BA(Hons) Media and Journalism (with Foundation Year)

Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Creative and Cultural Industries
Foundation Year: Frenchay and Years one to three: City Campus
Four years
Programme leader
Foundation Year: Dr Britta Martens; years one to three Dr Sally Reardon

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants. If you would like information about our alternative course, please visit the BA (Hons) Media Production (with Foundation Year) course page.

Page last updated 3 August 2020


This course immerses you in new production technologies, preparing you for employment in a wide range of communications professions.

Why study media and journalism?

Gain a broad overview of the media industry, with a focus on digital innovation and emerging technologies. You'll develop an extensive understanding of current practices in media alongside a firm foundation in journalistic skills.

As a graduate of this course, you'll be a multi-skilled, flexible communicator with a range of transferable skills, ideal for starting out in a media career.

Why UWE Bristol?

You'll learn from a dedicated teaching team that includes experienced journalists, media producers and academic researchers. They'll support you to undertake self-directed project work across a range of online and digital media, with a focus on the kind of specific briefs and tight deadlines you'll experience in the real world.

You'll develop writing and production skills across platforms, gaining the skills that will make you highly employable in a wide range of communications industries.

Explore the hands-on skill of traditional reporting. Become skilled at researching and producing engaging stories using blogs, content marketing and social media to reach different audiences with your storytelling.

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.

Thanks to our strong connections with Bristol's cultural scene, you'll receive ongoing input from journalists and broadcasters, innovative companies and arts organisations.

You'll take part in live briefs, masterclasses and research projects, and have access to volunteering or placement opportunities at organisations like The Post and Bristol City Council, or a paid internship with South West News Service or 72 Point.

Our final year Creative Industries Degree Show draws talent scouts and potential employers from across the region, meaning you'll be able to showcase your portfolio to important industry names.

And because all our journalism courses are based at Bower Ashton Studios, you'll have the opportunity to connect with peers from other related disciplines. Along with Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed, Bower Ashton forms part of our City Campus, a creative powerhouse that spans across Bristol, and helps fuel the city's continued cultural impact.

Focusing on the avenues that most interest you, you'll graduate in a confident position for your career.

Where can it take me?

Opportunities for journalism graduates extend far beyond traditional media jobs.

Your expertise in communications and critical engagement, along with your practical, research and creative thinking skills, will give you the edge in roles as varied as advertising, copywriting, market research and web content management.

Graduates of this course have also taken their highly transferrable skills into wider fields such as education and academia.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



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

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • The Power of Words.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Journalism courses.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Foundation year modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Digital Media
  • Newsgathering
  • Civic Journalism
  • Introduction to Journalism and Public Communication.

Year two

You will study:

  • Visual Journalism
  • Researching Journalism and Public Communication
  • Digital Communication Management
  • Advanced Digital Media.

Final year

You will study optional modules from (the number depending on credit requirements): 

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

*Cannot be taken together.

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 from highly experienced academic researchers, media producers, and journalists, on a curriculum that responds to current issues and developments.

Develop as a trainee professional, with the confidence to innovate. Craft your expertise as a researcher, working with academics and partners helping to shape new thinking in the field. Develop enterprise skills, to take your talents in interesting new directions. 

Develop creative digital media projects, and understand the professional and cultural contexts for these activities. Learn about key theories, histories and techniques in media practice, particularly photography, video, web media and print journalism. Learn to make your own content and understand the best way of disseminating it.

Write features, news stories, reviews and editorials, and develop skills in digital media production, across wide-ranging platforms. Debate the changing role of media and journalism within society and its relationship to consumer culture, democracy and everyday life in a globalised world. 

Advance your critical understanding of, and ability to question, the role of journalistic media and public communications in society. Choose your own specialisms and graduate with a degree that matches your strengths and interests.

Live briefs and client-led projects will give you the grounding to work either freelancer or inhouse. Students have recently worked with a charity to create a third world waste management campaign.

Produce a major practical project across the full range of media. There will also be opportunities to consolidate your academic writing skills with a dissertation option.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year.

Get involved

Take part in the Waste Aid project, with our Sustainability team, using your media and journalism skills to help increase plant-based food consumption across our campuses.


You will 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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year



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 contacts include the BBC, the National Union of Journalists, the Bristol PostPervasive Media Studio and numerous regional media companies.

Get help to find your placements and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.


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 Year zero, 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, and you'll 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 / Further study

Tailoring what and how you study, you can shape the course towards your chosen career path.

Your writing, content production, research and problem solving skills will be sought after by a broad range of organisations.

You could go into TV, radio, press and digital journalism, news editing, web development, publishing, media production, computer services, communication technologies, marketing and public relations, advertising and copywriting, audience research and media criticism.

As this is an industry that's constantly evolving, we'll also prepare you for where the market is heading. You'll have the flexibility and breadth of skills to build a sustainable and flexible career.

Some graduates also 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.

Read how Charlie is making a name for herself in the film industry.


Supplementary fee information

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


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Literacy and Numeracy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BA(Hons) Media and Journalism.

International applicants

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through ourInternational College, which upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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