Media Foundation Leading to degrees in media and communications

In the classroom at Bellerbys College

Bellerbys Oxford is our specialist centre for media. Our modern facilities provide the ideal environment to encourage creativity.

Oxford attracts motivated and accomplished young people, with its reputation as a seat of excellence in education. Home to one of the top universities in the UK, the city's picturesque cobbled streets and ancient buildings have played host to many great creative thinkers and innovators. 

The Bellerbys Media Foundation is also offered at our centre in Brighton, a vibrant seaside city with a thriving arts and culture scene.

The Bellerbys Media Foundation programme is designed for students who are preparing to study media or a communications-related degree at university in the UK.  The specialist course provides a grounding in all areas of communication to give students an insight into their chosen pathway and specialism.

Media Studies Foundation Course

Once the Media Foundation programme has been completed successfully, you can progress to one of our destination universities. See the progression tab for more information about where previous students have furthered their studies after Bellerbys.

Please note: university entrance requirements can change and successful completion of the programme is no guarantee of admission to that university.

Key facts…

  • Age: Students are normally 16.5 or over
  • Course length: 3 terms Start dates: September, October and January – see term dates
  • Entry requirements:
    • Satisfactory completion of secondary or high school
    • IELTS 4.5 or equivalent (for the September start) or IELTS 5 or equivalent (for the October and January start).
  • Fees: Please visit our Fees page to calculate your fees
  • Note: Students starting Foundation Preparation Programme in October have the opportunity to become accustomed to their environment and British teaching styles. In the first term, October – December, students benefit from extra preparation in English and critical thinking skills and additional university guidance, as well as being given a supervised self-study enrichment project and taster lessons. Foundation study will begin in January.

Media Foundation students spend 18-25 hours per week in class. The course is modular in structure and consists of core modules studied by all Foundation students and modules tailored for Media students.

Core modules

Foundation English Skills 1

Develop the ability to read academic texts, write short academic texts, take notes from written and oral sources and use spoken English to discuss a variety of topics.

Foundation English Skills 2

Improve all the abilities in FES1, developing greater accuracy, speed, cohesion, organisation and presentation.

Foundation English Skills 3

Develop academic English skills for university. This continually assessed course module includes an extended research essay based on an aspect of British culture, debates and discussions, listening, note-taking and summarising as well as oral presentation.

Computer Information Technology

Improve IT literacy and creativity using MS Office, Business and Media applications; develop internet research skills.

Media modules

Media 1 Film

Learn about film analysis and production via discussion and analysis a variety of films; plan and produce:

a) an analysis essay on a film of your choice;

b) a short film (around 4 minutes); gain an excellent preparation 
for entry to film school at undergraduate degree level.

Media 2 Advertising & Marketing

Analyse advertising campaigns and study the processes of advertising and marketing; work on a practical project, designing an advertising campaign using image-editing software.

Media 3 Newspapers & Magazines

Study the influence of the media on society through looking at British news; topics include moral panics and bias; use Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Publisher to create a selection of magazine pages.

Media 4 Multimedia Journalism

Learn the theory and practical skills needed to design and create content for a news website; learn journalism skills and general design principles and apply these to evaluate the success of a
practical project; research audience and formulate specific objectives for a news website; provide an interactive experience for a defined audience.

Media 5 Applied Media Theory

Gain critical exposure to contemporary media debates and issues; understand how these are manifested across the media landscape; understand a number of theoretical frameworks through which media texts can be critically evaluated; gain experience of applying theory; appreciate the wider contexts within which media is produced, consumed and evaluated.

Media 6 Media & Communications Research Project

Extend and integrate previous studies; gain experience of an individual piece of extended research; apply key research
skills; select texts for a critical investigation; apply conceptual and theoretical frameworks; plan and implement a practical project based on a selected research area.

Bellerbys has been helping international students progress to top UK universities for more than 50 years, and 2016 is no different.

Below are the degrees and universities where our Media students have gone on to study.

