Journalism BA (Hons)

Exciting. Multimedia. 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.

UCLan is the only university provider in the North West to offer an NCTJ-accredited undergraduate programme.

On this practical, hands-on course, you’ll develop the multiplatform skills and practices needed to work in a modern, digitalised newsroom. We recognise and focus on the transferable, multi-skilled approach you’ll need to succeed – academically and practically – ensuring you have what employers are looking for.

Accredited by the NCTJ and BJTC, you will experience working to real deadlines; researching, producing, writing and presenting stories across all platforms.

This course develops your knowledge, skills and confidence, in a supportive and fun environment.

Our students are regularly nominated for awards. In 2017, UCLan journalism students were shortlisted for the NCTJ excellence awards and the BJTC student journalism awards.


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National Student Survey 2018

Journalism at UCLan - 100% students satisfied overall, 3rd in the UK for Academic Support and 4th in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

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Professional Accreditation

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

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.

Full details of the NCTJ diploma can be found on the NCTJ website.   UCLan offers all compulsory NCTJ modules plus the following option: shorthand, court reporting, public affairs, videojournalism, production journalism, business of magazines and photography. 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.

BJTC accreditation ensures students complete courses capable of working as journalists in the production of online, multimedia and broadcast in the world of news, current affairs, features and documentaries.


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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.

What our students say ...

Mohammed Salim Patel


“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 on this course. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a career in media.”

Ellen Kirwin, Liverpool Echo

Our Industry Links

The School of Journalism, Media and Performance 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.


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.

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In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded.  All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations.  To find out more about cJAM: Journalism, see the video and read the press release.

Check out our facilities ...


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.

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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

Progression routes

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

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • 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.

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 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.

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

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Course Overview

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)
  • Ethics (20 credits)

One option from:

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


Year 3

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


  • Journalism dissertation (40 credits)

Two modules from:

  • Future Media (20 credits)
  • Data Journalism (20 credits)
  • Constructive Journalism (20 credits)
  • Advanced Student-Negotiated Project (20 credits)


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.

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.

They include:

  • Six fully-equipped newsrooms
  • Three radio studios
  • TV studio and gallery
  • Video editing suites
  • Industry standard TV cameras and radio/audio recorders
  • Digital/mobile journalism reporting kits
  • Live news feeds from the Press Association

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.

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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

Contact Us

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