Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: P500
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

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

Professional body accreditation

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

Course content

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.

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

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Digital and Print Newsdays Compulsory
Reporting Courts and Governments Compulsory
Shorthand Compulsory
The British Media: Behind the Headlines Compulsory
Sports Writing in the Cross-Media Market Optional
Screening Journalism Optional
Future Journalism 1 Optional
PR Operations Optional
Writing to Pictures Optional
Review and Lifestyle Journalism Optional
Production Journalism 1 Compulsory
Magazine Writing and Business Practices Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Digital and Print Newsdays Compulsory
Reporting Courts and Governments Compulsory
Shorthand Compulsory
Sports Features and Creative Content Optional
Magazine Design, Development and Production Optional
Future Journalism 2 Optional
Production Journalism 2 Optional
Conflict and Journalism Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Journalism Project Optional
PR Campaigning Optional
Work Placement and Career Development Compulsory
StaffsLive Newsdays Compulsory
Screening Journalism Optional
Future Journalism 1 Optional
Writing to Pictures Optional
Review and Lifestyle Journalism Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Journalism Project Compulsory
PR Campaigning Optional
Work Placement and Career Development Compulsory
StaffsLive Newsdays Compulsory
Future Journalism 2 Optional
Magazine Design, Development and Production Optional
Conflict and Journalism Optional
Sports Features & Creative Content Optional

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.