Exciting. Varied. 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 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. This year, UCLan journalism students were shortlisted for the NCTJ excellence awards and the BJTC student journalism awards.
Journalism at UCLan - ranked top in the North West for overall student satisfaction, 3rd in the UK for Academic Support and 4th in the UK for overall student satisfaction.
Preston (Campus code: U)
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.
The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.Discover More
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 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.
One option from:
Two modules from:
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.
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.
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.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
| 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.
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.