Journalism and Communications BA (Hons) (Level 6) (BA Hons)

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1 Year (Level 6 Top-Up)


Park, Cheltenham

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

You’ll further develop your journalism and communications skills under the guidance of our expert teaching team. Lecturers on our journalism courses have worked for national and international media organisations, including the BBC, ITV, The Athletic, The Sunday Times and magazine publisher Bauer Media.

You’ll learn in state-of-the-art studios and teaching spaces, and use the latest technology to create engaging content for multiple digital platforms.

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 the journalism subject group 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.

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Study style

You will be taught in lectures, seminars and workshops. These will be supported by one-to-one tutorials. Assessment will take the form of practical projects, written coursework, essays and portfolios. You will also complete a work placement – or series of placements – in industry.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

Applicants should have a level 5 qualification such as a HND, Foundation Degree or equivalent.

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.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 1 year level 6 top-upP503


  • 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.

There will also be invaluable networking opportunities. In recent years, journalists, editors and content specialists from the likes of Google, Marie Claire, Top Gear magazine, Empire, the BBC, ITV and Heart radio have joined us for guest lectures and workshops, and for our annual Media Festival.

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.

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Staff Profile

Neil Leighton

“I’ve worked as a journalist for some of Britain's top media organisations, including the BBC and News UK (the publisher of The Sunday Times and The Sun). 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.”

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Learn from the best

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

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Learn in the best

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.

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Top 10 for course and teaching satisfaction

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

School of Media

Our School of Media provides industry-standard, specialist facilities so you can develop your creative talent. Our studios and production spaces are an exciting place to work together with students from different subjects on creative projects.

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