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Journalism with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15,P:0

An 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

GCSE Maths and GCSE English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents

UCAS Tariff

80

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC 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 M

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

Subject

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 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 for full honours degree study, and progress directly onto the full degree.

**How you learn**
The course is designed to allow you to begin to specialise in journalism, and also to be an effective communicator. There are four modules — the first three provide you with the contexts, concepts and skills to help you choose your final project.

For instance, in the media project module, you will work with a project supervisor to develop and complete a communication or creative project reflecting your own interests and focused towards your chosen degree route.

You’ll learn to work confidently and creatively across a wide range of digital media, media arts and communication disciplines before specialising in your chosen area in your second term.

You learn through:

- lectures, seminars and workshops

- media project

- guest speakers

- careers events

- field trips

- direct contact with the BA course lecturers

**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.

**Live projects**

After your foundation year, you have opportunities for work experience throughout your course, through our strong links with the creative industries. Previous students have helped produce programmes for Radio 5 Live, worked at BBC Radio Sheffield, ran the website for Doncaster Rovers, worked as editorial assistants for the Independent, Vogue, Heat and Gay Times, written for the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, and have covered elections for TV station Sheffield Live.

**Field trips**

On the full course, we have students working at Sheffield Doc/Fest – one of the top three documentary film festivals in the world – attending exclusive workshops with international industry experts. Our annual Creative Industries Pathway event brings you face-to-face with leading figures across the media industry, while our annual Grad Talk connects you with recent journalism, media and PR graduates who can pass on invaluable tips about how to progress from university to career.

**Networking opportunities**

The full course has a lively guest lecture programme, where our contacts across the media give one-off talks. It's been described as one of the best in the country by the magazine industry body the Professional Publishers Association. Recent guest lecturers have come from online and print magazines, radio and television newsrooms, local and national newspapers, PR companies and marketing agencies.

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
Audio Visual Journalism 20
History Of Journalism 20
Media Law And Democracy 20
Media, Power And Society 20
Multimedia Storytelling 20
Social Media And Web Journalism 20

Year 3
Compulsory modules
Ethics And Responsibility 20
Feature Writing 20
Radio And Sound Production 20
Researching And Reporting 20
Tv And Video News Skills 20
Elective modules
Investigative Journalism 20
Life And Style Journalism 20
Radio Documentary And Podcasting 20

Year 4
Optional modules
Placement Year

Final year
Compulsory modules
Applied Project / Dissertation For Journalism 40
Data Journalism And Visualisation 20
Elective modules
Covering The Courts 20
Magazine Creation 20
Magazine Publishing 20
Moral Panics 20
Radio Broadcasting 20
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.

53%
low
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.

Journalism

Teaching and learning

56%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
59%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

75%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
41%
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.

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

£20k

£20k

£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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