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Journalism, PR and Media with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents* Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*

UCAS Tariff

80

80 With at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: CDD at A Level. MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade Merit

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2022

Subjects

Media and communication studies

Public relations

Multimedia journalism

**Course summary**
- Get ready for a full degree by taking an extra foundation year at the start.

- Learn the practical, technical, writing and research skills that you'll need for undergraduate studies.

- Choose from a wide range of digital media, media arts and communications topics.

- Develop your portfolio and professional and academic skills.

The foundation year is designed especially for students who need additional skills or experience to begin a full BA Journalism, Public Relations and Media degree. The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our full degree course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You'll learn with experienced practitioners and develop your interests. After completing your foundation year, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need, and progress directly onto the full degree.

**How you learn**
After your foundation year, your studies will be led by a team that includes award-winning journalism, PR and media practitioners, along with internationally-recognised theorists. They have experience across a range of industries — including TV, health and charity — across the public and private sectors.

Throughout the full degree course, you attend a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars where key topics and concepts are introduced and explored. This includes a mix of tutor-directed learning and discussions, and student-led exercises and tasks. You’ll engage in collaborative activities in person, and online.

You learn through

- essays

- practical work

- case studies

- reports

- group work

- concept maps

- research projects

- oral presentations

- portfolios

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years of the full undergraduate degree. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

**Networking opportunities**

Our staff are active in the journalism, PR and media industries. As a result, experts from across the sectors are a core feature throughout the degree course. They cover topics from regional and national journalism, digital and social skills to search engine optimisation, crisis management, charity, sports and music PR.

Every year we hold industry events that link you with regional and national PR experts. Graduates return to share their experiences and top tips for finding jobs. Selected students are offered a chance to be mentored by PR professionals for one year.

You will gain automatic free student membership of the Public Relations Communications Association (PRCA). Benefits include exclusive access to work placements, internships, graduate schemes and entry-level jobs, free and unlimited online training, and free access to the industry-recognised PRCA Online Certificate.

We also work closely with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Professional Publishers Association.

**Field trips**

On the full degree, we take student trips to regional, national and international events, including the Berlin Film Festival, where you get the chance to meet industry experts.

You can also apply for our Go Global student initiative, which has taken our students to destinations such as Malaysia and Paris, gaining new skills and a broader cultural insight into how journalism and PR are applied internationally.

There is opportunity to study abroad as part of the international Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period).

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Creative Synergies In Media Production 40
Media In Context 20
Media Project 40
Preparing For Independent Practice And Study 20

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Digital Skills And Client Management 20
History Of Communication 20
Introduction To Pr 20
Making Media 20
Media Law And Democracy 20
Pr And Persuasion 20

Year 3
Compulsory modules
Brand Management And Entrepreneurship 20
Reputations, Issues And Crisis Management 20
Researching And Reporting 20
Researching The Media For Pr 20
Elective modules
Digital Communications In Practice 20
Feature Writing 20
Foreign Language 20
Global Communications Strategy And Critique 20
Life And Style Journalism 20
Radio And Sound Production 20
Tv And Video News Skills 20

Year 4
Optional modules
Placement Year

Final year
Compulsory modules
Applied Project / Dissertation For Pr 20
Contemporary And Professional Issues In Public Relations 20
Pr Specialisms 20
Elective modules
Corporate Communications: Strategy And Critique 20
Foreign Language 20
Magazine Creation 20
Magazine Publishing 20
Moral Panics 20
Pr And Power 20
Tv2: Tv Journalism And Production 20

Assessment methods

Coursework
Exams

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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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.

74%
med
Media and communication studies
70%
low
Public relations
79%
med
Multimedia 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.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

66%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
70%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Publicity studies

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
65%
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

64%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
64%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
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?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

Journalism

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

79%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
63%
Male students
37%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
2%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
D

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.

Media studies

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.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
20%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Only a small number of students study courses within this catch-all subject area, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at any stats. Marketing and PR were the most likely jobs for graduates from these courses, but it's sensible to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course, and what previous graduates did.

Media, journalism and communications

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
28%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

34%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Media professionals

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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
52%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Customer service occupations
10%
Media 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.

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

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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