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Journalism
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Journalism

International Scholarships available

Overview

Modern journalism is fast-paced and this professionally accredited, highly successful course will give you the newsgathering skills and experience needed to forge a rewarding career in this dynamic, growing sector. You will create multimedia news content for print, digital and broadcast platforms. We combine the best of the past with an eye on the future, training students who want to do real journalism. Our purpose-built facilities include computer suites, TV and radio studios, and a dedicated news room.

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There will be opportunities to do placements and you are expected to do at least three weeks' work experience across your degree, giving you the chance to encounter journalism in a variety of environments. We have links that can help you seek work in a practical environment at the BBC, Skysports and with a variety of local and national media companies. Our students have completed placements with The Independent, The One Show, local radio and newspapers.

We also have a dedicated employability and placements office to support you and provide you with access to a wide range of vacancies from local, national and international employers. Pre-placement guidance and seminars are available on topics such as CV and letter writing, how to succeed at interview, assessment centres and psychometric tests.

We're committed to supporting your professional development - that's why we offer a guest lecture programme. Past speakers include the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, past Chair and President of the Academy of Marketing, Chief Executive of the British Bankers Association, the Chief Economist of Yorkshire Bank and the Editor of Cosmopolitan. To see our full programme and to register for a lecture click here.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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Course Features

  • Specialist facilities
  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

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If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language Grade B or above and GCSE Maths Grade C or above (Grade 6 and Grade 4 respectively, for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 3 are accepted in place of GCSE Grade B English Language. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSE Grade C Maths.
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language Grade B or above and GCSE Maths Grade C or above (Grade 6 and Grade 4 respectively, for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 3 are accepted in place of GCSE Grade B English Language. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSE Grade C Maths.
English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Hannah Robinson

Careers

Hannah Robinson
Trainee Journalist Hull Daily Mail

MSc Journalism

“In today's news gathering operations, you need to be able to work both in print and digitally. Having undertaken the news and feature writing modules on my course, I know exactly how to write a feature when I need to and I am just as comfortable when I have to sub-edit some news copy.

Teaching and learning

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.
Overall workload
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265 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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935 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
23%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
7%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
70%
Core Modules

Study the historical, cultural and social contexts of journalism while focusing on practical, hands-on tasks that will enable you to become proficient journalistic writer.

Gain the foundation knowledge required for journalists and media practitioners to understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to the public. You will examine the legal and regulatory systems which govern the print and broadcast media in England.

Explore essential themes in news production and journalism focusing on three central areas: industry, text and audience. You will examine concepts such as the public sphere, ethics, audience reception models, media effects, culture, professionalism, blogging and citizen journalism.

Study the the history of journalism. You will explore topics including how and why newspapers were first produced, the emergence of the professional reporter, the forces propelling the growth of news media and the origins and development of broadcast news.

Begin to study the journalism production, research and dissemination techniques used in online and digital contexts.

Learn the journalism skills you will need for radio and TV production including technical, studio and newsgathering.

Develop essential journalism skills in areas including court reporting, shorthand, voice work and presentations.

Overall workload
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252 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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948 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
28%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
8%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
64%
Core Modules

You will build on the knowledge you acquired in the Introduction to Media Law module to develop the professional knowledge required for journalists and media practitioners to understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to their work in the public domain. You will examine the legal and regulatory systems which govern the broadcast and print media in England in relation to confidentiality, privacy, journalistic sources, data protection and copyright.

Learn essential skills in council reporting, shorthand, voice work and presentations.

This practical module will encourage you to build on the skills you learned in the Reporting 1 module. You will learn how to source material to produce features, conduct in-depth interviews and write in a detailed, descriptive manner with specific publications in mind.

Examine the role of journalism in the development and advancement of democracy from a number of theoretical, historical and ethical perspectives. You will develop an understanding of how democracy is formed, the role of the media in policing its development and how it might be undermined.

Build on the digital newsgathering and production skills developed in the Digital Publishing module. You will create content in a newsroom environment during a series of production newsdays and workshops will help introduce you to contemporary techniques in data, newsgathering and distribution.

Refresh and build upon your knowledge and skills in radio and television reporting. You will have the opportunity to take part in industry-style broadcast radio, TV and live streaming newsdays.

