Multimedia Journalism (including foundation year) - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Multimedia Journalism (including foundation year) BA (Hons), is the perfect choice if you’d like to gain a bachelor’s degree in journalism and/or media but don’t meet the entry requirements for the three-year course.

The preparatory year will improve your academic skills, allowing you to approach undergraduate study with more confidence.

More about this course

This undergraduate degree is an exciting gateway into the academic and professional world of journalism and media. The programme is designed to engage you in the theories, techniques and practices of traditional media, as well as the ever-changing digital media industry.

The foundation year will improve your research, critical thinking and reasoning skills that will allow you to construct arguments in written form and produce materials for different media formats. You’ll also be introduced to theories and practices used by contemporary journalists and media professionals, so that you can explore relevant topics before more in-depth study during the following years.

You’ll share the foundation year with students from other courses completing a foundation year. This will be the perfect opportunity to learn about different areas of media and journalism and a chance to expand your social network beyond your course.

To learn more about the subsequent three years of your studies, please visit our Multimedia Journalism BA (Hons) course page. After Year 0 of the programme you’ll join students who are beginning their studies in Year 1, graduating with the same award and title as them.

If, following your foundation year, you’ll find that you would prefer to study another film, journalism or media course, there will be some flexibility to allow you to switch.

Assessment

We will use a variety of methods to assess your performance, including essays, reports, portfolio work and written and group research projects. The final project will be an article of publishable quality.

Fees and key information

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UCAS code P504
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent, eg Functional Skills at Level 2) – if you meet UCAS points criteria but obtained a grade D/3 in English you may be offered a University test in this areas

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2019/20 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 0 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module will provide students with a number of introductory practical skills in relation to film and television production and a range of broadcast media. Through practice-based exercises aimed at introducing photographic, digital and filmmaking skills, students will begin to explore issues of, for example, editing and sound. They will also begin to reflect upon their learning, and thereby begin to develop and improve upon their future learning experience.

    This module aims to:

    • Introduce students to the practical study of film, television and broadcast media;

    • Provide students with basic skills in photography and digital filmmaking;

    • Develop students’ strategies for working in groups, collaboration and teamwork;

    • Provide students with the opportunity to reflect upon their learning and develop corresponding skills;

    • Prepare students for the practical study of film, television and broadcast media at Level 4.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    The module is an introduction to the field of digital media as an area of practice, as culture, and as a set of structures. It is a theory and practice based module providing students with foundation knowledge and skills to effectively analyze but also produce simple digital artifacts. It allows students to develop an understanding of the wider context of digital media production but also to apply key ideas in their own production.

    This module aims to:

    • Introduce students to digital media history and culture providing a foundation for further study

    • Encourage the development of critical and analytical skills through the exploration of digital practice

    • Aid the development of digital production skills through practical workshops and assessments

    • Prepare students for the practical study of digital media at Level 4.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module provides students with the basic skills required write clear, grammatically correct and concise journalistic copy across a range of media platforms.
    Practical skills will be taught by examining good journalistic practice across all platforms, including social media. Interview skills will be taught through reporting tasks.
    These will be set within the context of current affairs and ongoing media debates.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module will provide students with an introduction to the study of the mass media and facilitate development of key academic research and writing skills. The module is organised around five blocks each of which introduces debates and discussions about one aspect of the study of the mass media, leading to a short assessment exercise.
    The module is designed to facilitate the transition into undergraduate study by encouraging critical engagement and the development of basic academic skills and competencies.

    This module aims to:
    • Introduce students to key debates in the study of the mass media to provide a foundation for further study.
    • Encourage the development of critical and analytical skills through guided study and coursework preparation
    • Encourage the development of key academic writing, reading and research skills and competencies
    • Prepare students for the practical study of media and communications Level 4.

