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University Centre Peterborough BA (Hons) Media Production

BA (Hons) Media Production

The Open University
course overview

Media Production is an industry focused-course drawing on core disciplines in TV production, film, audio production and digital media design. We have designed the course to equip you with the practical, creative and commercial skills needed to succeed in the creative media sector.

These include the ability to:

Communicate and tell stories through a range of media Achieve professional competence in TV, audio, film and networked media Become a versatile, creative media practitioner capable of adapting to changing circumstances and capitalizing on opportunities that arise Practice in a professional and ethical manner The course is delivered at the state-of-the-art Media and Journalism Centre in the heart of the city and at the University Centre main campus where you will learn under the guidance of current industry professionals and be given a practical grounding in TV, film, audio production, digital media design and scriptwriting.

Students will gain valuable work experience in a local or regional media organisation as part of the Professional Development module in their final year.

During your time with us you will have the opportunity to work with local and regional partners in Peterborough and undertake exciting commissions with local media organisations.

You will also have the opportunity to learn from creative practitioners and media professionals in our guest speaker events organised by students and staff.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

If you are applying to start in September 2022, you must meet the following entry requirements:

72 UCAS points in any subjects:

A-levels (CDE or BC)
Cambridge Technicals (MMP)
Access to HE (45 credits)
Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSE English language and mathematics at a minimum of grade C or grade 4.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.


We can accept a wide range of overseas qualifications and use UK NARIC to compare qualifications. For advice about overseas qualification conversion call the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email


To find out more about UCAS tariff points and how they work, visit

We accept a wide range of qualifications such as A-levels (you must have grades for at least two A-levels), BTEC, Cambridge Technicals, International Baccalaureate (IB), NVQ Level 3, Access to Higher Education and Scottish Advanced Highers.

The tariff points for qualifications can be added and combined together (e.g. A-levels plus BTECs).

The UCAS points for A-level General Studies, AS-levels and the EQP (Extended Project Qualification) are accepted when combined with other full qualifications.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


We offer students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning process ensures that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you identify any relevant prior learning when you apply. If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, which evidences their claimed exemptions for entry. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

Media Law and Ethics (15 credits)
Pre-Production Portfolio (15 credits)
Exploring Media (15 credits)
Introduction to Video (15 credits)
Promotional Video (15 credits)
Integrated Design (15 credits)
Introduction to Audio (15 credits)
Launching Your Career (15 credits)

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

Digital Media Culture (15 credits)
Theorising the Medium – TV Genres (15 credits)
Documentary Filmmaking (15 credits)
Radio Studio Project (15 credits)
Arrested Development – How Youth Culture ate Popular Culture (15 credits)
Digital Media Development (15 credits)
TV Production (15 credits)
Research and Employability (15 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

Professional Placement (30 credits)
Major Project 1 (15 credits)
Media Portfolio (15 credits)
Major Project 2 (30 credits)
Media Portfolio 2 (15 credits)
Managing a Client Brief (15 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one to two full days a week over two semesters per year).

We are able to offer this convenient timetabling to our students as we are a smaller institution so we can timetable our staff and resources more efficiently.

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

40% Lectures
40% Seminars
20% Workshops

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

40% Lectures
40% Seminars
20% Workshops

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

40% Lectures
40% Seminars
20% Workshops

There are two semesters per year and each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks.

If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities including work placement if not embedded in your course. We recommend that full-time students allow an additional 30 hours per week for additional study.

The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the year and you will also have 24/7 access to a virtual learning environment (VLE) with e-books, journals and abstracts plus teaching resources and interactive tools.

Timetables are available at least 6 weeks before registration and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods.

The days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
90% Coursework
10% Written Exams

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
70% Coursework
30% Written Exams

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
70% Coursework
20% Written Exams
10% Placement

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback. End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester. In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+ First
60-69% 2:1
50-59% 2:2
40-49% Third

Visit our published documents and policies page for The Open University regulations.

Students will undertake a 15 day work placement with a local media organisation. Previous students have undertaken placements with BBC Look East, Zazzle Media, BGL Group (Compare the Market) and Peterborough Telegraph.

As the course is timetabled as full days during the week when studied full-time, this also gives you the flexibility to find a work placement, internship or volunteering opportunity which will improve your employability after you graduate. All students are encouraged to identify work experience in addition to their work placement to aid their career development.

Nick Reinis-Keightley

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Journalism ad BA (Hons) Media Production degrees at University Centre Peterborough. My teaching in journalism at University Centre Peterborough began in September 2012, with the majority of modules taught focusing on the more practical and modern elements of the course; for example, modules that link core journalistic values and practices with elements of digital publishing.

Prior to teaching, I worked mostly in local news; starting at the Fenland Citizen, before moving to the Peterborough Telegraph – then a daily publication prior to its shift to a weekly format. However, my final full-time journalistic role was as the Deputy Editor for a specialist education title, FE Week, during its launch and initial year of growth.

After a short stint at a public relations and community engagement firm I started my work at University Centre Peterborough, which I now combine with a sports journalism freelance career, focusing mostly on football reporting; feature writing and match day work.

During my MA, for which I graduated with a Distinction grade in September 2017, my research centred on the emergence of social media and its links to social media. This included a research project for my dissertation that studied the practices used by sports journalists on social media and the abuse that those journalists suffer on social media, which is work I intend to continue.


MA Journalism, University of Lincoln
NCE for Reporter, National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
BA (Hons) Journalism, Staffordshire University
L5 Diploma in Teaching, Peterborough Regional College

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

Technical Writer
Video / Film Editor
Video / Film Producer
Sound Engineer
Public Relations Officer
Blogger / Vlogger
Social Media Specialist


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Full-time 3 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

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