BA (Hons)

Journalism

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  • UCAS code(s): P502
  • 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

Digital technology has revolutionised the way we consume information, and journalists play a vital role in gathering information and reporting on unfolding world events, current affairs, politics, sport and entertainment across multiple platforms, to meet our increasingly voracious appetite for real-time news.

The BA (Hons) in Journalism has been developed in close association with major media organisations to provide an industry-recognised qualification that is highly valued by employers. The course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and, while on the course you’ll sit NCTJ exams, leading to the NCTJ Diploma. All fees for these exams are included in your course costs.

Named top performing NCTJ accredited undergraduate journalism degree in the UK for five years running! (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)

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What you'll study

This dynamic and vocational award-winning course combines practical training in news journalism on all platforms – newspaper, magazine, mobile and tablet. As well as the traditional skills of writing for newspapers and magazines, interviewing, media law, politics and shorthand, you’ll be given digital skills including writing for online, the use of social media in journalism, and creating and using video content. You’ll also gain a range of transferable skills that can be used in a range of media industries from public relations to communication officers.

  • Year One

    Digital Journalism Skills

    This module is taken by Journalism and Broadcast Journalism students. 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. You'll consider the relationship between society and media industries and investigate the ways that both influence each other.

    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. This module will give you an understanding of some of the legal rules which control broadcast media coverage of news stories as they break.

    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. The module uses a large amount of illustrative video material to encourage you to relate theory and practice.

    Democracy in Action

    Examine the structure of the British political system, how it works, and how different branches interact. This module will give you a solid understanding of the basic features and operation of both central and local government. You'll also learn where to find information and interviewees on political stories and need to recognise current newsworthy issues relating to local and central government.

  • Year Two

    Print News Skills

    This module is only taken by BA Journalism students. Enter the world of exciting and fast-paced news-days where you take various roles within a newsroom to produce a newspaper. You’ll also be given training in broadcast skills to enable you to become a multi platform journalist. It covers finding and researching stories and features, reporting, interviewing and production. You'll increase your knowledge and experience of the working journalist, by building your contacts and range of sources.

    Print News Production Skills

    This module is only taken by BA Journalist students. Learn design and writing principles relating to the production of magazines and produce magazines in teams both online and in print format. You'll  take part in a number of magazine news-days where you will produce a magazine on a two-week production cycle.

    Keeping out of Court

    This module introduces you to a number of important areas of law which has particular relevance to those involved in the media. You'll develop an understanding of many legal provisions which effect  the day-to-day activities of a working journalist. These include defamation, contempt, copyright, elections and sexual offences.

    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. There will be in depth discussions regarding the numerous ethical issues that a working journalist may face, you'll develop a personal ethical framework which can be used in sensitive reporting situations.

    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. Alongside lectures and workshops, you'll investigate the work and practice of journalists across the world through special screenings and discussions.

    Sports Journalism

    This module develops a theoretical and critical understanding of the role of sport in contemporary society and how the media covers it. You'll study the links between national, regional, local identity and sport, reflecting on how the media shapes that identity.

  • Year Three

    The Multiplatform Project

    Combine advanced research skills to produce an in-depth journalism feature for either magazines, newspapers, radio or television as well as online. This is a great opportunity to show what you are capable of, demonstrate your strengths and creativity. Many students have gone on to use their features to impress prospective employers.

    Converged Journalism

    This module is taken only by BA Journalism students. You'll create news stories and features for a newspaper / magazine and online through a series of news-days and learn to negotiate news-day constraints and produce work to deadlines. You'll also complete the NCTJ Production Journalism exam during this module as well as the NCTJ E-portfolio. Overall, the material that you'll produce on this module will prepare you for working in a professional multiplatform environment.

    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 so that you are ready for the world of work. You'll be able to research more varied areas if law which are of relevance to broadcast journalists in order to demonstrate your critical understanding of a number of key legal principles.

    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'll be able to develop a responsible awareness of the journalists role within society while critically engaging with modern media debates.

    Shorthand

    This module is taken by BA Journalism students as part of their NCTJ Diploma, and is available as an option for BA Broadcast Journalism students. You'll learn to write shorthand at 100 words per minute using Teeline. You'll learn how to write certain phrases as word groups and recognise these for accurate transcription.

    Alternative Pathway


    This pathway is open to a select group of students who meet academic and journalistic standards in their second year work. These students will take the 40 credit Multiplatform Project module, and the 80 credit Journalism at Work module.

    This module will provide you with the experience of working in a functioning news organisation alongside completing your degree. It is open to a limited number of top students on the BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism and the BA (Hons) Journalism, to allow them to expand their journalism skills and knowledge while gaining real-life experience. You'll work for two days a week with professional journalists who work at Notts TV. You'll help by producing material for the nightly news programmes or by working on the station's web pages. This module offers you work experience, an opportunity to learn from journalists and understand the practices of a news organisation.

Course specification

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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?

Because this is a highly vocational course, half of your time will be spent carrying out practical tasks including news days, presentations and live team projects. 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:

  • Matt Hall – Guardian Online
  • Mike Sassi – Nottingham Post
  • Martin Shakeshaft – award-wining photojournalist
  • Yvonne Ridley – freelance reporter and author
  • Lee Marlow – Features Editor at the Leicester Mercury
  • Simon Wilson – Entertainment Editor at the Nottingham Post
  • Martin Smith – former Sheffield Star columnist
  • Diane Blood – Family rights campaigner
  • Nottinghamshire Police
  • Graham Parker – Parker PR
  • Amanda Penman – Editor of Artsbeat magazine
  • Richard Bilton – BBC Panorama.

Excellent placement opportunities

All students are expected to take part in three weeks of work placement with a media platform of your choice. This could be a newspaper, magazine, news website or a PR agency.

Recent students have secured placements with the Nottingham Post, Vogue magazine, Derby Telegraph, NME magazine and PR companies.

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. 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 and 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%)

100% of students would recommend 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 your 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:

  • magazine journalist
  • newspaper journalist
  • production journalist
  • researcher
  • public relations
  • communications officer.

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

  • Nottingham Post
  • Derby Telegraph
  • Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Press Office
  • Johnston Press Newspapers
  • Nottingham Forest FC
  • NSPCC Press Office
  • News Team News Agency
  • Banbury Guardian
  • West Briton
  • Avon and Somerset Police Press Office.

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.

98% of our journalism undergraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree (DHLE 2015-16) (Based on Print Journalism graduates).

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.


Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Tel: +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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