University of the West of Scotland

Undergraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2020/21

Last modified: 13/05/2020 17:18:41

Named Award Title:BA (Hons) Broadcast Production - TV & Radio Single

Award Title for Each Award: BA (Hons)  Broadcast Production - TV & Radio
BA  Broadcast Production - TV & Radio
Dip HE  Broadcast Production - TV & Radio
Cert HE  Broadcast Production - TV & Radio

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:ScreenSkills
Maximum Period of Registration:
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:Ayr

School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Programme Leader:Shona Wallace

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

SQA National Qualifications

SQA Highers: BBBC (102 UCAS Tariff points), plus English and Maths at SQA National 5 (Grade C, or above), SQA Intermediate 2 (Grade C, or above), SQA Standard Grade (Credit)

Grades C, C @ Advanced Higher.



or GCE

GCE A-Levels: CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points), plus GCSE English Language and Maths (Grade C, or above)


or SQA National Qualifications/Edexcel Foundation

An appropriate HNC/HND award with the level of entry and/or credit awarded being subject to the content of the HN programme.

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.


Other Required Qualifications/Experience

An appropriate HNC/HND award with the level of entry and/or credit awarded being subject to the content of the HN programme.

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.


Further desirable skills pre-application


General Overview

Combining theory and practice, Broadcast Production – TV and Radio (BPTVR) will teach you how to make and understand television, radio and other digital media.  Accredited by Screenskills it is tailored to the current broadcasting industry.

Taught by academic staff with research expertise and extensive experience in the creative industries, the course incorporates industry professional guest lectures, work placement opportunities, as well as field visits to organisations such as the BBC and Glasgow’s Film City. As a student on the course, you will have access to the latest broadcasting facilities and the chance to work in our radio and television studios, digital sound and video editing suites; and the opportunity to broadcast on the campus radio station. We will teach you how to develop and produce television programmes, write scripts, produce radio, and make documentaries. You will also develop the skills necessary to critically study and analyse media output.

At Level 7, students are introduced to the philosophy of the course – the practice/theory split within and between modules, the shared focus on radio and television and the practice-based and research-led teaching that is central to BPTVR.

In Year 1, television production, filmmaking and script-writing are presented within modules in television production – Introduction to Film and TV Production and Film and TV Production Skills Development. Radio is covered through the modules Introduction to Radio and Radio Craft. The teaching methods and assessment on these modules introduce the concept of enquiry-based learning.  They also introduce the students to the industry relevant and state of the art studio and audio-visual resources used on the course. Critical studies of media output will be presented within the production-oriented modules, and in the core theoretical module Broadcasting: Concepts and Contexts. Optional modules include Sport: Media and Society and Creative Writing.  

Students in year 2 will continue to produce for television, radio and new platforms and will begin to specialise, choosing a specific pathway of production and study that they feel will best prepare them for their chosen career.  Modules include Studio Production, Radio Practice and Broadcast Drama. In the core documentary module, Documentary and Factual Production students will combine technical and creative work in developing, pitching and producing a short documentary as well as engaging with documentary theory.  Students will have the opportunity to improve their creative writing skills through Script Development and the module option Screen-writing:  The Short Film. Other options include Scotland: Media and Identity, and Recorded Radio Formats. 

In year 3 students will choose to specialise in one of two major strands: Television Production or Radio Production  - still combining theory with practical experience. However all students will now be offered a new core module - Production for Multiplatform -  that reflects the changes in approaches to digital production and in particular the demands of the new BBC Scotland channel for digital content that works across many platforms.

Research for Broadcast is designed to link directly to production work as well as the Honours year research project work. This module provides students with access to guest lecturers who are currently working as researchers within the industry. Third year studies continue with a particular emphasis on global media via the module Global Cultural Industries. The option focusing on script-writing is Writing Serial Television Drama. The Situation Comedy: Radio and Television option offers an opportunity to look critically at that form of output.  Direct entry students can opt to take the Level 8 Studio Production module.

