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Professional Broadcast Techniques (One year top-up)

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - Media

UCAS Code: J980

Start Date(s): September


One year. The course runs over 2 semesters of 15 weeks each.


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • Taught in state of the art facilities at MediaCityUK next to some of the leading broadcast companies in the country
  • Enhance your technical broadcast skills by learning a mixture of production theory  and practical course work
  • Opportunities to study and produce work using a variety of media including digital video and audio on location
  • Based at MediaCityUK

Course Summary

This is a one year top up course that enables students with suitable Higher National Diplomas or Foundation Degrees to develop their academic qualification into a BSc (Hons) degree.

Taught in state-of-the-arts facilities at MediaCityUK, this course gives you the opportunity to develop professional-level specialisms in broadcast TV.

With the option to pursue creative, technical or academic routes, you will learn how to shoot live events, develop your own  video and audio acquisition and post production skills and may have the opportunity to work on a series of live production briefs with local industry clients.

You will also undertake a final project which may take the form of a team-led documentary, drama, or an individual piece of research, as well as attending a range of lectures addressing video, sound and lighting equipment, video, audio and streaming formats, compression, storage  and display systems, and post production software.

Assessment will include a 2000 word report and exam.

You will commerce practical Video work with the Events module. You will learn to shoot events with multiple single cameras as well as acquire key skills in editing.This module is ideal for students who need to further develop professional team working and technical skills as well as those have had little to no previous experience shooting and editing video and are seeking fast track practice and support. Creating and sharing professional film crew paperwork is an important part of the module in which you will shoot and submit videos every fortnight in semester one.

PBT Honours Project Pre-Production and Planning is concerned with developing a fully detailed plan for the Final Honours Project. You will address personal development issues and choose a practical pathway or a written pathway.

You will be required to undertake a Final Honours Project which may take the form of a team-led documentary, drama or an individual piece of research presented as a written report (8-10,000 words or equivalent).

Media Techniques Theory addresses video, audio and streaming formats, as well as compression, HDTV, IPTV, digital cinema, etc . Assessment will include a 2000 word report and an exam.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
BTEC Higher National Diploma HND with an average score of 55% in related area required (or equivalent Merit Distinction profile)
Foundation Degree Foundation degree with an average score of 55% in related area required

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


You will learn through a variety of methods, including:

  • Production-based modules
  • Underpinning theory modules
  • Project work
  • Independent study


You will be assessed through the following methods:

  • Coursework written and practical
  • Exam


Graduates from the course have gone on to work in a variety of fields across the media broadcasting and distribution disciplines

Career Prospects

Links with Industry

Further Study


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