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University of Leicester

Journalism

UCAS Code: P500

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Qualification accepted. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language grade C/4

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Qualification accepted. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

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

DDM

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Qualification accepted. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Qualification accepted. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: [email protected]

UCAS Tariff

120

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Journalism

In a world of social media and ‘fake news’, an understanding of journalism is more important than ever. This course will teach you core journalistic techniques and help you develop skills to deliver effective content across multiple platforms. We’ll also explore how the modern global news industry functions.

Our BA in Journalism focuses on the core skills which produce good journalism on all news platforms. This is for you if you are excited by the possibilities journalism offers in the digital world and you want to learn and practice core journalistic skills and techniques, as well as critically engage with recent developments in the global news industry.

Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, which includes Journalism, has been at the forefront of media research since 1966 and our teaching has always been informed by all the latest developments in the field. We are ranked as one of the top 15 places in the UK to study Media and Communications*.

Journalism in the 21st century needs journalists who are comfortable operating across all platforms. This course will allow you to develop skills in broadcasting and digital/multi-media platforms as well as traditional print journalism so you can work in any and all media.

You will also receive a thorough grounding on key journalistic skills in core areas such as news-gathering and interviewing.

Our course emphasises four key areas:
The development of your professional journalism skills across all platforms
The study of the concepts and controversies backgrounding and surrounding 21st century journalism
Work placements in professional journalism during your studies
Entrepreneurial Journalism

You will be strongly encouraged to do industry placements with professional organisations, either as part of their degree or alongside it.
Alongside developing skills, you will also investigate the context and controversies which make journalism so interesting, relevant and crucial to society and democracy.

Our course is a strong blend of practical, academic and professional education, designed to produce students who can produce industry standard journalism, reflect on their practice and that of others and carry out useful and informative industrial placements. In short, you will learn to think like a journalist.

Through the great academic and practical support we offer you in group, as well as individual teaching situations, you will learn to work both collaboratively and independently. The way we will assess you will foster skills in critical analysis, communication, research methods, group work and of course, practical journalism. We also place great emphasis on helping you to build your skills for the world of work.

*The Guardian University Guide 2020 / The Complete University Guide 2020

Modules

First year modules are designed to enable you to develop key journalism skills and a sound understanding of the context of journalism. The development of core journalistic skills in news-gathering, interviewing and features production are emphasised, alongside the development of understanding of the content, ethics and regulatory environment in which journalism operates. Year Two applies the practical skills you developed in your first year across a range of different but connected journalism platforms. Option modules allow you to start to pursue your own specialist research. Your final year brings all previous study together to both produce a publication of your own consumer journalism and investigate an area of journalism of your choice and produce an extended project in this area. Optional modules will also allow you to continue to develop skills and knowledge of specialist areas of your choice.

Assessment methods

In a world of social media and 'fake news'; an understanding of journalism is more important than ever. This course will teach you core journalistic techniques and help you develop skills to deliver effective content across multiple platforms. We'll also explore how the modern global news industry functions.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leicester

Department:

Media and Communication and Sociology

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Media, journalism and communications

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


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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.

91%
low
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Media 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.

£16k

£16k

£19k

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£25k

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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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