BA(Hons)
Journalism

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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

Broadcast Journalism  Training Council
  • Entry year: 2015/16
  • Course code: P500
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 300
  • Department: Film and Journalism
  • Campus: Bower Ashton
  • Duration: Three years
  • Delivery: Part-time, full-time
  • Programme leader: Myra Lee
  • 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.

Why study this course?

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.

All staff are experienced journalists with broad research interests, while our state-of-the-art facilities will allow you to experience today's fast-moving media environment in a realistic setting. UWE Bristol's multimillion pound TV studio is built to an industry standard.

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.

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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. As we mix the study of Journalism and Media equally, you can opt to pursue a full award in either discipline at the end of Level 1.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

Year 2

You will be working on radio and video journalism at level two and will also study journalism ethics, public communication and web media. 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
  • Journalism and Public Communication
  • Media Law and Ethics

Year 3

At Level 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 or to gain valuable work experience through the Work Placement Module. And there will be a full range of specialist taught modules from which to choose.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Journalism Futures
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Professional Practice

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

Please note course content and structure can change from year to year. As a result there can be variation between the information shown here and the course when it is delivered. 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.

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.

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Special Features

Professional accreditation

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

Placements

Work placements are mandatory 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 Bristol Rovers.

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

Fieldwork

Fieldwork includes visits to the Westminster parliament and trips to local TV, radio, print and digital media companies.

Study facilities

Journalism is based at Bower Ashton Campus. You will have access to our unrivalled media facilities, with a state-of-the-art Media Centre offering the latest technology. UWE Bristol's TV studio is built to industry standard.

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.

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Extracurricular activities

The course has developed links with UWE Bristol's student newspaper and radio station, which offer opportunities to add to your journalistic portfolio.

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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 graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating; includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real-world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

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Useful links

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Fees

Full time course

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Home/EU-Full Time-15 Credit Module Fee1125
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee11250
International-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1406
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9000
Offshore-Full Time 15 Credit Module Fee1125

Part time course

FeeAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-15 Credit Moldule Fee1125

Supplementary fee information

For information about fees and funding for courses please see our fees and funding pages.

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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.
  • 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.

You will require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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