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Journalism

BA Honours

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Journalism

BA Honours

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    Year of entry: Sept 2019  Sept 2018 
  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Course Overview

Launch your journalism career at our award-winning Centre for Journalism. 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.

You’ll be trained in a wide range of core journalism skills, including interviewing and news writing for newspapers, online, TV and radio. We’ll explore the key issues in journalism, looking at the past, present and future of the profession.

You’ll also gain a solid understanding of media law and the legal considerations for journalists, getting the opportunity to visit courts and apply what you have learned to real-life criminal trials.

Why study with us

Get the experience to stand out. You’ll graduate with invaluable journalism experience, thanks to the professional work placements included in your degree.

Be inspired. You’ll meet some of the UK’s most highly respected journalists at our acclaimed annual Journalism Week.

Our Journalism degree is accredited by the NCTJ, which means you can take your NCTJ exams as part of the degree at no extra cost.

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92%​

of our Journalism students are satisfied that their course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt.

(National Student Survey 2018)

25%

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

(Guardian University Guide 2019)

95%

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 >

Our course is practical and hands-on in its delivery, simulating a newsroom-style environment. Supported by experienced journalists, you’ll work in small groups to run your own news website, broadcast in our TV studio or provide content for local radio stations.

You’ll get the practical skills and experience to prepare you for a successful journalism career, but you’ll also gain highly transferable skills such as research and verification, the ability to present complex information in an accessible way across a range of media, and a proficiency in a variety of social media platforms.

Graduate success in journalism isn’t just about what you know, it’s about who you know. That’s why we include professional work placements as part of your degree. This course is also accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), so you’ll have   the option of completing your NCTJ qualification alongside your degree at no extra cost.

Further Study

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Journalism, MA Broadcast Journalism and MA Marketing, which 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.
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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.


Assessment


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 >

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@leedstrinity.ac.uk​.

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.

Placement Opportunities

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You’ll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months’ professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Our students complete their placements in newspapers, news agencies, broadcasting organisations, press offices and social media roles. Recent students have secured placements at organisations including the BBC, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The Sun and The Yorkshire Post – to name just a few.

Graduate Opportunities

Our graduates are making in their mark in newspaper newsrooms, on news websites, in broadcast organisations, as researchers for media organisations and in PR companies.

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