Journalism, B.A.

Journalism, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration

About

The course is taught by highly-skilled practitioners who have many years of experience working for the likes of BBC television and radio, BBC Online, ITV, Vice, The New Statesman, The Times and The Guardian. The close contact with industry means the university can keep you up-to-speed with the latest developments, including the use of social media, mobile journalism and other emerging digital technologies.

In the first year, you will gain core skills such as writing and presentation, video and audio production and news gathering. You will also be introduced to some of the key principles which underpin journalism practice, as well as media law and ethics. You will develop your skills further in the second year, when you’ll learn how to write features and produce digital and print magazines. Students also cover court stories in the Advanced Media Law and Ethics module and study politics for journalists. You will work together in teams in newsrooms and studios during regular multimedia news days and a news week. Using industry-standard equipment, including cameras that are used by the BBC, you will research, gather and deliver stories to the same deadlines as real-world journalists.

Your third year is focused on refining your skills, knowledge and experience – the final preparations for a career in the media industry. A key part of your last year will be your work placement. Previous students have worked for top news providers such as The Times, BBC Breakfast and Channel 5 News. You will also learn how to manage a portfolio career, including working as a freelancer, and will develop a professional social media strategy and an online portfolio of work.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

You will mainly learn practical skills, such as news and feature writing, shooting videos and recording audio. You will put these into practice on multimedia news days and news weeks. There are essential theory modules including Journalism in Context, Media Law and Politics for Journalists. You will be following a curriculum which will see you taking NCTJ diploma exams alongside the university's own assessments. In your final year you can choose between an academic dissertation or advanced practical project. Students have covered relevant and challenging topics such as an academic discussion into the use of social media in news gathering, and a piece of investigative journalism into failings in NHS maternity care. 

Courses Included:

  • Media Law
  • News Reporting
  • Radio & Audio Journalism
  • TV & Video Journalism
  • Journalism in Context
  • Law for Journalists

                                      English Language Requirements

                                      You need the following IELTS score:

                                      • Minimum required score:

                                        6

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                                      Academic Requirements

                                      • 120 tariff points
                                      • BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.
                                      • Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. 
                                      • Selection by interview.

                                      Tuition Fee

                                      • International Applies to you

                                        13500 GBP/year
                                        Tuition Fee
                                        Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                      • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                        9250 GBP/year
                                        Tuition Fee
                                        Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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                                      Living costs for Cheltenham

                                      • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
                                        Living Costs

                                      The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

                                      Funding

                                      • No upfront tuition fees. You won’t have to pay any fees while you are studying; you can apply for a student tuition fee loan to cover the fees. This will be paid directly to the university.
                                      • You can also apply for a student maintenance loan to help towards your living costs up to £8,200 if you live away from home to study and up to £6,904 if you stay at home.
                                      • Additional non-repayable grants may be available for students with dependents and for students with disabilities.
                                      • Living cost loans and grants will be paid to students in three equal instalments over the academic year – one at the beginning of each term.
                                      • You will only start to repay the loan after you have graduated and are in employment and earning over £21,000. You will repay 9% of your income above £21,000. For example if you earn £25,000 you would repay £30 a month. (i.e. 9% of £4,000/12 months).

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