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Film, Television and Radio

BA (Hons)

Excellent facilities

Including HDTV Centre, Radio Station and professional equipment

92% student satisfaction

National Student Survey 2018

Opportunity to specialise

Choose your specialty in an area of the entertainment industry

UCAS code:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
3 Years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
16 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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This BA degree is for people who want to focus on the research, analysis and practice of film, TV and radio production.

This course will give you a solid understanding of the critical and production elements of film and broadcasting. It is ideal if you want to gain skills in order to work in film, television or radio. You’ll also be given the opportunity to specialise in an area of the entertainment industry as you progress through your degree.

Our Film, Television and Radio degree focuses on writing, presenting, producing, editing, analysing and preparing programmes and films for audiences. There will be regular opportunities to attend film festivals, residential trips, networking events and studio visits.

Some of our lecturers have previous experience working in the broadcast industry and have association with a number of industry organisations such as The Royal Television Society, The Writers Guild and the Radio Academy.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Film, Television and Radio

Course content

In Year 1, you’ll gain practical skills in the three production areas of film, television and radio, as well as learning about their background contexts. You will also explore scriptwriting. To put your new skills into practice, you’ll then work on a production in our TV studio.

In Years 2 and 3, you will be given a choice of optional modules so you can specialise in film, television or radio. You’ll also choose broadcasting and cinema research topics that reflect your media interests, as well as gaining industry experience. We have close links with industry and will support you to gain work placements on BBC shows such as The Antiques Roadshow and The Great Pottery Throw Down.

Throughout the course, you’ll use our fully equipped media centre, complete with TV and radio studios, to create programmes and films. You will learn about the latest trends in broadcasting and benefit from visits by guest lecturers, such as film and TV directors, scriptwriters, agents and script editors.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.


This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Film Practice: Process & Deconstruction
Creative Television Production
Creative Radio
Year 2 compulsory modules
Researching Film & Broadcasting
Year 3 compulsory modules
Media Project
Media Entertainment: Performance and Drama

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or recognised equivalent.



Many graduates from our Film, Television and Radio degree work in the media industry. They have worked on productions such as 007 Skyfall, Harry Potter, Let It Shine, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Voice UK, Strictly Come Dancing and Emmerdale. Their roles include film directors, production coordinators, production runners and researchers, radio presenters, camera and technical operators, TV directors and producers, screenwriters and programme schedulers.

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Stephen Griffiths
Stephen GriffithsCourse Leader

Stephen’s teaching centres on broadcast programme histories and media performance, especially acting on television. His research interests include broadcast light entertainment and comedy, television drama, and children's programming.

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Thomas Chimiak
Thomas ChimiakFilm Strand Leader

Tom is a Lecturer & Film Strand Leader for BA (Hons) Film, TV and Radio, and Lecturer in Experimental Film Production. 

He is an award winning conceptual filmmaker specialising in short observational films, time-lapses and event documenting. His body of work has been shown all over the world in film festivals and art galleries, commissioned by Channel 4, featured in the Tate Modern and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts.

In addition, Tom's time-lapses have been shown as part of an Emmy Award Winning Series and earned himself the membership of Getty Images Contributor. He has experience creating content for clients such as GAME / Multiplay’s Insomnia Gaming Festival (Biggest Gaming Festival in the UK) reaching over 250,000 live viewers as well as companies across the country like Heritage Lottery Fund, NSPKU and Birmingham Hippodrome.  

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Dr Polina Zioga
Dr Polina ZiogaModule Tutor

Polina is a Lecturer in Media/Film Production. 

She is a hybrid artist, researcher and lecturer, and currently the Director the Interactive Filmmaking Lab at the School Computing and Digital Technologies of the Staffordshire University. Throughout her career, she has worked in the creative industries, as freelance creative professional and in academia, teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate level on the areas of Film, Digital Arts and Design, while she joined the School of Computing and Digital Technologies of the Staffordshire University in September 2017 as Lecturer in Media/Film Production. Additionally, she is an affiliate member of national and international organisations for the creative industries and the new media arts.

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Rachel Smith
Rachel SmithModule Tutor

Rachel is a Lecturer in Film Theory & Production, and as well as being a Lecturer, she is also an active Filmmaker and Writer.

Her expertise lies in Script Writing, Film Directing, Film Producing and Film Theory. She is also currently studying for a PhD [Representation of Women in Film].

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For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£12,500 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
17 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
16 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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