Television Production (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Television Production (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    F578; Short form: BA/TVPfe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. This course aims to produce the television programme makers of the future - creative, motivated, flexible and multi-skilled. It’s hands-on and gives you access to the most up-to-date digital broadcast facilities - you’ll work in the multi-camera digital TV studio from the start.

Lectures and workshops provide the opportunity to understand both the production process and the technology behind programme making. Put these into action as you develop your own programme ideas and create broadcast standard television using the very latest equipment. TV Programme Production in the Media Factory. 

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

Year 1

Approaches to Photography
Introduction to Filmmaking
Scriptwriting for Production
Film and Media Theory
Web Fundamentals


Extended Media Project
Audio and Video Technologies
Self-images: Identities, Diaries and Documents
Introduction to Animation and Games
Sound recording and Design

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Sports TV & Live Event Production
  • Television Studio Production
  • Video Production
  • TV Serials & Soaps

Optional modules:

  • Computer Graphics
  • Multimedia Production
  • Introduction to Narrative Film
  • Introduction to Screenwriting
  • Introduction to Documentary Techniques
  • The Business of Media

Year 3

Compulsory modules:

  • TV Production & Techno logy
  • Producing & Directing
  • Documentary Production
  • Professional Practice

Optional modules:

  • Advanced Sports TV & Live Event Production
  • Programme Design & Production Music Video Production
  • Video Post-Production

Year 4

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced TV Production & Technology

Optional modules (80 credits) choose from:

  • Enterprise Development & Production (40)
  • Portfolio Projects (40)
  • Student Initiated Placement (20)
  • Research Project (20)
  • Contemporary Social Media (20)
  • Extended Research Project (40)

Further Information

Soap in a Week

The ITV Soap in a Week project saw 50 ITV cast and crew work alongside 90 undergraduates and alumni to write, produce, act and direct a 15 minute drama. The filming took place across the University’s city centre campus, including the new outdoor ‘street’ – a purpose built facility which features external frontage of a pub, a shop and two houses.

Coronation Street’s Connor McIntyre and Tisha Merry and Emmerdale’s Michelle Hardwick and Anthony Quinlan were the professionals who were cast in main roles alongside the students.

Connor, who plays Pat Phelan in the world’s longest-running TV continuing drama, said: “It’s a fantastic initiative and one which I’m delighted to be part of. I have been really impressed with the commitment of the students. They have grasped this unique chance with both hands, they have been very professional in their attitude and they have worked so hard. It’s been a very professional set up and everyone should be proud of the work they’ve done.”

Over the week, two days were spent on crafting and tweaking the script, two were spent on rehearsals and filming while the final day was spent on post-production.


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In addition to full-time staff, many industry specialists are involved in delivery of lectures and practical sessions, drawing on their current television experience this ensures your knowledge of broadcast practice is as current as possible.

Philip Wood - Drama Director. Philip delivers a series of workshops on the Advanced TV Production Module. He’s a drama and documentary director with over 25 years' experience in the industry. His extensive TV Drama credits include: Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Brookside, Family Affairs, River City and Dream Team.

Robin Stonestreet. – Engineering Manager – SIS Live. Robin teaches planning and deployment of outside broadcast facilities on the Advanced TV Production Module. He is an experienced Engineering Manager working for the OB giant SIS Live which covers all the major television outside broadcasts across the UK including the London Olympics, The London Marathon and The Commonwealth Games etc. 

Joy Monks - Script Supervisor. Joy presents lectures and workshops on multicamera music scripting on the Advanced TV Module. She is a BBC Trained Script Supervisor and Gallery PA specialising in Music and Live programmes. She has worked across the whole range of music TV output from major rock concerts to the BBC Proms. She’s been involved in broadcast and video output all over the world.

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Study Abroad

If you want to study aboard  we are able to help you choose the right course in the right location helping you to match your learning requirements with those in Europe, the US, Canada, or further afield.

For a number of years TV & Media Production students have had the opportunity to travel abroad and work collaboratively with students from a variety of courses. 80% of the cost of these trips are funded by UCLan making all locations affordable.

Last year our students travelled to the following destinations:  

In an expedition to the Arctic Circle TV Production students joined, Astrophysics, photography, creative writing & Publishing. The goal was to document the natural phenomenon of the northern lights. The trip marked the culmination of over a year of planning & training sessions in which the team learned crucial survival tips and the use of video equipment in extreme conditions. Here’s a short clip of a documentary covering the expedition by TV production student Adam Shoker.