This module explores the rapidly changing circumstances and environment of global media. You will look at the rise of network and digital technologies and how they impact on more traditional forms of media and provide critical awareness of changes in the production of the media. You will complete a practical element that will enable you to put your studies into practice.

Develop the knowledge of current affairs required by professional journalists. You will look systems of public administration at central and local level in the UK, within the EU and at a global level. Your studies will include looking at the institutions, agencies and organisations at each level of government. You will put your knowledge into practice in a portfolio of journalistic work.

Overall workload
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267 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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933 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
100%
Core Modules
Journalism Project or Dissertation

Learn the practical skills required for magazine production including layout, aesthetics and design, flow, flat planning and content optimisation. Your tools will be digital, though the product you produce will be a magazine suitable for both print and digital contexts.

Develop the skills you will need for the real working environment of a multimedia journalist, including the need to work on the move, in the newsroom and in media studios.

Pull together the skills you developed in the Reporting, Digital Publishing and Writing Features modules by producing a business magazine serving the region. You will gain professional experience that will enhance your employment prospects while you gain new perspectives on the publishing process and business scene.

Focus on your employability in preparation for the world of work. You will look at how to increase your attractiveness to employers through voice training and delivering professional-level presentations.

Option modules may include:

Through a mix of theory and practice, you will explore the relationship between sport and the media, and the role of the sports journalist. You will develop the skills of sports reporting across different media but will also examine the professional, ethical, cultural, sociological and financial background of the modern world of sport.

Develop your understanding of key concepts in political thought in terms of how the role of the media impacts on and is impacted by government and business environments. In particular, you will examine the way public relations experts operate in a challenging international arena.

Learn to apply the traditional and digital techniques and skills you have acquired in the earlier levels of the course to the specialist area of fashion journalism.

This module is in response to changes in the journalism industry, particularly the growth in freelancing, journalism apps and start-ups. You will undertake an entrepreneurial project that equips you with the self-management, planning and marketing skills to set up a journalism business.

Study a range of theoretical approaches to the critical study of celebrity and its relation to media products. You will focus on celebrity as a cultural fabrication and on mass media representation as one of the key principles in the formation of celebrity culture.

You will be introduced to digital camera technique through the process of researching and developing a substantial piece of photographic journalism. A series of photographic assignments in workshops will enable you to acquire technical and practical skills in digital photography and combine them with digital publishing and journalism skills.

Build on the journalism skills you developed in the first two years of your degree by specialising in investigative research-driven journalism production. You will assume a 'public interest' definition of investigative journalism

Karl Hodge
Karl Hodge
Course Director

Karl Hodge is a former journalist, currently Course Leader for BA Journalism, with research interests in narrative VR construction.

We are the only journalism course in the UK with a 100 per cent student satisfaction rating from our students in the National Student Survey three years running. We prepare students in traditional journalism methods, focusing on digital, radio, TV, print and online, from the perspective of a team who have worked in the industry
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Professional body subscription fees - For courses with professional body subscriptions, you will need to pay any necessary fees directly to the professional body.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the media suite featuring TV and radio studios, a control gallery, a newsroom and an editing suite to help you develop your professional-level technical knowledge and skills.
  • Access to the Hydra Suite, an on-campus system that will help you to develop effective leadership and group participant skills. We are the only business school in the world with this facility.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Professional body subscription fees - For courses with professional body subscriptions, you will need to pay any necessary fees directly to the professional body.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Access to the media suite featuring TV and radio studios, a control gallery, a newsroom and an editing suite to help you develop your professional-level technical knowledge and skills.
  • Access to the Hydra Suite, an on-campus system that will help you to develop effective leadership and group participant skills. We are the only business school in the world with this facility.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Media Suite
    Media Suite

    The Media Suite gives you access to our TV Studio, Control Gallery, Radio Studio and Newsroom & Editing Suite in the Rose Bowl.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • The Rose Bowl
    The Rose Bowl

    The Rose Bowl has impressive teaching spaces, auditoriums, conference facilities and an outstanding local reputation as a business hub. The Rose Bowl puts our students at the centre of a dynamic business community.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

The Rose Bowl, City Campus

The Rose Bowl, City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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