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International Media and Communication Studies with Foundation Year

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Are you fascinated by film and television? Do you love learning foreign languages? We'll give you the opportunity to merge these two passions.

This course is designed for talented UK students looking to combine an interest in the media with their aptitude for languages but whose personal circumstances make achieving our usual entry requirements difficult. This could be your opportunity to study your subject of choice at a top 20 UK university (Times Higher Education Rankings 2022).

Through a range of engaging modules spanning the arts and humanities, the foundation year gives you an opportunity to develop key skills such as communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and digital capability. Your foundation year tutors will support you in developing the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence for undergraduate study.

During the foundation year you will be a full member of the university, with all the opportunities this offers including the same accommodation options as direct entry students.



Year 1

Important Thinkers Through History


Year 1

Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning


Year 1

Language and Culture


Year 1

Media, Communications and Society


Year 1

Narrative and Creativity


Year 1

The Project / Language Centre modules

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. This content was last updated on Monday 24 April 2023.

Teaching methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Practical classes

How you will be assessed

Your six foundation year modules are assessed using a wide variety of methods. Each module has two or three assessment points. For example, our Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning module is assessed by an essay (50% of the module mark) and a reflective learning portfolio (50% of the module mark). These modules will prepare you for undergraduate assessment and allow you to develop a broad range of skills.

  • Essay
  • Examinations
  • Group coursework
  • Poster presentation
  • Presentation
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Reflective review


During the foundation year you’ll have at least 12 hours of timetabled contact a week through lectures, seminars and workshops. Your tutors will also be available outside these times to discuss issues and develop your understanding.

One-to-one tutorials

You will have five general progress tutorials as well as individual module-focused tutorials during the foundation year.   

For learning, assessment, contact and study information after your foundation year see International Media and Communications Studies BA.

You will graduate with comprehensive knowledge in agricultural science and agri-business management. Careers range from farm management to specialist consultancy positions in agriculture and related industries.

You could work as an agronomist, in supply chain management, or marketing and communications roles within the agricultural and food-related industries.

Job roles of our previous students include:

  • Agronomist
  • Management Consultant
  • Farm manager
  • Further study or research

Average starting salary and career progression

78.9% of undergraduates from the Faculty of Arts secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £24,169.*

*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20 data published in 2022. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

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The Foundation Year improved my essay-writing skills immensely. On
arrival to university, having to write essays seemed quite daunting but
the Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning module was key for my

Franklyn Ogosi

BA Theology and Religious Studies (with Foundation Year) Graduate

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