A group of students from across the Journalism and Media visited Kenya to report on a variety of issues from sport to media exploring the range and impact of Kenya’s new voices. TV & Media students were involved in shooting and editing a variety of films on location. Here’s what they had to say about the experience.

Instead of just dreaming about working in Hollywood a group led by UCLan’s screenwriting department organised a trip to Los Angeles to enable students to shoot five short films. It was also an opportunity to take part in film festivals and meet some of Hollywood’s writers and producers. The team consisted of screenwriters, film & television producers, a journalist and a web developer. TV Production student Rebecca Collins worked as Production Manager across the project and was responsible for shooting a documentary covering the trip.

Organised by the School of Sport and Health Sciences, this trip was an opportunity for students to work in challenging environments and make a contribution to the work of Sport in Action. The trip included a visit to Victoria Falls and rafting safaris on the Zambezi. Media Technology student Mike Jackson joined students from Sports Tourism & the Outdoors to document the trip. Here’s one of the films he shot this year.

A ten day trip to Guangzhou, where students from the school of Journalism and Media teamed up with their counterparts from UCLan’s partner college in China. They were there to explore first-hand the explosion of activity which has propelled China to the forefront of many of the World’s sports. Media Production student Hayley Young was one of the team talking to the people who make sport tick in Guangzhou.

cJAM: Media

Final year undergraduate and postgraduate media students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event. cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities. The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.

The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session. The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent. Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded. All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations. To find out more about cJAM: Media, see the video and press release.


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

Industry Links

The course has a wide range of visiting lecturers from the industry, some of them alumni of the course. There are links with a number of industrial organisations such as Sony, the BBC and Granada, along with more local companies such as the ADI group.

Close links to broadcast and production companies in the North West ensure you’ll have the chance to gain industry experience, and we offer visits to television studios and outside broadcast facilities as part of the course.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Your studies will include a mixture of lectures & production workshops delivered by tutors & industry practitioners. There are no traditional exams and assessment is in the form of written assignments and programme & content production.

Visits to television studios and outside broadcast facilities are arranged. The course leader actively encourages work experience across your degree which feeds into the teaching and will help to strengthen your employment chances.

Most modules will contain a mixture of practical and theoretical assignment work which may be in the form of written reports, critical essays, group work, seminar presentations, or exams.

The modules are designed to develop your technical vocabulary and knowledge, and for you to apply this knowledge to production problems both within the TV studio and outside. Working individually and in teams, you will plan and produce media artefacts for different purposes and different clients. You will be graded on your technical knowledge, your craft skills, your problem-solving, and your ability to observe professional working practices.

The assessment methods are quite eclectic: mostly product-based course-work, often accompanied by a written commentary or report, but at times, you will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding by presenting, or by taking computer-based tests.



You’ll be using our state-of-the-art facilities in the Media Factory, which include a TV studio with autocue equipped studio cameras and production gallery, an outside broadcast unit and the latest specification equipment and 3D production facilities.

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As well as a fully equipped television studio & four-camera HD Outside Broadcast unit, the Media Factory has an extensive technical stores with a range of the very latest camera, sound lighting & grips equipment. With a university activated swipe card you’ll have access to the Media factory’s facilities 24/7.

You’ll have the opportunity to use cutting edge broadcast technology such as the Phantom high speed camera and a range of high definition 3D production rigs.

The University has a wide range of lecture theatres and open-access teaching rooms many equipped with individual PC and Mac workstations for multimedia teaching and production. UCLan also has the largest 3D lecture theatre in Europe with seating for over 400.

The production gallery contains a full complement of broadcast-standard digital vision processing including video effects, tapeless recording and a 24 channel audio mixer with a range of digital sound processing.

Recorded programmes and the live studio output can be multicast across the university via a bespoke video server.


Directing, producing, scriptwriting, sound recording, editing, post-production, vision mixing and floor management are just a few of the areas this course could lead to. Our students have graduated and gone to work on the likes of Dragons Den, Strictly Come Dancing, Jeremy Kyle and other Granada shows.

Grab the opportunity to work abroad : you could visit Europe, USA, Canada or further afield. Funded travel bursaries give you the chance to practice your skills abroad in locations ranging from the arctic to the Far East.