(Hons) Journalism with English Language, B.A.

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  • 36 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
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Are you interested in the technical structures of the English language, and using them to find and communicate a story to the public? Whether your goal is writing for magazines, newspapers or new media, you will learn the skills of journalism alongside linguistic study. We aim to help you become an ethical and reflective journalist, with experience of journalistic work and significant knowledge of another subject.


What will I experience?

On this course you can:
  • Put your skills into practice in our fully equipped newsroom
  • Benefit from studying under expert journalists with experience working on international, national, regional and online publications
  • Complete a ten-day journalism-based work placement
  • Undertake a formal ten-day journalism-based work placement as part of your study, with further placement opportunities encouraged throughout your degree.
  • Spend a 'sandwich' year in industry

What opportunities might it lead to?

Portsmouth graduates have a good record of finding employment and the focus on our journalism course is on making you employable as a graduate journalist. Our excellent links with the industry ensure your work placements - whether formal or informal - will challenge and inspire you.The University of Portsmouth is an approved exam centre for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), a body traditionally associated with the newspaper industry. Students have the opportunity to sit a number of NCTJ examinations, but applicants are advised that if they wish to complete all the NCTJ core examinations, they should apply to our BA (Hons) Journalism.Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
  • editing magazines
  • working on fashion blogs
  • new media
  • public relations
  • further academic study

Programme Assessment

As well as the standard lecture and seminar format of learning, there is also a hugely practical element to your study. Practical workshop sessions and group-based activities will sometimes see you producing magazines, newspapers or web pages to a deadline. We prize this training aspect of the course.The formal Placement and Digital Portfolio unit in the third year requires students to organise their own placement under the guidance of specialist staff and often drawing on the contacts of journalism lecturers. Extensive guidance is given to students in lectures and seminars on how to obtain the placement and what to do to gain the best possible experience while there. Employers for these placements complete a pre-placement health and safety check and an end of placement report form, highlighting the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and this is discussed in tutorials with each student on their return to university. We assess you in a range of ways, including through:
  • essays and close textual analysis
  • in-class tests
  • media artefacts
  • seminar presentations
  • a 10,000-word dissertation
At the end of the third year formal placement, students complete an assessed piece of work – an evaluative report analysing the employer’s role in the industry and reflecting on their own personal and professional development.

Student Destinations

This is a vocational course, and we would expect you to graduate with the skills needed to find employment as a journalist on websites, magazines and newspapers. However, this is not the only route open to you; you’ll gain valuable transferable skills in analysis, writing, presentation, editing, design, and so on, which will stand you in good stead to enter a wide range of careers.Roles our graduates have taken on include:
  • campaign assistant
  • editorial assistant
  • PR and marketing assistant
  • trainee reporter
  • journalist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: 3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Module Details

Year oneIn the first year there is a blend of practical and theoretical learning. You’ll begin practical training in the techniques of journalism, alongside units in theory, law and ethics relating to journalistic practice. Shorthand is also a core topic, and our training will enable you to reach speeds of 100 words per minute. You will also lay the groundwork for your linguistic study in the course.You will study the following units:
  • Journalism in Context
  • Theories and Techniques in Journalism
  • Academic & Professional Skills
  • Current Affairs
  • Language, Society and Mind
  • How Language Works
Year twoThis year allows you to start specialising in the areas that interest you most. Choose to focus on specific media forms or writing styles alongside the study of the language they use.You will study the following units:
  • Meaning in English
  • Feature Writing and News Analysis
  • Law for Journalists
You will choose one option from:
  • Analysing Discourse
  • Forensic Linguistics
You will choose one further option from:
  • Press & PR
  • Mobile and Social Journalism
  • Music Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Ethical Issues in Modern Journalism
  • Learning from Experience
Year threeThe final year offers you a range of options to choose from in both parts of your study. Depending on your interests, you also have the choice between a dissertation or undertaking a special exercise that boosts your journalistic skills.You will study:
  • EITHER Dissertation OR Journalism Special Investigation
You will choose one option from:
  • Placement
  • Writing and Producing Magazines
  • Money, Government and Power
  • Global Journalism and Human Rights
You will choose one further option from:
  • Professional Communication
  • English in a Historical Perspective
  • Professional Communication 2
  • English in the World

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • 96-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent, to include 32 points from A level English.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 12600 International
  • GBP 9250 EU/EEA


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