BA (Hons) Public Relations

Prepare for a successful career in the growing and dynamic Public Relations (PR) industry. Discover how brands communicate ideas, products and services to diverse audiences, and how reputations are formed and maintained in a digital environment. You'll explore PR as a force in the 21st century, its relationship to marketing and advertising, and learn key skills for building relationships in media relations, social media, event management, political communication.

Additional costs: In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page

London College of Communication BA (Hons) Public Relations second year students take part in a House of Lords debate.
Photo by Roger Harris

Second year students take part in a House of Lords debate - LCC Blog.

Bob Leaf

PR legend Bob Leaf signs books after speaking to students - LCC Blog.

Simon Redfern, BA (Hons) Public Relations, London College of Communicationm LCC
Simon Redfern

Guest Lecture from Simon Redfern, Starbucks UK Director of Corporate Affairs - LCC Blog. 

First in a series of PR lectures at London College of Communication with PR guru Nick Jones.

Guest Lecture from PR guru Nick Jones, previously Head of Digital at Number 10 Downing Street - LCC Blog.

Mark Borkowski, guest lecture to public relations students, London College of Communication, LC
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“Love the haters!” author and media commentator, Mark Borkowski, gives a lecture - LCC Blog. 

CIPR recognised course.

BA Public Relations at LCC is a CIPR recognised degree course.

A PRCA recognised degree course.

BA Public Relations at LCC is a PRCA recognised degree course.

Funding opportunities

Find out about the range of funding options available for undergraduate study.

Use UAL's fees and funding calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Facts

Course Leader

Adrian Crookes

Course Location

London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,250 per year

 

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future academic years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate Tuition Fees page for full information on tuition fees.

International Fee

£17,920 per year

Start Date25 September 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineThe UCAS deadline for 2017/18 is 15 January 2017
UCAS CodeP210
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content:

BA (Hons) Public Relations at LCC will prepare you for a dynamic, challenging and rewarding career.

BA Public Relations is an industry-recognised degree, taught in central London at the heart of the UK’s PR industry. Both the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) support the degree and take a close interest in its contents and its students. During your studies, you’ll meet and network with industry professionals on a weekly basis.

What to expect:

This course focuses exclusively on Public Relations and provides you with a comprehensive understanding of how it fits within the wider communications mix. You’ll learn about the essential management of reputation which is at the heart of all successful organisations and how to develop an awareness of the media and communication channels available to you in delivering public relations campaigns. Furthermore, you will be taught how to make the most of your creative ideas in support of organisational goals.

Your studies will equip you with the skills required for communicating and promoting concepts, products and services to a wide range of audiences, with the literacy and knowledge of social and political affairs required to assist your creative response to the news agenda and more. Practice in these areas is solidly underpinned by teaching across social, media and cultural theory so that you’ll be able to engage and contribute to the current debates and issues affecting the industry and its many overlapping disciplines such as sponsorship, marketing and advertising in the new digital environment.

Public Relations is taught at LCC both as a key function within the strategic business management process and as a driving force in society. Housed within the Media School, the course draws on the College’s unique heritage to offer a broad perspective that is inclusive of business and culture, so that students leave prepared to deliver real ‘added value’ to their chosen organisation’s reputation.

Alumni

Alumni include many successful professionals based in noted PR and creative agencies, handling accounts for clients within corporate, public and third sector organisations, or indeed managing or directing PR within an in-house communications department.

Learning and teaching

Courses in UAL span a broad range of art, design, communication, business, media, science and communication subjects. So the ways in which you learn and how your time is used will vary according to the specific course you are studying; this may be in studios, labs, classes, involve working alone, learning from peers in pairs or groups, or with external partners. Most importantly, no matter which course you enrol on, you will learn not only about your subject but also about how you learn and how to increase your knowledge base.

Our courses will guide you to take increasing responsibility and ownership of your work and your learning. We do this so that you will be ready and able to take full advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by the creative industries in the global economy.

Assessment

Assessment always sounds austere and foreboding, but it is not. We see assessment as a very real part of learning, rather than just a means of looking back at past work and measuring achievement; we believe that assessment helps you plan future work and develop new ideas.

Your work will be assessed through projects or portfolios, with written papers or research journals, and, on some courses, examinations. You will be graded according to a set of marking criteria that relate to such things as research, subject knowledge, methodology, and your capacity to analyse and reflect on your achievements. So don’t be afraid of assessment - it is the way to progress.

Structure:

In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Public Relations qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Programme Summary

Year 1

Units Summary: 

  • Introduction to Studying Public Relations (20 credits)
  • Understanding Business and Brands (40 credits)
  • Foundations of PR (40 credits)
  • Media and Communication (20 credits)

Year 2

Units Summary: 

  • Media Relations and Social Media (40 credits)
  • Planning PR Campaigns (20 credits)
  • Investigating Contemporary Communication (20 credits)
  • PR Professionalism: Work-Based Learning (20 credits)
  • Cross College Collaborative Project (20 credits)

Year 3

Units Summary: 

  • Reputation Management (20 credits)
  • Persuasion and Public Opinion (20 credits)
  • Agency Life (20 credits)
  • Major Project / Dissertation (60 credits)

Course Structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

Staff

Tutors on this course include Course Leacer, Adrian Crookes who has a wealth of experience both as a broadcaster and journalist and as a Communications Director and consultant. Adrian continues to advise commercial clients and trains PR practitioners for CIPR Diploma courses in the UK and overseas.

