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The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Media and English

Why choose this course?

This course features a co-ordinated approach to the study of English and Media. The aim of this integrated joint degree is to break down the artificial barriers that have separated the written word from contemporary forms of communication such as radio, television and multimedia platforms.

The English component of the award complements its Media partner by maintaining a balance between the study of canonical literature and the incorporation of media texts such as popular music and drama, film and television adaptation and other media. On this course you will learn about the ways in which media and literature both reflect and shape our understanding of the world, and our perceptions of our place in that world.

What happens on the course?

You will typically take three modules each semester. Modules usually entail between two and three hours classroom-based teaching, with supplementary online tasks when appropriate. Teaching takes a variety of forms including lectures, interactive seminars and workshops. All staff members are available for one-to one tutorials to ensure that your studies are on track. Most modules will also involve some specified independent tasks and/or set readings. You will also be expected to engage in independent self-directed study.

There is a wide range of module choices on the BA (Hons) English and Media Degree. For example:
• In the first year module Media, Culture and Society you will explores the ways in which the media influences other aspects of culture and society,.
• In the second year module Media Communication and Ethics you will engage with many of the current controversial media issues such as privacy and cyber-bullying.
• In the third year module Persuasion and Influence you will explore the power of the media, and in particular the nature of propaganda and advertising. In your final year you will also be expected to undertake an independent research project, on a topic that is of particular interest to you.

• Visits to various places, such as the set of Coronation Street may be organised.
• Visiting speakers from the media industries are also arranged, providing you with the opportunity to hear about the latest developments and issues from the media professional’s perspective.
• There are various opportunities for work placements, which will enhance your CV and employability on graduation.
• There is a great deal of study skills support if you require guidance on essay writing skills, referencing, oral presentations etc.

Why Wolverhampton?

All teaching takes place on City Campus. Teaching rooms are all well equipped with data-projectors. The library is extremely well stocked, and increasingly appropriate literature is available in digital form.

Extensive use is made of on-line learning environments, which will provide you with easily accessible resources and facilities to support and enhance your study.

Many of the English and Media team are leading academics in their field and are widely recognised for their publications and research. Other members of staff have a background of working in the media and creative industries.

Dr Alan Apperley Senior Lecturer Media
My research interests include Public Service Broadcasting, the media and democracy, and the idea of ‘sharing’ in social media. My most recent publications have been on pedagogy and the idea of therapy culture. I am a member of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA).

Dr Stephen Jacobs Senior Lecturer Media
My academic background is in Indian religions, but I have long had an interest in religion and the media. I am interested and published both in how the media represents religion and also how various religious groups use new media forms, like computer games and social network sites. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA).

Dr William Pawlett Senior Lecturer in Media and Humanities
My research interests include Media and Cultural Theory and Continental Philosophy. I was nominated for Students’ Union and Vice-Chancellor’s awards for teaching. I Teach on the BA Media, MA Popular Culture and MRes Human Sciences.The modules I teach include: Key Concepts, Analysing Media Texts, Global Media/Global Culture, Media, Consumerism and the Body, Media Activism.

What our students think

I enjoyed my Media Degree for various reasons. I primarily enjoyed the course because I learned a great deal about the global significance of the media, and also how the media represents different cultural identities. I enjoyed doing presentations and the freedom to research what interested me in my final year. The teaching staff were very helpful I found and if I had any problems were always there to speak to.” - Media Graduate.

Career path

You will develop a range of research and analytical skills that are required not only in the creative and media industries, but also more generally in the public and private sectors. Graduates in English and Media have taken up a wide variety of careers including: working in radio, television, journalism and marketing, as well as various management and communication roles in retail, business and local government. The degree in English and Media provides an excellent foundation for continuing studies at a post-graduate level and is a pathway for our MA courses in English, Contemporary Media or Popular Culture.

What skills will you gain?

On completion of the course you will be able to:
• Articulate, both in the written and spoken language, knowledge and understanding of texts, theories, discourse conventions and strategies relevant to both disciplines.
• Engage in the comprehension, analysis and appreciation of literary and media texts using a variety of written, oral, visual and digital resources.
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the interrelationship between texts (media-based and literary) and the construction of cultural identities, such as class, gender, ethnicity and age.
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the institutional, political, economic and cultural factors that have an impact on the production and reception of literature and media in regional, national and international contexts.
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the conventions across a diverse range of media forms and literary texts.
• Demonstrate independent research skills.

In addition you will gain a number of skills such as the ability to effectively communicate in both written and spoken forms and to use social network sites and other digital platforms to enhance your profile and thereby increasing your employability prospects.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • BBC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC National Diploma grade D*D*
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Course fees and finance

2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,700
Part time # £2,925

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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