Year 4 offers students an exciting opportunity to study the areas that interest them most. The Creative Research Project is a 60 credit module and gives students the opportunity to concentrate on the areas they have chosen in Year 3 i.e. television or radio. This module will combine and link a television or radio project that will be the culmination of all their previous production experiences with a broadcasting research project that will allow students to immerse themselves in an area of broadcast media that interests them. You will also study Professional Practice in Broadcasting that is primarily taught by industry practitioners – producers, directors, scriptwriters and presenters – who discuss their roles within the creative industries, including possible routes to employment. Finally, students can choose a two modules from a list of options that includes American Television: Genre and History, the practice-based module Producing Factual Formats, Podcasting and New Media, Asian Cinemas, and Motion Graphics: Film and Television.

 

Pointers to Further Study - Progression Routes

The BA (Hons) Broadcast Production – TV and Radio aims to produce graduates who have an informed, critical and creative approach to understanding broadcast output and production, culture and creativity in contemporary society, as well as to their own forms of production, and their creative and expressive practice.  The degree programme is committed to enabling students to meet the challenges of employment (including self-employment) in a society in which the music, cultural and creative industries play an increasingly central role.  It emphasises that employability requires the development of students’ creative, intellectual, analytical and research skills.

Many graduates continue onto further post-graduate study – choosing such courses as the UWS Masters in Creative Media Practice, studying for journalism post-graduate courses or opting for teacher training.

However, many Broadcast Production – TV & Radio graduates use their skills and knowledge to enter a wide variety of careers.  We currently have graduates working at BBC Scotland, STV, independent production companies such as Maramedia, Lion Scotland and IWC Media. Some opt for a more technical role and we have alumni making their way as camera assistants or Digital Imaging Technicians on major drama productions.  A growing number are moving into digital sports production working for major sporting organisations or companies that specialise in sports production.

 

Teaching and Learning

A range of teaching and learning methodologies are used within the degree.  This includes lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, enquiry-based learning and student-centred learning. In the latter case, the emphasis is on independent work by students that is coordinated and guided by tutors.   BPTVR students are as likely to be taught in TV and Radio studios as in lecture theatres.  As students progress the level of autonomous work increases culminating in the final year project where students carry out their own individual project – linking the creative and theoretical - with supervisory guidance. 

Studio and location production work forms a key component of the skills developed by students on this programme.  Most core modules will include an element of practical activity.  These include a range of exercises that, as the student progresses through the programme, increase in scope and complexity and in the later stages depend more on the initiative of the student and less on direction by tutors.

The modules employ a range of assessment methods and formative exercises.  A range of coursework is used including essays and reflective reports, radio and TV production, critical reviews of that production work.  Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the link between the theoretical and practical elements of the degree and assessment often reflects this.

All modules within the degree are supported by the use of the online VLE Moodle.  The Moodle sites provide students with a range of learning activities, including discussion forums, video-clips, and multiple-choice tests. Teaching and learning practices are evaluated in an ongoing way through the Broadcast Production TV & Radio Programme Board and School Annual Monitoring processes.

 

Research underpinnings and links to teaching

The academic team are committed to involving current industry practitioners on the programme - not only as guest speakers and delivering “master classes” and CPD, in an informed and quality assurance environment of innovative co-design of module content and assessments. The academic team are all sector-wide aware, responsive to key broadcast developments and debates in both critical research and in wider sector practice.  The balance of theory, practice and research makes the Broadcast Production TV and Radio degree academically unique in Scotland and increasingly interesting and attractive for RUK and international markets

The course is aligned to the School’s Centre for Social Sciences & Creativity and the Culture and Creativity Research Hub.

 

Internationalisation

The focus of the BPTVR internationalisation strategy has been through Erasmus, specific international projects and staff networking abroad. Erasmus students have been studying on the Broadcast Production degree, usually for one trimester, over many years. This enriches the student experience and adds an international dimension to the learning experience.

