UEMEDICO - BSc Media and Communications Extended Degree (including Foundation Year)
|Highest award||Bachelor of Science||Level||Honours|
|Possible interim awards||Preparatory Diploma, Preparatory Certificate|
|Total credits for course||480|
|Awarding institution||London Metropolitan University|
|Teaching institutions||London Metropolitan University|
|School||School of Computing and Digital Media|
|Subject Area||Creative Technologies and Digital Media|
About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning
The preparatory year of the four-year extended degree programme is a level 3 course intended to teach the academic study skills, research techniques and critical thinking that students will need for level 4 as well as introducing them to basic ideas, approaches and themes in social sciences and humanities. The year also aims to develop their independent learning, supporting them to become confident and proactive students, able to operate effectively at undergraduate level within a large university.
Students will gain a solid introduction to their area of study as well as learning and developing their skills in academic writing and research. They will also become familiar with the different ways of studying their discipline at HE level through lectures, classroom discussion, peer-led sessions, 1-1 tutorials, practical sessions/workshops, library research, web-based learning and class visits. The University’s VLE is used to disseminate information and to support student learning. Students can post material on the VLE and conduct on-line discussions for group seminar preparation and tutor-led sessions.
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is on the North campus. Classes will be mainly in the Tower Building or the Learning Centre. The Learning Centre houses the recently been refurbished library, providing allocated group study areas as well as access to a comprehensive and regularly reviewed range of textbooks, journals and online learning resources. In addition, there are newly fitted ‘all access’ areas with comfortable seating and IT facilities in the Tower building and the Learning Centre as well as the ‘Green Lounge’ in Benwell Road.
The preparatory year aims to equip students with the necessary basic knowledge, understanding and skills in their chosen pathway, as well the ability to communicate their ideas effectively (orally and in writing), using an appropriate academic style, that will allow them to progress onto level 4. It also aims to develop their understanding of different learning and teaching styles in HE and to build their confidence through their experience.
Course learning outcomes
By the end of the preparatory year the student is expected to be able to:
- understand some of the fundamental ideas, approaches and themes in their extended degree subject
- communicate ideas about their subject and other related disciplines orally, visually and in writing at a level appropriate for undergraduate study
- understand what is expected of a student in a higher education institution and be able to use the independent learning and studying skills needed to make the transition to the next year of study
- access and evaluate information independently, making effective use of paper-based, visual and electronic sources and acknowledging their sources correctly in written and oral work
- record and reflect on their own learning and use this to evaluate their achievement and formulate realistic plans to reach clear goals
- work effectively in a group to produce reports or deliver group presentations and have the facilitation skills to lead seminar discussions
Students are assessed through a variety of methods including project work, problem solving exercises, in-class tests, individual and group-led oral presentations, group-led seminars, essays and examinations.
Formative feedback is provided through regular short in-class and on-line tests, peer assessment and discussions and tutor oral and written responses.
Course specific regulations
University Regulation 3.1.5 specifies that:
‘All undergraduate courses shall be based on a teaching year comprising 30 weeks of formal scheduled teaching augmented, where appropriate, by a summer studies period.’
For the purposes of the level-3 January entry this will read:
‘All undergraduate courses shall be based on a teaching year comprising 24 weeks of formal scheduled teaching augmented, where appropriate, by a summer studies period.’
Modules required for interim awards
Progression to level 4 is subject to a completion and pass (40%) of all modules (total 120 credits).
A Preparatory Certificate may be awarded on completion of any modules totalling 60 credits and a Preparatory Diploma on completion of 120 credits.
Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development
Throughout the programme students will be required to reflect on their learning, identify areas of strength and weakness and develop action plans in response to these reflections. This will occur informally through tutor and peer feedback and also formally through reflective writing as part of the assessments and the written and oral response from tutors to this. We expect that through this experience of reflective learning, students will start to understand the value of being proactive, independent learners, ready for their first year of undergraduate study.
Arrangements on the course for careers education, information and guidance
Throughout the course students are encouraged to consider the ways in which their learning might be applied to a wider social and vocational environment. Students are also introduced to the facilities available through the careers service. Specific opportunities for discussion with personal academic tutors will be offered in relation to choice of progression route on completion of level 3.
Graduates can find careers within fields such as news organisations, advertising, digital media, education, market research, media production and management, public relations and publishing. There is also the option to undertake postgraduate study.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
- English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.
Official use and codes
|Approved to run from||2016/17||Specification version||1||Specification status||Validated|
|Original validation date||15 Feb 2016||Last validation date||15 Feb 2016|
|Sources of funding||HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND|
Stage 1 Level 03 September start Not currently offered
|IF3058||Reflecting on Self and Society||Core||15|
|IF3059||Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay||Core||15|
|IF3062||Culture Family & Power||Core||15|
|IF3063||Media, Crime and 'Race'||Core||15|