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​The Leeds Trinity University Journalism and Politics course explores the theory and practice of political processes alongside the provision of essential journalism skills. You will learn to analyse complex events in order to summarise and present them clearly, working effectively to set deadlines.


Course Benefits

  • Lecturers with a wide variety of professional experience and excellent industry links.
  • A focus on developing practical and professional skills alongside an in-depth knowledge of the world of politics.
  • Opportunity to study abroad.

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Course Information

The essential journalism skills you will learn are provided through the Practical Journalism modules and all students will study a final year module explaining key legal requirements for reporters.

The politics provision develops your understanding of key political and geopolitical processes with academic modules on issues such as politics and the media and the representation of politics in popular culture. You will have the chance to reflect on the broader social and cultural issues involved in bringing politics to life for news audiences.

There are opportunities to develop specialist expertise and to develop your understanding of professional policy and practice through placements with employers and agencies in relevant institutions.

Read our full course terms and conditions.

Year 1

The first year of the Journalism and Politics degree has three dimensions. The first of these is the understanding the broadest contexts of news and society, and you will study the fundamental theories of journalism and the wider implications. The second dimension is a general understanding of the British political system, and how this differs from the ways that other nations are governed. Finally, you will begin to develop the practical skills and professional approaches required for a successful career in journalism. These skills incorporate how to find out information, how to record it (using shorthand), how to develop and build stories, and how to communicate them. This dimension also includes the preparation for, and execution of, a professional placement

Year 2

In your second year, you will examine political themes in more detail, and will take a particular look at issues such as conflict, global crises and the political ideologies of particular parties. You will take a particular look at the way that politics is reported by and interacts with the media, and how for example, social media has an increasing bearing on the operations and influence of political activity. The skills that you were introduced to in the first year are further developed and refined, and the year concludes with a second professional placement, where these maturing skills can be applied in real world situations.

Year 3

In your final year, you will complete your comprehensive understanding of politics. You will chose particular case studies and develop these into sustained pieces of academic research. You will also consider the ways in which different types of democracies operate across the world, and how modern terrorism is confronted and countered. The increased level of scrutiny is also applied to the ways that politics is covered within the wider realm of popular culture, and you will​ also gain an important understanding of the essential fundamentals of law required by contemporary journalists. The finely honed practical skills are put to work within a professional portfolio of journalistic outputs.​​ 

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

  • HIS4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • HUM4992 - Ethics and Society
  • JOU4424 - Practical Journalism 1
  • JOU4912 - Journalism in Society
  • PTC4002 - British Politics in Comparative Perspective
  • PTC4042 - Professional Placement

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

  • JOU5404 - Practical Journalism 2: Newswriting
  • JOU5432 - Reporting Conflict
  • JOU5962 - Practical Journalistic Styles
  • JOU5992 - PR in Practice
  • PTC5002 - British Party Politics
  • PTC5022 - Global Crises
  • PTC5042 - Professional Placement 2
  • PTC5062 - Politics and the Media
  • PTC5082 - Professional Placement 2 (Volunteering)

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

  • HIS6792 - History and Media: Reporting Crisis
  • JOU6174 - Digital Media Portfolio
  • JOU6902 - Law for Journalists
  • PTC6022 - Democracy and Democratization
  • PTC6062 - Politics in Literature and Film
  • PTC6072 - Counter-Terrorism and the State

Learning and Teaching

​Year 1 – 16.5% of scheduled learning and teaching; 208 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 852 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 - 15% of scheduled learning and teaching; 187 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 938 hours of independent teaching; 120 hours on placement

Year 3 – 13.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 160 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,040 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


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 100% coursework

Year 2 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% practical exams

Year 3 – 83.3% coursework; 8.3% written exams; 8.3% 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.

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.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

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 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.

​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.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates before a final decision is made. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

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

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 2017Find out more

​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
  • There is the opportunity ​to study abroad​ which will incur additional costs. This would be discussed on an individual basis​

Catherine O'Connor

​​​​I came to work at Leeds Trinity nine years ago after 15 years working in the regional news media. 

I’m now Head of the School of Arts and Communication, but I still use my experience as a journalist to support final year students on a Professional Learning through Work module that develops consultancy-style projects with a range of employers.


Academic staff profiles

The Journalism team aim to give students as much experience of industry practice as possible – that means plenty of live production, professional work placements and other employer ​opportunities to work on projects
Our staff have a wealth of industry experience and, because the Journalism programme is NCTJ accredited, students have the chance to graduate with both their degree and a professional qualification which is widely recognised by employers​.

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Working for the BBC was the best experience of my life. I loved getting industry experience and I can't wait to get out there for real.

Lauren Curtis

BA (Hons) Journalism

Professional Work Placements

Placements could include roles in the following: local government, local political party headquarters and constituency offices, local media and other institutions and organisations with political and/or charitable objectives.

More about placements

This course will prepare you for a graduate career in areas such as local government, the civil service, social research, politics, marketing, Journalism and communications.
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. 

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We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 

Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds.

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