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Undergraduate Course

Journalism BA (Hons)

Tell important stories. Gain studio and on-location experience. Prepare for a career in journalism.

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Our British Journalism Teaching Council (BJTC) accredited course will teach you to write for any news platform. But you will not stop there. We will encourage you to think about the future of journalism. Thinking about how it might change, you will learn to adapt to new ways media is consumed. You will learn the digital skills needed to succeed and an understanding of media law, ethics and public affairs.

100% of Journalism students were satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2020)

93% of Journalism students felt that they were challenged to achieve their best work. (National Student Survey 2020)

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York campus

  • UCAS Code – P3L2
  • Duration – 3 years full time, 6 years part time
  • Start date – September 2021
  • School – School of the Arts

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

Discover why York St John University is The One

Course overview

This course gives you the knowledge, practical skills and experience to succeed as a journalist. You will learn by telling the stories you care about, using both traditional and digital platforms. You will focus on developing your technical abilities by creating:

  • TV programmes
  • Radio shows
  • Podcasts
  • Magazines
  • Online content
  • Websites.

Take part in live productions and Newsdays where you will work as a team to create content and turn the material around to deadlines. It's your chance to experience the industry and apply your knowledge.

Alongside this practical learning, we will teach you about the laws, regulations and ethics that relate to media and journalism. You will also explore the history and theory of media. This knowledge will help you blend theory with practice and become a better journalist.

You will complete 15 days of media work experience. This will help you to apply your learning and build a professional network of contacts. Other opportunities to gain industry experience include:

  • Writing for The Yorkie, our news website
  • Getting involved with our Students' Union radio station
  • Working with digital media agency, York Mix, to publish your stories online
  • Working on live projects with external clients such as BBC Radio and Aesthetica magazine.

You will have access to our dedicated newsroom, TV and radio studios, specialist software and editing suites. We also have cameras and sound equipment for location recording that you can use. We will give you all the equipment you need to tell the stories that matter to you. 

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters. How many modules you take each semester will depend on whether you are studying full time or part time. 

In your first year, if you are a full time student, you will study: 

  • 1 compulsory module across semester 1 and 2
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1 
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

 

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module we will introduce you to different media organisations and forms. You will explore that history of media and gain an understanding of how media products are created and consumed. Together we will consider the cultural, economic and political impact of the media and what that means for the audience and you as a producer. You will learn different methods of research and advance your academic writing skills too.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop your ability to tell non-fictional stories. We will explore what makes a story, how to find them and assess their authenticity. You will learn techniques in making contacts and interviewing for your stories. As part of this we will consider the ethics, regulations and laws around factual storytelling and discuss their importance. You will also learn about the different tools and platforms you can use to deliver your stories to diverse audiences.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module is your introduction to the fundamentals of journalistic reporting. You will focus on print and online news platforms and explore the principles of professional journalism. Together we will analyse published news stories, considering how they apply different concepts in journalism. You will receive 2 hours of voice coaching and explore the ethics of reporting. Throughout the module you will develop your own approach to professional reporting, learning skills like:

  • News gathering
  • Interviews
  • Writing news stories
  • Writing feature stories.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module we will teach you the key video and television skills needed in media production. You will acquire skills in single camera directing and experience a multi-camera studio environment. Together with your classmates, you will produce a live show. There will be other projects to work on too, giving you camera, sound and editing skills and increasing you ability to manage projects both individually and as part of a team.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module is your chance to apply all the skills you have learnt so far. Use your preferred planning techniques and your technical capabilities to realise your ideas. We will introduce you to production for online media outlets like Instagram and Wordpress, so you gain experience across multiple platforms. With the help of our experienced tutors, you could produce:

  • A mini documentary
  • Short drama
  • Music video
  • An advert
  • Social media video and more.

Year 2

In your second year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory modules and 1 optional module in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore radio and digital audio as a medium for news and factual content. You will analyse examples and receive technical training and voice coaching sessions. You will also learn how to write for the radio, including news bulletins and interviews and become confident using the radio studio. We will help you gain knowledge of Ofcom regulations and the ethics of journalistic reporting. By the end of the module you will have produced a factual radio piece to deadline, working in a team with your classmates.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop specialist knowledge of media law and ethical considerations. Your lectures will cover the fundamental elements of these laws and explore how journalists must approach reporting in circumstances such as court appearances. By developing your understanding of public institutions, you will learn how to report ethically on public affair issues. We will give you the chance to visit court and council meetings so you can apply your knowledge and produce reports following your visit.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Transmedia is the telling of a single story across multiple digital platforms. On this module you will develop your critical understanding as you examine transmedia narrative theory and practice. You will experience working as an independent producer as you work independently to produce a transmedia product of your choosing. You will develop your idea, pitch it to your tutors, plan and produce a transmedia artefact. Once complete you will reflect on your work and evaluate the production process you engaged with.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you will explore alternatives to mainstream cinema. We will introduce you to non-hollywood and underground forms of film-making. It’s time to broaden your creative horizons by engaging with work you’re not familiar with. We will encourage you to embrace the creative methodologies and production practices we introduce and think about how you can apply experimentation to your own work.

