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BA(Hons)

Broadcast Journalism (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
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:
Foundation Year: Dr Britta Martens; Years one to three: Myra Evans
Key fact:
Experience the fast-paced environment of a real newsroom setting through our industry-standard facilities.

Page last updated 14 November 2018

Introduction

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

In your final year you'll have the opportunity to showcase your work to talent scouts and potential employers at our Creative Industries Degree Show.

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.

Where can it take me?

Whether you decide to work in front of the camera or behind it, this course will open up a wide variety of career options. From broadcasting in local television and radio, to roles in writing, producing and editing, you'll find your skills are highly transferrable and in high demand.

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

Accreditations and partnerships:

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 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.

You will 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. 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
024%76%0%
125%75%0%
225%75%0%
328%72%0%

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

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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

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

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

Features

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.

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. 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

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

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 (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1688
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year265

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 one A-Level.
  • 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.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

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

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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