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BA Honours

NCTJ accredited course

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BA Honours


  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
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Course Overview

Journalism is needed in today’s world more than ever. Journalists get to the heart of every part of society, finding the best way to tell stories to their audiences.

Whether you are running your own news website, working in the TV studio or providing the content for local radio stations, you will have support and advice from tutors who have worked in industry. You will also have the chance to study some of the key issues in journalism, looking at the past, present and future of the profession.

Why study with us

  • We have strong industry links and offer students a broad range of opportunities to gain professional experience.
  • Our inspirational annual Journalism Week attracts top speakers from across the industry.
  • Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
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Our Journalism courses are ranked in the top 25% of all UK universities.

(Guardian University Guide 2019)


of our Journalism students are satisfied with the learning resources on their course.

(National Student Survey 2018)


of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

​​No. 2

Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream universities in National Student Survey 2018) ​​

Course Information

About this course >

You will be taught in small groups and the skills you will gain while studying for a Journalism degree are transferable to other areas of life. These include research and verification skills; the ability to present complex information in an accessible way across a range of media; interviewing skills; and working with a variety of social media platforms.

A foot in the door is key to finding a job and you will have the opportunity to undertake professional work placements as part of your course, with placements including newspapers; news agencies; broadcasting organisations; press offices in the public, charity and private sectors and designing social media campaigns.

This course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and, during the course of your degree, you will take the exams which lead to achieving the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

Further Study
Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA JournalismMA Broadcast Journalism and MA Marketingwhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity.
NCTJ accredited course

This course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and, during the course of their degree, students on the programme take the exams which lead to achieving the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.​

Modules >


Year 1

In Practical Journalism 1, you learn a wide range of core skills, including interviewing and news writing for newspapers, online, TV and radio.

Media Matters covers law and regulation, including contempt, sex offences, juvenile crime and defamation. While some of this is taught on campus, you also get to visit court and apply what you have learned to real-life criminal trials.

Journalism in Society covers media theory, the history and role of journalists, as well as the wider ethical debates and issues affecting the industry.

In the Programme Level Assessment you take part in a three-week, live production exercise, writing content for our news website.

Towards the end of the year, as part of your Professional Development and Placement, you will learn interview skills, before completing a four-week work placement, which is designed to ensure you have the core competencies demanded by employers.

Year 2

In Practical Journalism 2, you will fine-tune your writing, research and interview skills, while being encouraged to select a specialist area you are particularly interested in. You will also learn how to prepare and display content, such as headlines, pictures and hyperlinks.

Journalism in Context builds on the issues covered in Journalism in Society and develops your academic research skills, enabling you to analyse the media in-depth.

In Professional Development and Placement, you will study law and regulation in more detail, as well as gaining an introduction to how government, councils, police, NHS and other important public bodies function.

After Easter, you will embark on a sixweek work placement, which can be with one employer or spread across a range of companies or organisations if desired. You will also get to choose from a wide range of modules more suited to your ambitions. These include: Radio Broadcasting; TV News; Public Relations; Practical Journalistic Styles; Documentary Theory and Practice and Research Skills for Factual TV.

Year 3

In your final year, we will aim to ensure you are thoroughly-prepared for the industry. In Digital Media Portfolio you will pursue your own journalism project, choosing a topic that particularly grabs you but also identifies a niche audience. Students who have produced really impressive websites in previous years have used their work to impress employers and secure jobs.​

Law For Journalists covers all of the key areas of law and regulation you will need to keep you safe in whichever area of the media you decide to work in.

There is also the option to do the Journalism Research Project, which follows on from the Year 2 module Journalism in Context. You will also get to the chance to specialise even further, selecting from a

vast range of optional modules, including: Entrepreneurship and Creativity; Radio Production; Professional Learning Through Work; Specialist Magazine Writing; Television Journalism; PR Management​

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • JOU4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • JOU4402 - Professional Development and Placement
  • JOU4424 - Practical Journalism 1
  • JOU4912 - Journalism in Society
  • JOU4942 - Media Matters
  • JOU4992 - Ethics and Society

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • JOU5052 - Radio and Podcast for Journalists
  • JOU5152 - Magazine and Feature Writing
  • JOU5404 - Practical Journalism 2: Newswriting
  • JOU5912 - Journalism in Context
  • JOU5942 - Professional Development and Placement
  • JOU5972 - Television News for Journalists
  • JOU5992 - PR in Practice
  • MFC5202 - Documentary: Theory and Practice

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • JOU6002 - Advanced Radio Production
  • JOU6174 - Digital Media Portfolio
  • JOU6352 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • JOU6454 - Journalism Research Project
  • JOU6522 - Public Affairs
  • JOU6902 - Law for Journalists
  • JOU6912 - Journalism Research Project
  • JOU6942 - Specialist Magazine Writing
  • JOU6972 - Television Journalism
  • JOU6992 - PR Management
  • MFC6142 - Advanced Documentary Production for Journalists

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 - 17.1% of scheduled learning and teaching; 240 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 960 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 - 16.4% of scheduled learning and teaching; 222 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 888 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 3 – 11.6% of scheduled learning and teaching; 139 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,061 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.
The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility. To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities. This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.
Modules on this course are delivered through a combination of interactive workshops, practical sessions, lectures and small group tutorials/seminars.

On this course students undertake an extended News Production Project at the end of the first year which features a series of live news exercises and a 20-credit Personal Development and Placement module which features a six-week work placement at the end of Level 5.

At Level 6 students are offered the opportunity to undertake a choice of research-based academic modules and practical journalism projects which provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking and the enhancement of professional skills.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills, links with employers, mentors and our alumni throughout their programme of study. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 93.9% coursework; 6.7% written exams

Year 2 – 98.3% coursework; 1.7% written exams

Year 3 – 81.7% coursework; 8.3% written exams; 10% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed. There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this course include live news broadcasts and other live news production exercises, social media exercises and, in the final year, the production of a digital media portfolio tailored to a niche market of each individual student's choice.

Students are offered the opportunity to develop their own essay titles/research project subjects in final year modules and the chance to develop their own ideas for practical journalism pieces of work throughout the course.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme.

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

For our Clearing 2018 entry requirements please give us a call on 0330 058 4266

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language​​. We also accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications​.

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement. Applicants who meet the entry criteria will be invited to interview.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions team on 0113 283 7123 or email​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017.Find out more

Additional Costs
​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you.*This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
  • Leeds Trinity covers first attempt fees for the NCTJ exams for students on the accredited programme. Any resit fees have to be covered by students themselves.

Placement Opportunities

In recent years, some of our students have secured excellent placements, including The BBC, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The Sun and The Yorkshire Post – to name just a few.

Graduate Opportunities

Recent graduates are working in newspaper newsrooms, on news websites, in broadcast organisations, as researchers for media organisations and in PR companies.

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