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BA(Hons)

Journalism (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
P50F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
64
Department:
Film and Journalism
Campus:
Foundation Year: Frenchay and Years one to three: City Campus
Duration:
Four years
Delivery:
Full-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 16 October 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 UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus in the foundation year, and at Bower Ashton Studios, part of our City Campus, from year one onwards.

Exceptional facilities and resources and our production and fabrication 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.

Gain 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

Structure

Content

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

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • Extended Project.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

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.

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 spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
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 spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
00%60%40%100%
16%84%10%100%
213%81%6%100%
30%85%15%100%

Features

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 encourage you to take up work placements, internships and volunteering and our industry contacts include BBC television and radio, the Bristol Post, numerous regional media companies, the city council and Made in Bristol TV.

In your second and final year you'll spend a minimum of 15 days with a media-related company.

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 UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus in your foundation year, and at Bower Ashton Studios, part of our City Campus, from year one onwards.

In both locations, you'll benefit from exceptional facilities and resources including 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 (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Indicative Additional Costs

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

Supplementary fee information

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: 64
  • 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: Humanities, Media, English, Social Sciences.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Journalism course.

Read more about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

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

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications

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