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Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start)

    This module provides an introduction to digital image creation placing it within the wider context of the history of illustration, graphic design, photography and fine art. The programme provides support for the creation of a series of images and a design portfolio that convey a particular idea developed by the student. The module introduces a range of key techniques for originating, and developing images and documents from digital manipulation, and illustrationto document layout. It discusses further the technical issues relating to the media formats in which the students will present their image sequence and design portfolio.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module introduces students to the history of journalism, honourable and dishonourable, to the roles it has played and continues to play in society, and to the main theories used to understand how it works. Focusing on the UK, it will also highlight ethical concerns and take account of wider, global issues and contexts. This content will be used to develop transferable skills of critical thinking and analysis, crucial to employability.

    Political accounts, investigations which have transformed lives, human interest stories, arts reviews, in-depth profiles, cartoons, speculative columns, hot gossip, sports, fashion, celebrity… and now, for something completely different! What does it all mean and why do we produce and consume it? By the end of the module, students won’t necessarily have any answers, but they should be able to ask much better questions and have developed critical and analytical skills.

    Working together, individually and in small groups, students explore major events and stories, past and present. They develop skills of presentation and analysis, learning when to use academic writing and when the more vivid narrative of journalism can play an equally effective role. In addition, they will explore critically and practically, the techniques used in writing and broadcasting of the past so that they can better develop their own professional capacities in the future.

    Discussion, presentations, research, screenings and visits will all play a part in the development of critical thinking skills, which will be workshop-based.
    The module will be assessed by three essays and contributions to an online journal, which is moderated by tutors at the end of the year.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module introduces students to the core concepts of filmmaking (image & sound) through lectures and practical workshops in digital photography, cinematography, sound recording and editing. Through lecture and practical engagement students will also reach a greater understanding of a number of theories and histories relating to the creative uses of image and sound.

    This module aims to:

    1) Introduce students to the fundamental technology of digital photography/video and sound production and to a range of basic practical skills necessary for each, and therefore provide students with a range of potentially employable skills and capabilities.

    2) Support some of the theoretical priorities of the School of Computing and Digital Media courses by exposing students to various aspects of digital image and sound production in relation to various media and cultural theories (including those they have encountered or are likely to encounter on other School modules) that assume or assert a relationship between image, sound and film style, and to analyze this practice/theory process through written reflection on their practical work.

    3) Provide students with the experience of collaborative working practices and to reflect on their benefits and difficulties, particularly in relation to individual/group co-ordination, all of which are important components for future employability.

    4) Prepare students for a ‘practical-theoretical’ strand of School of Computing and Digital Media modules at levels 5 and 6, including the level 6 Project.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    This module introduces students to the practical and analytical skills (including looking at ethical problems) involved in professional news writing, newsgathering, collaborating in teams to produce stories, evaluating sources and revising writing.

    Students will be required to produce news copy in professional formats, which will include online posts using images, video and audio and the use of mobile technology.

    They will research and write a series of news articles and publish them to the class.They will learn newsgathering skills: analysis of reports, press releases and user-generated content; deducing news content from press conferences and announcements (diary items); following up human interest via face-to-face and phone interviews, including vox pops and the death knock; organising a team response to a major event; follow-up stories and case studies; analysing facts and figures to use in sidebar boxes; cultivating contacts and FoI.

    They will study contemporary news coverage to develop an understanding of how news stories are reported and created. They will discuss ethical, legal and commercial constraints on journalists and how different genres serve different markets.

    Accuracy, subediting, headlines and search engine optimisation will be important, as will developing stories through new media, images, audio, and video. This to include links to Youtube, soundcloud etc, with multimedia elements.

    The module will be assessed by two portfolios, using mixed media, and a timed class exercise. These will test students’ developing news sense, news gathering and news writing.

    Contribution in class will be measured by a journal recording the student’s activity, weekly updated, moderated by tutors at the end of the teaching period

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    Continuing on from the first-year core Reporting Skills, students in Advanced Reporting will develop the skills and techniques necessary to succeed in more advanced forms of reporting, including investigative journalism, features, and in-depth interviews and profiles. This course is core for journalism students and for some allied courses.

