BA(Hons)
Journalism
Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2014

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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

Broadcast Journalism  Training Council

Introduction

You will develop journalistic skills across print, radio, screen and internet platforms, alongside a critical understanding of the media generally and the local and global political, economic and media contexts in which journalists work. You'll be immersed in the latest digital production technologies and develop writing and production skills that you can readily apply across a variety of careers.

The BA(Hons) Journalism course will give you confidence to work flexibly, creatively and independently, to deal with the public and public figures and to use ideas and information to communicate in written and audio-visual formats.  It will teach you how to research, how to generate new information and how to work independently and as part of a team.

Throughout the course you'll be expected to deliver work to a brief and to tight deadlines, and apply your analytical skills to solve problems and develop imaginative ways of addressing a variety of audiences. The course will also ensure you're web literate and confident in the use of web-based technology and software.

Students are taught by experienced journalists and academic researchers from around the world and we have strong external links with the BBC, Bristol Evening Post, and the National Union of Journalists.

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

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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 Communication
  • Journalism Fieldwork
  • Professional Craft Skills

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:

  • Project
  • Conflict Journalism
  • Media Campaigns and Activism
  • Sport, Journalism and the Media
  • Copywriting

Please note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery the same modules will be studied over a longer period and 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

UWE provides multimedia studio facilities and has strong industry links in Bristol, including the BBC, the Bristol Evening Post and other local media companies, which will help you find rewarding work placement opportunities. We encourage and support work placements, internships and volunteering opportunities which will enhance your future career prospects.

Study facilities

Significant investment in a new Media Hub at Bower Ashton campus supports studies in broadcast journalism, filmmaking and creative media.

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

 

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Careers/further study

Graduates in Journalism at UWE have taken up a wide range of professions including web design, publishing, journalism, media production, television and radio, advertising, public relations, marketing and events management, leisure and tourism, computer services, communication technologies, local and central government, teaching and lecturing.

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.

Creating employable students

UWE places strong emphasis on employability and skill development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives, including the highly successful Undergraduate Internship Scheme, we nurture talent and encourage innovation. Through these opportunities students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career prospects and a competitive place in the job market.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

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Prospects - careers in marketing, advertising and PR

The UWE careers service provides guidance and support throughout your studies and after you graduate in addition to useful resources, CV checks, career coaching and details of current job vacancies. They also source opportunities for students to gain work based experience. This support can be accessed face to face, over the telephone or online.

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Fees

Fee information

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

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Entry

Joining instructions

For students starting this course in September 2014, view your joining instructions. For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 300
  • GCSE: Grade C or above in English Language
  • 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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