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City, University of London

Journalism

UCAS Code: P500

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

A level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not accepted.

We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' level offer reduced by one grade.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of grade 4(C) in GCSE English and Maths or Statistics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

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

DDM

Check with the Department for acceptable subjects

UCAS Tariff

128

128 tariff points

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Journalism

This degree is designed for students pursuing a career in journalism, media and communications. It provides highly relevant education and proficiency in print, broadcast and online journalism and relevant studies in humanities, such as politics and the history of journalism. Journalism education at City has a real-world emphasis. Time is spent in small workshops learning the multimedia skills required for a career in 21st century journalism: from writing, reporting and interviewing to social media analytics and preparing page layouts on screen.

You will learn how to write news and features, use the professional standard TV studio and make video and audio packages and websites. Professional work experience is the key to getting a job in journalism and students are supported to arrange placements during their degree. This is complemented by academic subjects such as history, politics and law which are delivered through lectures and seminars and assessed through examination and essays.

We encourage our students to be Journalists from their first day and take global perspective. Students take a core language module in their first year and ,many of our students have gone to do a study abroad or exchange at an international institution.

We have a respected Journalism alumni network who are working across Journalism and related industries. Graduates from our BA Journalism have gone on to work in media organisations such as the BBC, Sky News, The Sun, Metro, Associated Press, talkSPORT, MailOnline, The Economist and Men’s Health and into marketing and corporate communications for organisations such as Nike and Asos. The journalism degree can also be a gateway into postgraduate study and careers in NGOs and the Civil Service.

Modules

Across all three years students cover the basic principles of journalism, the history of journalism and politics and current affairs.

First year core modules include:
- History of journalism (15 credits)
- The British media (15 credits)
- Introduction to reporting and writing (30 credits)
- Politics and current affairs (15 credits)
- Foreign language (15 credits)
- Introduction to digital journalism (15 credits)
- Introduction to audio and video journalism (15 credits)

Year 2 core modules include:
- Audio and video journalism (30 credits)
- Employability and enterprise skills for journalism (15 credits)
- Writing and reportage (15 credits)
- Power without responsibility (15 credits)
- Online and social media journalism (15 credits)

In the second year, Journalism students can also choose from a wide range of options such as visual journalism, data journalism, humanitarian communication, sports journalism and shorthand.

Yeah 3 core modules include:
- Advanced practical journalism: broadcast (30 credits)
- Advanced practical journalism: print/online (30 credits)
- Journalism project (print, broadcast or web 15 credits) or a dissertation (30 credits)
- Media law and ethics (15 credits).

Third year elective modules include:
- International news (15 credits)
- Advanced photojournalism (15 credits)
- Reporting science and the environment (15 credits)
- Arts and culture journalism (15 credits)
- Fashion and lifestyle reporting (15 credits)
- Reporting business (15 credits)

Assessment methods

Assessment is weighted towards coursework, and coursework assignments are submitted weekly. Coursework is usually worth between 60 and 75 per cent of the overall module, and the examination worth 25 per cent, although this varies across modules.

Assessment weightings per year: 1st year (0%), 2nd year (33%) and final year (67%).

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Journalism

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Journalism

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Journalism

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
72%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
98%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

63%
UK students
37%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
A

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.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
75%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

40%
Media professionals
34%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
14%
Sales, marketing and related associate 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.

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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