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Journalism and Communications (Level 6) BA (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire

What is Journalism and Communications (Level 6) BA (Hons)?

If you’re studying for – or already have – a foundation degree, HND or Diploma of Higher Education and you’d like to top this up to a full BA honours degree, then this course is designed for you.

Our media, journalism and communications courses were ranked 10th in the UK for teaching and 3rd in the UK for academic support according to the National Student Survey 2023.

You’ll further develop your journalism and communications skills under our expert teaching team. They’ve worked for national and international media organisations – including the BBC, ITV, The Athletic, The Sunday Times and magazine publisher Bauer Media.

This is a practical course which aims to produce work-ready graduates who have the skills, knowledge and confidence to forge a successful career in the media industry. Students from our journalism subject community have gone on to work for employers including Sky, the BBC, Vice, The Telegraph, ITV, as well as a number of PR and communications agencies and leading sports clubs.

Study style

You’ll be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops – supported by one-to-one tutorials. You’ll be assessed in practical projects, written coursework, essays and portfolios.

You’ll learn in state-of-the-art studios and teaching spaces, using the latest technology to create engaging content for multiple digital platforms. You’ll also complete a work placement – or series of placements – in industry.

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Entry requirements

    • Applicants should possess an HND, Diploma of Higher Education or Foundation degree.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham P503 £9,250 TBC
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham P503 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Reporter
  • Multimedia Content Producer
  • Social Media Editor
  • Presenter
  • Public Relations and Communications Executive
  • Marketing Officer.

Industry links

You’ll learn from a teaching team that includes working journalists, content producers and communications specialists. Our staff have expert knowledge and close contact with industry, which means you’ll develop the key skills needed to become a practising media professional.

You’ll have invaluable networking opportunities with journalists, editors and content specialists from the likes of Google, Marie Claire, Top Gear magazine, Empire, the BBC, ITV and Heart radio. They’ve joined us for guest lectures and workshops – as well as for our annual Media Festival.

Learn from the best

You’ll be taught by journalists and media practitioners who have expert skills and knowledge, and excellent industry connections.

Learn in the best facilities

Our state-of-the-art studios and technology have been recognised by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council as being among the best in the country.

Highly rated for course and teaching satisfaction

Our journalism courses are in the top 15 for course satisfaction and teaching satisfaction, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

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Ranked 3rd in the UK for academic support and 10th in the UK for teaching satisfaction - NSS, 2023

Our media, journalism and communications courses were ranked 3rd in the UK for academic support and 10th in the UK for teaching according to the National Student Survey 2023.


Our close connections with industry have helped students secure work placements at organisations including ITV, Sky News, BBC radio and TV, Hello! magazine, The Guardian, The Telegraph and various PR and communication agencies.

"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. Highlights include filming an undercover investigation into the sale of dangerous dogs in Britain, and winning a prestigious Royal Television Society Award for a programme I produced and directed featuring Homeland star David Harewood.”

Neil Leighton, Academic Subject Leader, Journalism

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