Journalism (BA Hons)


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.

Chloe Shakesbury

Megu, a BA Journalism student, interviewed film star Leonardo DiCaprio when she was on work placement with Reuters in Tokyo.

Ross Parker

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

Outstanding facilities

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 David Harewood, one of the stars of Homeland, Spooks and The Night Manager."

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Course details

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Course outline

Journalism at the University of Gloucestershire is all about learning by doing. From creating exciting content for social media to broadcasting live from our industry-standard news rooms, you won’t just learn all the skills needed to become a multimedia journalist, you’ll be putting them into practice too.

It’s a hands-on experience - and an experience our students tell us they enjoy. Our journalism courses are in the top 10 for course satisfaction and teaching satisfaction, according to the Guardian University Guide 2020.

BA Journalism also received a 100% overall student satisfaction rating in the 2019 National Student Survey.

On top of this, it's one of only a handful of courses to be accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. These are nationally-recognised industry kite marks which give our graduates a real competitive edge.

The course is taught by award-winning journalists who have worked for the likes of the BBC, ITV, Grazia, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph and The Athletic. Our close contact with industry means we can keep you up to speed with the latest trends and technology, and also bring in exciting guest lecturers and mentors. Big-name visitors in recent years have included Elle UK editor Farrah Storr and Terri White, editor of Empire.

With a university experience like this, it’s no wonder our students have gone on to work for some of the UK’s biggest media employers, including Sky, The Telegraph, ITV, Vice, the BBC, and international magazine publisher Bauer Media.

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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. We teach students towards the NCTJ Essential Media Law and Regulation, Videojournalism, Court Reporting, Public Affairs, Newspaper and Magazine Regulation and Essential Journalism exams, while shorthand will be a part of your second year teaching. 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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Politics for Journalists' to 'The Professional Newsroom'.

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

Industry links

The course has very close ties with industry. This means you will be able to hear from leading media professionals in guest lectures and workshops. In recent years, we have been joined by journalists, editors and content producers from the likes of Google, Marie Claire, Top Gear magazine, the BBC, ITV and Heart radio.

Our industry connections have helped students secure work placements at organisations including Sky News, Channel 5 news, The Telegraph, BBC radio and TV, Hello! magazine, The Guardian, and ITV.

You will also have the opportunity to develop your own industry contacts at our annual Media Festival and network with some of our high-flying graduates at our Meet the Alumni events.


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

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that's A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

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.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeP502

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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