International Journalism (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

International Journalism (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance




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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    J634; Short form: BA/IJfe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme.

This course will give you an insight into the practice of journalism and a basic grounding in the skills and knowledge required by journalists if you don’t have traditional qualifications – life experience as well as a keen interest in news and current affairs is what counts. As well as giving you a broad-based journalism education, you will develop both intellectually and personally. 

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 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, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Journalism Matters
  • Making News
  • Introduction to Broadcasting
  • Introduction to Digital Communication
  • Communication Matters: Practical Writing Skills

Year 2

  • The Professional Journalist 1
  • The Making of the Media
  • Digital Journalism

Plus one option from:

  • Media Law and Regulation
  • Global Politics: An introduction to international relations
  • A foreign language

Year 3

  • The Professional Journalist 2
  • World Desk 1
  • Issues in International Journalism

Plus two options from:

  • Photojournalism
  • Music Journalism
  • Magazine Journalism
  • Upper Intermediate English 1 OR Advanced English

Year 4

One or both from

  • World Desk 2
  • Dissertation

Plus Options from:

  • Workplace Experience
  • Business of Magazines
  • Future Media
  • Constructive Journalism
  • Data Journalism
  • Journalism Project
  • Englsih for Specific Academic Purposes (Higher)

Further Information

Opportunities on the course

Work experience is an essential part of the course and students are very much encouraged gain experience in a range of news organisations, both in the UK and overseas. Recent placements have included the BBC World Service, the Times of India, the South China Morning Post and the Times of Israel. You'll also have the chance to assist world-leading researchers as paid undergraduate research interns.

International Journalism students, particularly, are encouraged to study part of their course abroad. There is a wide range of exchange programmes available, to dozens of countries, in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. Students have studied in Canada, the United States, United Arab Emirates, Korea, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Australia and China.

Journalism at UCLan has an excellent record for employability. Our graduates are working in journalism and media industries around the world, including the BBC, South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and the Angolan Embassy in Lisbon. Typical careers include journalism, broadcast entertainment, public relations, marketing and teaching.

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Trip to Guangzhou, China

Journalism students

Journalism students

Journalism students

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Why study this course?

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 awards and other successes gained by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page. You will be taught by working journalists and ex-journalists with international experience and research-active academics, with lectures and workshops from working foreign correspondents and other visiting guest speakers. This is a flexible course, designed to allow you to focus on the things that interest you and to customise your studies to give you the maximum advantage on your career path. If English is not your first language, you can take extra courses, some of them specifically tailored to media careers. Our English language tuition ensures that you will leave the course with language skills at the level of CEFR C1.

UCLan journalism alumni

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Check out our facilities

Greenbank Lecture Theatre

Digital News Room

TV Studio Gallery

TV Studio

TV Studio 2


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

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

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have great links with employers including the BBC, ITV, Sky, national newspapers, magazines and the local press.

Working journalists regularly bring up-to-the-minute expertise and contacts, as guest lecturers. These contacts help students to prepare for the latest challenges, to find work placements and jobs.

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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

Journalism at UCLan is taught more often in the newsroom than the classroom – you get realistic industry experience, in our state-of-the-art facilities, and on optional work placements.

Back in the classroom, you analyse journalism and journalists, gaining vital graduate skills such as critical analysis, research, presenting and writing.

You are taught by successful, award-winning journalists and world-class researchers.

You'll be encouraged to do work placements, both in the UK and around the world. You can do all or part of Year 2 in another country, and there is a wide range of exchange programmes available, to dozens of countries.

We assess your skills and knowledge in many different ways, ensuring you can show what you have learnt, to the best of your ability. You will do news reports across all media, features, portfolios, blogs, academic essays, reports and presentations, exams, practical skills tests, and reflections on your performance and learning.

Journalism has been taught in Preston for more than 50 years and the course has an excellent employment record. Our graduates are working for news and media organisations all over the world including Beijing, Brussels, London and Dubai.


Take a virtual tour for an inside look at the facilities we have to offer below:

Virtual Tour




All students are encouraged to do work experience, and to do all or part of Year 2 in another country.

Students can apply for group project visits abroad – recent trips have included researching the history of Chinese journalism and shooting a feature film in New York.

Other field trips have included the BBC’s Media City in Salford, including the chance to watch from the control room as TV news bulletins go out live.

We offer undergraduate research internships, when you can work alongside world-leading researchers on their latest projects.

Our growing global community of graduates is spread around the world, working in TV, radio, print and digital news. They work for China’s top news agency Xinhua, the Times of India, the South China Morning Post and many other prestigious news outlets. Others move on to postgraduate study, film-making, photography and business.

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