BA (Hons)

Broadcast Journalism

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  • UCAS code(s): P500
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Course overview

From news presenters, reporters and foreign correspondents on radio and television, to producers, editors and researchers working behind the scenes, successful broadcast journalists employ a diverse range of personal and professional skills within their role. As well as having excellent communication and presentation skills, broadcast journalists are project managers, creative writers, researchers and technical experts.

This is a vocational degree that combines practical training and professional work placements, with a solid academic base. You’ll be situated in purpose built facilities in the Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism, where you’ll not only learn the skills needed to work in a broadcast newsroom, but also have the opportunity to contribute to news programmes and website content for local television station, Notts TV.

The course has been developed in close association with major media organisations and is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). This is our guarantee that the course offers innovative and relevant education and training that is highly prized by employers in radio and television.

What the professionals say

"It is important that those who are choosing to go into the industry are as well prepared and highly skilled as they can be, not only to compete for jobs but also to ensure that the media grows and remains fresh with new ideas brought in by graduates. The Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism at Nottingham Trent University is focused on giving students the best possible start by ensuring that our graduates have all the skills necessary to be at the forefront when it comes to employability."

Sir Michael Parkinson
Broadcaster, Journalist and Author

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Our journalism students, graduates and staff explain the reasons why NTU’s Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism is the best place to begin your career in journalism.

What you'll study

The course is 50% practical and 50% academic. As well as traditional lectures and seminars, you’ll gain extensive practical experience through:

Practical work and news-days

You’ll develop your practical skills in radio, television and online across all three years. Teaching and learning activities include:

  • writing for broadcast
  • research
  • interviewing
  • radio and television recording and editing
  • news reading.

You’ll also spend a considerable time learning the skills necessary to be able to use broadcast equipment and IT systems. You’ll take part in in mock news-day activities which simulate the real world. These take place on a weekly basis at key stages during your course of study and also as a rolling week of news day activity. Staff act as consultant editors, as do representatives from industry. Roles on news days are rotated and cover:

  • news reading
  • presenting
  • reporting
  • television gallery roles
  • editing.

In the second year you’ll also produce material for our online blog NottsNewsLive.

  • Year One

    Digital Journalism Skills

    You’ll learn the practical and professional techniques required to produce news stories and features on a digital platform. You’ll also be given basic training in filming and editing on mobile devices, using mobile journalism, and creating content for online news and features.

    Media Matters

    Develop a theoretical and critical understanding of the practices and processes of newspapers, magazines, radio, television and online journalism.

    Covering the Courts

    Study the English legal system, courts, reporting restrictions and contempt, along with an introduction to court reporting. As part of the module you will also visit different courts to produce news reports from the proceedings.

    Media, Power and Politics

    Explore how the media affects society, the link between politics and the media, and the importance of journalism in a democratic society. You’ll also consider the various change factors which are affecting the media industry’s approach to the reporting of politics.

    Democracy in Action

    Examine the structure of the British political system, how it works, and how different branches interact, while also learning where to find information and interviewees on political stories.

  • Year Two

    Broadcast News Skills

    Learn more advanced editing and production skills, make news packages for radio and television, and gain training in producing material for use online. Throughout the module you’ll be working in teams to replicate industry practice in radio, television and online news, and produce work of a high journalistic standard.

    Broadcast News Production

    Produce radio, television and online news over the period of a day to strict deadlines and learn all technical aspects of producing and delivering radio and TV news programmes and online news.

    Keeping out of Court

    This module introduces you to a number of important areas of law relevant to those involved in the media. You’ll develop an awareness of a number of legal provisions which impact upon the day-to-day activities of a working journalist.

    Social and Ethical Aspects of Media Regulation

    Build upon knowledge gained in Media, Power and Politics, and examine the ethical issues faced by journalists in the UK.

    Global Journalism

    Gain an appreciation of the journalism industry from an international and global perspective in terms of both contemporary realities and theoretical concepts. The module features a range of visiting speakers including practising journalists with experience of working across the world in different cultures and political regimes.

    Sports Journalism

    Explore the role of sport in contemporary society and how it is covered by the media through lectures, student presentations and visiting speakers.

  • Year Three

    Multiplatform Project

    Combine advanced research skills with a topical documentary feature for either radio or television, as well as online. This is a great opportunity to show what you are capable of, and many students have gone on to use their features to impress prospective employers.

    Converged Journalism

    Produce online, radio and television work through a series of news-days and improve your skills in digital news gathering, news reading, writing, and advanced individual package making.

