Journalism

Journalism BA (Hons)

The journalism industry is more varied than ever, but whether it’s words, sounds, images or video– it’s still about professional, trained journalists telling stories that matter.

At UCLan, we’ve been helping people like you be part of this exciting profession for nearly 60 years.  A few things have changed, but our commitment to producing employable, creative and multi-skilled journalists is still what we’re about.

Here’s why:

  • Students enjoy it! 100% overall Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018)
  • We’re the only North West university undergraduate journalism course to be accredited by the NCTJ and have double industry accreditation (NCTJ and BJTC)
  • Opportunity to achieve three awards in one: BA Hons degree + NCTJ Diploma + BJTC Skills Certificate
  • Taught by professional journalists
  • Multi-platform newsdays, work placement, career development, voice and presentation training - all from Year One
  • Industry partnerships and collaborations
  • See your stories published to a real audience via UCLan Live.

Find out for yourself, book on to one of our Open Days. Or, get in touch with the course leader for BA Hons Multimedia Journalism, Caroline Hawtin CHawtin@uclan.ac.uk.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:

    P500

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Journalism at UCLan is 1st in the UK for assessment and feedback. We are also 1st in the North West and in the UK top 5 for academic support, as well as being 1st in the North West and in the UK top 20 for teaching quality - National Student Survey 2019.
  • UCLan’s Journalism degree is one of the UK’s longest-established and most prestigious undergraduate journalism courses with an impressive worldwide graduate network.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • The Professional Journalist 1 (60 credits)
  • The Making of the Media (20 credits)
  • Digital Journalism (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)
  • Ethics (20 credits)
  • Shorthand

One option from:

  • Photojournalism (20 credits)
  • Music Journalism (20 credits)
  • Magazine Journalism (20 credits)
  • Controversies in Journalism (20 credits)

Year 3

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

Either

  • Journalism dissertation (40 credits)

Or
Two modules from:

  • Future Media (20 credits)
  • Data Journalism (20 credits)
  • Constructive Journalism (20 credits)
  • Journalism Project (20 credits)

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2019/20

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.

Fees for international students

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 are made an offer for this course will be invited for interview and asked to take part in an entrance test in order to assess suitability for a career in journalism.  Successful interview and entrance test will be part of your conditions of offer.  This is a requirement of all Journalism programmes that are currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.  Applicants are sent further information by our Admissions Office regarding attending for interview and test.

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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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

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Further Information

Journalism student

More about BA Hons Multimedia Journalism

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.

 

Journalism students

What will I do on the course?

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. 

What our students say ...

Jack Dinsley, BA (Hons) Journalism student

Newsday


"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

 

 

Amani Kham

More About Industry Accreditation:

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. 

  

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Our Industry Links and your Career Opportunities

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Students are assessed in a variety of ways, including: practical portfolios, skills tests,  academic essays,  individual and group presentations, formal examinations and coursework. Assessment is both formative and summative and is closely aligned to learning outcomes.

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.

Google news lab

UCLan has become a partner in the Google News Labs University Network

Google News Lab University Network provides in-person training, when possible, and online training materials to professors and students on topics ranging from immersive storytelling, data journalism, trends, trust/verification and more. The benefits of this newly formed connection with Google News Lab for UCLan students are huge. It not only provides them with networking opportunities but also the chance to learn from current experts and professionals in the field.

Leaders in Residence: Ed Walker

Ed Walker from Reach PLC talks about what skills he thinks students need, and how UCLan's Leaders in Residence programme benefits students, businesses and the university.

Hear more from our Leaders in Residence: Robert Nisbet, Spokesman for the UK rail industry | Alex Connock, Missile Digital Studios

Our Facilities

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 and workflows, including six fully-equipped newsrooms, three radio studios, TV studio and gallery, video editing suites, industry standard TV cameras & radio/audio recorders, digital/mobile journalism reporting kits and live news feeds from the Press Association.

cJAM

Final year undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.

Course Enquiries

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Matthew Weston

BA (Hons) Journalism, 2017

It was the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) fantastic links with the media industry and established record of producing successful graduates which took Matthew north from Cornwall to Preston to study BA (Hons) Journalism.

Matthew immersed himself in the UCLan experience: taking part in the cricket club, making use of the University’s student media facilities for extracurricular projects and enjoying his course.

Ellen Kirwin

BA (Hons) Journalism, 2016

Graduating from UCLan’s BA (Hons) Journalism course, Ellen Kirwin quickly found her feet in the working world, becoming a Journalist at the Liverpool Echo.

After brief work experience at BBC Radio Merseyside, Ellen was offered a role as multi-media journalist, focusing on Liverpool Echo’s What’s On. The content she produces ranges from event reviews, breaking news stories, live blogging and preview features.

Jonny Nelson

BA (Hons) Journalism, 2010

Jonny Nelson chose to study in his hometown after discovering that UCLan offered one of the best journalism courses in the country. Now, he works as a presenter for ITV, the Premier League and Nickelodeon.

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.