    Through a combination of workshops, masterclasses and site visits, students learn to identify subject matter and potential readerships; master interviewing and editing techniques across media; learn how to find original angles; undertake focused, widely sourced research on individuals and issues; and conduct on-the-spot reportage. They analyse statistics and develop stories based on them.

    This module develop students’ skills in multi-platform journalism. Via predominantly practical workshops, the students will learn the basics of radio journalism, as well as TV/video camera and editing skills, using cutting-edge software and equipment. This will reinforce their understanding of the need for 360-degree journalism in today’s society.

    They will work on projects within class with a view to publishing them online via the course website, www.hollowayexpress.co.uk
    Holloway Express, thereby providing an outward-facing portal for future employability.

    The module will be assessed by two portfolios of six stories (news and features) in total, comprising one podcast and one video package, both of which must show evidence of professional writing and newsgathering skills learnt in this module, plus a piece of long-form journalism (2,500 words) showcasing investigative reporting (this can use multimedia). Contributions to an online journal will assess class contribution, moderated by tutors at the end of the year.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module provides opportunities for students to gain experience of the journalistic working environment and to enhance and extend their learning by applying and building on their academic and journalistic skills. It is core for all journalism-related courses.
    Students must find their three –week placement themselves, deploying employability and professional skills and their own developing portfolios. These will be measured and supported by the assessments.
    Placements will be supported by a session of workshops, of which students must attend the majority.
    Assessment will be by a reflective learning log, including ethical considerations and remarks by employers; a presentation to class and on the class blog; self-assessed engagement with classes when not on placement, measured by online journal.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module covers what student journalists need to know about how Britain works and the place of journalism within debates about ethics and the legal system. It is core for all journalism-related courses as everyone in the media needs to know how the system works.

    Classes will look at the ethical and judicial frameworks and constraints which control the reporting of legal matters, including crime and its contexts. Students will explore these subjects from the industry viewpoint, learning how to find and develop stories within the social and political landscape of Britain today.

    Within public administration, classes will survey: national systems of government and representation; local government; citizen remedies and freedom of information; foreign policy, the EU and defence; social services and education; health; the judicial system (civil) and human rights; emergency services; the criminal justice system, including police; finance and the stock exchange.

    At the heart of this course is the study of ethics. How journalists ought to behave – and what we can learn from those who do not behave properly – is particularly important to the profession. The public relies on the profession to give information. How should journalists get that information and how convey it?

    Ethics gives a deeper meaning to the study of the legal system for journalists. Classes will locate the law which journalists need to know, both civil and criminal, within a broader ethical framework in today’s multi-platform, multi-national world. Analysis of current cases and case law will be as important as knowledge of existing frameworks and codes.

    Field trips to magistrate’s courts and local authority meetings will be key to personal experience and understanding, as will guest speakers.

    Discussion, research, screenings and visits will all play a part in developing students’ critical thinking skills and the professional skill of accurate, legally acceptable writing.

    The module will be assessed by two portfolios (one of which includes multimedia), an essay, and an online journal moderated by tutors at the end of the year.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module focuses on creative design, technology, techniques and standards both for the web and the emerging mobile market. It will examine the web design process in a human and social context and encourage critical reflection on user-centred interaction and relevant contextual issues, while enabling the design of applications both for desktop and mobile digital environments and the production of creative and accessible websites.

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  • Online and digital journalism skills are becoming essential for the industry and other media activities. New job roles are created for community managers and social media editors to increased vacancies for other new areas such as data journalism.

    Anyone studying journalism needs to understand the challenges and opportunities posed by the data economy and the power of social media.

    This module equips you with the learning to critically understand social media for audience feedback, community development, story development, and understanding analytics: how analytics are used to build audiences and how this data influences editorial decisions.

    It will also teach the basics of data journalism, starting with spreadsheets and making sense of statistics, newsroom maths and storytelling using free visualisation tools. This module will introduce you to what you need to master in order for you to work in a professional capacity as a digital journalist.

