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Brunel University London

Journalism and Culture

UCAS Code: P502

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

including grade B in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies. Applicants without an A-Level in the subjects above will be considered, but will be required to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at level 3. Applicants will be required to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M3

including grade M2 in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies. Applicants without a Pre-U Certificate in the subjects above will be considered, but will be required to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

including Higher Level 5 in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies. Applicants without a Higher level 5 in the subjects above will be considered, but will be required to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

including H3 in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies. Applicants without H3 in the subjects above will be considered, but will be required to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in any subject and A level grade B in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies. Applicants without an A Level in the subjects above will be considered, but will be required to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject, with A levels grade BC including one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies. Applicants without an A Level in the subjects above will be considered, but will be required to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

in any subject. Applicants will be required to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

in any subject and A level grade B in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies. Applicants without an A Level in the subjects above will be considered, but will be required to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

in any subject, with A levels grade BC including one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies. Applicants without an A Level in the subjects above will be considered, but will be required to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

in any subject. Applicants will be required to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

including grade B in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies. Applicants without an Advanced Higher in the subjects above will be considered, but will be required to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

UCAS Tariff

112-136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Journalism

Perhaps you enjoy writing, but prefer working with the facts rather than fiction? Or you have a keen interest in presenting to camera as a broadcast journalist or you’re an experienced blogger or vlogger. If so, a journalism degree might be good match for you.

Brunel’s Journalism and Culture BA course offers a balanced combination of journalism practice and theory to help provide the tools you need to pursue a variety of roles within the industry.

As part of the course you will learn the skills of journalism such as research, pitching story ideas, interviewing, reporting and writing across multi-media platforms as well as the relationship between journalism and culture and society.

You’ll learn across video, audio and magazine journalism and because it’s so hand-on you’ll feel like you’re building real skills for future.

As you journey through the course you’ll develop a critical understanding of the communication environment where journalism and media and cultural industries operate, as you develop the analytical ability to explore intellectual inquiries and present findings.

This London journalism course is taught by world-class academics, many of whom are active professional journalists who will be sources of inspiration when you come to do your own journalism research project in your final year.

Journalism and Culture BA has a strong emphasis on digital technology and multi-platform journalism and you will learn in a 24-hour, state-of-the-art, multi-platform digital newsroom and broadcast facilities, using the latest edition industry-standard hardware and software.

The course will also enable you to develop a critical and in-depth understanding of the media industry that will help you succeed in the fast-changing digital world.

In your second year, you’ll have the option to take the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) Diploma in Journalism at no extra cost. The NCTJ Diploma is the number one industry recognised gateway into journalism, sought after by media professionals worldwide.

Once you graduate, you’ll have a unique set of skills and expertise that will give you a competitive edge when applying for jobs with cultural, political and social decision-making organizations in the UK and across the world.

Brunel students enjoy their own creative writing journal to showcase their talents as well as the Brunel Union of Students ‘Le Blurb’ publication, so they’ll be plenty of avenues to practice your craft.

You’ll also get to hear from alumni and guest speakers about what it’s really like to work in the journalism. Previous representatives from small papers, as well as the BBC and The Guardian have helped to provide further insight into the industry.

The location of the University is within easy reach of London and the West End, the British Library, museums and other research centres of national and international importance, offering endless opportunities for additional learning and leisure.

Modules

Year 1
Introduction to Journalism and Media
Foundations of Researching Journalism
Digital Media and Society
News and Feature Writing
Cross-Platform Journalism

Year 2
Journalism, Politics and Power
Journalism Practice
Journalism, Media and Globalisation
Media Law, Ethics, and Regulations
Journalism Research Project

Optional modules
Data Gathering
Entrepreneurial Journalism
Journalism, International Politics and Social Issues.

Year 3
Data Journalism
Journalism Practice Project
Academic Dissertation

Optional modules
Journalism, Storytelling and Social Media
Media, Campaigning and Social Change
Public Relations

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,860
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Social and Political Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
23%
Male students
77%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


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Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
42%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Media professionals
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Teaching and educational professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Journalism

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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