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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    P500; Short form: BA/J

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Make us your first choice if you are determined to have the best possible start in an exciting career in journalism. 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. While developing these essential skills, you will study the role of journalism within society and the legal and ethical framework within which journalists work. This course works to real deadlines, so TV and radio work is assessed live, publications are put together to print deadlines and professional meetings take place as they would in industry. Due to the fact this is such a well-established course, there is a wealth of experience and knowledge available - UCLan is very well respected for its journalism course and many graduates get jobs in the careers they want.

Foundation Entry
If you are keen to study this programme but do not meet the entry requirements, take a look at the Foundation Entry routes:
BA (Hons) Journalism (Foundation Entry)

Entry Requirements 2016/17

320/280 not including General Studies at A2, DDM BTEC, GCSE English grade C or IELTS 7.5

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.

Applicants who do not have English as their native language or a prior qualification delivered entirely in English will need to have passed the IELTS test at 7.5, with no component lower than 7.

UCLan Open Day

Experience UCLan for yourself: talk to lecturers, walk around campus and chat to students.

12th June 2016

Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules:

  • Reporting Skills (20 credits)
  • Broadcast Journalism Skills (20 credits)
  • Creating Content (20 credits)
  • Multiplatform Journalism (20 credits)
  • Shorthand for Journalists (20 credits)

And one of the following:

  • Introduction to Book Publishing (20 credits)
  • The Business of Media (20 credits)

Year 2

All Compulsory:

  • Broadcast Journalism (20 credits)
  • The Digital Landscape (20 credits)
  • International Journalism (20 credits)
  • Journalism Issues (20 credits)
  • Law for Journalists (20 credits)
  • Print and Online Journalism (20 credits)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules:

  • Ethics and Regulation (20 credits)
  • Public Administration (20 credits)
  • Work Placement (20 credits) – NB not compulsory for Dissertation students


  • ONE from the following:
  • The Broadcast Newsroom (40 credits)
  • Newspaper and Magazine Production (40 credits)
  • Enterprise Development and Production (40 credits)

Plus ONE from the following:

  • Photojournalism (20 credits)
  • Social Media (20 credits)
  • Specialist Writing (20 credits)
  • Datajournalism (20 credits)
  • Independent Project (20 credits)

OR Dissertation route:

  • Journalism Research (20 credits) plus either
  • Dissertation (40 credits) OR
  • Dissertation (20 credits) plus a 20 credit option or Work placement.

Please note not all optional modules will be offered each year

Further Information

To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the successes and awards experienced by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page

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, such as Drone Journalism and interactive journalism.You will also be offered the opportunity to study abroad in the second year of your programme. You can also bid for travel bursaries for overseas news assignments.

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.

UCLan gave me the time and freedom to experiment with new technologies and techniques for journalism, while instilling me with the traditional tools of the trade.

Daniel Bentley

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 

Print newsroom

You will have international opportunities. Groups have gone to Kenya to do charity work that they’ve documented. Past students have had the opportunity to do some community journalism in New York and exchanges have taken place in America and Australia during year two. 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, the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and the Professional Publishers Association. 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. The latest National Student Survey (NSS) results show 90% of BA Journalism students stated that they were satisfied with the learning resources available to them.

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.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
2015 Entry | 2016 Entry

Apply Now

Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400


The full list of modules indicated on this course page are for information purposes only. Certain modules may not be delivered every year and delivery might be dependent on the number of students selecting a given module. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this course, you are accepting that it is possible that not all of these module options will be available. At (or before) the start of each academic year, you will have an opportunity to discuss your course and preferred module options with your tutor. The University will then do all it reasonably can to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred module options.

Fees 2016/17

Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,500 per 20 credit module (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2015/16 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

The Journalism Division and the wider School has extensive links with industry. Many of our alumni are working professionally at the highest levels. Examples include Richard Frediani, Editor of the ITV 6.30pm News, Tessa Chapman, Chief Correspondent for Channel 5 News, Simon Kelner, former Editor-in-Chief of the Independent and Jacqui Meddings, former Entertainment Editor for Cosmopolitan magazine.

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 Olympics. We have training partnerships with Trinity Mirror newspaper group, internship arrangements with magazines and the School runs major employability events to develop relationships with employers. UCLan also has links with international employers and a number of our graduates work abroad.

Professional Accreditation

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

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.

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NCTJ accredited   PPA Accredited logo

Learning Environment and Assessment

The School of Journalism and Media and the wider university provides an excellent learning environment for students studying Journalism. There is a state-of-the-art Media Innovation Studio (MISt) offering multimedia facilities and a flexible creative space for events and journalism projects. MISt is also used for collaborative events within the university and with external partners.

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.


Within the School of Journalism and Media we have three dedicated print newsrooms. Each newsroom contains 20 computers (a mix of PCs and MACs) with specialist software including InDesign to design pages and EScenic content management systems to create websites. There is also a TV with access to rolling 24-hr news channels, along with Smartboards.

It’s fast-paced, challenging and perhaps most importantly of all, incredibly rewarding. I would recommend UCLan to any budding hacks – as long as they are already hard-working, nosy, have a good grasp of the English language and refuse to take no for an answer.

Michael Morrison


Graduates work for BBC Radio, Television and Interactive, Sky TV, independent radio and television, national and regional newspapers, magazines and in the newly-emerging creative digital media industries.

Successful alumni are invited back in to talk to students to share their experiences, and guest speakers deliver presentations talking about pertinent issues such as the future of print journalism, and social media and journalism.



School of Journalism and Media