HND Creative Industries: Media and Communication (Advertising, Events, Marketing and PR)

This exciting course is intended to provide an introduction to the media and communication industries, while preparing students for progression to university, study or employment. Students on this course will be expected to take the lead on planning, organising, promoting and running an exciting range of events, both in the college and in collaboration with external partners. In particular, this course develops skills across the disciplines of advertising, marketing and events. In first year, learners will develop a broad understanding of the media industries, while developing specialist skills and knowledge across both years in advertising, marketing and events management. Second year students will be expected to utilise their expertise to organise, manage and promote college-wide and external events.

  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Events Management
  • Writing for the Media
  • Promoting and Pitching
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Law and the Media
  • English Language Skills
  • Media Analysis 
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Audio Visual Techniques
  • Web Design

  • Advertising agency
  • Marketing agency
  • Events management
  • Company communications
  • Local/regional government communication

On successful completion of this course students may progress onto a related degree programme.

Forth Valley College has formal articulation links in place for entry into year 3 of the following degree programmes:

BA (Hons) Media and Communication - Glasgow Caledonian
BA (Hons) Broadcast Production (TV and Radio) - University of the West of Scotland
BA (Hons) Filmmaking and Screenwriting - University of the West of Scotland
BA (Hons) Events Management - University of the West of Scotland
BA (Hons) Marketing - University of the West of Scotland
BA (Hons) Media - QMU
BA (Hons) Film and Media - QMU
BA (Hons) PR and Media - QMU
BA (Hons) PR, Marketing and Events - QMU


*Please note that each institution will have specific entry requirements.

One of the following: 

  • Two Highers including English at B or above (modern studies and/or media studies recommended but not mandatory) and four National 4 awards (or equivalent)
  • Successful completion of a relevant Access Course or an appropriate group of National Qualification Units
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications will be considered

Additional requirements:

  • A successful interview

Further advice for full-time applicants:

  • Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application.
  • If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account.
  • Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for 
  • Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately 
  • If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
  • Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
  • Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
  • If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
  • If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course 
  • Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview 

If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email student.applications@forthvalley.ac.uk

  • Location

    Stirling Campus

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    27 August 2018

  • End date

    14 June 2019

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8