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Broadcast Media Production BA (Hons) - University of Sunderland

Course overview

This course provides practical training in producing TV and radio shows. It also covers the academic study of the media, film and culture.

Broadcast Media Production BA (Hons) has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, the industry kitemark of quality, following a rigorous assessment process by experts working in the Creative Industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is awarded to practice-based courses which best prepare students for a career in the industry. 

As part of your training, you will undertake a series of practical projects, making full use of the University’s TV studios, radio studios, editing suites and other facilities. In your final year, you will pitch proposals for a major project and then develop work and present it to a commissioning panel.

‌Practice-based modules include ‘TV Studio Operations’, ‘Radio Production’ and ‘Scriptwriting’.

The course also includes two core modules in ‘Media Studies’. You can choose additional theory-based modules from a list that includes ‘Film Studies’, ‘Asian Cinema’ and ‘Popular Culture Special Topic’.

The University is a very supportive environment and you will study with a like-minded peer group. We encourage you to be creative and to develop your own approach.

 Work placement JAN 2016

Work experience

‌All students studying on-campus undergraduate media courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. *By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis. 

In your second year, there is a compulsory work placement with a media organisation such as the BBC or one of the region’s production companies.

World-leading research

Our teaching is enriched by Sunderland’s cutting-edge research. We host the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies (CRMCS). In the latest Research Excellence Framework, Media research at Sunderland was rated as ‘world-leading’.

Please note: this course was previously known as 'Media Production (TV and Radio)'.

If you were interested in applying to our Television and Video (Level 3 Top-Up) course, it no longer runs. This Broadcast Media Production course is very similar and you can apply to study it as a Top-Up. 

George talks about the experience of studying at the University of Sunderland and the facilities designed for students from the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media:

Course content

Year 1 (national level 4)

Formats and Story Telling (20 Credits)

Look at the concepts and techniques used to develop a format for TV, radio or the internet.

Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies (20 Credits)

Get an introduction to key concepts in Media and Cultural Studies consisting of three units: Language Studies, Media Studies and Cultural Studies.  

Introduction to Audio and Radio Production (20 Credits)

Learn the key techniques of audio production in a multiplatform environment.

Introduction to Television and Radio Broadcasting (20 Credits)

Learn practical skills to produce live programmes for both TV and radio, working in teams in our industry standard studios.

Starting Your Media Career (20 Credits)

Prepare yourself for studying and working in the media industry. Create a personal portfolio website to showcase your work to future employers. 

Media Production Skills (20 Credits)

Explore and consider multiplatform content and post-production techniques required to produce edited video content ready for distribution. 


Optional modules are also available (across all three stages) such as:

History of Cinema, Media Law, Digital Video Effects, TV Documentary Production, Asian Cinema, Race Identity and Culture, Science Fiction and Fantasy Television. 

Year 2 (national level 5)

Media Studies 1 (20 Credits)

Develop the concepts and approaches introduced in MAC101 through an analysis of non-fictional television texts and discussion of a range of perspectives on media consumption.  

Developing Your Media Career (20 Credits)

Learn a range of skills needed to create and manage content across digital platforms, including using social media, websites, online video and podcasts.


Remaining credits made up from optional modules. 


Optional modules are available (across all three stages) such as:

History of Cinema, Media Law, Digital Video Effects, TV Documentary Production, Asian Cinema, Race Identity and Culture, Science Fiction and Fantasy Television. 

Final Year (national level 6)

Media Project (40 Credits)

Produce a major piece of work in the genre of your choice working in a team or on your own.


Remaining credits are made up from optional modules.


Optional modules are available (across all three stages) such as:

History of Cinema, Media Law, Digital Video Effects, TV Documentary Production, Asian Cinema, Race Identity and Culture, Science Fiction and Fantasy Television. 

Teaching and assessment

Our teaching methods develop subject-specific knowledge and also transferable skills that enhance employability. These include skills in communication, analysis, research, team-work, writing and presentation.

Methods include small group work, one-on-one tutorials, workshops, lectures, computer-based learning and independent learning.

An on-going personal development planning tool will help you reflect on your learning and make the most of your educational experiences.

