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Journalism

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

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

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 4/C in each of GCSE mathematics and English language is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Including a minimum of 5 in each higher level subject.

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

DDM

Contact the Admissions team to confirm acceptable subjects.

UCAS Tariff

128

128 UCAS tariff points from combination of acceptable level 3 qualifications (eg. BTEC diploma and OCR Cambridge technical extended certificate) equivalent to three A Levels.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Journalism

Journalism at City has a real-world emphasis. You’ll spend time 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.

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’ll help you get ahead in this competitive sector by helping you organise professional work experience as part of your degree.

Recent work experience includes: Sky News and Sky Sports, The Times, Prospect Magazine and New York Times summer internships.

- Learn how to write news and features, use the professional standard TV studio, and make video and audio packages and websites

- Develop your skills in professional facilities, including a television studio, four radio studios, two radio broadcast newsrooms, two digital newsrooms, and two TV editing and production newsrooms

- Benefit from our extensive links with media organisations in London, nationally and internationally

- Join a global network of over 5,000 media professionals who began their journalism career at City.

Modules

In year 1 you will develop a firm foundation in the principles of journalism, the history of journalism, and in politics and current affairs. All of your modules are compulsory, to ensure you develop the fundamental knowledge you need in future years.

Core modules include:
- Introduction to News Writing
- History of Journalism
- Politics and Current Affairs
- The British Media
- Introduction to Digital Journalism
- Introduction to Audio and Video Journalism

In year 2 you will study core modules covering practical and theoretical aspects of journalism, such as digital journalism, ethics and employability. Choose from a wide range of elective modules.

Core modules include:
- Audio and Video Journalism
- Feature Writing
- Online and Social Media Journalism
- Power without Responsibility
- Employability and Enterprise Skills for Journalism

Elective modules include
- Shorthand
- Data Journalism
- Visual Journalism
- Humanitarian Reporting
- Sports Journalism
- Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
- Creative Writing Workshop
- Reading London 2
- Comparative Asian Politics
- Politics of the USA

Year 3 will strengthen your professional skills with advanced practical journalism training, including a dissertation or journalism project. Tailor your final year with a choice of elective modules.

Core modules include:
- Media Law and Ethics
- Advanced Practical Journalism (Print/Online)
- Advanced Practical Journalism (Broadcast)
- Journalism Project
- Dissertation

Elective modules include:
- International News
- Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism
- Arts and Culture Journalism
- Reporting Science and the Environment
- Reporting Business
- Reporting Conflict
- American Foreign Policy
- Literary Journalism
- Political Change in Europe
- Ethnicity and Nationalism: Global Perspectives
- Writing Women
- Place and Space

Assessment methods

The assessment weighting for year one is 0%, year two is 33% and year 3 is 67% 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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£18,220
per year
International
£18,220
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Department of Journalism

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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.

54%
low
Journalism

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

Teaching and learning

62%
Staff make the subject interesting
72%
Staff are good at explaining things
62%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

83%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
32%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

Media, journalism and communications

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

£24k

£24k

£19k

£19k

£26k

£26k

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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