Senior Lecturer, Simon Collister is also one of the UK’s leading digital communications practitioners and bloggers. Simon has worked on digital and traditional public relations campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands. His current research interests include political communications in online environments.

Senior Lecturers: Antonio Marques-Mendes & Gareth Thompson

Programme Director: Steve Cross

Teaching is complemented by PR professionals from different sectors and specialist areas as well as an excellent roster of guest lecturers from industry.

Careers

Graduates from BA (Hons) Public Relations have a number of options open to them on completion of the course. A small percentage may opt to progress onto one of our MA courses and others will secure successful associate and account management roles in PR and marketing industries in the UK and worldwide.

Some, for example, move into agencies on account handling, client-side roles, or even into completely new industries as a result of their skills in development and career mapping over the duration of the course. Other graduate destinations include further study for teaching certificates, starting their own businesses, consultancy and work within the local government. 

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and admissions

The BA (Hons) Public Relations course team recognise applicants come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds from across the world. The course attracts students who apply directly from A Level or equivalent qualifications but it also welcomes students from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and other related art courses as well as mature students who may have worked in industry.

Entry requirements (Home/International/EU)

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

80 new UCAS tariff points (200 old UCAS tariff points) gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level or equivalent. (A Level subjects studied may include: English; History; Media; Business; Art and Design, or other subjects within Social Sciences). Ideally your A levels will be achieved at Grade C or above.

Or

One subject at A Level achieved at grade C or above PLUS Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3/4). Additionally you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least three GCSE subjects including English.

Alternatively you will be considered if you have achieved a minimum of 80 new UCAS tariff points (200 old UCAS tariff points) from one of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma 
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Equivalent EU or Non-EU qualifications

Additionally you will have achieved passes at grade C or above in at least three GCSE subjects including English.

If English is not your first language you will also need an up to date English qualification – see below.

Other entry routes

We also welcome applicants such as mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience. In such cases students applying on the basis of their previous experience or who wish to enter the course with through Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes should apply via UCAS and will be guided by the admissions staff on the AP(E)L processes.

Students applying to this course will be expected to demonstrate a specific interest in this area of study and should have a commitment to engaging with public relations theory and practice. 

Language requirements (International/EU)

  • International and EU students: In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • If your first language is not English you should check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English. Further information is available on our Language Centre page.
  • International applicants, please visit our International Applications page for further details regarding Admissions.

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join this BA course for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student. Please visit the Study Abroad website for details on how to apply or contact the Study Abroad office:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk

Deferred entry

For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader will determine whether deferred places are available for the course. If you wish to defer your place, it is advisable to indicate this on your application form and/or discuss this with the admissions team and course leader before/after applying at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.

International applicants are normally permitted to defer entry to any programme of study for one year only, after which they will be asked to re-apply.

Admission procedures

The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities policy of the University of the Arts London.

Applications are normally made through UCAS. Applications for this course are assessed on the basis of qualifications and the personal statement.

If more information is required, a member of the course team may contact the applicant and in some cases, may request the candidate to attend an interview and bring an example of written work.

Student Selection Criteria - what do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team. They will review the following key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Firstly will consider your qualifications (or projected results)
  • Then they will review your personal statement 
  • Then they will review your academic or personal references

Offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria, which should be demonstrated in your application:

  • A strong interest in Public Relations and an appreciation of its 'fit' within the world of communication
  • An understanding of the need for a critical and analytical approach to the area of study 
  • An approach suited to the demands of the course and the projected career futures

Personal statement advice

The personal statement is one of the most important parts of the application, as it provides an opportunity for the applicant to explain why they want to study on the course and demonstrate to the course team that they have a genuine interest in the field of public relations

Great care should be taken when writing the personal statement. Applicants are advised to write in a clear and structured fashion, free from any spelling mistakes. The statement should include some basic knowledge around the subject and should also demonstrate how the course will help the candidate to further this knowledge and develop additional relevant skills. It is also an opportunity for the candidate to say how they feel that they could personally contribute to the course. 

The applicant must demonstrate in the personal statement a strong interest in the field of public relations through discussion of past academic achievements, relevant work experience, personal experience and ambitions for personal development and involvement in the student culture of LCC.

Portfolio advice

There is no requirement for a portfolio for entry onto this programme.

Interview advice

Occasionally, an applicant will be invited for interview if the course leader feels they would benefit from discussing their application, prior to final consideration.
If you are invited for interview you can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions that you may have for the course leader and also re-reading your UCAS personal statement, from which the course leader’s questions will probably arise. The interview will be relatively informal and will normally take place at LCC.

Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme.

Next Steps

Successful applicants will be guided through the rest of our admissions stages and towards enrolment on the course.

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form. London College of Communication (LCC) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P210
  • There is no 'campus code' for LCC.

International Applicants

International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.

For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:

Applications for the academic year 2017/18 will be accepted from November 2016. 

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

Study Abroad Applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Public Relations for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.

Visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.

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