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Liverpool John Moores University

Journalism

UCAS Code: P500

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Minimum number of A Levels required: 2 Is general studies acceptable? Yes Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications Average A Level offer: BBC Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Further information: At least 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 112 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

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

DMM

Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken

UCAS Tariff

112

We are keen to recruit students who will make the best use of the opportunity to study with us. So we are looking for students with a flair for writing factual material. They need an enthusiasm for seeking out what's new, then asking why it is new, what's different, what's special, why it will interest the viewer, reader or listener - why, in short, it will be a good piece of journalism. You should be able to demonstrate an interest in news and current affairs and, ideally, have a specialist area which you might like to develop such as music, sport or fashion, for instance. Enthusiasm for news and current affairs needs to be supported by general knowledge, an awareness of what's going on in the world and a burning desire to know more. You should be interested in and sympathetic to people and their activities. You may well have studied a humanities and/or social science subject at school or college (e.g. English Language, English Literature, History, Politics, Sociology, Media Studies). In particular, you will need to possess the following qualities: Good communication skills, as you will be expected to contribute to tutorials and host presentations. Time management, as you will have to work to deadlines on a regular basis - essential for a journalist. Good IT skills, as you will be expected to submit work that has been word processed. Good analytical skills, so that you can critically assess news sources.Information retrieval techniques, as you will be expected to read around the subject and draw upon your findings for news and feature writing, essays, reports and projects. Teamwork, as you may have to work closely with others which is essential in journalism. You should ensure that your UCAS application shows that you meet the following essential criteria: The ability to communicate ideas logically and in an easy-to-read, error-free style is vital and will be measured by your personal statement. Evidence of an interest in news-orientated media, including activities such as student newspapers/magazines, hospital radio or work placements. Evidence of an interest in the world around you: politics, science, history, finance, business, art, theatre, sports are among the areas for which we would expect you to have enthusiasm. Evidence of additional skills or knowledge in one of these areas: knowledge of current affairs, a foreign language (GCSE level or above), knowledge of different countries and cultures, or relevant work experience. It would also be helpful if you are able to show the following in your UCAS application:An enthusiasm for IT and the new communication tools available on the internet and on mobile communication. Evidence of personal development such as art, music, creative writing, sport, outdoor activities, D of E award scheme.Involvement in social, community, political or charitable activities.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Journalism

A highly vocational programme, the BA (Hons) Journalism is taught using industry-standard facilities so you gain the hands-on experience you will need in your day-to-day work as a journalist. Facilities include edit suites, newsrooms, radio sound studios and a TV studio.

- Journalism at LJMU has been ranked 6th best in the country in the 2018 Guardian University League Tables

- Practical training in research and writing as well as broadcast, print and online production

- Teaching from journalists with many years experience and links to local newspapers, TV companies and radio stations

- Opportunities for industrial placements with media organisations, including a paid internship with the Index on Censorship

- Taught in the £38million Redmonds Building with industry-standard facilities including newsrooms, studios and editing booths

- Option to sit National Council for the Training of Journalists exams

Modules

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

•Professional Practice 1
•Professional Practice 2
•Studying as Journalists
•Introduction to Reporting
•Reporting Skills
•Understanding News Media

Level 5

•Developing Broadcast Skills
•Reporting UK Politics
•Online Journalism Production
•Multi-Media News Practice
•UK Law and Ethics for Journalists
•Magazine Journalism

Level 6

•Advanced Journalism Practice (including live newsdays and work placement)
•Journalism Careers

The following options are typically offered:

•Dissertation
•Journalism Issues
•Sports Journalism
•PR for Journalists
•Specialist Journalism

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment methods

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a range of assessment methods. These include: essays, projects, portfolios of work, exams, reports, group and individual presentations, and dissertations. Much of the work is journalism based and supported by academic essays and presentations.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,450
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Liverpool John Moores University

Department:

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

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.

79%
med
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

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
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

88%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

£17,616
med
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
29%
Media professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Journalism roles are very sought after, and competition fierce, and with the Internet disrupting business models, this is likely to continue. It's not impossible to get into roles with a first degree — quite a few do - but they can often be insecure or on a freelance basis, and a lot of jobs in journalism go to postgraduates. Unpaid work is not the norm for new journalists, but it’s rather more common than for other roles, as personal contacts and work experience are important ways for would-be journalists to get their target jobs. The skills you can gain from a journalism degree can be useful in a range of industries, and so grads from these courses can be found in a wide range of jobs - first degree graduates often get jobs in marketing and PR where their skills at drafting copy to deadlines are appreciated. London tends to dominate the jobs market for journalism graduates - a quarter of journalism graduates went to work there - but 2015 graduates found opportunities elsewhere, particularly in larger cities with good local media.

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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£17k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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