BA(Hons)

Journalism

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About this course

Entry year:
2016/17
Course code:
P500
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
300
Department:
Film and Journalism
Campus:
City Campus
Duration:
Three years
Delivery:
Full-time; Part-time
Programme leader:
Myra Evans
Key fact:
All staff have industry experience and our state-of-the-art facilities will allow you to experience today’s fast-moving media environment in a real-world setting.

Introduction

Why Journalism?

Our BA(Hons) Journalism will develop your reporting and production skills across print, screen, audio and internet platforms, making you highly employable in many communications industries. Working individually and as part of a team, you will deliver work to live briefs and deadlines, apply your analytical skills to solve problems and develop imaginative ways of engaging diverse audiences.

The course will give you the confidence to work flexibly, creatively and independently and to communicate ideas and information in all formats. You will also engage with journalism at a more critical level, understanding and applying theories to issues ranging from representation to ownership, celebrity to conflict.

All staff have industry experience, allowing you to learn about today's fast-moving media environment.

Why study this course?

Journalism is based at Bower Ashton Campus, part of the City Campus. Exceptional facilities and resources and our production and fabrication workshops offer a combination of traditional tools and the latest technology.

Our multimillion pound new media studios are built to an industry standard and will allow you to experience today's fast-moving media environment in a real-world setting.

The course has been designed with the latest industry developments in mind, with modules taking full account of new and emerging technologies. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of the political, economic and media contexts in which journalists work worldwide.

Real-world experience

We run this course with a close eye on the demands of industry. You will constantly be out in the region, attending meetings, reporting from court and covering events. It's all part of researching and gathering material and producing content in our newsroom.

Our strong industry links with Bristol's cultural scene ensure ongoing input from journalists and broadcasters. You will benefit from regular guest lectures, while work placements are available at companies including the BBC, the Bristol Post and numerous media outlets.

Where it can take you

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

Year 1

You will be writing features, news stories, reviews and editorials, as well as developing skills in digital media production. You will discover the place of journalism within society and its relationship to democracy and learn about the history and structure of media.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Newsgathering
  • Journalism and Society
  • Introduction to Public Relations and Communications
  • Civic Journalism
  • Introduction to Broadcast Journalism

Year 2

You will be working on radio, video and online journalism at level two and will also study journalism law and ethics, research skills and public communication. The year is designed so you can pursue your own specialisms at Level 3.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Year 3

You will have a chance to 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.

During the course of the three years students are expected to undertake 15 days work experience. This is evaluated in Year 3.

There is a range of optional specialist taught modules from which students can choose.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Journalism Futures
  • Advanced Broadcast Journalism 1
  • Advanced Broadcast Journalism 2

Plus up to three of the following optional modules:

  • Project
  • Conflict Journalism
  • Media Campaigns and Activism
  • Sport, Journalism and the Media
  • Copywriting
  • Journalism Lab
  • Feature Writing
  • Global Journalism
  • Journalism Dissertation

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

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.

Learning and Teaching

All our modules offer a range of learning and teaching methods, including practical workshops, lectures, seminars, and individual tutorials.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Assessment

Assessment is through practical work, research portfolios, essays and presentations.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

 

Features

Professional accreditation

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

Placements

Work placements are a key part of the Journalism course and we also encourage internships and volunteering opportunities. Our strong industry links include those with BBC television and radio, the Bristol Post, numerous regional media companies, the city council and Made in Bristol TV

Work experience is available throughout the degree and in years two and three you will spend a minimum of 15 days with a media-related company.

Fieldwork

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

Study facilities

Studying at Bower Ashton offers an excellent base for you within the exciting City Campus, connecting teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol. Bower Ashton houses the main library supporting the creative and cultural industries as well as student support services.

You will have the opportunity of studying and accessing facilities at other sites within City Campus. This may include attending lectures, including guest lectures, and seminars at the City Campus at Arnolfini and City Campus at Watershed in Bristol city centre.

You will use high-definition digital cameras for projects and specialist software in the studio for editing audio and visual material. A range of computer labs provide further facilities for producing material. Friendly technical support is always available.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Showcase your work

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

Careers

Careers / Further study

A broad range of organisations, at home or abroad, are looking for the skills you will 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 an MA.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Be inspired

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

Useful links

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) Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1125
International - Full Time - Annual (Per Year) Fee11750
International - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1470
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1125

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1125
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1125

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 3 years750
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year250

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 300
  • GCSE: Grade C 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: Humanities, Media, English, Social Sciences
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: A minimum of DDM from the BTEC Diploma.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 30 L3 credits at merit; achievement of Level 2 credits giving GCSE equivalency (where appropriate) in English Language.
  • Baccalaureate IB: 26 points.

Entry requirements

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview where suitability for the course will be assessed.

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.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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