Two students looking down at the table.

BA(Hons)

Journalism and Public Relations

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
PP52
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Film and Journalism
Campus:
City Campus
Duration:
Three years
Delivery:
Full-time; Part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Sally Reardon
Key fact:
This course combines traditional, hands-on skills with exciting new media opportunities, making you highly employable in a range of communications careers.

Page last updated 7 November 2017

Introduction

Why study journalism and public relations? 

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 multi-skilled, flexible communicators and solid researchers with a range of transferable skills.

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

Why UWE Bristol?

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

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.

Work individually and as part of a team to deliver work to live briefs and deadlines, and apply your entrepreneurial skills to meet the needs of diverse audiences, clients, consumers and markets.

Gain skills in writing, marketing communications and media strategy across print, screen and internet platforms and become highly employable in a range of communications industries.

Explore the hands-on craft of traditional reporting and PR and produce compelling, well-researched stories using blogs, content marketing, digital and social media to engage diverse audiences.

Gain an in-depth understanding of the political, economic and media contexts in which today's media are produced and consumed. Find out how to turn your skills into a rewarding, well-paid career.

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 ensures regular input from journalists and PR professionals. Benefit from regular guest lectures and take on live briefs and work placements at organisations like the BBC, the Bristol Post and Bristol City Council.

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.

Year one

You will  study:

  • Newsgathering
  • Introduction to Journalism and Public Communication
  • Civic Journalism
  • Public Relations Skills.

Year two

You will  study:

  • Visual Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism 1
  • Reputation Management
  • Researching Journalism and Public Communication
  • Digital Communication Management.

Final year

You will  study:

  • PR Consultancy Skills

Plus three optional modules from:

  • Independent Project or Journalism Dissertation
  • Journalism Innovations
  • Newsroom Practice
  • Activism and the Media
  • Advanced Feature Writing
  • Work Experience.

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 a mix of practical workshops, lectures, seminars, and individual tutorials.

Strengthen your writing skills in UWE Bristol student media such as the Western Eye newspaper and supplement Westworld and numerous blogs such as UWE Bristol Lingo and Behind the Spin.

Get help setting up your own blog or website. 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
124%76%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
324%76%0%100%

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%74%20%100%
20%94%6%100%
30%94%6%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

The course will be seeking accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).

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.

You'll engage with the vibrant urban and media culture of Bristol throughout your degree. We encourage you to take up work placements, internships and volunteering and our industry contactsinclude the BBC, the National Union of Journalists, the Bristol PostM Shed, the Tobacco Factory Theatres and a range of regional media and PR companies.

Get help to find your placements 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 three years.

Study facilities

Study at Bower Ashton Campus, 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.

Careers

Careers / Further study

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

As well as classic journalism or PR posts, you'll be well placed for a career as part of a communications team in the cultural industries, national and local government, charities or private business.

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

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

Additional costs are for 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

Please read the general information about 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.

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.

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

Unistats

UWE Main Campus

You might also like

Back to top