Journalism (BA Hons)

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Journalism

BA (Hons)

Make the news

Graduate as a career ready journalist, with a sensational portfolio.

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Unique opportunities

Amazing experiences that will give your career a head start.

Ross Parker

Ross was selected for the Daily Mail Graduate scheme - thousands applied, Ross got through.

Chloe Shakesbury

Chloe is Editor of the University newspaper, UniVersal News.

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Exceptional, on and off screen.

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Learn from the best in the industry

Neil Leighton

Neil Leighton

Academic Subject Leader: Journalism

'I've worked as a journalist for some of Britain's top media organisations.

I've written for national, regional and local newspapers, and produced content for BBC News Online. I've also worked as a producer and director on current affairs shows, factual programmes and documentaries, which have been broadcast on BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4.

My career highlights include winning a prestigious Royal Television Society Award for a programme I produced and directed, featuring Homeland star, David Harewood.'

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Course Details

One of the UK's best universities for journalism, we’re ranked 7th for teaching satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2017.

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Course outline

Our Journalism course is one of only a handful to be accredited with a dual seal of approval from industry - The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). This gives our graduates a real competitive edge.

Cover all aspects of multimedia journalism including writing and presenting, shooting and editing video, and creating audio output, such as podcasts.  You’ll develop exciting digital content for news websites and social media, and produce TV and radio bulletins in our state-of-the-art newsrooms and studios. The course is taught by highly-skilled practitioners who have many years of experience working for the likes of BBC television and radio, BBC Online, ITV, Vice, The New Statesman, The Times and The Guardian. Our close contact with industry means we can keep you up-to-speed with the latest developments, including the use of social media, mobile journalism and other emerging digital technologies.

In the first year, you will gain core skills such as writing and presentation, video and audio production and news gathering. You will also be introduced to some of the key principles which underpin journalism practice, as well as media law and ethics. You will develop your skills further in the second year, when you’ll learn how to write features and produce digital and print magazines. Students also cover court stories in our Advanced Media Law and Ethics module and study politics for journalists. You will work together in teams in our newsrooms and studios during regular multimedia news days and a news week. Using industry-standard equipment, including cameras that are used by the BBC, you will research, gather and deliver stories to the same deadlines as real-world journalists.

Your third year is focused on refining your skills, knowledge and experience – the final preparations for a career in the media industry. A key part of your last year will be your work placement. Previous students have worked for top news providers such as The Times, BBC Breakfast and Channel 5 News. You will also learn how to manage a portfolio career, including working as a freelancer, and will develop a professional social media strategy and an online portfolio of work.

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Study style

You will mainly learn practical skills, such as news and feature writing, shooting videos and recording audio. You will put these into practice on multimedia news days and news weeks. There are essential theory modules including Journalism in Context, Media Law and Politics for Journalists. You will be following a curriculum which will see you taking NCTJ diploma exams alongside the university's own assessments. In your final year you can choose between an academic dissertation or advanced practical project. Students have covered relevant and challenging topics such as an academic discussion into the use of social media in news gathering, and a piece of investigative journalism into failings in NHS maternity care. 

Industry links

Students have completed placements at the BBC, ITV, Sky News, NME, The Daily Mail and various BBC magazines.

Careers

  • Reporter
  • Presenter
  • PR
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Multimedia content

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Art, Design and Media.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by interview

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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeP502

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