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Journalism BA (Hons)

Exciting. Varied. Fast Moving. Challenging. Learning about Journalism at UCLan is a lot like working as a journalist. For the last 55 years, we’ve helped people like you meet the expectations of the industry.

On this practical, hands-on course, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to work in a modern, digitalised newsroom. You will be able to do live location reporting, filming, editing and also learn the latest digital and social media skills from experts based in our Media Innovation Studio.

From the first day of the course, you will be encouraged to think like a journalist – to be inquisitive, resourceful, sceptical and persistent in your quest.

Accredited by the NCTJ, BJTC and PPA this course works to real deadlines, so TV, radio and online work is assessed live, publications are put together to print deadlines and professional meetings take place as they would in industry.

National Student Survey 2017
Journalism at UCLan - top 10 in the UK for providing opportunities for students to apply what they have learnt.

Why study this course?

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BA Journalism

You will be able to do live location reporting, a skill which all journalists need as communications technology continues to evolve.

Your practical work will link closely to cutting edge projects from our Media Innovation Studio where students are currently involved with Drone Journalism and Interactive Journalism. You will also be offered the opportunity to study abroad in the second year of your programme (Year 3 if you started in the Foundation Entry). You can also bid for travel bursaries for overseas projects.

Students have access to TV cameras, recording equipment, digital cameras, a fully-equipped TV studio and gallery, a remote-style TV studio, live outside broadcast equipment, four radio studios, news production and editing software, specialist teaching rooms equipped with MAC editing equipment and print news production software. The university also has a studio space for TV production, an excellent library and various open learning zones and cybercafés with internet connected computers.

Professional Accreditation

The BA Journalism course is currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the Professional Publishers Association (PPA).

Students on this course will take NCTJ examinations in addition to their university exams in order to complete the NCTJ’s gold standard diploma which many employers require for entry into journalism.

This course has been NCTJ accredited for many years and this was renewed with a full two-year accreditation in May 2017. Some universities may give you the opportunity to sit NCTJ exams or follow the NCTJ curriculum. However, UCLan is the only university provider in the North West to offer an NCTJ-accredited undergraduate programme. This means the programme has been through a rigorous NCTJ accreditation process. 

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NCTJ accredited   PPA Accredited logo

Our Industry Links

The School of Journalism, Media and Performance has extensive links with industry. Many of our alumni are working professionally at the highest levels. Graduates of the course have gone on to work for the BBC, ITN, ITV, Granada TV, Bauer Media, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, Johnston Press, Trinity Mirror, Schools Week, Sunday Express, Daily Star, Mail Online, The Sun, China Daily, UNILAD, Goal.com, Lifestyle Magazines, Wales Rugby League and many more print, online, television and radio organisations. Some have even branched out into high-tech media industries such as HTC

Our network of alumni means we can provide a broad range of quality work placements for students and also master classes and guest lectures by distinguished alumni. In addition, the Journalism Division works with major employers on special projects, for example; with the BBC during the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics.

We have partnerships with the ITV and BBC talent pools. Both organisations have mentored students from diverse backgrounds and helped them develop careers in broadcasting across the areas of news, current affairs and entertainment. We have also recently developed a partnership with the ITV Tonight programme, ITV Border and music journalism websites. The range of placements enjoyed by our students is extensive, from local and national newspapers and magazines, music and sports websites, to local, regional and national broadcasting organisations. Students also work with the voluntary sector, for example contributing to charity websites and media campaigns.

The School runs CJAM (Careers in Journalism and Media), an employability event that gives students the opportunity to hear from, network with and pitch ideas to industry professionals to gain sound advice and work placement opportunities.


The journalism course gives you a chance to explore both broadcast and print routes and pushes you to try new things outside of your comfort zone. No matter what experience you already have in journalism, I would highly recommend this course - I had none and now I run a blog and work for a major social media company

Emmi Bowles, UNILAD


The Royal Television Society is offering bursaries of £3000 (£1000 per year) to students on this course. Applicants are able to apply for the bursaries as soon as UCLan is made their Conditional Firm choice. For more information, visit the Bursaries page at www.rts.org.uk 

Print newsroom

There are international opportunities. Past students have gone to Amsterdam, Zambia, China and New York to work on a variety of unique projects. Students can access the travel bursaries here and the School help them where they can.


