Media Production: Journalism BA (Hons)

Journalism is one of today’s fastest moving industries, but at its heart is the unchanging ability to tell a good story. This course will give you the skills – in digital, broadcast and print – to give you the edge in this exciting industry, which remains rooted in the age-old tradition of storytelling. So it’s about being able to spot a story, chase up contacts and use the best tools to convey that story to others; this course will launch you into a career that embraces all facets of life.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018

Course overview

You will learn how to find stories, make contacts and to draw stories out of others. We’ll enable you to develop different ways of telling your story for diverse audiences, using the full range of tools in today’s digital world – blogs, images, text, video, audio, apps and social media. You will learn studio production techniques for news, working to produce TV and radio news during live production days, and to a real deadline. You will also produce a magazine and can specialise in a medium of your choice in your final year.

To view examples of student work take a look at our Media Production Blog.

Course structure

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Introduction to Media
  • Media Production Skills
  • Storytelling (Factual)
  • Reporting (News & Features)

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Newsdays (Radio & Online)
  • Media Law & Public Affairs
  • Newsdays (TV & online)
  • Option choices from:
    • Transmedia Practice
    • Globalisation
    • Convergence Culture
  • Professional Practice

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Magazine Production
  • Final Project
  • Research Project
  • Journalism in Practice
  • Professional Portfolio

Teaching & Assessment

We think the best way for you to learn a practical subject like media is by doing it. Whilst there may be some lecture-style elements, most staff-led learning sessions are in the form of seminars, workshops and technical demonstrations. Throughout the course we integrate theory and practical work. Production processes will, wherever possible, mirror real ones in industry.

Assessment is carried out through presentations, essays and the submission of portfolios of practical work. There are no formal examinations.

In addition to the formal teaching in scheduled classes, you will have other opportunities to learn through practical experience and wherever possible working to live briefs; for example, in the past our students have created a climate change film and documented the Aesthetica Short Film Festival which takes place partly on campus. We will encourage you to publish content on our website and for our online magazine, Neutral.

As you approach the end of your degree there is an increasing emphasis on independent learning, but you will still be supported by both academics and our dedicated technical team as part of your timetable and also outside class.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry qualifications


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

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

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Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example:

  • Previous study (including qualifications in media or journalism) or work experience
  • An interest and enthusiasm for journalism
  • An interest in and engagement with news and media
  • Knowledge of current affairs

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Further study
  • Career plans
  • Work experience
  • Writing columns for print or online media
  • Participation in student newspapers
  • Subscriptions to journals, newspapers, and magazines.
  • Following or producing blogs

Strong candidates will also demonstrate transferrable skills such as time management and research ability.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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 will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

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

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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