BA(Hons) Broadcast Journalism (with Foundation Year)

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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 Anne Harbin

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


Experience the fast-paced environment of a real newsroom setting through our industry-standard facilities.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Why study broadcast journalism?

Broadcast journalists are the voice of news and current affairs. They identify and research news stories before presenting them for radio, TV, social media and the web.

It's a varied, dynamic role which can see you interviewing one minute and editing film footage the next. If you're interested in reporting, and enjoy the cut and thrust of a creative and fast-paced environment, broadcast journalism could be for you.

Why UWE Bristol?

As a student of BA(Hons) Broadcast Journalism, you'll quickly become familiar with the latest technologies through our exceptional facilities and resources. Our media studios incorporate a newsroom, TV and radio studios and editing suites, all built to the same standard you'd see in a professional studio.

Post-production workshops include facilities for editing and mixing, enabling you to build confidence working behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera.

Our strong industry links with Bristol's cultural scene mean you'll benefit from regular guest lectures and take on work placements at companies like the BBC, The Post, Bristol 24/7 and other media outlets.

Working individually and as part of a team, you'll attend meetings, report from court and cover events, delivering work to live briefs and deadlines.

Develop your reporting and production skills across print, screen, audio and internet platforms, devising imaginative ways to engage diverse audiences.

Take part in simulation news days, hear from industry experts in guest lectures, and showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at our Creative Industries Degree Show. There are also opportunities for paid internships with the likes of South West News and the BBC.

This course is based at Bower Ashton Studios. It's part of our City Campus: a powerhouse of inspiration and collaboration that spans across Bristol, and incorporates renowned contemporary arts centres Spike Island, Arnolfini and Watershed.

Focusing on the areas that most interest you, through your modules and assessments, you'll graduate in a confident position for your career. 

Where can it take me?

Whether you decide to work in front of the camera or behind it, you could go into broadcasting in local television and radio, or take up roles involving writing, producing or editing.

The industry needs skilled, flexible communicators and strong researchers with a range of transferable skills.

Graduates of this course include television and radio reporters, marketing specialists and teachers as well as writers, online video specialists and video journalists. 

Read about Tom's career so far and how this course helped him get to where he is today.

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.

Foundation year (Year zero)

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:

  • 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.

Craft your expertise as a researcher, working with academics and partners helping to shape new thinking in the field.

You'll explore the place of broadcast 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.

Take part in news days where you'll pitch your story ideas, and cover and broadcast events, building your resilience and industry insight.

Develop enterprise skills, working on live briefs and client-led projects.

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.

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

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Get involved

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


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.

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


Professional accreditation

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

This professional accreditation is highly valued because it represents a benchmark of best practice and sets the standards for multi-platform journalism training.

It also shows that your course is focused on helping you build vocational skills and increase your employability.


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. 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 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.


Careers / Further study

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

Your 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, 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


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.


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.
  • English Language Requirement: International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit
  • 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) Broadcast 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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