Wolverhampton School of Art

Media and English

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

This course features a co-ordinated approach to the study of English and Media.

This course features a co-ordinated approach to the study of English and Media.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code P30D
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  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art
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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 not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2019

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

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.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

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.

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).

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.

Manuel Hernandez Senior Lecturer, Course Leader MA in Public Relations and Corporate Communications

A former Reuters correspondent, Manuel has worked for numerous global media outlets, such as CNN and other multinational corporations. He has focused his work on two main areas: generation of news content for specialised audiences (financial, business and political affairs) and planning and implementing corporate communications, PR and marketing plans.
Originally from South America, where he also worked for Brahma and Unilever in marketing and public relations, he has been teaching media-related modules at the University of Wolverhampton since 2006.

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.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: £50 to 200 per semester - Prices vary according your subject of practice.

Additional Field Trips: £50 to 400 - Prices will vary according to location.

Additional Events: £300 - Degree Show/New Designers. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation.

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

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Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

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.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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