Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

Our philosophy, which is endorsed by the Media Industries, is that you will be best prepared for a career if you can develop and demonstrate the necessary technical skills of radio production as well as a creative understanding of the theories and concepts of the industry. This course provides you with the key skills for radio production along with the opportunity to develop a wide range of other media skills vital for a career in the industry.

This course allows you to focus on radio production, whilst at the same time not losing sight of other important areas of the media. In the first year you will take 5 core subjects which build up your production and academic skills, along with specific modules in radio. You will also choose 3 additional strands of media to study from Television, Film and Documentary.

Year two further develops your radio production and creative skills, focussing on news and studio production. In addition you will develop your entrepreneurial and marketing skills in preparation for employment after the course as well as a choice from optional units in film, documentary, television and journalism.

In year three you complete a major project which gives you the freedom to develop your own production in radio, core radio industry modules, as well as completing an additional specialist creative radio module.

Throughout the course you will be actively involved in FCOT FM, the radio station (RSL) for University Centre Farnborough.


Who is this programme for?

This course is ideal for students who have successfully completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Media Production or A-level equivalent or for other suitable applicants wishing to pursue a career in the media.

What will I study?

The skills you learn will enable you to turn your ideas into creative and innovative projects and productions. You will develop your ability to work in groups, both as part of a team and leading a team. The skills you gain (depending on your choice of modules) will include radio, cinematography, editing, lighting, scriptwriting, directing, producing, news, magazine programmes, drama, documentary, writing journalistic copy and web/social media skills. In your final year you will produce your own major project. During this course you will be working in a professional environment developing your skills in radio studios, a dedicated multi-camera TV studio and video/audio editing suites. The course has strong links with the industry and you will be supported by tutors who are currently working within the media. On completion of the course you will have developed production skills, knowledge of professional practice and an academic understanding of media production.

£2,000 Bursary

A limited number of £2,000 cash bursaries are available to eligible new undergraduates in their first year. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply on our Finance webpage.


Fee Per Year £8000

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a range of lectures, seminars, workshops and interactive practical sessions.

What modules are covered?

Year 1 Modules

  • C1 Text, Codes and Structures
  • C2 Production Skills 1
  • F1 Film (Foundation) 
  • D1 Documentary (Foundation) 
  • T1 Television (Foundation)
  • R1 Radio (Foundation
  • C3 Web and Social Media
  • C4 Production Skills 2

Year 2 Modules

  • C5 Media and Society
  • C6 Entrepreneurial Practice
  • R2 Radio (Factual)
  • R3 Radio (Studio)


  • T2 Television (News)
  • F2 Film (Visual Expression)
  • T3 Television (OB)
  • F3 Film (Performance & Sound)
  • D2 Documentary (IR)
  • D3 Documentary (Portraiture)

    Choose 2 options in Semester 3 and 2 options in Semester 4

Year 3 Modules

  • C7 Research for the Project
  • C8 Global Media
  • C9 Critical Analysis of Media Production
  • C10 The Project
  • C11 Professional Investigation
  • R4 Radio (Station Management)


  • D4 Documentary (Authorship)
  • T4 Television (Series)
  • F4 Film (Professional Film Production)

    Choose 1 option in Semester 5

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods you will experience will give you the confidence and capability to complete an Honours degree and progress further in your career. Your Tutor will be on hand to provide support during the assessment process and discuss any queries you may have. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes:

• Assessed practical work
• Assessed coursework / assignments
• Formal examination
• Practical examination
• Project report
• Project presentation
• Formative assessment through assignment work feedback

Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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What Next?

University Centre Farnborough is committed to delivering programmes that enhance the employability of our students by equipping them with the essential skills valued by employers. The College has always had a strong vocational and professional focus, effective links with industry and employs a range of strategies to ensure that our graduates are ready to enter the world of work.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to progress into careers as documentary makers, camera operators, audio and visual editors as well as a range of other media production roles. Our graduating students have proved to be highly employable with recent students successfully obtaining employment at organisations including BBC, Sky Radio, Global Radio, UKRD and Bauer Media.


Professional Recognition
Graduates of media from University Centre Farnborough are widely recognised by industry in terms of their employability, professionalism and ability to cope with the demands of working in the creative media industries. Students achieving degrees are employed across a wide range of media sectors at many of the largest and most respected organisations in the UK.

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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

72 UCAS points from full Level 3 in relevant subject(s). Relevant evidence of work experience and CPD and successful interview. A satisfactory reference is required.

UCAS Code: P395

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I currently work for a TV and Film production company based in Oxford which covers all areas of production, and distributes across multiple platforms including Amazon Fire TV. I focus on the production side, directing some projects and filming the majority of the live action projects. When I was a student at Farnborough, I was able to put together a showreel, which helped me secure my current job - the varied and good quality projects I produced while studying were the determining factor for the Creative Director to hire me!

I chose Farnborough because I wanted to make films and the course allowed me to do that. My tutors helped build my knowledge of all aspects of Media Production. I finished up with a well rounded knowledge of the production process. I enjoyed the respect and discourse I was able to build with my tutors - they were supportive and gave moments of inspiration when needed. I've gone on to work with a few of them since I graduated as well!


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