Journalism BA, 3 years

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Course information

Typical offer BBB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code P500

International fee £17,450

Institute code L34

Taught by Media and Communication

In a world of social media and ‘fake news’, an understanding of journalism is more important than ever. This course will teach you core journalistic techniques and help you develop skills to deliver effective content across multiple platforms. We’ll also explore how the modern global news industry functions.

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Course description

Course description

The BA in Journalism emphasises four key areas:

  • The development of your professional journalism skills across all platforms
  • The study of the concepts and controversies backgrounding and surrounding 21st century journalism
  • Work placements in professional journalism during your studies
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism

Journalism in the 21st century needs journalists who are comfortable operating across all platforms. This course will allow you to develop skills in broadcasting and digital/multi-media platforms as well as traditional print journalism so you can work in any and all media.

You will also receive a thorough grounding on key journalistic skills in core areas such as news-gathering and interviewing.

You will be strongly encouraged to do industry placements with professional organisations, either as part of their degree or alongside it.

Alongside developing skills, you will also investigate the context and controversies which make journalism so interesting, relevant and crucial to society and democracy.

In this way this course is a strong blend of practical, academic and professional education, designed to produce students who can produce industry standard journalism, reflect on their practice and that of others and carry out useful and informative industrial placements. In short the central aim of the course is to help students learn to think like journalists.

Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, which includes Journalism, has been at the forefront of media research since 1966 and our teaching has always been informed by all the latest developments in the field.

Through the great academic and practical support we offer you in group, as well as individual teaching situations, you will learn to work both collaboratively and independently. The way we will assess you will foster skills in critical analysis, communication, research methods, group work and of course, practical journalism. We also place great emphasis on helping you to build your skills for the world of work.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: BBB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBC + EPQ at grade B
  • GCSE: English Language Grade B (5).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points overall.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM

Other national and international qualifications considered.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

A very high standard of written and spoken English is required for this programme because significant amounts of assessment are based on practical work. Students concerned about this should seek advice, but students without good English language skills would be at a disadvantage and should not apply for this course.

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2020

Tuition fees for 2020/21 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2019/20 were:

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2020

  • £17,450 per year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

This course will prepare students for employment in a wide range of communication industries and in areas of journalism which do not require specific pre-entry qualifications. It will also equip students for advanced academic study at postgraduate level.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

First year modules are designed to enable you to develop key journalism skills and a sound understanding of the context of Journalism. The development of core journalistic skills in news-gathering, interviewing and features production are emphasised, alongside the development of understanding of the context, ethics and regulatory environment in which journalism operates.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In your second year, you will apply the practical skills you developed in your first year across a range of different but connected journalism platforms, especially broadcasting and digital web-based journalism. You will also further develop your understanding of the context and background to journalism and learn how to do your own research into journalism. Option modules will allow you to start to pursue your own specialist interests through modules in Sport, Political Journalism, Magazines and Broadcast Journalism.

Core modules

Option modules

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Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

The third year allows students to bring all previous study together to both produce a publication of your own consumer journalism, but also to investigate and area of journalism of your choice and produce an extended project in this area. In addition, optional modules allow students to continue to develop skills and knowledge in specialist areas of their choice, notably sport and political journalism.

Core modules

Option modules

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Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

The Complete University Guide 2019 ranked us 15th in the country for teaching media and communication.

The Guardian University Guide 2019 ranked us in the country's top 12 for teaching media and communication.

An optional placement module in your second year will give you real industry experience.

The University of Leicester has one of the longest established continually published student newspapers in the UK, as well as student radio and TV stations. All are a great way to gain valuable experience.

Journalism at Leicester

Hear from one of our students, Lina, explaining why she chose Journalism at Leicester

Teaching and learning

In each year there are six modules, each of which involves approximately 30 hours of contact time and around 120 hours of private study.

Teaching methods include practical workshops, lectures, seminars, various practical activities and assessments, and one-to-one supervision. All teaching is by subject specialists and teaching methods are adapted to suit the aims and objectives of each module.

In your first year you will have additional workshops around study skills, essay writing and preparing for exams. A variety of teaching approaches are employed in the second and third year depending on the modules you take. One-to-one teaching is an important feature of the programme. In your third year your investigation work will be supervised by a subject-specialist. You will be allocated a personal tutor whose job is to provide you with pastoral and academic support throughout the programme.

Modules are assessed by a combination of portfolios, essays, exams and presentations. You will complete a 6,000-word investigation project in your third year.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

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