Degree University
Media and Cultural Studies Lancaster University
Media Practice University of Sussex
Media and Film Studies University of Sussex International Study Centre
Business and management Newcastle University
Drama and Theatre Studies Royal Holloway, University of London
Media studies University of Lincoln International Study Centre
Film Production Arts University Bournemouth
Film Production University for the Creative Arts
Media, Communication & Journalism University of Winchester
Digital Film Production University of Greenwich
Marketing University of Greenwich
Contemporary Media Cultures UAL: London College of Communication
Media studies University of the Arts London
Film and Television UAL: London College of Communication
Media Studies University of the Arts London
Journalism University of Westminster
Film Making Kingston University
Digital Film Production Ravensbourne

The added benefits of studying a Media Foundation

Our enrichment programmes are built into the daily timetable to allow you not just to study a topic, but to experience and understand what it means in a more practical environment.

Term 1 Enrichment Programme Overview

Example for Bellerbys College Oxford our specialist college for Art, Design and Media students:

All enrichment activities will fall within the following 3 areas; Project work, specialist course skills, core personal development skills.

These activities include:

  • University and corporate guest speakers
  • Student-led, practical, task based workshops
  • Diverse presentations and workshops
  • Trips to universities, local businesses and international businesses
  • Clubs and societies
  • Student projects and committees
  • Forums and webinars
  • Gallery and museum trips

Term 1 Activity includes:

  • Project work: Warner Brothers studio tour and The Knowledge Emporium (theatre)
  • Specialist course skills: Falmouth University Creative Arts Workshop, Bodleian hand printing workshop, Ashmolean conservator (guest speaker)
  • Personal development skills: Film Club, Design your future UCAS workshops and career fairs, plus an offsite confidence and communication skills team building day.

Enrichment fully integrated with academic learning

Our enrichment activities will be timetabled to coincide with academic module learning outcomes. The enrichment programme is weaved in to the weekly timetable and is an integral part of the overall enjoyable and confidence building learning experience Bellerbys offers.


Timetable Sample Term 1 from September 2015 Oxford Campus

Business Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 1    Media 1
 FES 1
 Media 1
 CIT  Enrichment
 2  Tutorial  Media 1
 FES 1
 Media 1
 3  Media 2
 Media 2
 Media 2
 Media 2
 Media 2
 Media 2
 FES 1
 Media 1
 FES 1
 Media 1
 6  Study Period
 Enrichment  Lunch
 7  FES 1
 IELTS  Study Period
 8  FES 1
 Study Period
 IELTS  Study Period
 9  Enrichment

FES1 – Develop the ability to read academic texts, write extended texts, take notes, listen actively and participate in discussions.

Period  9 example of enrichment options in term 1:

Weekly Art Hub, Weekly Critical Thinking, Weekly Photography Club, 3x termly Debating Club, Fortnightly College Magazine/Yearbook

To study the Media Foundation you will need to have completed secondary or high school to a satisfactory level.

Contact our team of expert Student Enrolment Advisers to find out if your qualifications meet the entry requirements.

English language requirements

To study the Foundation programme you will need to take a UKVI IELTS English language test and achieve a minimum level of 4.5 overall (for the September start) or level of 5 overall (for the October and January start).

English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP)

If you do not meet the English language requirements for entry to the Foundation you can study one, two or three terms of English Language Preparation prior to the start of your academic programme. The length of your English Language Preparation Programme will depend on your current English language level.

Contact a Student Enrolment Adviser to take our English Assessment Test and find out how much preparation you require.

The Bellerbys English Language Preparation Programme is a fast, personalised and highly effective programme that will fully equip you to succeed in your studies. The programme comprises 25 hours per week of general English, examination preparation and skills classes. Throughout the programme you will be closely monitored by a personal tutor and tested regularly to ensure you reach the English language level required for your academic programme.

Please note that the English Language Preparation Programme (ELPP) incurs additional fees on top of your academic tuition fees. Visit our fees page for details and to calculate your fees.


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