Major in Journalism BA, 3 years

Start date:

2019

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.

UCAS code
P501
Department
Media and Communication

Admissions enquiries
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Course enquiries
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Course description

Course description

This course focuses on the core skills which produce good journalism on all news platforms.

You will learn how to identify and produce excellent original journalism and tailor this to different delivery platforms.

You will develop skills and knowledge key to working on multiple platforms.

This approach keeps a focus on your employability and offers opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills as part of professional placements.

You will also benefit from the University of Leicester’s unrivalled track record in media research when reflecting on developments in the industry. In short, this programme aims to help you to: ‘Think like a journalist’.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-Level.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + 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 30 points overall with a minimum of 16 points at higher level.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

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

IELTS 7.0 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.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £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 2019

  • £16,700 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

The first year will equip you with the key practical journalistic skills and core knowledge of the operation of the news industry. You will study forms and practices of news and features journalism in addition to learning about the organisational background to journalism. You will have opportunities to begin to develop your own employability skills.

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

The second year of the course encourages an exploration of different journalism forms and platforms and the development of contextual and conceptual knowledge. Practically, you will produce work on digital, social, broadcast and entrepreneurial journalism platforms.

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 3

Year 3

In the third year you will employ the knowledge, understanding and skills learned so far to develop a unique publishing project as part of a group of like-minded students. You will also produce an individual journalism research investigation which explores an area of journalism that interests you and study the key specialist areas of political journalism and public relations.

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.

Why Leicester?

This course provides excellent employability options including a placement module in the second year.

This course covers the core practical aspects required in the practice of different forms of journalism – the notepad and the iPad.

You will learn skills of use in the journalism and communication industries such as public relations and marketing, with a particular focus on entrepreneurial journalism. You will also be prepared for advanced study at postgraduate level if you wish to continue your education.

Major/Minor

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject). Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

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