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Course details

Subject area

Journalism

UCAS tariff points

104

Start date(s)

2020, 2021

Placements

Yes

Study abroad

Yes

Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

Course overview

Please note that this course is subject to approval for 2020 and 2021 entry.

Our Journalism and Content Creation programme opens up a range of employment possibilities in the expanding and exciting world of social influencing, PR, blogging, websites and much more.

You’ll be given the foundation stones required for everyone working in journalism and content creation - crisp writing; how to spot, sell and tell stories; and pictures, sound and editing.

Alongside this you’ll take control of your own programme pathway and choose modules from across our successful courses in journalism and media, such as PR, magazine writing, photography, radio, online and TV.

The Student Contract

Your health and wellbeing is important to us which means that we may need to adjust elements of our courses, such as the timings of our placement provision, to take into account COVID-19-related government restrictions. However, please be assured that we will do our utmost to limit any impact this has on your university experience. If you have any questions about your course, please contact us at hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

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About this course

In the first year, you will get a core introduction to journalism – including interview best practice, how to spot interesting angles and write dynamic copy, as well as the opportunity to learn filming and editing for different formats, audio production and web design. You’ll find out how to produce content for social media platforms and how to use them to find stories.

In the second year there is a core module on creative media which will develop your skills and focus more on social media, video editing, design  skills and social influencing. The ability to tell factual stories in an innovative and creative way is at the heart of this.

Much of your final year is spent producing your own independent learning project. This allows you to deepen your learning in your specialist field and develop either an academic or practical project around a topic you feel audiences should know more about. You will study Public Relations, which is crucial for communications professionals.

You will also have the option to take a range of creative media and journalism modules, including magazine production and digital marketing.

Why study with us?

  • You will develop skills to suit the growing employment markets of content creation in social influencing, press offices, websites and more.
  • Learn from the experts. You will gain a professional grounding in journalism, such as experience of covering courts and councils and learning shorthand.
  • You'll meet some of the UK's most respected journalists at our acclaimed annual Journalism and Media Week.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

 Students will study a combination of core and option modules across their three or four years of study.

Modules by Year

Foundation Year

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence
  • Project
  • Communication: Introduction to Modern Media
  • Introduction to Journalism

You will only study these modules if you are studying for the degree with Journalism Studies foundation year (4 years)

Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Essential Journalism Skills
Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Creating Content
  • Online and Social Video
  • Online Community Management
  • Journalism in Context

Students are required to choose one option module from:

  • Features and Magazines
  • Documentary:Theory & Practice
  • Radio and Podcasting
  • Pitchside
Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Final Project
  • PR and Promotions

Students are required to choose two option modules from:

  • Public Interest Reporting
  • Advanced Documentary
  • TV and Social Media
  • Advanced Audio Production

Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are:

  • student confidence
  • professionalism
  • social responsibility.

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • The right tools and technology
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Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, to enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

QualificationGrade
UCAS tariff104
GCSE requirementsGrade C or above/ grade 4 or higher in English Language.
Typical A Level offerBCC
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Student Finance

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2020/2021.

Part-time tuition fees will be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

Tuition fees for 2021/22 entry will be set in summer 2020.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2020/21. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. 

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.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • 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

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll also need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

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Professional placements

You’ll be given opportunities to work with a range of employers, from media organisations (BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Yorkshire Post) to sports clubs (Leeds United, Bradford City, Leeds Rhinos) and PR and digital marketing outlets, plus a broad range of employers who need content creation.

Career opportunities

This course has been designed to prepare you for a career that reaches far beyond traditional news journalism. Graduate destinations include producing and editing video content for websites, social influencing on different social media platforms, working in press offices, and producing and presenting podcasts.

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