Frequently Asked Questions
Ours is primarily an academic degree focusing upon conceptual and analytical approaches to the media, innovatively taught and assessed. However, in year 3 it does offer small number of practice-based modules. It is worth noting too that in our experience, a wide range of employers are very interested in students with good results from such a degree, pursued in a high quality university.
Applicants should be aware that the School’s postgraduate Diploma courses offer high quality, specialised training for journalistic careers.
While the BA (Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies) is not a vocational degree, it is highly regarded by many in the media industries.
In addition, many of our students use their initiative to build rich and varied portfolios during their degree years by contributing to various university media (such as the newspaper, arts supplements, radio and TV stations, etc) or by working part time, often in the holidays, in some of the many media companies in Cardiff. This is excellent experience with which to supplement their degree level study--as long as the proportion and time management of such work allows academic study its due priority.
Many of our students go on to postgraduate degrees and/or careers in print journalism, film, TV, radio, public relations or advertising. Equally, many also choose to go into other fields and professions, such as the civil service, arts administration, teaching, and working in university administration.
We also work very closely with the Careers Service at the University. Each Spring semester we hold a week of talks and symposiums dedicated to preparing our students for life after the degree.
At present we have 120 places per annum on the BA degree. Competition is high as we generally receive over 1,000 applications and therefore have to disappoint many. That said, the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is one of the most prestigious media centres in Europe, so if you are successful in your application you will be in good company.
Our standard offer is ABB at A-Level (A2), excluding General Studies. We also require Grade B in GCSE English but will waive this if an applicant is predicted B in English at A-Level. We do not make points offers and we do not automatically accept points equivalents to our grades-based offers.
We don’t specify particular subjects but we do give preference to applicants taking A-Levels in Arts, Humanities and/or Social Science subjects such as English, Media Studies, Film Studies, Communications, History, Sociology, Politics and so on. We do not accept General Studies.
We do not make offers on the basis of A/S Levels except in special circumstances.
No. All applications are carefully considered on an individual basis. Because the BA is an academic degree and not a vocational one, we do require strong evidence of academic aptitude. Please consult the UCAS webpage for an updated list of the grades and qualifications we accept: UCAS
We also consider applications in the form of alternative qualifications such as Access, Open College or other credit based achievements. Please contact the admissions tutor for specific questions.
Although your academic achievements are important, equally telling is the personal statement. Use this space on the UCAS form partly to let us know what you are hoping to gain from this degree. We use the statement to try to judge if applicants have a strong interest in critical study of the media and culture industries.
So, do include media-related work experience, publications in local or school/college newspapers or magazines, work in hospital radio, or with a film club, relevant hobbies such as Web design, photography, writing etc.
But if we feel that you seem more interested in a vocational type degree than in critical study of such industries (which, indeed, you may have indicated in the way you’ve ranked your choice of universities) we are unlikely to think you will benefit from this degree.
Information about fees is provided in the undergraduate prospectus. The International Office will provide further advice. Visit their website or contact by email at email@example.com