BPTVR students have the opportunity to join the Brandenburg/ (Berlin) exchange that has been running for five years now.  They can also get involved in the Ryerson Global City Project in which student lead production teams in TV studios across the world are linked ‘virtually’ to produce programmes.

The BPTVR team have also developed links with Beijing Union University involving staff exchanges and the organization of a three-week Technical Summer School for students from Beijing to work alongside UWS students.

There is a clear ‘Global Citizen Pathway’ through the BPTVR degree signposted by, but not exclusive to, the  following modules: Level 7 Broadcasting Contexts and  Concepts; Level 8 Scotland: Media and Identity; Level 9 Global Cultural Industries; Level 10 Broadcasting Current Issues.

Staff have expertise that allows them to offer a high level of critical research led social science and humanities (anthropology, sociology and cultural studies, and indeed enterprise and regional development perspectives) underpinning here. There are many well-established modules on the BPTVR degree that contextualize the relevance of internationalization.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

The programme is fully aligned with institutional priorities around the development of graduate attributes and with the institutional policy on personal development planning. The mapping of programme and module learning outcomes and employability-integrated assessment ensures the visibility of graduate attributes, employability and citizenship competencies. Personal development is embedded and explicitly signposted in the curriculum, with students provided with regular opportunities to capture and evaluate progression and development, stimulating reflection, self-regulation and a more constructive engagement with employability. It is recognised that personal development planning is an essential component of lifelong learning and continuing and professional development. To support this activity, all students are provided with access to personal development planning tools and enabled to develop a personal e-portfolio across the programme.

The body of knowledge developed through the programme is focused on the needs of industry and has been informed by feedback from industry practitioners.  There are several opportunities to develop presentation and self promotion skills through the live radio station based at the campus as well as by participation in the School’s annual “Showcase” exhibition where graduates present their work to industry representatives and the general public.

The aim is not only to encourage students to develop skills such as numeracy, language, study skills, employability and analytical thought but also to raise their self awareness and confidence through a process of critical reflection and planning.

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

Work related learning is promoted throughout the programme and especially in specific modules, for example, the level 10 module Professional Practice in Broadcasting which is an exit module focusing on input from industry practitioners and field trips to creative industry hubs. The assessment in this module allows for student reflection on previous work experience and the extent to which that improves their employability.  The industry focus and vocational nature of the programme is crucial in terms of the degree’s unique approach within the MCS portfolio and many of the practical modules have been designed in consultation with current practitioners. The programme includes several practice-based staff who retain strong industry links. Much of the practical input, for example, on pitching and commissioning sessions, mirrors professional practice. These strong industry links also afford the students opportunities for work placements and input from industry practitioners in the form of master-classes and guest lectures.

The programme team’s approach to work related learning and placement relates directly to the School’s commitment to both the Employability and PDP agendas and is also directly related to the professional practice skills and transferable skills embedded in all programmes.

Engagement and Attendance

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1An understanding of the development of broadcasting and cultural forms in a local, national and international context.
A2An understanding of the role of technology in terms of media production, access and use.
A3An awareness of the development of media and broadcasting as an area of academic study.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1An understanding of key production processes and professional practices relevant to media, cultural and communicative industries, and of ways of conceptualising creativity and authorship;
B2The production of creative content in television, radio and online environments appropriate for Level 7 study.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1The ability to use appropriate broadcasting production technologies to facilitate professional standard creative work in later years
C2An understanding of, and application of, verbal and written skills as appropriate for academic and industry practice.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1The ability to engage critically with key theorists, debates and intellectual paradigms within the field and put them to productive use.
D2The ability to analyse professional level debates within the broadcasting industry and to present such analysis in appropriate academic forms.
D3The ability to consider and evaluate work in a reflexive manner, with reference to academic and/or professional issues, debates and conventions.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1The ability to work in small production units to produce broadcasting content.
E2The ability to communicate effectively in inter-personal settings in writing and in a variety of media.
E3The ability to independently research and generate ideas and manage time in an appropriate manner for broadcasting content.
E4The ability to deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas and making use, as appropriate of a problem-solving approach.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
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7BROA07001Introduction to Radio20      
7BROA07002Film & TV Production: Skills Development20      
7BROA07004Introduction to Film & TV Production20      
7BROA07005Radio Craft20      
7BROA07006Broadcasting: Concepts & Contexts20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
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7BROA07003Sport: Media & Society20      
7FILM07007Creative Writing20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

To progress to L8, students must meet the criteria outlined in University Regulation, Chapter 3 (3.13).

