Broadcast Systems Technology BSc (Hons)

Are you interested in what happens behind the camera to make television studios work? Or, how satellites are used? Creative skillset logo

This professionally recognised, practical course will prepare you for working with broadcast engineering systems. Working with some of with the fastest developing and advanced technologies, from TV cameras to satellites and digital transmission systems, you will gain an understanding of television, radio and media technology. With state-of-the-art HDTV industry facilities and a proven track record for graduate success, this practical course will give you the edge.

You will gain transferable skills in technological and theoretical concepts, research and analysis, problem-solving and collaboration. You will be an engineer who can design and support broadcast systems.

BKTS logoThis course is part of the Broadcast Technology cluster. Other pathways in this cluster are: BSc (Hons) Broadcast Audio Technology; BSc (Hons) Broadcast Computing; and BSc (Hons) Outside Broadcast Technology.

The four pathways on Ravensbourne’s cluster of broadcast technology degree courses are very hands-on, blending common content and pathway-specific lectures with practical exercises to ensure our graduates are the rounded and flexible broadcast engineers that the media industries want.

Learners on this course can expect to gain work experience and often paid employment with TV channels such as QVC and Discovery, and with broadcast giants such as ArqivaSkyBBC and ITV. The course boasts an excellent track record in graduate recruitment.

This is an unique opportunity for you to gain the professional skills, knowledge and experience necessary to gain employment in an ever-expanding industry, where understanding of the latest developments in technology and delivery platforms is paramount.

6 reasons to apply for this course

  1. Very high employability of graduates 

  2. Great work experience opportunities 

  3. Great facilities - A fully tapeless HDTV studio centre 

  4. Small cohort for an individual student experience 

  5. Only engineering course to hold BKSTS industry accreditation 

  6. Enthusiastic industry-honed teaching staff 

About this course


3 years full time


Home/EU: £8,750 per year International: £10,500 per year

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Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C or above) or equivalent (including English and Mathematics) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualification:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A level, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

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Key study topics

  • How a TV studio works to make TV programmes
  • How satellites work to beam signals into peoples’ homes
  • How to fix equipment when it goes wrong
  • How 3DTV and 3D films work to create the illusion of 3D
  • How to build electronic p << copy missing >>


I've always had more practical skills than academic, so Ravensbourne was an appropriate choice for me as it has a very hands-on approach. It has allowed me to fulfil my passion in broadcasting. I was so proud to have been an engineering manager for Ravensbourne’s The Degree Show. It was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life, working with all kinds of people and liaising with outside companies. Daniel Ashley, BSC (Hons) Broadcast Technology

What the next three years will look like

You will be assessed through the completion of practical and written work including critical reports, individual and group presentations, critical self and peer-evaluation, practical tests and written exams, and the completion of individual and team projects.

Level 1

You will develop a range of technical skills in a variety of specialist disciplines related to your chosen pathway in broadcast technology. 

Units covered:

  • mathematics
  • operational skills
  • broadcast technology
  • electronics
  • TV systems and signals
  • contextual studies
  • theory and context
  • mapping your profession
  • planning for enterprise
  • opportunities
  • trends and ideas
  • professional context

Level 2

You are encouraged to work more independently, to develop your critical thinking, and to develop your transferable skills and competencies. This process will enable you to develop your creative, business, professional and academic skills whereby you will be able to generate ideas and produce them to a completed solution and then apply these skills into a variety of applications.

  • ICT engineering
  • broadcast hardware systems
  • event technology
  • applied mathematics
  • pathway technology 1
  • contextual studies
  • debate and polemic
  • dissertation preparation
  • marketing strategy

Level 3

You will develop a wide understanding of professional practice, a knowledge of media, the media industry and how business works together with the skills to progress within an organisation and to act entrepreneurially within the market place.

You will graduate with a portfolio of work that has stretched your capability and skills and will fuel your aspirations towards a broadcast career across programme-making and content production.

  • engineering project report
  • pathway technology 2
  • broadcast signal processing
  • engineering project
  • engineering mathematics
  • contextual studies
  • dissertation
  • enterprise and entrepreneurship – making it happen
  • major project
  • major project report
  • taking it forward and dissertation

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