Credits: 20

Optional module

On this module you explore, in detail, the development and complexity of independent cinema. You will examine the historical development of the genre and consider the industrial struggles encountered by independent producers in funding, producing and distributing films. Together we will consider the importance of film festival marketplaces and the turn to DIY filmmaking and crowdfunding. There is so much to explore in this complex genre and this module is a great place to start.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop specialist skills in TV news broadcasting. We will teach you how to write for TV, put together a news bulletin and present on TV. This will increase your technical abilities with camera work and editing and help you learn studio production techniques. Over 8 dedicated newsdays, you will mirror the practices of a real newsroom to produce a TV news programme to a deadline. You will then repurpose this material for online outlets.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

We have designed this module to help you prepare for your future career. You will reflect on your ambitions and explore employment options through a series of guest speakers from across the industry. We will deliver workshops in CV writing, personal development planning and the ethics of your chosen industry. This module will also prepare you for your research project in your final year, helping you develop skills in choosing a topic, planning and managing a research project and writing up your findings.

Year 3

In your third year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 2 compulsory modules across semesters 1 and 2
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory module in semester 2.

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will bring together the knowledge and skills you have developed to produce a piece of journalistic media. This could be a documentary, a series of written features or a magazine. You will present a project proposal to your supervisor which will include an explanation of the idea, target audience and budgets, plans for distribution and marketing materials. You will then plan and produce the media piece, working either individually or as part of a team.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop your magazine production skills. We will teach you the design and layout techniques you need to produce quality print magazines and trade press. You will continue to develop your feature writing skills and learn how to write for specific audiences. You will work to produce a magazine of your own while you learn how to research the market, pitch ideas and handle copyright issues. We will also cover branding and marketing in the print magazine industry.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop your own research project on a topic you are passionate about. This could relate to your career aspirations, your practical work or a theoretical concept. We will teach you about research methods and ethics so that you can apply ethical research methods to your work. You can choose to write a traditional dissertation or a piece of practice-led work. Alternatively, you could produce a piece of critical media and write a short thesis to support it.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This exciting module is your chance to put everything you’ve learnt into practice. With your classmates you will run a real time newsroom exactly as you would in industry. You will manage the day yourself with support from your tutors. You will identify stories, arrange coverage and produce the content to meet legal and ethical standards across radio, TV and multimedia platforms. This is your chance to take on the role of an investigative journalist and tell the stories that matter.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

We have designed this module to help you prepare for graduation and entering industry. You will reflect on the experiences you have had on your degree, highlight your successes and identify any areas for development. We will help you to create an online portfolio of your journalistic work that showcases your skills to future employers. As part of the module you will take part in CV workshops and careers events and receive 2 hours of voice and presentation coaching.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

The best way to learn a practical subject like media is by doing it. We deliver your modules through:

  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Technical demonstrations
  • Lectures.

Each module has 2 to 3 hours of contact time a week. We schedule our taught sessions between 9:00am and 8:00pm, Monday to Friday.

You will need to conduct independent study outside of this time. This might include reading, researching and completing your assignments. You can also arrange academic tutorials with your module tutors throughout the year to receive feedback on your work and discuss the course content.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

Assessment types are usually based on practical coursework and vary from module to module. Some of your assessments might include:

  • Portfolios of practical work
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • 1 exam on media law.

For each assessment you will have the chance to talk to a tutor about your work before submission. Each assessment will be marked and returned with feedback so you can improve your work.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Journalism.

On this course you will gain the skills you need to succeed in a career as a journalist. You will develop your research, interview and reporting skills as well as your knowledge of digital media. Skills such as communication, critical analysis and an ability to work to deadlines are in high demand in a range of careers.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Digital copywriter
  • Editorial assistant
  • Magazine features editor
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Press sub-editor
  • Web content manager.

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

Postgraduate degrees at York St John University

Media Production MA

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice.

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed. It's your career, your way.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

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International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 7.5 (with no skill below 7.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Portfolio Day

If your application is successful, you will be invited to a portfolio day. On the day, you will show your work with our tutors and share with them your passion for the subject.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK and EU 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2021 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2021 entry £12,750 per year full time

International 2021 entry

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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