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Media & Communication Higher National Diploma

The Higher National Diploma Media and Communication course offers an inspiring introduction to the production, theoretical and professional aspects of media, this course gives you a solid grounding to progress your studies or move into employment in the media and communication industries.

Your studies cover key aspects of radio, moving image and journalism. You will explore broadcast journalism, photojournalism, radio production and radio drama, as well as short film and television studio production. The course, also, covers the crucial research and academic techniques you need to effectively source, collate and analyse information.

A placement allows you to absorb the day-to-day realities of a media production business and you get to focus on your future employment in a career development workshop. You, also, benefit from the experience, close support and encouragement of expert staff.

Year 1 modules
• Career Development
• Contextual Studies
• Practical Skills Journalism
• Practical Skills Moving Image
• Practical Skills Radio
• Radio Drama
• Research Techniques
• Television Production

Year 2 modules:
• Advertisement Production
• Convergent Journalism
• Fiction Production
• Photojournalism
• Project Design
• Radio Documentary
• Special Subject Investigation
• Work Experience

As a student on this course, you share all the facilities, contacts and advantages of a Birmingham City University student, and feel part of a dynamic, creative and enquiring media production community.

The Year 1 tuition fee for academic year 2023-24 is £5,965. Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level 5 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Media Production & Games Design
Course Type
Higher Education Full-Time
James Watt College
Next Start Date
Course Length
40 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS UCAS Tariff Points: Pre-2017 Entry - 120 points, Post-2017 Entry - 48 points The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 2 A Levels at Grade D BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade PPP BTEC Diploma: Grade MP BTEC 90 Credit Diploma: Grade MM Access to HE: Grade P45 (to include 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 credits at Level 2, totalling 60 credits) All vocational qualifications, including BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Diploma and BTEC 90 Credit Diploma, must be in a media related subject. Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade C or above: 4 which must include: GCSE English: Grade C or 4 GCSE Maths: Grade C or 4 Are Level 2 equivalents accepted?: Yes We encourage applications from students who do not meet the entry requirements outlined but can demonstrate ability through work experience, portfolio of evidence or successful interview.

Delivery and Assessment

This course is assessed through coursework, assignments and projects.


On successful completion of your Higher National Diploma qualification you can gain direct entry to the second year of the BA (Hons) Media and Communication course at Birmingham City University, with a choice of eight specialist routes. After this course you can progress to further study or into employment. There are a wide choice of related degrees and many employment options including journalism, press and public relations, film and television production, radio presentation or publishing.

Career Opportunities

  • TV Film and Radio Producers
  • Technicians
  • Directors
  • Games Designers
  • Web Designers
  • Interactive Media Designers