Assessment methods include essays, reports, group work, seminar presentations and self-evaluation. You will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in effective communication and presentations.

To find out more about how modules, credits and how you will be assessed, please see how courses are taught. Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.

Part-time study

If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students. 

Key Information Sets

All UK universities and colleges display Key Information Sets (KIS) on their undergraduate courses. The KIS gives you a quick overview of some standard information about a course, and has a link to more detailed information on Unistats.

Facilities & location

TV studios

We have two TV studios complete with green rooms and control rooms. Equipment includes four Steadicam rigs plus dolly, track and mini crane. We also have over 40 full HD tapeless field camera systems, comprising Sony EX1 and EX3 models, with associated location kits, lighting, field monitors and audio mixers.

Digital editing

There are 70 workstations with state-of-the-art HD Edit systems, including Final Cut Pro, Avid and Media Composer. There is also a digital audio postproduction area with four voiceover booths.‌

 Spark logo‌Radio studios

‌We have five radio studios including a transmission suite for Spark FM, our student-run community radio station. It broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a target audience of 15-24-year-olds.

Other media facilities

There is a 203-seat cinema with full HD projection, 7.1 surround sound facility and the capability to play 3D feature films.

We have a live Sky feed and off-air recording facility, including DVD and Blu-ray recording, plus extensive footage archive/library.

University Library Services

We’ve got a wide range of books, journals and e-books on relevant topics, with many more available through the inter-library loan service. Some useful resources for your studies include:


The David Puttnam Media Centre

The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's, St Peter's Way, Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Entry requirements


Our typical offer is 120 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award). Read more on the new UCAS Tariff point system for 2017.


Our typical offer will be in the region of 300 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award).

We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

If you are studying a HND or Foundation Degree you may be able to enter onto the final year of our degree courses. For more information, please contact

Other acceptable qualifications

BTEC National: 300 points from a BTEC Certificate or Diploma.

Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 300 points.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 300 points.

International qualifications: Please call the Student Helpline for advice on other acceptable qualifications. The number from outside the UK is +44 191 515 3000.

Any other qualifications: If you have any other qualifications not listed here, you may still be eligible. Please contact the Student Helpline for advice: 0191 515 3000.

Returners to Learning: If you are a mature student, you may benefit from our dedicated Returners to Learning Progression Scheme. For further information email or call the Student Helpline: 0191 515 3000.

If you wish to be considered for direct entry to a different year of a course, please contact the Student Helpline: 0191 515 3000.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course. 

Read more about APL in the Quality Handbook (.pdf). If you think you may be eligible for APL, please contact the course leader.

Fees & finance

Full-time fees

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,000 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £10,500 if you are an international student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, please see the International section of this website.

Scholarships and bursaries may be available to you – please see the Fees and Finance section of this website for more information.

Part-time fees

Tuition fees for part-time students are £4,500 per 120 Credits.

Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, please see the International section of this website.

Scholarships and bursaries may be available to you – please see the Fees and Finance section of this website for more information.

Employment & careers

Career destinations

This degree prepares you for careers in the film, TV and video and new media industries. In addition, your training in communication, teamwork and creativity will be highly relevant to roles in many different businesses and in the public sector.

Recent graduates from Sunderland have gained jobs with employers such as:

  • BBC
  • Channel 4
  • Sky TV
  • MTV
  • Production companies

You could also choose to continue your studies with a Masters degree at the University of Sunderland.

Work experience

In Year 2 there is a compulsory work placement that involves spending time with a media organisation such as the BBC, Tyne Tees Television or one of the region’s production companies. We help you find a suitable placement.

You will also undertake a number of practical assignments, which can include live briefs from clients outside the University. You will build up a portfolio of work, culminating in a major project in the final year.

Throughout the course, we invite guest speakers to run workshops and master classes that allow you to relate your learning to real-life experience.

‌You have the opportunity to be actively involved in Spark FM, the 24/7 Community Radio station based in the campus Media Centre. Spark FM has won many awards including four golds at the Student Radio Awards 2012, and holds the Nations and Regions Award for Best Radio Station in the North East.