 

This course is held in high esteem within the industry, and is currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the Professional Publishers Association (PPA). The course prides itself on keeping up to date with the changes in the sector and working across the different mediums so you can hone skills in broadcast, video, film or print.

You will be taught by highly experienced lecturers, many of whom are still active at the highest levels of the journalism industry. Employers realise the quality of the UCLan course and the fact that it gets them ready for a career in journalism right from day one.

The Journalism Division is involved in cutting edge research and recently our students won a BBC ‘Innovation Award’. You will be taught by highly experienced lecturers, many of whom are still active at the highest levels of the journalism industry. Employers realise the quality of the UCLan course and the fact that it gets them ready for a career in journalism right from day one. There is a compulsory placement in your final year and students take advantage of superb industry links to gain experience at leading news organisations. This is invaluable experience and has a significant impact on our excellent record for graduate employment.

“Through studying journalism at UCLan I was equipped with the knowledge, skills, contacts and - perhaps most importantly - the confidence, to secure a reporter role at a national newspaper straight out of university. I would wholeheartedly recommend journalism at UCLan to future journos who are willing to work hard, and have a great time in the process.”

Samantha King, Schools Week

“I could never have landed my dream job without UCLan. Not only do you get top quality academic help, but you also get invaluable hands on experience. The opportunities really are endless with a hard work ethic and this course. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a career in media.”

Ellen Kirwin, Liverpool Echo


What Opportunities will I have?

Work experience and international opportunities

While we encourage students to undertake work experience from day one, the course offers a compulsory work placement component that enables students to take advantage of our superb industry links during their final year to gain experience at leading news organisations. This is invaluable experience and has a significant impact on our excellent record for graduate employment.

Graduate careers

Richard Frediani, ITV News Programme Editor and UCLan Honorary Fellow; Ranvir Singh, Journalist, TV Presenter and UCLan Chancellor; Mohammed Salim Patel, BBC Journalist who writes under the alias of ‘The Blind Journalist’; Laura Gibson, Social Creative Lead for ITV;  Dale Fox, Sub-editor of 21st Century, an English education supplement for China Daily; Nizaar Kinsella, Chelsea FC Correspondent for Goal.com.

Progression routes

  • Masters
  • PhD
  • Other further study
  • Graduate Internships
  • Industry trainee schemes
  • Industry jobs at entry-level and above

Futureproof

This September the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries is offering Foundation students a unique opportunity to ‘Futureproof’ their ambitions and gain a National qualification free of charge as part of your studies.

Futureproof includes the PEARL qualification, a national GQAL accredited certificate, that will enable you to transfer key skills that can be taken forward into all areas of life, especially employment or further study.

The course will open doors for you with creative businesses and offers you extra coaching and access to high profile industry professionals. You will get additional support to help you recognise your strengths and apply them in creative work environments.

The five areas PEARL focuses on are, self-awareness, social skills, managing feelings, empathy and motivation.

Join us now to be a part of this innovative learning experience!


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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    P500; Short form: BA/J

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
    Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

    Other associated fees: NCTJ exam fees only apply for re-sits.

    Royal Television Society (RTS) bursary schemes:

    The RTS offers two bursary schemes each year to undergraduates from lower income backgrounds for those intending to pursue a career in television. To find out more about these schemes and whether you are eligible, visit: the RTS website.

