated through the completion of a number of compositional assignments and original compositions.


Assessment: Coursework: 20%, Practical(s): 80%.

MUS2172Applied Composition (20 credits)

Applied Composition requires you to respond to creative briefs and/or collaborate with practitioners from a range of creative disciplines, such as dance, drama, film, TV, animation, creative writing, art and games design, in order to produce original compositions or creative projects. The completion of compositions to meet a brief will develop your compositional and creative practice. The module will equip you with  experience comparable to that of freelance performers and composers who must produce innovative responses to ‘calls for work’ or creative briefs  and often engage in collaborative practice. You will analyse and reflect upon the requirements of your brief and develop communication, project management and teamworking skills.


Assessment: Coursework: 20%, Practical(s): 80%.

If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

MED3208Media Futures (20 credits)

Media Futures involves the study of contemporary media practices, the impact of technology on creative industries, developments in global and local media, and changing paradigms of media production and audience consumption. You will develop a critical awareness of a number of key themes including social experience and shaping of media forms, access, participation and engagement, and the relationship between public and private spheres. By considering these themes through a range of different theories and research, you will discover a variety of approaches to gaining understanding of what is a rapidly expanding frontier of creative and cultural practice and media knowledge.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MUS3058Dissertation Project (40 credits)

Dissertation Project offers you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth personal research project, under supervision, and explore a range of research methodologies and presentational formats appropriate to the project. You will gain a thorough knowledge of your chosen subject area and will be expected to shape that knowledge to produce a final submission that demonstrates your ability to locate the material within the wider contexts of your discipline. The project will require the consideration and discussion of methodological and epistemological issues. The dissertation will allow you to work independently to explore areas of contemporary academic interest, consider issues of current industry practice and critically analyse case studies or products within specific cultural and social contexts.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MUS3161Employment Strategies in the Creative Industries (20 credits)

Employment Strategies in the Creative Industries allows you to examine and evaluate methods by which to optimise opportunities for employment, commissions and interventions such as ‘clean-up’ tasks. Comparative methods of planning, networking and campaigning will be studied and workshopped and industry professionals will outline their grounds for selection. You will acquire strategies of how to plan for sustainability, maintain relations with institutions, and gain sources of finance for projects.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

You will select two of the following modules:

MED3232Television: Form and Engagement (20 credits)

Television: Form and Engagement examines television and key concepts from television studies in the context of cultural and technological change. The module recognises the diversity of television as a cultural form, placing an emphasis both on fictional and factual genres and drawing attention to the institutional and consumption contexts in which television operates. Crucial to the module is the understanding that television is in a constant process of change, both culturally and technologically. As an important medium in our everyday lives, it is also under constant scrutiny which affects decisions about policy, institutional change and consumption behaviour. The module will equip you with a critical understanding of television as a cultural practice that involves both production and reception.


Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

MED3235Contemporary European Cinema (20 credits)

Contemporary European Cinema explores the landscape of 21st century cinema in Europe by examining the films produced across the continent. Initially, the module will pose the question of what European cinema might be. You will then explore the national cinema paradigm in Europe, authorship in Europe, and major pan-European themes and aesthetics. By means of close textual analysis, the module will explore the similarities and contrasts that emerge between the nations and across the continent as a whole, and conclude with consideration of whether we can say with any certainty that a ‘European’ cinema exists.


Assessment: Coursework: 75%, Practical(s): 25%.

MUS3001Music Ethnographies (20 credits)

Music Ethnographies requires you to study popular music as a way of life. In doing so, you will undertake an in-depth ethnographic research project into a music scene, musician/band or group of music fans of your choice. This will allow you to observe and critically reflect on how music is performed/consumed and consider the links between popular music and identity. Developing expertise in ethnomusicology will allow you to think more critically about the link between the industrial process of production and the relationship between performers and fans/consumers.


Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

MUS3061Social Media Context and Practice (20 credits)

Social Media Context and Practice engages with the information and communications technology currently underpinning download culture. You will consider the impact of internet-based sharing tools, specifically in relation to the online distribution and consumption of music. The module will also require you to devise a strategy for how this can best be exploited for a band or solo artist.


Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

MUS3164Foley and ADR Studies (20 credits)

Foley and ADR Studies immerses you in a post-production facility and exposes you to the software, hardware and workflows typically found in the film, animation and gaming industries. Film audio is characterised by a heavy dependency on post-production techniques, such as Foley and auto dialog replacement (ADR). In motion picture film, it is common practice for the soundtrack to be constructed separately from the moving image. Dialogue and sound effects are often replaced in post-production, after the film has actually been shot. Animation and game sound is also constructed using similar processes, albeit in a slightly different order. Such processes employ multi-pass (looping) techniques which help bring to fruition the overall aesthetic of the moving image. This module will enable you to develop critical listening skills and a working knowledge of how Foley and ADR can be used to shape the sonic landscape of the moving image.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

MUS3168Music and Creative Coding (20 credits)

Music and Creative Coding introduces you to advanced computational techniques for real-time digital performance, generative music production, algorithmic composition and interaction design. You will develop skills enabling you to move beyond studio and desktop-based environments into the fields of interactive multimedia performance and installation practice. You will learn how to build bespoke software and digital instruments to suit your individual creative requirements.


Assessment: Coursework: 20%, Practical(s): 80%.

If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme 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.

Timetables

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.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.

Entry Criteria 2019/20

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 120 UCAS Tariff points. The study or experience of Creative Arts subjects, for example Art, Graphics or Media, is preferred.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Distinction, Merit (DDM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 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.

As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

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 lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Entry Criteria 2020/21

Entry Requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. The study or experience of Creative Arts subjects, for example Art, Graphics or Media, is preferred.

Example Offers

Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Level: BBC-BBB;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • 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.

As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

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 lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

There are many career options available to graduates such as research or the administrative and organisational side of these creative industries. Alternatively, you may progress into production and sound technology, choosing film and television sound, or digital media. You will also have the option of progressing onto postgraduate study in an associated area.

How can I enhance my employability?

It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

  • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
  • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
  • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £12,000 per annum.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree.

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.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2019/20 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended mode of study.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible full-time UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com. Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply-part-time.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

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.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

24th January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

18th September 2018 - Change of Modules

The changes outlined below apply from September 2019 entry.

MED1437 Media and Society (20 credits) replaces MED1207 Media and Society (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 1. FLM1024 How to Read a Film: Approaches (20 credits), MED1436 Understanding Visual Cultures (20 credits) and MED1438 Moving Image Production (20 credits) replace FLM1014 How to Read a Film: Approaches (20 credits), MED1204 Understanding Visual Cultures (20 credits) and MED1208 Moving Image Production (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 1. MED1434 Digital Photography (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 1.

MED2308 Cultural Representations and the Media (20 credits) replaces MED2201 Cultural Representations and the Media (20 credits) as a compulsory module in Year 2. MED2310 Music Video (20 credits) and MED2318 Spectacles, Bodies and Other Pleasures: Concepts in Television, Animation and Film (20 credits) replace MED2204 Music Video (20 credits) and MED2227 Spectacles, Bodies and Other Pleasures: Concepts in Television, Animation and Film (20 credits) as optional modules in Year 2. MED2300 The Soundtrack: Film Music and Sound (20 credits) and MED2314 Thinking Photography (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 2.

MUS3160 Music Management, Policy, Subsidy and Media Law (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 3.

16th February 2018 - Change of Modules

FLM1014 How To Read A Film: Approaches (20 credits) and MED1204 Understanding Visual Cultures (20 credits) added as optional modules in Year 1;

MUS2004 Music and Media (20 credits) changes from compulsory to optional in Year 2. MUS2170 Soundtracks (20 credits) removed as a compulsory module from Year 2. FLM2035 Censorship and The Cinema (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2;

MED3235 Contemporary European Cinema (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.

8th February 2018 - Change of Modules

MUS1169 Creative Music Technology (20 credits) and MUS1170 Ensemble Performance (20 credits) replace MUS1006 Studio Composition (20 credits) and MUS1007 Music Composition and Sound Design (20 credits) in Year 1 and become optional rather than compulsory.

MUS2171 Electronic Music and Sound Design (20 credits) replaces MUS2055 Digital Composition (20 credits) in Year 2 and becomes optional rather than compulsory. MUS2172 Applied Composition (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2.

MUS3168 Music and Creative Coding (20 credits) replaces MUS3060 Digital Performance (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 3.