Full-time: Four years
J534; Short form: BA/Jfe
Preston (Campus code: U)
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. The course serves as the first year to any of our journalism degree courses and is designed to prepare you for careers in modern digitalised newsrooms and to allow you to work in a range of media.
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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On this practical, hands-on course, we want you to keep your options open and ensure you’re able to benefit from the broadest range of future employment opportunities – so we won’t ask you to specialise in one area or platform.
Throughout your degree, you’ll develop all the multiplatform skills employers look for. You will also create your own unique portfolio of journalism and experiences by studying a range of specialist, optional modules, including Magazines, Data, Music and Photo Journalism*
You will focus on producing stories and programmes about the subjects that interest you, using your skills in radio, TV, digital video or magazines. It’s a broad and ever-changing industry, and our course is designed to help you pursue your passions, with professionalism and creativity and to be a highly employable graduate.
*Please note, optional choices may not be available very year. This depends on factors such as how many students select to study a particular option. Exact modules may also change in order to ensure our teaching and your learning is reflecting industry requirements. When accepting an offer of a place to study, you should be aware that not all optional modules may be running each year. The course leader will let you know as to what is available to you each year and while the University tries to ensure you are able to study your preferred options, it cannot be guaranteed.
Each year, you will study a range of modules that add up to 120 credits. In years two and three, you will be able to make option choices from our current selection – all of which are designed to further your skills and understanding of journalism.
In year one, you will begin to learn the core skills needed to become a journalist including Media Law – an essential part of your profession.
In year two, you’ll focus on developing the next level of skills and practices, as well as Reporting Politics, Ethics and Shorthand. In your final year, you have more option choices as well as a core work placement module.
Across all three years, you’ll work individually and as part of a team, participating in radio, TV and digital newsdays. In years one and two, these will normally be single days but in your final year – you’ll be doing newsdays three days a week, experiencing what it’s really like to work in an exciting and challenging newsroom.
These newsdays are a vital part of your studies, where you’re learning by doing in a supportive and enjoyable environment.
Within each module, there are a range of assessments including practical journalism portfolios, presentations, essays and a small number of exams.
Jack Dinsley, BA (Hons) Journalism student
"I wouldn’t have secured my dream job as a Features Writer without UCLan and the brilliant journalism staff. The course has taught me essential writing skills, social media knowledge and interview techniques, while also improving my confidence. All of this helps enormously when I attend set visits/press events and interview TV’s biggest stars, including David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Cillian Murphy."
Phoebe Barton, TV Choice & Total TV Guide (BA (Hons) Journalism graduate 2018
"Since graduating I have become a journalist at ITV News and it's been a whirlwind - I've had tons of experience so far, such as winning the Outstanding Young Journalist award at the Asian Media Awards, chasing Boris Johnson through Euston station on national news to interviewing Premier League footballer Sadio Mane. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for UCLan."
Amani Kham, BA (Hons) Journalism graduate 2017
This course has a double kitemark for journalism training. It is regularly monitored and assessed in order to be successfully accredited by the UK’s two leading journalism training organisations – the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).
UCLan is also the only university provider in the North West to offer an NCTJ-accredited undergraduate programme.
Other universities may offer you the opportunity to take NCTJ exams, but UCLan goes through a rigorous inspection process to ensure our course meets the latest industry standards, so that your NCTJ Diploma forms an integral part of your degree studies.
All students on this course will take the NCTJ examinations, many of which form part of degree assessments. Successful completion of those assessments leads to your NCTJ Diploma - a recognised and important kitemark of excellence in journalism training.
Your BA Hons Multimedia Journalism degree also entitles you to a skills certificate of achievement from the BJTC. This demonstrates to an employer that you have the core skills required for employment in broadcast journalism.
Full details of the NCTJ diploma can be found on the NCTJ website. UCLan offers all compulsory NCTJ modules plus the following options, many of which are built into your degree-level assessments: Shorthand, Court Reporting, Public Affairs, Video Journalism for Online, Production Journalism, Business of Magazines and Photography for Journalists. The university pays for a first sit of all NCTJ exams. Students are usually asked to pay for re-sit exams.
The BJTC is a partnership of UK media employers and education providers with a shared goal of ensuring the highest professional standards of journalism training.
Journalism sits within the School of Journalism, Media and Performance and has extensive and excellent links with industry, including ITV and the BBC. As well as accommodating placement opportunities, both organisations have mentored students from diverse backgrounds and helped them develop careers in broadcasting across the areas of news, current affairs and entertainment.
You’ll find our alumni working professionally at every level - not only within TV, radio, online/digital, magazines and communications - but also in professions where their transferable skills are in demand.
Journalism at UCLan enjoys a partnership with the UK’s largest multimedia publisher, Reach PLC (formerly known as Trinity Mirror). Along with our network of regular journalism industry guests and work placement opportunities, the collaboration with Reach PLC means our students benefit from a structured, rotating day-release programme, working alongside Journalists at Lancs Live.
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.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
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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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.
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.
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.
The skills and contacts I picked up studying journalism at UCLan have been invaluable. UCLan holds very high esteem in the world of journalism, and just studying there opens doors to many opportunities. Even one year after graduating, I still feel like part of the UCLan family, and my former lecturers are always available for advice - or just a friendly chat.
Dale Fox, China Daily