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Journalism /Journalism (Sport) (top-up)

Entry requirements

Scottish HND


Entry to Year 3 of the programme, with a B in the Graded Unit, with any of the following HND titles: Journalism; Practical Journalism; Communication with Media or relevant media-related subject

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Full-time | 2024


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UWS’s BA Journalism is a top-up degree which builds upon your previous studies and will teach you everything you need to know to become a savvy, multimedia-skilled journalist and reporter.

We have developed the curriculum that reflects what the actual experience of the rapidly changing newsrooms will be and the skills required to operate successfully in these environments at a practical and intellectual level. This will enable you to explore, analyse and critique Journalism in a forensic way to more fully understand why the news/ethics/managerial decisions being made in the newsroom are being made. The students will also develop a very firm grasp of the role of Journalism in the social, economic, civic and democratic life of our societies.

Underpinned by theoretical insight into ethical and effective journalism, you’ll study news reporting, develop interview techniques, and hone your writing skills to meet the practical demands of today’s fast-paced news environment.

You’ll also have the option to specialise in Sports Journalism.

**Journalism pathway**
Those opting for the straight Journalism pathway will continue to build on their previous knowledge with opportunities to undertake work placement, produce portfolio-based work in news, features, specialist magazine journalism across a range of digital and online formats.

**Sports Journalism pathway**
This opting for the Sports Journalism pathway will undertake some of the same modules as the Journalism pathway students, eg, research methods, newsroom practice, creative portfolios. However, the focus of their final two years will be in meeting the requirements of sports journalism, as well as their own aspirations. Modules will explore sports news production in a range of sports programmes, with news, features, commentary and live reporting being key (much of this will be focused around our involvement with a range of sports organisations & clubs). 

During your time on this degree you’ll create content for and your own portfolio. You’ll also get the opportunity to develop close ties with partner organisations as media creators and producers, including Ayrshire Women’s Hub, Ayr United FC, St Mirren FC and Ayr Rugby Club.

You will be expected to undertake either work-based learning in a newsroom environment or work-related learning as part of specific projects. For example, The Newsroom Practice module includes a requirement to undertake a placement which enables you to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained in a workplace setting and from which you will gain a valuable experience that is aimed at supporting both your learning and future employability.

The BA Journalism equips you to work in newsrooms across the globe and provides you the essential skills to compete within a multimedia environment.


In your first year of study you will study a range of modules outlining the role of journalisom is society, research methods, and newsroom practice. You can also choose to study the Sports Journalism Pathway where you will be introduced to sports news production as issues such as policty and the organisation of sport.

In your final year, you will re-inforce your studies of professionalism in journalism and broadcast, news and politics, as well asoptions in podcasting, an international perspective of news and gloabl issues in sports news. However, the major component in this year is the final year creative research project. This project provides you the the opportunity to develop a significant creative research practice output which will be the result of a strong industry and production focus with critical evaluation and academic underpinning. The precise nature of the project will vary with your interests but examples could include: short film script, a 15 minute documentary, a TV series pilot, an audio/radio project or a multimedia portfolio of news, features and sports content. There is the minimum of a 5000 word written contextualisation; you will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation with a smaller practice portfolio.

Assessment methods

Learning, teaching and assessment in this degree will be aligned with professional practice through the amalgamation of assessments that meet the needs of the university and a range of graduate skills, yet also help prepare students for the demands of the working environment beyond university. 

For example, aligned assessments are likely to include the production of a range of professionally produced news and journalistic artifacts that would be expected in industry and where effective communication, engagement and collaborative practice are key learning outcomes. The experiential learning opportunities in the programme will also students to learn how to work in teams co-operate with others in group projects, pose and resolve a range of problems both in the content and production of a range of journalism outputs, such as news, sports and magazine projects, and give and receive feedback through peer-review involving the whole class.

Teaching will comprise practice-based workshops, simulated newsroom environments, production days, seminars and lectures. All modules are supported Moodle, an online VLE which enables staff and students to both communicate and share content on assessment, learning activities, information sources such as online broadcast and print materials, discussion forums and support for teaching and learning.

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