Publishing, media, and information management

Courses range from being quite theoretical, to others that offer a more vocational focus on particular careers i.e. degree courses in journalism and publishing.
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Study Journalism at the University of Derby

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Publishing at the University of Derby

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Media and Cultural Studies at Lancaster University

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Key stats

38,230 students were studying this subject in 2014/15.

  • 85% UK
  • 15% international
  • 97% full-time
  • 3% part-time
80.3% of graduates went directly into employment.

Top five graduate destinations:

  1. IT
  2. Wholesale and retail trade
  3. Professional, scientific, and technical
  4. Accommodation and food service
  5. Education

What courses are available?

Universities and colleges in the UK are offering courses in the following subject areas:

Many universities offer combined courses, with subjects such as English, history, business and law being popular additions.

Subject combinations and available course options include:

  • single, joint, and multiple subject combinations
  • full-time, part-time, and flexible study options as well as a few courses with a placement (sandwich courses)
  • qualifications ranging from BA and BSc (Hons) degrees, through to a small number of HND, HNC and Foundation Certificates

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available in the following areas:

Higher apprenticeships:

  • Advertising and marketing communications – Level 4 – e.g. advertising account executive
  • Broadcast production – Level 4 – e.g. production coordinator
  • Broadcast technology – Level 6 – e.g. broadcast engineer
  • Digital learning design – Level 4 – e.g. user experience coordinator
  • Interactive design and development – Level 4 – e.g. junior interactive product designer

Advanced apprenticeships: 

  • Production runner/assistant
  • Broadcast assistant
  • Assistant to the camera crew
  • Junior designer
  • Junior researcher
  • Web coordinator
  • Desktop publishing assistant
  • Junior graphic designer
  • Assistant copywriter
  • Assistant archivist
  • Assistant exhibition organiser
  • Museum assistant
  • Junior journalist

Find out more about apprenticeships


Entry requirements

A levels – To get on to a degree in this subject area you will usually require a minimum of two A levels, with three A levels and A/B grades required for the most popular courses. Most courses have no specific subject requirements, although an English related A level may be useful for some e.g. journalism. The exception is for courses that have a more ‘creative/art related focus which may require a subject from a relevant discipline, i.e. A level media production, art.

In addition to A levels or equivalent, you will also need five GCSEs (A-C) including science, English, and maths.

Selection

Courses with a more practical and creative related focus may ask you to bring a portfolio of your work to discuss at interview. This might include, for example, photographs and video you have taken, essays or scripts you have written, art work you have produced, or a website you have designed.


Personal statement

Universities are looking for:

  • a rationale for your particular choice of course
  • evidence that you have a passion for the subject, which could be demonstrated by:
    • relevant work experience/shadowing or voluntary work (important If you are planning to take a more vocational degree i.e. journalism)
    • additional reading and research
    • membership of related societies/clubs – e.g. drama and music groups
  • a range of interests outside of academic study – e.g. Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, Young Enterprise Scheme
  • a well written statement that demonstrates good communication skills
  • the ability to work individually and in teams

How to write your personal statement



Where can I find out more?

Visit the websites of the following professional bodies to find out more about courses and careers in publishing, media, and information management.