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Journalism (Foundation Entry)

Entry requirements


64 UCAS points at A2

64 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

64 UCAS points at Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MM

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MPP

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

MM

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

MPP

64 UCAS points

64 UCAS points

T Level

P

P (D or E)

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Multimedia journalism

**Course Overview**
Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. This course will give you an insight into the practice of journalism and a basic grounding in the skills and knowledge required by journalists if you don’t have traditional qualifications – life experience as well as a keen interest in news and current affairs is what counts. As well as giving you a broad-based journalism education, you will develop both intellectually and personally. The course serves as the first year to any of our journalism degree courses and is designed to prepare you for careers in modern digitalised newsrooms and to allow you to work in a range of media.
Graduates work for BBC Radio, Television and Interactive, Sky TV, independent radio and television, national and regional newspapers, magazines and in the newly-emerging creative digital media industries.

Successful alumni are invited back in to talk to students to share their experiences, and guest speakers deliver presentations talking about pertinent issues such as the future of print journalism, and social media and journalism.

**Why study with us**
- We’re the only North West university undergraduate journalism course to be accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and have double industry accreditation - NCTJ and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

- We’re number one in the UK for assessment and feedback. We are also 1st in the North West and in the UK top 5 for academic support, as well as 1st in the North West and in the UK top 20 for teaching quality - National Student Survey (NSS) 2019.

- Our Journalism degree is one of the UK’s longest-established (nearly 60 years) and most prestigious undergraduate journalism courses with an impressive worldwide graduate network.

Modules

Year 1: Journalism Matters, Making News, Introduction to Broadcasting, Introduction to Digital Communication, Communication Matters: Practical Writing Skills.

Year 2: The Professional Journalist 1, The Making of the Media, Digital Journalism, Media Law and Regulation

Year 3: The Professional Journalist 2, The Newsroom 1, Reporting Politics and Society, Ethics. Two options from: Controversies in Journalism, Photojournalism, Music Journalism, Specialist Journalism.

Year 4: The Newsroom 2, Work Experience. Options of either Journalism dissertation, Reporting Politics and Society, Future Media, Constructive Journalism, Data Journalism, Journalism Project.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£6,000
per year
England
£6,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,000
per year
Scotland
£6,000
per year
Wales
£6,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Arts and Media

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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.

85%
high
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

85%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
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
76%
Male students
24%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Media professionals
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Other elementary services occupations

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.

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

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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