For information on progression with credit deficit please refer to University Regulation, Chapter 3 (3.13).

Those students entering the programme at SCQF level 7, and who successfully achieve 120 credits at SCQF level 7 (including all cores) can exit with Cert HE in Broadcast Production - TV & Radio should they choose not to progress to the next level of the programme.

For information on the award of distinction please refer to University Regulation, Chapter 3 (3.25).


B. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1An understanding of the roles of communication systems, modes of representations and systems of meaning in the ordering of societies.
A2An awareness of the economic forces which frame the media, cultural and creative industries, and the role of such industries in specific areas of contemporary political and cultural life.
A3An awareness of the debate surrounding the impact of media violence and other media effects on individuals and society.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1The production of creative content in television, radio and online environments appropriate for Level 8 study.
B2An understanding of professional, technical and formal choices that realise, develop or challenge existing practices and traditions, and of the possibilities and constraints involved in production processes.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1The ability to produce live radio broadcasts appropriate to the audience and brief.
C2The ability to communicate complex factual material in a manner appropriate for non-specialist audiences.
C3The ability to use appropriate digital editing and other appropriate broadcasting software to facilitate creative work.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1The ability to understand forms of communication, media and culture – particular in the fields of television drama and documentary – as they have emerged historically and appreciate the processes through which they have come into being, with reference to social, cultural and technological change.
D2The ability to analyse closely, interpret and show the exercise of critical judgement in the understanding and, as appropriate, evaluation of these forms.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1The ability to generate ideas and transform ideas into creative broadcasting work appropriate for Level 8 study.
E2The ability to carry out various forms of research for essays, projects, creative productions or dissertations involving sustained independent enquiry.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
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8FILM08007Script Development20      
8FILM08006The Short Film (documentary)20      
8BROA08002Broadcast Drama20      
8BROA08003Radio Practice20      
8BROA08004Studio Production20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
8BROA08005Recorded Audio Formats20      
8BROA08006Scotland: Media and Identity20      
8FILM08004The Short Film (Fiction)20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Students taking FILM08004 The Short Film as an Option in Trimester 1 will take BROA08001 Documentary & Factual Production in Trimester 2.

Criteria for Progression and Award

To progress to L9, students must meet the criteria outlined in University Regulation, Chapter 3 (3.13).

For information on progression with credit deficit please refer to University Regulation, Chapter 3 (3.13).

Those students entering at SCQF level 7 or SCQF level 8, and who achieve at least 240 SCQF credits of which a minimum of 90 are at least SCQF level 8, including all cores, can exit with DipHE in Broadcast Production - TV & Radio, should they chose not to progress to the next level of the programme.

For information on the award of distinction please refer to University Regulation, Chapter 3 (3.25).


C. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1A comparative understanding of the roles that media and/or cultural institutions play in different societies.
A2An understanding of the term globalisation and of the impact of globalisation on the creative industries and through the creative industries on different societies.
A3An understanding of the debates surrounding the internet and digital technology and the consequences for the operation of the creative industries.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1A knowledge of and ability to put into practice, the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks that affect media and cultural production, circulation and consumption.
B2The production of creative content in a specialised area of broadcasting appropriate for Level 9 study.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1The ability to participate fully and understand the requirements of a broadcast commissioning process.
C2The ability to lead a production team, if required, in the production of broadcast items and programmes.
C3The ability to use digital technology and other appropriate broadcasting equipment to produce professional level creative broadcast items.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1The ability to investigate and evaluate competing paradigms surrounding the future of broadcasting studies.
D2The ability to analyse professional and government documents and consultations and to present such analysis in a format suitable for academic study.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1The ability to work in flexible, creative and increasingly independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity.
E2The ability to generate ideas independently and transform ideas into creative broadcasting work appropriate for Level 9 study.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
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9BROA09002Radio Production A20      
9BROA09003Radio Production B20      
9BROA09004TV Production A20      
9BROA09005TV Production B20      
9BROA09006Research for Broadcast20      
9BROA09007Global Cultural Industries20      
9BROA09010Production for Multiplatform20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Depending on the stream the student wishes to follow they may take either Radio Production A or TV Production A in Trimester 1 and Radio Production B or TV Production B in Trimester 2

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
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8BROA08004Studio Production20       For direct entry students only
8BROA08005Recorded Audio Formats20      
9BROA09001Writing Serial Television Drama20      
9BROA09009Situation Comedy: Radio & TV20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

To progress to L10, students must meet the criteria outlined in University Regulations, Chapter 3 (3.13).
For information on progression with credit deficit please refer to University Regulations, Chapter 3 (3.14).
Those students who initially enter the programme at SCQF levels 7, 8 or 9 and who achieve at least 360 credits with 200 in the subject area of which a minimum of 90 are at least SCQF level 9, including all cores, can exit with the BA Broadcast Production - TV & Radio, should they decide not to progress to the next level of the programme.

For information on the award of distinction please refer to University Regulations, Chapter 3 (3.25).


D. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1An understanding of contemporary debates impacting on current and future broadcasting practice and policy.
A2An understanding of the dynamics of public and everyday discourses in the shaping of culture and society.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1The production of creative broadcasting work which demonstrates an understanding of professional contexts and which is geared towards specific employment markets.
B2The production of work, informed, where relevant, by appropriate theoretical issues and debates.
B3The ability to explore matters which may be new and emerging, drawing upon a variety of personal skills and upon a variety of academic and non-academic sources.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1The ability to use digital technology and other appropriate broadcasting equipment to produce original professional level creative broadcast items.
C2The ability to communicate at a professional level with representatives from the broadcasting industry about current trends and debates within the industry.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1The ability to formulate appropriate research questions and employ appropriate methods and resources for exploring those questions.
D2The ability to evaluate and draw upon the range of sources and the conceptual framework appropriate to research in the chosen area of broadcasting.
D3The ability to draw on the strengths and understand the limits of the major quantitative and/or qualitative research methods and be able to apply this knowledge critically.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1The ability to generate ideas and transform ideas into creative broadcasting work appropriate for Level 10 study.
E2The ability to devise, co-ordinate and produce independently a creative project to a professional standards and appropriate to a target market.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
10BROA10004Professional Practice in Broadcasting20      
10JOUR10004Creative Research Project60      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
10BROA10001Producing Factual Formats20      
10BROA10003Podcasting20      
10FILM10003Motion Graphics - Film & TV20      
10FILM10001Asian Cinema20      
10JOUR10002Global Issues in Sport20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Award

The award of BA (Hons) Broadcast Production - TV & Radio is awarded to students who have at least 480 credits of which a minimum of 200 Point are at SCQF Levels 9 and 10, and of which a minimum of 90 are at SCQF Level 10.

Honours Classification will be awarded in line with the University Regulations, Chapter 3 (3.20 – 3.24).


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.

Combined Studies

There may be instances where a student has been unsuccessful in meeting the award criteria for the named award and for other more generic named awards existing within the School. Provided that they have met the credit requirements in line with the SCQF credit minima (please see Regulation 1.21), they will be eligible for an exit award of CertHE / DipHE or BA / BSc in Combined Studies.

For students studying BA, BAcc, or BD awards the award will be BA Combined Studies.

For students studying BEng or BSc awards, the award will be BSc Combined Studies.



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