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Broadcast Journalism

BA Honours

Accredited by BJTC

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Broadcast Journalism

BA Honours


  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Are you excited by the fast-paced world of radio, TV and online news? Do you want to be part of this fiercely competitive and constantly evolving industry?

Kick-start your career by studying Broadcast Journalism at our award-winning Centre for Journalism. Broadcast Journalism is a vocational degree that will develop your practical broadcast skills and expose you to the reality of delivering news to a range of audiences.

Why study with us

Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are award-winning with extensive industry experience.

Develop your practical skills. You’ll learn in our industry-standard broadcast studios on campus.

Build your professional networks. Our excellent professional links across a wide range of newsrooms will give you the chance to make contacts and hear from experts.

Impress employers. Our course is accredited by the BJTC, which means it’s relevant and responsive to today’s broadcast industry.

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of our Broadcast Journalism students are satisfied with the teaching on their course.

(National Student Surv​ey 2018)


Our Journalism courses are ranked in the top 25% of all UK universities.

(Guardian University Guide 2019)


of our students are employed or in further​ study six months after graduating.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)


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’ll gain detailed knowledge and understanding of the key historical, political, economic, social and cultural contexts of the news media, as well as developing the vital knowledge of media law required for broadcasting.

You’ll learn how to write for the broadcast media, as well as developing transferable multi-media skills relevant for broadcast journalism and other news-related communication fields.

Experience is crucial, so you’ll put your broadcast journalism skills into practice by completing professional work placements in each year of your degree. This will include live broadcasting for Bradford Community Radio and TV reporting for our news magazine show Yorkshire Voice.

You’ll also have the opportunity to gain additional work experience in your final year with our Professional Learning through Work module, which involves working with an employer on a live, long-term project.

Our course is highly valued by employers thanks to its Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) accreditation, which recognises its relevance and responsiveness to the operational demands of the broadcast industry.

Further Study

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MJournalism, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Accredited by BJTC

This course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). The BJTC accreditation standard is based on direct and practical experience. Accredited courses are highly valued by employers as they are relevant and responsive to the operational demands of the broadcast industry.​

Modules >

Year 1

A grounding in journalism, introducing you to mobile journalism, audio skills, television studio, online news, as well as media law, ethics and a professional development which culminates in five-week placement.

Year 2

In year 2 you delve deeper into radio and television news production, learn more about OFCOM and media law, are introduced to important theories and concepts in journalism studies, and further your journalistic on-line skills. The year culminates in a six-week period of radio broadcasting for Bradford Community Radio and TV reporting on Yorkshire Voice.

Year 3

In year 3 you usually begin the year with a professional three week placement where you can make the most of the skills you’ve acquired over the previous 2 years, perfect your audio and visual skills, develop your own website, and study case law and public affairs. You may choose a research dissertation OR professional learning through work where you negotiate a project with an employer.

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

  • JOU4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • JOU4412 - 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
  • JOU5322 - Professional Development for Broadcast Journalism
  • JOU5404 - Practical Journalism 2: Newswriting
  • JOU5912 - Journalism in Context
  • JOU5972 - Television News for Journalists

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

  • JOU6174 - Digital Media Portfolio
  • JOU6214 - Advanced Broadcast Journalism
  • JOU6352 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • JOU6522 - Public Affairs
  • JOU6902 - Law for Journalists
  • JOU6912 - Journalism Research Project
  • 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 – 30.8% of scheduled learning and teaching; 370 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 830 hours of independent teaching

Year 3 – 20.9% of scheduled learning and teaching; 250 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 817 hours of independent teaching; 133 hours on placement

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 six-weeks of live news broadcasts in the spring term of Level 5, sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on learning. Students also undertake three-weeks of industry placement at the start of Level 6.

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 – 93.3% coursework; 6.7% written exams

Year 2 – 98.3% coursework; 1.7% written exams

Year 3 – 88.3% coursework; 11.7% written 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.

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.

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.

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 >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 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 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 admissions@leedstrin​

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. 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

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.

UCAS Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement for UCAS applications is your opportunity to demonstrate what makes you the perfect fit for a university. With over 60,000 students applying for university places each year, you need to stand out from the crowd - and your personal statement is key. Our Admissions team has put together its top tips on how to craft the perfect personal statement.

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Placement Opportunities

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete professional work placements during each year of your degree, working in local radio stations including the BBC and commercial radio, regional and local television and production companies.

Graduate Opportunities

​You'll graduate ready to work in a newsroom environment, with broadcast news providers in public and commercial sectors, at production companies and in social media roles. Our recent graduates work in television production companies, as radio presenters and as producers.

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