    This module will combine teaching the technical skills with an introduction to software tools – including understanding HTML embedding and writing for online and using free software such as datawrapper, Tableau, Tineye, Hootsuite and more.

    Some programming knowledge or blogging experience will be useful, as well as skills with graphics, but the main aim of the course will be to understand the principles of social media, what works for online and telling meaningful data journalism stories. Ethical concerns will be highlighted throughout, looking at verification and fake news, looking at web tools like webarchive.org, checking IDs and images.

    The module will be assessed by timed in-class assessments, an investigative portfolio using sources, and entries to an online journal, moderated by tutors at the end of the teaching period

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    Students will work in teams in the multimedia newsroom to research, write and present multi-platform journalism, specifically in video and audio formats. The module is key for journalism and fashion marketing and journalism students, providing essential skills for today’s workplaces.

    Working to specified job descriptions, students will take on responsibility for the editorial and production processing and use knowledge to spot and prepare stories for forward planning diaries, with due regard to ethical and professional considerations.

    Student will work to tight deadlines and adhere to professional codes and standards during editorial cycles, which will periodically be explored in four newsdays and in two newsweeks. These will develop employability and focus around industry practices, including news conferences, bulletins and multimedia links.

    Students will be given the opportunity to work in specific professional genres (news, features, sport etc) or specific media (audio, video, newspaper, online). They will write, subedit and re-version copy for different platforms and purposes. They will use mobile technology and social media to enhance news values.

    Students will be encouraged to develop a contacts book and to publish work in professional publications, as well as on the course website. Language, writing and presentation styles will be developed to match or improve on contemporary industry practice.

    Through tutor coaching they will improve skills such as video, audio and copy editing, writing and editing copy and scripts, headlines and picture captions and learn how to use words, images, graphics, audio and social media, including tweeting, to construct narratives appropriate to stories and platforms. News weeks will develop team working and technical proficiency.

    Student development will be informed by sessions led by guest speakers from the industry and field trips to working news environments.

    Assessment will involve three portfolios of journalism. Engagement with class will be self-assessed and moderated by tutors.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    Creating Packages is core for journalism-related courses. It develops the advanced professional skills taught at level 5: identifying subject matter and potential readerships, research, interviewing and editing techniques, on-the-spot reportage, and finding original angles and relevant sources for stories, to a stage where students originate and source the elements for their own journalism packages, based on a subject area of their own choice, rather than as directed by tutors. This is an exciting chance to create your own magazine in print and online.

    Each package will have three instances, in print and online (or vice versa), to reflect the multimedia nature of such products in contemporary journalism. News days will reinforce a professional sense of urgency and the need to meet deadlines.

    The module allows students to enhance their skills in writing news features arising from topical issues, using data for feature articles, developing more in-depth interviews and/or feature stories based on interviews and research. Students will be directed towards identifying subject matter and potential readerships, on-the-spot reportage skills, and finding original angles and relevant sources for their stories. Students also learn design, lay-out and multimedia skills.

    Assessment will be of three portfolios of work, adapted for printed text and for online; two critical, self-reflective commentaries; an individual feature; and contribution to class, self-assessed through journals where students will self-assess their own work, their editorial roles and their participation in group contributions to class, including group and individual oral presentations (where attendance is mandatory). This will be moderated by tutor.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon

    The module aims to develop planning, design, development and evaluation skills and give students a practical understanding of how to define and manage a small digital media project. The project topic is self directed and students are encouraged to pursue a topic which has interested them in the course of their studies. The topic must be approved by a tutor. Students are allocated a supervisor at the beginning of the module and are encouraged to meet with them at regular intervals to discuss their progress. Presentations of work in progress and group critiques are an essential part of the program.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module allows students to explore in depth a topic of their own choice, arising out of previous study and subject to supervisor approval. It offers an exciting way to make an area of expertise all your own, whilst developing both journalistic and academic communication skills.

    It must be a piece of longform journalism, aimed at a specified audience, not a study of journalism. It can be in any journalistic medium.

    Independent but supported learning and sustained research and writing will provide a focus for refining and drawing together a wide range of transferable skills.

