Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 2 years full-time
UCAS code: P502
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

If you're focused and want a head start in the world of journalism and the media, take a closer look at our two-year accelerated Journalism degree.

Our accelerated degree in Journalism– accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) – will fast-track you to a full Honours degree in just two years. If you're focused and want to get a head start in journalism, this course could be for you.

You could work in a wide range of journalism and media-related fields, including news, sport or other specialist reporting. You could also go into subediting or design, or you could work in PR, broadcasting and communications.

You’ll study shorthand and media law alongside news and feature writing, gaining the perfect platform for your journalism career. And you’ll develop key multimedia skills including digital and social media, audio and video editing, camera work and photojournalism.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Journalism

Course content

All students begin by studying the fundamental skills (media law, news writing, practical journalism, digital and social media skills) and can then choose to specialise with a particular pathway.

You’ll work in high-spec newsrooms equipped with industry standard Macs and the latest Adobe software and live 24-hour feeds. Tutors with expertise from the online, magazine, newspaper, radio, television and PR industries will help develop your expertise.

You can also publish news, sports, features and reviews to our dedicated digital platform, StaffsLive, which is highly commended by industry professionals and wins top prizes for students at the Midlands Media Awards each year.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Journalism in Practice Compulsory
Writing for… Compulsory
Introduction to Media Law Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Journalism in Practice Compulsory
Writing for… Compulsory
Journalism Studies Compulsory
NCTJ Law Compulsory
Multimedia Project Compulsory
Semester 3
Module title
Reporting Courts and Government Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Work Placement and Career Development Compulsory
Digital and Print News Days Compulsory
Reporting Courts and Government Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Work Placement and Career Development Compulsory
Digital and Print News Days Compulsory
Reporting Courts and Government Compulsory
Shorthand Compulsory
Production Journalism 1 Optional
Magazine Writing & Business Practices Optional
The British Media: Behind the Headlines Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Journalism Project Compulsory
Work Internship Compulsory
Production Journalism 2 Optional
Magazine Design, Development & Production Optional
Shorthand Compulsory
Sports Features and Creative Content Optional
Future Journalism 2 Optional
Conflict and Journalism Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Journalism Project Compulsory
Work Internship Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.