The Enterprise Place

If you have a good idea for a new business and have the dedication and motivation to make it happen, then we want to hear from you. The Enterprise Place, based on-campus at St Peter's Gate Business Centre, is the perfect environment for entrepreneurial students and graduates to turn their business ideas into reality. You will have access to free hot desk space, IT facilities, specialist advice and support and business mentors and networking opportunities.

To find out more about how we can help you start a business, please contact the University's Enterprise Team:

Tel: 0191 515 3751

Study Abroad 

You have the opportunity to switch your studies to another country for one or two semesters during the second year. You can choose from over 150 universities in 20 countries, either English-speaking (such as Australia, Canada and the USA) or non-English-speaking (such as Argentina, Brazil and Japan). This allows you to gain an international perspective on your studies.

University Language Scheme

It is usually possible to take a module from the free University Language Scheme. This can be studied on top of your 120 credits or in some cases, can earn credits towards your degree.

Language skills increase your international mobility and you can choose between French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic at a range of levels. If your first language is not English, please check with your tutor about entry requirements.

Staff and students talk about the benefits of the University Language Scheme: 


The University of Sunderland is committed to ensuring that every student has an impressive range of opportunities to enhance their CV and gain valuable experience:

  • Work placements
  • Graduate internships
  • Studying abroad
  • Student Ambassador Scheme
  • Mentoring
  • Starting your own business
  • Student jobs and volunteering
  • Careers advice

For full details, please see our Employability page.


Support for your learning

You can expect stimulating contact time with tutors. There is also a significant amount of time where you will be researching and studying on your own in preparation for assignments and seminars. If you have individual queries or difficulties within subject areas, you can book an appointment with your tutor to gain more in-depth support and guidance.

From the start of the course you will be allocated a Personal Tutor. You’ll meet your Personal Tutor at agreed times throughout each year of the course. Personal Tutors encourage your personal development and are a useful point of contact for any queries about your course, extracurricular activities and issues where they can point you towards specialist services at the University. These include student counselling, financial advice and chaplaincy support.

Further support is provided by our technicians who help you make the most of the University’s state-of-the-art equipment and software.

Support for your development

To help ensure the course is meeting aspirations for personal development, we invite students to fill in questionnaires at the end of modules. This provides a structured way for you to keep us up-to-date with your views.

During your course, and particularly towards the end of it, we encourage you to make full use of the resources at our Careers & Employability Service. The Service helps you explore your options, clarify your ideas, develop a career focus and make effective applications.

Extracurricular activities

The University supports student-led initiatives that enhance the extracurricular activities available to you. Some of these are related to particular subjects while others allow you to pursue interests and social activities. It’s all part of the vibrant and life-changing atmosphere at the University of Sunderland.

For more information about all the support services you will have access to as a Sunderland student, please see Student support and guidance.

"I want a creative role within the media industry. I'm keeping my options open and trying to get as much experience as possible."

Tasha Steel - Lives Online

Tasha Steel - Graduate

Lives Online Student Blogger 2013/14 - BA (Hons) Broadcast Media Production

Tasha is a Broadcast Media Production graduate and was one of eight students who blogged about their lives at university in 2013/14.

Read Tasha’s Lives Online blog to see what it's really like to be a Broadcast Media Production student at Sunderland.


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"The facilities at the University are state-of-the-art and industry standard."

CS - Nick Payne - Graduate

Nick Payne - Graduate

Freelance Cameraman

"Studying at Sunderland gave me a clear vision.

"I knew I wanted to be a cameraman before I started my degree and Sunderland had the best offer for me, both in terms of the facilities and the expertise of lecturers.

"What I learnt there gave me the building blocks I needed to embark upon my career.

"The facilities at the university are state-of-the-art and industry standard - therefore the same as what I am now working with professionally, so the skills I learned were simply transferred.

"Since leaving I've gone on to work on a range of productions from The Bill and Top Gear to Where the Heart Is and Make Me a Supermodel and I'm now working freelance.

"Even after all these years I can still hear my lecturer Shafik Obrai's advice every time I film an interview."

"With Media Production you have to really put in effort to get what you want out of it."

