Falmouth University Television

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Falmouth University Television

Television BA(Hons)

UCAS Code: 09X2
Location: Penryn Campus
Length: 3 years full-time
Direct line: 01326 213730

Discover the transformative and dynamic landscape of television, from new drama and factual programming, to streamed shows and live content. You’ll learn how to think about television, how to make it, and how to find an audience, all within a specialist facility with working industry professionals.

Join the ranks of the industry’s next innovators, from writers, researchers, directors and analysts, to cinematographers and sound designers. Immerse yourself in extensive craft skills tuition, live job opportunities, work placements, a vibrant visiting speaker series, master classes and a supervised final year major project.


  • Final year industry mentor scheme
  • Opportunities for international study
  • Live briefs with industry clients
  • Using industry-standard software
  • A vibrant visiting speaker programme

Course outline

The growth of the UK television industry and its impact on global television has created a demand for skilled graduates, which our course content reflects. We’ll begin by getting you to watch, analyse and engage with a wide variety of popular television texts. Using the knowledge you gain, you’ll work on researching, writing and creating your own original content. You’ll learn about the industry and how television is commissioned, bought, sold, distributed, scheduled and reviewed.

You’ll also be able to take part in masterclasses with television producers and writers. Past professionals have included Tony Grisoni (writer of Red Riding and Southcliffe), Mary Burke (senior producer at Warp, makers of This is England ’86 and The Midnight Beast), James Henry (writer for Green Wing and Campus) and writer/director Jeanie Finlay (The Great Hip Hop Hoax) and last year, Falmouth University hosted the Channel 4 Talent Day.

What you’ll do

Year 1

You’ll study some of the most exciting and groundbreaking television dramas and documentaries. You’ll also learn about how particular industry environments such as Public Service Broadcasting, online platforms, and cable and subscription television produce, commission and broadcast certain types of content. You’ll then go on to develop your skills in writing for television, learn about the rigorous process of researching for television series, and produce your own television content.

  • Television Histories: Industries & Innovations
  • Introduction to Television Practice
  • Researching for Television
  • Television Criticism & Analysis: Reading the Screen
  • Producing Television Formats
  • Screenwriting for Television

Year 2

You’ll be immersed in the study of TV series and serial forms, from crime and thriller, sci-fi and fantasy, to natural world or social documentary. Through a lecture and screening series, you’ll be encouraged to nurture your expertise in specific forms and will work with a team to develop both a TV drama series and a documentary. You will also be introduced to subject specialisms such as comedy writing, audience research and analysis, directing TV drama, sales, marketing and distribution, and concept development for television.

  • Television Drama
  • Television’s New Platforms & New Audiences
  • Directing Television Drama
  • Scripted Television: Comedy & Drama
  • Television Realities
  • Television Sales, Distribution & Marketing
  • Sports Television
  • Concept Development

Year 3

Your final year is split into two strands – a major practical development project and a written dissertation. The practical project has many possibilities including script development, research portfolio, directing and producing. This will encourage you to work professionally and become industry ready. The written dissertation will develop your critical and intellectual skills, and will allow you to demonstrate your expertise in a specific area of television industry, form or content.

  • Research Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Literature Review
  • Professional Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Critical Development

Entry Requirements

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points for entry to undergraduate courses, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

You can check how many points your qualifications are worth using the online UCAS Tariff Calculator

Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We encourage you to get in touch if you are predicted points below this range, thinking about transferring from another institution, or if you have other qualifications or professional experience as we may be able to consider you. More information is available on our Apply page

English language requirements
You must have a minimum of Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, for entry to our undergraduate courses.

If English is not your first language, we accept a range of recognised language qualifications that are equivalent to the IELTS Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements. Please read more about language requirements on our Apply page

Our Admissions team are here to help you with advice and guidance throughout your application journey. We invite you to contact them with any questions you may have.

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