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Journalism

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,B,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Evidence of interest and some relevant experience in Journalism will be required. All applicants will be invited to attend a workshop, which will include an NCTJ story writing task.

112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-46.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects. Evidence of interest and some relevant experience in Journalism will be required.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DMM

112-120 Tariff points.

T Level

M

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112-120 points. Evidence of interest and some relevant experience in Journalism will be required.

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

About this course


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

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Journalism

**Overview**
Are you ambitious to become a reporter who will keep the public informed and hold those in power to account? Our BA (Hons) Journalism degree course – accredited by National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) – will prepare you for a career in journalism.

Learn how to uncover and write breaking news stories, work in editorial teams with other colleagues to produce publications across print and digital media, and adapt seamlessly to the fast-paced 24-hour news environment.

Earn the industry-recognised NCTJ Diploma in Journalism with help from our teaching team of experienced journalists, learn your craft from professional placements and become the outstanding journalist and publisher that any editor would appoint.

**Course highlights**
- Stand out to future editors and employers by taking exams leading to the gold-standard NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

- Learn from lecturing journalists with experience in international, national, regional and online publications

- Expand your professional network by meeting visiting professionals. Past industry organisations who've visited include Dream Team FC, The Times, Novara Media, Sky News, and the Cabinet Office at 10 Downing Street

- Gain industry experience with a formal 10-day journalism-based work placement and an optional placement year

- Capture information at a writing speed of up to 100 words per minute by taking shorthand training

- 90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), 1 of 3 professional bodies that accredit journalism training in the UK. You'll automatically be entered into the examinations that lead to the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

The NCTJ accreditation also lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work as a journalist when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didn't do an accredited course when you’re applying for jobs.

**Careers and opportunities**
The world always needs journalists to tell us what’s going on. Print media such as newspapers and magazines may be on the decline, but digital versions are replacing them. Meanwhile, social media and other opportunities for online reporting also help keep demand high for journalists.

Online reporting is expanding all the time, creating new opportunities and redefining the role of the journalist. Related industries such as PR or communications also attract journalism graduates with strong transferable skills.

With a Journalism degree and NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, you'll have the multimedia skills to take advantage of the changing nature of journalism.

You can also continue your studies to postgraduate level.

Graduate roles

Our graduates have gone on to roles such as:

- trainee reporter

- social media editor

- campaign assistant

- public relations account executive

- digital marketing executive

- sports reporter

Graduate areas

Our graduates have worked in areas such as:

- national, regional and local newspapers

- magazines

- radio and television stations

- online publications

- public relations

- corporate communications and marketing

- digital marketing and social media

Ongoing careers support

Get experience while you study, with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience. You can also venture into freelancing, or set up and run your own business with help from the University Startup Team.

Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Reporting
- Digital Skills for Journalists
- Journalism in Context
- Academic and Professional Skills
- Law for Journalists
- Ethical Perspectives on Current Affairs

There are no optional modules in this year, although you can take NCTJ examinations in a variety of subject areas.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Government in Britain
- Newsbeat
- Feature Writing and News Analysis
- Smartphone Journalism
- Social Journalism Theory

Optional modules in this year include:
- CCI Placement - Full Year
- CCI Self Employed Placement - Full Year
- CCI Work Placement - Full Year
- Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
- Factual Media Production
- Film, Media and Communication Study Abroad - Full Year
- Film, Media and Communication Study Abroad - Half Year
- Press and Public Relations
- Specialist Journalism
- Student Enterprise

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Newsroom Production
- Placement

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Writing and Producing Magazines
- Final year project: a choice between a Dissertation or Journalism Special Investigation
- Film, Media and Communication Study Abroad - Full Year
- Film, Media and Communication Study Abroad - Half Year
- Global Journalism and Human Rights
- Money, Government and Power
- Digital Media and Democracy

You can also take NCTJ examinations in a variety of subject areas.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

- essays and close textual analysis
- in-class tests
- media artefacts
- seminar presentations
- a 10,000-word dissertation or special investigation
- post-placement assessment

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 22% by written exams and 78% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 15% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 62% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 7% by practical exams and 93% by coursework

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
International
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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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.

76%
med
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
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

60%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
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
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

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.

£19,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
20%
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.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

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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