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
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. Entry requirements range from CDD to ABB, with the universities and colleges most commonly asking for BBC. 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.
Scottish Highers – Entry requirements for Highers (the most common qualification) range from BBBB to AABBB, with universities or colleges most frequently requiring AABBB. Occasionally, universities ask for Advanced Highers to supplement Highers. If Advanced Highers are requested, universities or colleges typically ask for ABB.
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.
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
If you want to combine work and study while earning a salary, you could consider an apprenticeship. Which apprenticeships are available, and how you apply, depends on where you live.
Each apprenticeship sets out occupational standards for specific job roles, designed by employers. The standards outline the skills, knowledge, and behaviours required to demonstrate that an apprentice is fully competent in the job role.
Higher apprenticeships (Level 4)
- Assistant technical director (visual effects)
- Historic environment advice assistant
- Junior 2D artist (visual effects)
- Marketing executive
- Post production technical operator
- Public relations and communications assistant
Degree apprenticeships (Levels 5 – 7)
Key areas of employment
The key areas of employment include:
- advertising and marketing
- public relations
- print and publishing
- radio and newspaper journalism
- digital media
- libraries and other information services
Visit the websites of the following professional bodies to find out more about courses and careers in publishing, media, and information management.