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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Is the BA in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies a vocational degree?
  2. Will my degree help me to get a job in the media?
  3. How many applicants do you accept?
  4. What is your standard offer for HOME applicants?
  5. Do you specify subject requirements for A-Levels?
  6. Do my A/S Levels count?
  7. Are A-Levels the only qualifications you accept?
  8. What should I put in the personal statement on the UCAS form?
  9. What are the fees for Overseas Students?

1. Are your degrees vocational ?

Our degrees are primarily academic, focusing upon conceptual and analytical approaches to the media. However, in year 3 it does offer a small number of practice-based modules.

2. Will my degree help me to get a job in the media?

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 postgraduateĀ 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.

3. How many applicants do you accept?

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.

4. What is your standard offer for HOME applicants?

Our standard offer is ABB at A-Level (A2), excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. 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.

5. Do you specify subject requirements for A-Levels?

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.

6. Do my A/S Levels count?

We do not make offers on the basis of A/S Levels except in special circumstances.

7. Are A-Levels the only qualifications you accept?

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:Ā 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.

8. What should I put in the personal statement on the UCAS form?

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.

9. What are the fees for Overseas Students?

Information about fees is provided in the undergraduate prospectus. The International Office will provide further advice. Visit their website or contact by email at international@cardiff.ac.uk