    Applicants will be able to apply for the bursaries as soon as UCLan has made their Conditional Firm choice.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 7.5 with no subscore lower than 7.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Students who apply for this course will be invited for interview and asked to take part in an entrance test before an offer is made in order to assess suitability for a career in journalism. This is a requirement of all journalism programmes that are currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Courses at a glance

Year 1

  • The Professional Journalist 1 (60 credits)
  • The Making of the Media (20 credits)
  • The Economics of the Media (20 credits)
  • Media Law and Regulation. (20 credits)

 

 

Year 2

  • The Professional Journalist 2 (20 credits)
  • The Newsroom 1(40 credits)
  • Reporting Politics and Society (20 credits)

Two options from:

  • Issues in international Journalism (20 credits)
  • Controversies in Journalism (20 credits)
  • Data Journalism (20 credits)
  • Photojournalism (20 credits)
  • Music Journalism (20 credits)

The following module is also adopted on to the programme:

  • Student Initiated Module (SIM)

 

Year 3

  • The Newsroom 2 (60 credits)
  • Work Placement (20 credits)

Either

  • Journalism dissertation (40 credits)

Or

  • Media Entrepreneurship (40 credits)

Or
Two modules from:

  • Reporting Politics and Society (20 credits)
  • Future Media (20 credits)
  • Constructive Journalism (20 credits)
  • Specialist Journalism (20 credits)

The following module is also adopted on to the programme:

  • Advanced Student-Negotiated Module
  • Student Initiated Module (SIM)

Late Applications

Our Industry Links

The School of Journalism, Media and Performance has extensive links with industry. Many of our alumni are working professionally at the highest levels. Graduates of the course have gone on to work for the BBC, ITN, ITV, Granada TV, Bauer Media, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, Johnston Press, Trinity Mirror, Schools Week, Sunday Express, Daily Star, Mail Online, The Sun, China Daily, UNILAD, Goal.com, Lifestyle Magazines, Wales Rugby League and many more print, online, television and radio organisations. Some have even branched out into high-tech media industries such as HTC

Our network of alumni means we can provide a broad range of quality work placements for students and also master classes and guest lectures by distinguished alumni. In addition, the Journalism Division works with major employers on special projects, for example; with the BBC during the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics.

We have partnerships with the ITV and BBC talent pools. Both organisations have mentored students from diverse backgrounds and helped them develop careers in broadcasting across the areas of news, current affairs and entertainment. We have also recently developed a partnership with the ITV Tonight programme, ITV Border and music journalism websites. The range of placements enjoyed by our students is extensive, from local and national newspapers and magazines, music and sports websites, to local, regional and national broadcasting organisations. Students also work with the voluntary sector, for example contributing to charity websites and media campaigns.

The School runs CJAM (Careers in Journalism and Media), an employability event that gives students the opportunity to hear from, network with and pitch ideas to industry professionals to gain sound advice and work placement opportunities.


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Professional Accreditation

The BA Journalism course is currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the Professional Publishers Association (PPA).

Students on this course will take NCTJ examinations in addition to their university exams in order to complete the NCTJ’s gold standard diploma which many employers require for entry into journalism.

This course has been NCTJ accredited for many years and this was renewed with a full two-year accreditation in May 2017. Some universities may give you the opportunity to sit NCTJ exams or follow the NCTJ curriculum. However, UCLan is the only university provider in the North West to offer an NCTJ-accredited undergraduate programme. This means the programme has been through a rigorous NCTJ accreditation process. 

BJTC logo

NCTJ accredited   PPA Accredited logo


Learning Environment

The School of Journalism, Media and Performance has a wealth of state-of-the-art technology and multimedia facilities to ensure graduates are up to speed with the latest industry developments. We have invested more than £250,000 in upgrading these facilities.

They include:

  • Six fully-equipped newsrooms
  • Four radio studios
  • TV studio and adjacent gallery
  • Two broadcast production areas
  • Two video editing suites
  • Live news feeds from the Press Association
  • Industry-standard workflows

Students are assessed in a variety of ways, including: production of live news days; the editing and production of print material to deadline; production of pre-recorded packages; writing tests; interviewing tests; academic essays; individual and group presentations; formal examinations; coursework. Assessment is both formative and summative and is closely aligned to learning outcomes.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.