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Solent University (Southampton)

Journalism

UCAS Code: JO01

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

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Journalism

**Solent University’s Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations subject area was ranked 17th in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.**

YouTube or Instagram? Vice or Vox? BBC or Sky? Top Gear or a documentary? The Guardian or The Daily Mail? Cosmo or FourFourTwo? That’s the world of journalism today: diverse, multimedia and international. And as a Solent journalist, you will have opportunities to explore not just the traditional fields of news, magazines and broadcast but also online platforms, documentary, communications, PR and more.

The range of career options ahead of you is huge. And our journalism graduates can be found in almost every sector of journalism and communications – at the BBC, Sky and other internationally renowned media companies; in digital start-ups, in magazines, PR, politics and corporate comms and marketing.

Our journalism students graduate with great analytical and multimedia skills, and a strong grasp of journalistic ethics – plus the professional confidence that will let you jump straight into a graduate job. Intensely career-focused, the course will fast-track your ambition in journalism or any part of the fast-changing media landscape.

Real-world experience is vital for your career, so the degree offers work placements and portfolio-building. Plus regular production ‘news days’, where live output including location shooting with mobile phones combines with traditional news production for a digital platform. Our studios, technology and software are state-of-the-art, and among the best in the country.

You’ll be taught by industry professionals and academics who’ll help you find your voice, as a writer, director, producer or presenter. Guest lectures from top industry professionals will help you make contacts and get real-life understanding of the job you want to do.

At Solent you don’t just study journalism, you do it. On top of our modern facilities, we keep up with the latest changes in the media. Our reputation and track record in producing industry-ready graduates speak for themselves.

Solent Journalism has a track record of students entering top journalism organisations, plus PR, marketing and the corporate world.

**What does this course lead to?**
Recent Solent journalism graduates have found jobs at organisations such as the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4, The Sun and Closer magazine. Other roles in media and communications have included managing media output for Southampton Football Club, editor of a national car magazine, reporters with local newspapers, travel writing, a creative manager at Sporf, video editor at Lego, political campaigner at 38 Degrees, a campaigns manager for the NUS, a senior executive at a successful digital start-up and a senior PR executive at Rolls-Royce cars.

**Who is this course for?**
Journalism is a diverse career, offering opportunities not only for those who love writing, but equally for photojournalists, would-be TV presenters and aspiring documentary-makers. Journalism is an excellent preparation for stimulating multimedia jobs with organisations as diverse as Premier League football clubs, the Police and top international corporations. Solent graduates have also gone into politics, research and teaching.

Do you have an inquisitive mind and an interest in the world around you? Do you want to use the incredible passport journalism offers to experience – and capture – the inside story? Then Solent’s journalism degree is for you.

Modules

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES
News Skills and Values
Audio Journalism and Production
Research Skills
The Digital Writer
Video Journalism and Production
Media Law

YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES
Reporting and Industry
Journalism in Society
Reporting and Responsibility
Journalism and Research
Digital Storytelling

YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year)
Editorial Styling
Global Affairs
Literary Journalism

YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES
Dissertation or Final Major Project
Professional Production 1
Professional Production 2
Transferable and Professional Skills

YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year)
Public Relations and Promotion Skills
Photography
Travel Journalism
Sports Commentary and E-Sports

Assessment methods

Students are assessed by a mixture of coursework, including journalistic writing, essays, group projects and presentations, workshops, assignments and written examination.

Extra funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Business, Law and Communications School

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.

80%
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Journalism

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Journalism

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
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

94%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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D
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.

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Average annual salary
96%
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Employed or in further education
62%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
21%
Media professionals
15%
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.

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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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