BA (Hons)

Broadcast Journalism

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In the UK for Journalism, publishing and public relations
in The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • UCAS code(s): P500
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information


Do you aspire to work in radio or TV in front of the camera as a news presenter, reporter or foreign correspondent or want to work behind the scenes as a producer, editor or researcher?

NTU can help you become a successful broadcast journalist employing a diverse range of personal and professional skills. As well as having excellent communication and presentation skills, you'll be a project manager, creative writer, researcher and technical expert.

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.

  • Ranked 6th in the Guardian League Tables 2020 for journalism, publishing and public relations.
  • 98% of our broadcast journalism undergraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2016-17).
  • 96% of Broadcast Journalism students would recommend studying at NTU (NSS 2019).

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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 and 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 and editing.

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

  • Year One

    Digital Journalism (40 credit points)

    You'll learn how to write for online, operate as a mobile journalist, conduct interviews for radio and television, record and edit material for radio and television news output, and how to use social media to gather and disseminate news.

    Media Matters (20 credit points)

    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.

    Media Law 1: Covering the Courts (20 credit points)

    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.

    Social Media (20 credit points)

    This module provides you with the knowledge to examine and analyse the impact of social media on the news industry as well as wider society, and introduces you to the tools and practices used by journalists to research and disseminate news across social media platforms.

    Democracy in Action (20 credit points)

    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

    Semester One

    Broadcast News (20 credit points)

    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.

    Keeping out of Court (20 Credit Points)

    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.

    To complement these modules you'll select one of the following optional modules:

    Journalism, Ethics and Society (20 credit points)

    This module explores a range of ethical dilemmas, with a view to facilitating a responsible awareness of the role of the journalist in society. You will gain an insight into the key concepts regarding the production and practice of journalism. You will also develop a critical awareness of discourses pertaining to the changing form and functions of contemporary journalism within society.


    Political Journalism (20 credit points)

    Looks at ethical issues and current controversies, such as fake news, propaganda, political partisanship, through the relationship between journalism and politics and its impact on past and current events.

    Semester Two

    Programme Production (20 credit points)

    You'll participate, as part of a team, in newsdays to plan and produce live radio and TV magazine programmes with links to social media and with supporting online content on our outward-facing news website CBJSpotlight

    You'll then choose two modules from the following options:

    Sports Journalism (20 credit points)

    This practical module develops your theoretical and critical understanding of the role and coverage of sport in contemporary society, and gives you the skills needed to work as a sports reporter. You'll study the links between national, regional, and local identity and sport, reflecting on how the media shapes that identity. Alongside lectures and student presentations, expert guest speakers will explain the logistics of reporting on sport and provide a greater understanding of the practical aspects of sports reporting.

    Global Journalism (20 credit points)

    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.

    Photojournalism (20 credit points)

    This module enables you to demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of stills photography. You'll gain practical skills in image capture on still digital formats and the transmission of stills You'll be competent in producing stills for publication and demonstrate the ability to write clear and accurate captions and news stories.You'll understand photographic practice and media law and ethics relating to the publication of images from both professional photographers, citizen journalists and other external sources in newspapers, magazines and on related websites and social media.

    Fashion Journalism (20 credit points)

    Explore the use of images, models and layouts in fashion journalism and how magazine design has reflected societal norms. You will gain an understanding of the role of the journalist in designing themes for their work, including how to organise a photo-shoot, and brief photographers and models.

  • Year Three

  • Final year

    Newsroom Practice (40 credit points)

    You'll participate in weekly newsdays to produce content for hourly radio news bulletins and daily TV news programmes. You'll continue to learn about bulletin and programme construction through these real-world newsdays, and will take part in as-live and live broadcasting and presenting.

    Documenting News (40 credit points)

    You'll produce a radio or TV documentary, on an issue or subject of your choice, showcasing the wide range of skills you have gained over the three years of the course. Features made for this module have also gone on to win national journalism and student journalism awards sponsored by organisations such as the RTS, BJTC, Midlands Media, Student Radio Awards, Nottingham’s International Soroptimist Society, and Amnesty International.

    Data Journalism (20 credit points)

    You'll apply and critically evaluate the new and emerging tools and processes used in researching and producing news content through statistical analysis and data, as required by employers and our professional accrediting body the BJTC.

    You will then choose one of the following options:

    Challenge and Conflict (20 credit points)

    Examines further aspects of media law and ethical journalism the analysis of case studies and issues including Freedom of Information, official secrets, protection of sources, and laws governing journalistic content and comment on the Internet.

    Celebrity Journalism (20 credit points)

    Examines this increasingly important part of the industry and the societal impact of celebrity culture through lectures and student presentations.

    PR and Communications (20 credit points)

    Enables you to demonstrate a working knowledge of PR in the private, public and voluntary sectors and use professional techniques and tools to produce a basic PR campaign.

    NottsTV Pathway - Journalism at Work (80 credit points)

    We also offer this alternative route of study to selected third year students. This involves being attached to NottsTV, one of a number of hyper-local television stations licensed by Ofcom across the UK, and working as an intern within the station’s professional newsroom throughout your final year.

Course specification

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How you’re taught

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. 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 and NTU's former Chancellor Sir Michael Parkinson.

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 and 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, supports the broadcasting and journalism courses at NTU.

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.

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.

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 (40%), written (20%) and practical (40%)
  • Year 2 coursework (37%), written (17%) and practical (46%)
  • Year 3 coursework (38%) and practical (62%)

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 (33%), independent study (67%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (31%), independent study (63%) and placements (6%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%)

Careers and employability

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, BAFTA, Gem 106, BBC Radio Nottingham, Free Radio Birmingham and 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.


  • Alumnus Jack Saunders started his new Radio 1 show in September 2018. Jack graduated from BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism in 2014 and was Station Manager at Fly FM during his time here. Read all about it at UK Student Radio Association.
  • Cameron Walker, BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism graduate, is one of just twelve graduates in the UK who has been selected for the ITV Traineeship scheme. Find out more.

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.

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.

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