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English & Contemporary Media - BA (Hons) 

Course Overview

The English portfolio of programmes at Cardiff Met have scored 90% and over in student satisfaction for the last three years.

  • We have strong connections with our stakeholders and offer a variety of work placement opportunities in the second year of study.
  • Opportunities to study abroad as part of an Erasmus exchange.
  • Distinctive degree that combines theory and practice.
  • A contemporary focus.
  • Embedded employability skills.

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Course Content

The degree combines theory and practice and provides students with strong communication and analytical skills that are highly valued in today’s employment market. These skills are reinforced by optional work placements. The course is particularly suited to anyone with an interest in specialist journalism – such as film, music, fashion and sport journalism. Graduates from the course have pursued careers in a variety of industries, including:

  • Media
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Heritage
  • Postgraduate study at both Master’s and PhD level

Set in one of the most beautiful parts of the city, the Cyncoed Campus has become a centre of excellence in the delivery of English, Creativity and Contemporary Media. This degree provides a programme perfectly balanced between theory and practice, delivered from the creative heart of Wales.

The study of English engages with your enthusiasm for reading and literature, and introduces you to advanced critical thinking in the form of theoretical practice. You will analyse a wide range of texts (including film and digital narratives) to explore the cutting edge of English as well as the historical narratives that have helped form the canon. A mixture of thematic and chronological modules ensures a good grounding in genre, context and period. You will challenge assumptions about the production of narratives and their relationship to questions of authority and identity. The degree has a strong contemporary focus and provides highly valued employability skills.

Modules are taught by the research active team (including Dr Carmen Casaliggi, , Dr Dimitra Fimi,  Dr Jeff Wallace, and Dr Kathryn Simpson) who have research interests in literature and place, J. R. R. Tolkien, legend, myth, and folklore, the relationship between art and literature, Romanticism, feminist literature, modernist literature (particularly DH Lawrence and Virginia Woolf), contemporary literature, the city, and posthumanism.

Contemporary Media:
This part of the degree combines theoretical analysis of contemporary media, such as film, TV and digital media with practical skills in digital media, media writing and journalism. Particular focus is given to 'specialist journalism', such as film, music, fashion and sport journalism. You will be taught by academic staff that are current practitioners and researchers. Teaching staff includes: Robert Taffurelli former Editor of Film and TV Production Review and Managing Editor of one of London's largest publishing houses, and current film and media freelance journalist and Consultant Editor of IBE magazine. In addition, Carole Burns ( is author of Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between (2008). Her nonfiction has been published in the Washington Post and the New York Times and her awards include: Artist Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Mary Roberts Rinehart National Award.

Year One:
Introductory modules like those offered in Literature, Contemporary Media and Journalism provide you with a taster of content, form and genre; while our attention to your academic skills will provide you with a theoretical 'toolbox' which you'll be able to call upon later during your degree.

Typical modules include:

Year Two:
The second year introduces the subjects in more depth with specific modules targeting journalism, creative media, the legacies of Romanticism, and genre fiction , while our attention to research methods will prepare you for your dissertation. You can also decide to undertake a student work placement (option) or participate in our Erasmus Exchange Programme (option).

Typical modules include:

We also encourage our students to participate in our Erasmus exchange programme, which enables you to undertake several months of exciting study in a European university (through the medium of English).

Year Three:
By year three you'll have a keen sense of your own academic path, as well as a study agreed with your dissertation supervisor into an area of your own choosing. This is an opportunity for you to specialise in one area of specific interest.

Typical modules include:

*Option modules that will enable you to tailor your degree and follow your areas of interest. 

Learning & Teaching

How you’ll be taught:  We utilise a range of teaching environments to best fit your learning needs. Delivery includes workshops, seminars, research seminars, lectures, virtual learning environments, away days, field trips and visits. Wherever possible, the emphasis is placed upon small group work and individual learning needs identified through your Personal and Professional Development plan. You’ll be allocated a personal tutor who will support you throughout each year.

Throughout the years, you will be invited to attend theatre trips, films and other cultural events held in Cardiff. The Department also regularly invites external speakers to give presentations and readings.

The degree is enhanced by the use of the university's e-learning system.


We’re committed to innovative assessment practices that match identified learning outcomes for your module and degree. This means assessment, wherever possible, is linked to enhancing not only your subject knowledge but also skills vital in developing your employment opportunities. Examples of assessment include research portfolios, group work, creative writing portfolios, critical and reflective practice, reviews, poster presentations, annotated bibliographies and so on.

Employability & Careers

This degree provides students with strong communication and analytical skills that are highly valued in today's employment market. These skills are reinforced by the opportunity for student work placements. Graduates from the course have pursued careers in a variety of industries, including: media, journalism, education, public relations, marketing and heritage. A proportion of students advance to postgraduate study at either Master’s or PhD level.

Employability Skills and Graduate Attributes:
Many of the skills you will obtain as part of this degree are also useful in industries beyond those listed above.  We ensure that our curriculum develops you as a graduate so that you demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

  • Problem solving & analytical abilities
  • Inter-personal and networking skills
  • Global citizen (with knowledge of diversity & sustainability)
  • Flexibility & Adaptability (life long learning)
  • Effective Communication skills
  • Creative & Innovative
  • Digital Literacy
  • Reflective practice.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have 5 GCSEs to include English Language at grade C or above, plus one of the following:

  • 260 points from at least three A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades BC, grade B in English or Media Studies
  • BTEC QCF Diploma / Extended Diploma with 260 points or Distinction Merit Merit to include a relevant subject
  • 260 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include grade A1 or above in English or Media Studies (minimum C2 grade considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 within a relevant subject
  • 260 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades BC at A Level; grade B in English or Media Studies, Core considered as fourth subject

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

All applications are considered on their individual merits and we can be flexible in the offer that is made.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s): QP33

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Education
Cyncoed Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time.
Flexible part-time routes available.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Robert Taffurelli:

Tel: 029 2041 1573

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