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Journalism

BA (Hons)

90% employability

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017

Professional body accreditation

National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)

Dedicated facilities

Hone your craft in our Television News Set and Multiplatform Newsroom

UCAS code:
P500
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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This course is currently being redeveloped and enhanced for a relaunch for entry in September 2019. Course details below provide information regarding the current course, its structure and content. Many of these elements may change as we seek to enhance and enrich the Journalism curriculum and portfolio in 2019. Therefore if you would like further information please contact us via enquiries@staffs.ac.uk and we will then arrange to discuss our exciting developments with you.

Get ahead of the competition with our challenging Journalism degree. You'll graduate ready to work in a wide range of journalism and media-related fields.

Train to become a multi-skilled journalist in a rapidly changing media environment. Our Journalism degree – accredited by the NCTJ – is ideal for those looking for a broad range of journalistic skills. The course will prepare you for careers in newspapers, magazines and websites, social media, blogging or copywriting.

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

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

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

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

Course content

If you study the foundation year, you'll develop your ideas and skills alongside students from film and creative writing disciplines.

In the first year, all students study the fundamental skills (media law, news writing, practical journalism, digital and social media skills) and can then choose to specialise with a pathway in the second and third year. You will also have the chance to study shorthand and the NCTJ media law modules.

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.

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.

If you study the foundation year, you'll develop your ideas and skills alongside students from film and creative writing disciplines.

In the first year, all students study the fundamental skills (media law, news writing, practical journalism, digital and social media skills) and can then choose to specialise with a pathway in the second and third year. You will also have the chance to study shorthand and the NCTJ media law modules.

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.

If you study the foundation year, you'll develop your ideas and skills alongside students from film and creative writing disciplines.

In the first year, all students study the fundamental skills (media law, news writing, practical journalism, digital and social media skills) and can then choose to specialise with a pathway in the second and third year. You will also have the chance to study shorthand and the NCTJ media law modules.

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.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

National Council or the Training of Journalists

Professional body accreditation

Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

National Council or the Training of Journalists

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Foundation year compulsory modules
Team Project (Media)
Production Skills for Media
Theory and Practice in Media
Major Project (Media)
Ideas Generation and Problem Solving for Media
Year 1 compulsory modules
Journalism in Practice
Writing for…
Introduction to Media Law
Journalism Studies
NCTJ Law
Multimedia Project
Year 2 compulsory modules
Digital and Print Newsdays
Reporting Courts and Governments
Shorthand
The British Media: Behind the Headlines
Year 3 compulsory modules
Work Placement and Career Development
StaffsLive Newsdays
Journalism Project

Entry requirements

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or recognised equivalent.

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

Applicants who receive an offer will be invited to an Offer Holder Day to meet staff and current students, tour facilities, enjoy journalism activities, and show any portfolio work they wish to bring.

Typical UCAS offer: 112 points

  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

All applicants are individually assessed via interview with portfolio.

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or recognised equivalent.

If you don’t have 112 points, you can join this award with 48 points and study foundation modules for a year before moving on to this degree title.

Facilities

Careers

Our graduates work in key roles across the sector. Positions include: reporters/ digital reporters for national and regional newspapers (MailOnline, The Sentinel) and magazine feature/digital content writers (LADBible, Grazia, Heat, Press Association, Rock Sound).

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments. Each module normally includes practice or 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module and the grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark. You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

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.

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£5,920 for your first year subsequent years will be charged at the University standard rate

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
09 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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