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Journalism
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Journalism

Overview

Media in the 21st century is fast-paced and this accredited course will give you the newsgathering skills and experience needed to forge a rewarding career in this dynamic sector. You will work in simulated and live journalistic settings and develop multimedia news products in a variety of formats, including print, online and broadcast. You will also be encouraged to explore existing and new technologies in our purpose-built facilities, which include ICT suites, a newsroom, and TV and radio studios.

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.

96.4%
Student Satisfaction
Student Satisfaction*
*National Student Survey 2017

Course Features

  • Specialist facilities
  • Professional accreditations
  • Placements
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
  • 100% of graduates from the course are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16).
  • 100% of students felt they had the right opportunities to work with other students and said they had the right opportunities to provide feedback on the course (National Student Survey 2017).
  • 96.4% of students said staff made the subject interesting and the course was intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey 2017).

Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
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.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Personal Statement & Artefact:
We will also be looking at students who demonstrate an active engagement in journalism in their UCAS statements and we are likely to require the submission of an artefact.
Interview:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
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.

UCAS Tariff Points:112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
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.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Personal Statement & Artefact:
We will also be looking at students who demonstrate an active engagement in journalism in their UCAS statements and we are likely to require the submission of an artefact.
Interview:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details.
International Baccalaureate: 25 Points
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.

Modules & learning

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Introduction to Journalism

Reporting 1

Digital Publishing

Journalism Practice & Principles

Radio Journalism

Introducing Media Law

Media Law in Context

Media & the Public Sphere

TV Journalism

Government & Political Context in the UK

Reporting 2

Futures: The Evolution of the Media

News Days 1 (Multimedia)

News Days 2 (Magazine)

Journalism Project / Extended Study

Magazine Production

Sports Journalism

Celebrity & the Media

Photo Journalism

Work Placement

Political Communication & Public Affairs

Karl Hodge
Karl Hodge
Course Director

Karl began conducting research into digital media technologies in the 90s and moved on to teaching the UK’s first degree level modules in web design. He spent 18 years as a journalist writing about computers and technology for broadsheets including The Guardian, and technology magazines such as .net and Stuff.

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

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Professional body subscription fees - For courses with professional body subscriptions, you will need to pay any necessary fees directly to the professional body.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

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

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.

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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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