    The Limits of Liberty

    Media law is a dynamic subject and it is important that you are aware of the latest legal developments, this module provides you with an opportunity to refresh your legal knowledge.

    Celebrity Journalism

    Explore the relationship between celebrity, media and society, including the social influences upon news production and the social impact of news conventions.

    You may also be invited to take part in our alternative pathway:

    Journalism at Work

    Expand your journalism skills and knowledge while gaining real-life experience. Work for two days a week with professional journalists on the output of Notts TV, either producing or helping to produce material for the nightly news programmes or the station’s web pages.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Further information on what you'll study

This journalism course is in the UK’s Top 12 for student satisfaction (NSS 2017).

This course is ranked 7th in the Guardian League Tables 2018 for journalism, publishing and public relations.

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

As this is a highly vocational course, half of your time will be spent carrying out practical tasks including TV, radio and online news production, news days, presentations, live team projects and visits. The other half of your time will be spent in academic study, including lectures and briefings, seminars and tutorials.  You’ll also be involved in independent project work where you’ll have the support of NOW, or virtual learning environment.

How will I be assessed?

Each module is assessed separately and involves practical assessments such as essays, project work, competency portfolios, placements, presentations and skills assessments. You’ll also be assessed through formal examinations and class tests.

Over the three years, you’ll gradually increase your study skills, production and presentation techniques. The marks that count towards the degree also increase year-by-year, so that assessment is matched fairly with the expected rate of your learning throughout the three year course.

You’ll receive feedback throughout the module so you know what level you are working at.

Learn from expert staff

Our journalism team is made up of expert academic and technical staff that have extensive experience in education and industry. These, together with visiting professionals, provide a rounded, up-to-date education, informed by current practice and industry developments.

Visiting lecturers

You’ll also benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience brought to us by prestigious visiting lecturers, who have included:

  • Jon Snow of ITN's Channel 4 News
  • BBC correspondents James Reynolds and Richard Bilton
  • Sunday Telegraph Editor Ian MacGregor
  • NTU's former Chancellor Sir Michael Parkinson.

Course Leader: Gail Mellors

Excellent placement opportunities

You’re expected to undertake a total of three weeks' of placements in radio and / or television newsrooms, normally during holiday times. Recent students have gone on a placement within the following companies:

  • BBC Radio Nottingham
  • Sky Sports
  • Central TV.

You’ll be supported to find a placement with access to:

  • a database containing a wide range of contacts for potential work placements
  • live project opportunities with placements and prizes awarded by companies for successful projects
  • The Broadcasting and Journalism Industry Consortium, a network of regional and national media organisations that supports the programme of broadcasting and journalism courses at Nottingham Trent University.

You’ll also benefit from final year students and graduates sharing experiences of their own work placement experiences with you. They’ll make recommendations about how best to approach companies and get the most from your experience.

You’ll also be able to attend sessions to help you to develop your CV and identify possible work experience opportunities.

More student opportunities

International exchange

You’ll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. Or you could source work placements abroad. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.

You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year.

Watch our video to find out more.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (75%) and written (25%)
  • Year 2 coursework (60%), written (33%) and practical (7%)
  • Year 3 coursework (93%) and practical (7%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (30%), independent study (70%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (29%), independent study (69%) and placements (2%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (20%), independent study (80%)

97% of our students would recommend Broadcast Journalism at NTU (NSS 2017).

Careers and employability

Your career development

Employability is a key focus of this course, with many of the compulsory modules including initiatives to help enhance you future career in journalism.

This course also has established links with its former students, through which we receive employment opportunities for graduating students.

After studying this course you could go into a variety of roles including:

  • producer (Radio, TV, Online)
  • editor, sub-editor
  • journalist
  • presenter, reporter, news commentator
  • camera operators
  • production manager
  • floor manager
  • sound engineer
  • lighting engineer,
  • technician / technical assistant
  • researcher.

Recent graduates from this course have gone on to work for companies including:

  • BBC
  • ITN
  • Sky News
  • Channel 5 News
  • BBC Five Live;
  • BBC Asian Network
  • Gem 106
  • BBC Radio Nottingham
  • Free Radio Birmingham
  • BBC Midlands Today.

As well as careers in journalism, graduates have also gone on to work in PR, marketing and advertising. Many graduates have joined or started local enterprises to undertake journalism, creative or media related activities.

94% of our broadcast journalism undergraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree (DHLE 2015-16).

Entry requirements

  • A-levels - BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications
  • You will also need GCSE English and Maths grade C / 4.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Journalism Diversity Fund

Please visit the Journalism Diversity Fund website to view what funding opportunities are available.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Please see our fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

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