    These must result in a high quality piece of journalism with an academically rigorous critical and research underpinning.

    A synopsis and project management schedule, demonstrating a research strategy submitted at week 8, will provide a signpost for further work. A three-hour refresher session on law will prompt attention to legal constraints.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    Arts Journalism investigates and teaches the specific professional techniques and practices of arts journalism – in music, film, literature, art, architecture, dance, theatre, and other areas of student interest which relate directly to employability. Throughout this 15-week module, the arts are placed in the context of the relationship between journalist practitioners (in print, radio and online) and the arts industries. It is suitable for anyone wanting to explore these areas.

    Field trips and guest speakers will demonstrate in depth the connection between professional journalists and arts practitioners.

    This module also surveys the cultural, historical and global business issues and conditions within which arts journalism takes place, enabling self-reflective and critical perspectives.
    Students are encouraged to publish their work inside the university website and outside, building up contacts and a portfolio of pieces.

    Students are assessed through a portfolio of practical and critical work, which can be across platforms, a diary of their critical reactions to arts events, and a final 1,000-word piece of arts journalism.

    Class participation will be assessed through contribution to an online journal.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    This module looks at the professional skills of the journalist in politics, public affairs and society. It is both theoretical and practical, offering an introduction to the world of advocacy for anyone interested in acquiring these skills.

    Students will examine the historical and political contexts of journalism, the role of charities and special interest groups such as environmental and rights campaigners and how to cover lobbying and direct action. They will analyse the ethics of committed journalism and debate how to justify bias.
    They will explore, through discussion, presentation and professional practice, links with PR and internal comms professionals, viral and social media, humour and satire, human interest stories and running appeals.
    They will produce original work for a campaign of their choice, which they must pitch to their classmates and tutor.
    Formative assessment will be an essay on how campaigning has changed events and whether such campaigning is justified
    An overview of media law and ethical considerations will underpin a summative project of campaigning journalism which will combine original research, in either a series of three short articles or one long article and a log of events and contacts.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module introduces students to digital media management and enterprise issues. The module focuses on management of interactive projects and explores issues in project management, including team management, client handling, outsourcing and asset management, copyright and legal issues, the planning and production life-cycle, resources and marketing. Students will learn how to manage a digital media project and how to effectively plan and execute a production cycle.

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  • This module develops professional skills of the journalist in writing about science. It is both theoretical and practical. It is suitable for all students interested in these ideas and their public discussion.

    Students will examine historical and current writing about science, technology environmental and health issues, and look at the role of media in informing public debates and analyse communications issues. They will cover how scientific research is undertaken, globally and in the UK, and the influence of funding and lobbies (for example on tobacco consumption or climate change).

    They will explore how to cover protests, lobbying and direct action, on the one hand, and learn how to extract the information for stories from scientific data, journal articles and reports, on the other. They will take into account the ethics of how to cover health campaigns, from human interest stories to funding disputes and the bottom line.

    They will explore, through discussion, presentation and professional practice, links with grassroots organisations, PR and internal comms professionals, viral and social media, human interest stories and running appeals. They will become familiar with the basic legal frameworks around defamation, confidence and data protection as they apply to research and research protocols.

    They will produce original journalistic work, which they must pitch to their classmates and tutor.
    Formative and summative assessment will be an essay on the pitfalls and triumphs of science journalism, as emplified in current UK and USA practice.

    An overview of media law and ethical considerations will underpin a summative project of practical journalism which will combine original research, in either a series of three short articles or one long article (or multi-media equivalents) and a log of research and contacts. Anonline journal will give space for reflective learning.

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After the course

On graduation from this multimedia bachelor’s degree you’ll find opportunities to work in fields such as television, radio, print and online media. The transferable skills and industry knowledge you’ll gain on the course will also allow you to go into PR, media consultancy or marketing roles.

Alumni have started their careers for widely recognised media outlets in roles such as journalists, production assistants, editors and communications officers.

What is a degree with a foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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