Students using the group study room

BA(Hons)

Journalism

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
P500
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Film and Journalism
Campus:
City Campus
Duration:
Three years
Delivery:
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Myra Evans
Key fact:
Our industry standard facilities help you gain practical skills and experience today's fast-moving media environment in a real-world setting.

Page last updated 7 November 2017

Introduction

Why study journalism?

The journalism industry is at the cutting edge of change in society and is fundamental to the understanding of the rapidly changing world we live in.

The industry needs skilled, flexible communicators and strong researchers with a range of transferable skills.

There has never been a more exciting time to embrace multimedia.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Journalism is based at Bower Ashton Studios, part of our City Campus.

Exceptional facilities and resources and production workshops offer a combination of traditional tools and the latest technology. Our media studios have been built to an industry standard and modules take full account of new and emerging technologies.

Gain an in-depth understanding of the political, economic and media contexts in which journalists work worldwide. Develop your reporting and production skills across print, screen, audio and internet platforms and become highly employable in many communications industries.

Work individually and as part of a team to deliver work to live briefs and deadlines, and apply your analytical skills to solve problems and develop imaginative ways of engaging diverse audiences.

Build the confidence to work flexibly, creatively and independently and apply theories to issues ranging from representation to ownership, celebrity to conflict.

We run this course with a close eye on the demands of industry. You'll attend meetings, report from court and cover events. It's all part of researching and gathering material and producing content in our newsroom.

Our City Campus is a powerhouse of inspiration and collaboration, and home to our City Creatives. It spans across Bristol and is made up of Bower Ashton and renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

Our strong industry links with Bristol's cultural scene ensure ongoing input from journalists and broadcasters. You'll benefit from regular guest lectures and take on work placements at companies like the BBC, Bristol Post and other media outlets.

Showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at the final year Creative Industries Degree Show and graduate with an impressive portfolio of work.

Where can it take me?

Your advanced communications skills will equip you for a career in an expanding sector.

Our graduates go on to careers in TV, radio, press and online journalism, web design, publishing, media production, marketing and events management.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Newsgathering
  • Introduction to Journalism and Public Communication
  • Civic Journalism
  • Introduction to Broadcast Journalism.

Year two

You will study:

  • Broadcast Journalism 1
  • Broadcast Journalism 2
  • Researching Journalism and Public Communication
  • Media Regulation and Law.

Final year

You will study:

  • Advanced Broadcast Journalism 1
  • Advanced Broadcast Journalism 2.

Plus two optional modules from:

  • Activism and the Media
  • Advanced Feature Writing
  • Journalism Innovations
  • Journalism Dissertation
  • Final Year Project.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through practical workshops, lectures, seminars, and individual tutorials. Write features, news stories, reviews and editorials, and develop skills in digital media production.

You will explore the place of journalism within society and its relationship to democracy, and learn about the history and structure of media.

Work on radio, video and online journalism in year two and study journalism law and ethics, research skills and public communication. Produce a major journalism practical project across the full range of media. There will also be opportunities to consolidate your academic writing skills with a dissertation option.

Present a portfolio of your work at a public exhibition on graduation. Choose your own specialisms and graduate with a degree that matches your strengths and interests.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
125%75%0%100%
225%75%0%100%
328%72%0%100%

Read how Journalism lecturer Phil's true-life political experience is benefiting students.

See our students' exhibits on Tumblr.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through a mix of written individual and group coursework, peer assessment, case studies, live briefs, practical projects, self-assessment, tests, presentations, and research essays.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
16%84%10%100%
213%81%6%100%
30%85%15%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

The course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)

This professional accreditation is highly valued because it represents a benchmark of best practice and sets the standards for multi-platform journalism training.

It also shows that your course is focused on helping you build vocational skills and increase your employability.

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

We have strong links with companies across the region and beyond, including Arup Lighting, Wylde IA, Amarelle, 2 Feet Below, SJP Interiors, Corian, Egger, Vescom, Abet Laminati and Altro Flooring.

From year one onwards, you will take professional practice and work experience modules, where you'll undertake work placements, internships and volunteering.

Study exchanges with European colleges of Art and Design are available as part of the EU-funded Erasmus/Socrates programme.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

Fieldwork includes visits to the Westminster parliament and assignments in and around Bristol throughout the course.

Study facilities

Study at Bower Ashton Studios, part of our City Campus, where exceptional facilities and resources include industry standard digital media studios.

Our City Campus connects teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol. Bower Ashton houses the main creative and cultural industries library as well as student support services.

Attend lectures and seminars at the Arnolfini and Watershed in Bristol city centre.

Use high-definition digital cameras for projects and specialist software in the studio for editing audio and visual material. Our computer labs provide further facilities for producing material. Friendly technical support is always available.

This mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Showcase your work

Take a look at some of our students' exhibits on Tumblr.

Careers

Careers / Further study

A broad range of organisations need the skills you'll gain on this degree.

Careers are available in TV, radio, press and digital journalism, news editing, web development, publishing, media production, advertising, public relations, marketing and events management, leisure and tourism, computer services, communication technologies, local and central government, teaching and lecturing.

Some graduates go on to study for a master's qualification or do teacher training.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - careers in marketing, advertising and PR

Prospects - careers in media and publishing

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year250

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • English Language Requirement:

    You will require a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0, with 6.0 in each component.

  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: English Language, English Literature, Media Studies, Sociology, History
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Suitability for the course is assessed on the basis of qualifications and personal statement. Those not in possession of the minimum entry requirements who are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation through nonacademic achievements will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview.

Successful applicants will use their personal statement to show a genuine interest in a career in journalism or the communications and media industries. You should demonstrate or show potential to develop the qualities which are essential to be a successful journalist, PR or communications professional; creative thinking, team working, communication, people skills, confidence and IT skills. Applicants are able to submit a separate document to UWE to provide a more tailored statement if desired.

Applicant days for all take place in January, February and March. You will experience what it's like to study Journalism at UWE, take part in a group activity, view the facilities, resources, support and meet fellow applicants. Teaching staff will outline the course and be available for one-to-one discussions. The applicant day is a really important part of your journey to ensure it's the right course for you.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

As this course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) we regret that we are unable to accept applications for advanced entry. Those wishing to apply for entry to a course at Level 2 or Level 3 may wish to consider Journalism and Public Relations or Media and Journalism.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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