Journalism BA, 3 years

Start date:

2020
2021

Course information

Typical offer BBB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code P500

Institute code L34

Taught by Media and Communication

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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.

Course description

Course description

Our BA in Journalism focuses on the core skills which produce good journalism on all news platforms. This is for you if you are excited by the possibilities journalism offers in the digital world and you want to learn and practice core journalistic skills and techniques, as well as critically engage with recent developments in the global news industry.

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. We are ranked as one of the top 15 places in the UK to study Media and Communications*.

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.

Our course 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

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.

Our 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, you will learn to think like a journalist.

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.

*The Guardian University Guide 2020 / The Complete University Guide 2020

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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 2021

The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement.

  • £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 2021

Tuition fees for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2020/21 were:

  • £17,450 per year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

We run employability and media production modules as part of our curriculum – e.g. Journalism Employability, Broadcast Journalism, Multi-platform and Entrepreneurial Journalism, Journalism Placement, Community Radio in Practice.

Our students are encouraged to get involved in the student-run media on campus, including Galaxy - our student magazine, LUST - our student TV station, and LUSH Radio - our student radio station.

We organise external speaker events, industry visit days, career development training and other initiatives in collaboration with local and national media organisations, giving you valuable insights into the professional media world.

In addition, our departmental Careers Tutor can support and advise you on careers matters throughout your time with us.

Graduate destinations

Recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • American Express
  • Artavia Advertising
  • BBC
  • City Index
  • E.ON Energy
  • Gogglebox Entertainment
  • HMRC
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Sky Media
  • Transport for London
  • Web Liquid Digital Marketing 

Others have gone on to further study in the following fields:

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Cinema and Television
  • International Relations

Career Development Service


Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

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Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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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

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.

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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