CS  -  Adam Ferrari Graduate Media production graduate

Adam Ferrari - Graduate

Runner / Researcher for Masterchef

"I think degrees are good for setting you up for your career, but with Media Production you have to really put in effort to get what you want out of it.

"The course at Sunderland was really great and taught me a great deal. I got a lot out of it and I'm still enjoying the benefits now, like having a National RTS award for the short film we made for our dissertation.

"In the long run though, you need to recover from your three year hangover and get focused on your goals and where you want to be or you'll end up giving up on what you've worked those three years for.

"I used to do lots of radio work before coming to Uni as well as while I was there, but it didn't take long to be tempted by the dark side (TV & Film). It definitely built my personal skills and my understanding of the kind of people that work in the industry.

"At the moment I'm working on my second series of Masterchef. I started as a runner for the Home Economics Team and now I'm a runner / researcher for the Contestant Team, which involves making sure all the contestants are in the right place at the right time and wearing the right clothes.

"I've worked on a few food shows like Ramsay’s Best Restaurant and Great British Menu but I've also worked on factual entertainment shows like James May's Toy Stories, BBC Three's Working Girls and Channel 4's Kirstie's Home Made Home. I think it's safe to say I've been pretty busy since graduating in 2010!"

"My time at Sunderland gave me a wide range of experience which I've been able to use in my career."

CS - Alexander Moore Film and Media Studies Graduate

Alexander Moore - Graduate

Development Producer, CBBC, London

"I was really impressed with the course - from the start as we were actively encouraged to develop our own creativity, which helped me to break away from my comfort zone and gain the confidence to explore new ideas.

"Whilst at university, we had to work up new ideas based on a fairly tight brief, and then pitch our proposals to a panel of relevant industry figures. Simulating that high pressure environment was an amazing experience and the feedback we would get was really useful.

"The tutors were genuinely inspiring and I learned so much from bouncing ideas off them.

"I started off as a runner and cameraman for MTV, and have written scripts for a wide range of productions featuring the likes of Vinnie Jones, Noel Edmonds, Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

"I have even pitched game concepts to major studios in Los Angeles for brands like Pirates of the Caribbean and Lost. Although at the time I felt a bit out of my depth, my experience at Sunderland gave me the confidence to remain calm and present the ideas clearly.

"My time at the University of Sunderland has undoubtedly given me a wide range of experience which I’ve been able to use in my career and a very good base for some high end jobs in the industry. Hopefully I can continue to build on such a solid foundation."

"Students are taught by professionals who have learned their trade within the media industry."

CS - Guy Starkey

Guy Starkey - Academic


Students studying here are being taught by professionals who have learned their trade within the media industry and by top quality academic staff whose research was officially recognised as being the best in the North of England.

"Sunderland's Media Department is one of the largest in the country, giving you more choice, and our reputation is based on quality of teaching and continued investment to keep up with changes in technology.

"Our programmes constantly evolve to create a dynamic curriculum that keeps pace with the media world and demands of employers.

"On most programmes, students are expected to undertake work placements which give real world experience that counts towards their degree. We offer extensive support to ensure you benefit from this experience as much as possible."

Apply for this course

Interested in this course? Apply straight away through UCAS, or read our 7-step guide to applying to university.

Part-time study: if you want to study this course on a part-time basis, you need to apply directly to the University of Sunderland by downloading the part-time application form (.pdf).

Want to know more about this course or the University of Sunderland? Download your personalised prospectus or come to our next Open Day to see the facilities and talk to academic staff:

    Next Open Day

  • Date: Saturday 12th November 2016
  • Time: 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Type: University Open Day
  • Location: Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's

Contact Sunderland

Contact the Programme Leader for specific questions about the course:

Richard Berry
Tel: 0191 515 2239

Social media: To see what events we run and to ask a question about this course, contact the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact the Student Helpline for further information about studying at the University of Sunderland:

Tel: 0191 515 3000

The details

Course Name Broadcast Media Production
Classification BA (Hons)
Course Mode Full-time/Part-time
Course Level Undergraduate
Duration 3 years
Study Location On-campus (Sunderland)
Starting 19 September 2016
UK/EU Fee £9,000
Intl Fee £10,500

Entry requirements

2016 entry: 300 points

2017 entry: 120 points

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