Film, Media and Popular Culture (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Film, Media and Popular Culture (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four years, Part-time: Six years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    M378; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This diverse and distinctive programme focuses particularly on the moving image, most importantly film and television. You can also choose modules around advertising and around the role of popular music in culture. Explore media from historical, critical, cultural and ethical perspectives, developing the analytical, research and communication skills highly valued by employers.

The course investigates how institutions affect diverse film, media and popular culture product and how audiences interpret them. It closely examines questions of representation, ideology, power and identity in contexts of production and consumption, preparing you for employment in areas such as television, advertising and marketing, social media, teaching, research, media heritage, arts administration, film production and digital marketing.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Foundation Year modules

Compulsory Modules 

  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Target Award Extended Study Module
  • Learning by Experience

Optional modules

  • Introduction to criminology
  • An Introduction to childhood, education and deaf studies
  • Introduction to history
  • Introduction to philosophy 
  • Introduction to sociology 
  • Film and Media Theory 
  • Introduction to Literature 
  • Introduction to Creative Writing 
  • Key Themes in Archaeology 
  • Introduction to Psychology

Compulsory Modules

  • Understanding Media
  • Critical Approaches to Cinema
  • American Cinema and Society
  • Television and Radio
  • Popular Music and Popular Culture
  • Digital Media

Compulsory Modules

  • Creating Media Content
  • Creative and Cultural Industries Work Placement

Option Modules
(Students need to choose 80 credits from the following)


  • Elective which may be Free choice elective from another subject area
  • British Cinema
  • European Cinema
  • Popular Television Drama
  • Popular Music, Media and Communication
  • Advertising and Popular Culture
  • Student Initiated Module

Compulsory Modules

  • Film, Media and Popular Culture Live Project


  • Film, Media and Popular Culture Extended Live Project


  • Film, Media and Popular Culture Dissertation

Option Modules
(Students must choose either 80 (or 100 credits if taking FI3026) from the following modules)


  • Science Fiction in Film and Television
  • Popular Music on Screen
  • World Cinema
  • Media Ethics
  • British Popular Music within Popular Culture Since 1960
  • Student Initiated Module


Further Information

Study a broad range of media including film, TV, popular music, advertising or media and specialise in your own area of interest in your final year with your own film, media and popular culture dissertation. The course has a sharp focus on how the signs and codes of media communicate with audiences in the fields of film, television, digital and print media and popular culture.

The Film, Media and Popular Culture team are internationally published academics with a reputation for excellence, and this informs classroom teaching. Between us we have published over 20 monographs and edited collections on subjects such as European cinema, road cinema, transnational cinema, representation of women, British popular music heritage, Liverpool and Manchester music, tribute bands, wider questions of 'race' and representation and employability in film, media and popular culture. Our teaching is informed by our research and teaching inspires us to venture into new areas of research.

"The course is great in the way that everyone is really encouraging when the opportunities arise. They understand that it's good to have a degree but it's important to have that hands-on experience."

Markham Pickering, Assistant Director on Game of Thrones (HBO)

"On the course I have been able to take a really diverse range of modules delivered by friendly teachers and involving thought-provoking activities. I have been involved in highly stimulating projects such as creating journals and pitching ideas for documentary and TV drama. I would recommend this course to anyone who is looking to gain an integrated perspective of media, society, culture, film and philosophy to enhance their knowledge of media and develop media skills."

Izhan, Year 3

"It’s a really enjoyable course.  You don’t just learn about film, you learn about all forms of media; and all of the lecturers on the course will be more than happy to help you along the way."

James Marsh, Year 2


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Learning Environment and Assessment

Learning is through illustrated lectures, workshops, screenings, seminars and / or use of interactive social media. Delivery is, where appropriate, via PowerPoint, including DVD/Video extracts, web material or social media. Work-based modules might be delivered in real environments, work experience will take place in situation.

We have good links with local media companies in television, radio, press and advertising and there is an on-campus TV and radio station. We offer all students a work placement module, and modules such as World Cinema, Cinema and Postmodernism and Media Ethics have an international focus and prepare students for an international market. We organise field trips to media events and meetings with the employers to demonstrate the connection between the theory and practice of the media.

In 2014 several Film, Media and Popular Culture students enjoyed the opportunity to pitch programme ideas to CBBC's Creative Director. In 2015 students enjoyed the opportunity to pitch programme ideas to ITV senior staff. One of our students in 2015 became an Assistant Director on HBO’s Game of Thrones within three months of graduating.

There is a variety of assessment methods including essays, project reports, presentations and the pitching of original ideas in TV drama. There are no exams in Film, Media and Popular Culture, only coursework which takes the form of essays, presentations (individual or group), reports, critical reviews, in-class essays, or portfolios of work/learning logs.




You’ll be well prepared for a career in media, the creative industries or teaching. Our graduates are working in television, radio, film production, advertising, journalism, public relations, market research companies, sales and teaching, as freelance music writers or are undertaking further studies such as MAs or PhDs.

You’ll have the opportunity to do work placements in media, or with charities or advertising agencies. It is also possible to arrange teaching practice as work experience. You’ll have an opportunity to study abroad, either in Europe or America so you can experience global aspects of media. Opportunities will exist for you to work for PSTV, Frequency and Pluto – UCLan’s television and radio stations and student magazine. PSTV won Best Media Platform of the Year at this year’s National Student TV Awards.

You’ll be offered an extensive career planning and work experience module which will help you find jobs in TV, radio, film, marketing, teaching and research. Past students have found placement work with Lime Pictures, Preston City Council, Lancashire Evening Post, NOISE Festival, Galaxy Radio and Rock FM. One of the Film, Media and Popular Culture lecturers is on the BAFTA Career Pathways Working Party

We have links with media organisations such as the ITV, BBC, Lancashire Evening Post, Galaxy Radio and Rock FM.