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Course Level
BA (HONS)
Course Duration
3 YEARS
UCAS Code
P921
UCAS Points
104

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO
BE A JOURNALIST TODAY?

In a world where a smartphone is all you need to break a story, what sets the good and the great apart? How do you start? 

Explore the rapidly changing practices and possibilities of journalism within the wider context of contemporary media industries and digital technologies.

There are big questions to open up and answer: how does an event become news? How do you reconcile the right to privacy with the importance of the freedom of the press? Where does the truth lie in a world of fake news and citizen journalism? This is a course for the bold, the brave and the curious: sharp, passionate, questioning minds who’ll shape our perspectives tomorrow.

UA92 is working towards accreditation of this degree programme by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCJT), the professional training body for the industry.

What will you learn? ×

Grounded in theory, rich in practice, this programme will enable you to:

  • Understand the place and practice of journalism in the rapidly changing context of contemporary media and social media.
  • Build key critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills essential in a competitive professional environment.
  • Develop wide-ranging knowledge of the production, meaning and consumption of various news media, including sport and investigative reporting.
  • Gain practical reporting, editing and presenting skills across a range of digital media technologies, techniques and platforms.
  • Become an ethically informed, critically minded and highly reflective practitioner.
  • Enjoy a relevant placement opportunity with one of UA92’s leading partners.
How will you learn? ×
  • Studio-based work.
  • Industry placements.
  • Virtual learning environments.
  • Lectures and seminars.
  • Workshops.
  • Computer suite and media lab work.
  • Problem-based learning.
  • Presentations and demonstrations.
  • Screenings.
  • Group project meetings.
  • Independent study and research.
Develop more than skills and knowledge ×

Your UA92 degree goes far beyond the traditional academic experience.

Our ambition is to take you on a personal development journey. It’s about discovering just how much you’re capable of, and graduating a better version of you. From leadership to resilience to effective team working, it’s all covered by our Target Talent Curriculum.

Technical tools you will master ×
  • Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop, InDesign, Premier, and Lightbox.
  • ProTools.
  • Dreamweaver.
  • Inkscape.
  • Audacity.
  • Mixcraft.
  • Virtual, mixed and augmented reality software.

APPLY NOW

Follow the link to the UCAS website for all the information you need to apply.

ORDER A PROSPECTUS

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BOOK AN OPEN DAY

The best way to get a taste of what life will be like at UA92 is to join us at one of our open days.

COURSE OVERVIEW
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
COURSE STRUCTURE
CAREERS
FEES AND FUNDING
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THE FULL STORY

The Journalism BA (Hons) is a fantastic opportunity to explore theoretical and academic themes and to build practical experience and expertise, studying an exciting, engaging programme that balances craft with the big questions.

Digital, print, broadcast, and social media are the channels most of us use to acquire information and ideas about the wider world – they play a key role in shaping our everyday experiences and attitudes. But how do they work? These media are never simply a ‘window on the world’ – they are filters and help to frame our understanding.


Learn to recognise and question the reality media consumers are faced with, exploring key themes including: 

What makes a good story?
How do new and immersive media operate in professional settings to tell stories of daily life, sport, business, and culture? 

What is deemed newsworthy?
How do choices of words and images, points of view, expert opinions, commentaries, and editing practices and priorities combine to shape the meanings and messages that fill our screens, airwaves, and newsprint? 

What are the legal, moral and ethical considerations and responsibilities that journalists and audiences need to recognise and respect?
How have new technologies transformed journalism and what does it mean to be a journalist?


You’ll also develop vital practical journalistic skills including:

  • Production of audio, video, and digital stories and communication campaigns in new media.
  • How to choose and research for digital storytelling.
  • How to verify sources, take notes and conduct interviews.
  • Shorthand and recording.
  • Writing fair copy.
  • Selecting and working with images and sound, including in virtual and immersive worlds.
  • Editing and layout.
  • Studio presentations and working with microphones and cameras.
  • Online news production and audience measurement.
  • Viral communications, blogging and social media.
  • Working to deadlines, legal requirements and professional codes of practice.
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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

At UA92, we’re committed to widening access to higher education for all.

Applications are open to students who may not have considered university study before and to those who thought it was beyond their grades. Because of this, we aim to be as flexible as possible with our entry criteria and recognise qualifications from around the world.

Our typical entry offer is 104 UCAS points from a recognised level 3 qualification. We operate a flexible admissions policy, reviewing your application as a whole giving consideration to your personal statement and achievements so far. If you do not see your qualification below please contact our admissions team at hello@UA92.ac.uk.


BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM 
BTEC Diploma: D*D
Pass Access Course: With 104 UCAS points 
A levels: BCC
International Baccalaureate: 28 points with 14 from Higher Level Subjects 
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths and English or equivalent.

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UNLOCKING YOUR GREATNESS

UA92 offers a truly exciting opportunity to develop and hone your skills. 

We will provide full details of our course structures later this year. In the meantime, if you want to stay up to date with our latest news and updates why not sign up?

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WHERE MIGHT IT TAKE YOU?

  • Journalism, broadcasting and news reporting.
  • Advertising, branding and marketing.
  • Media management.
  • Entrepreneurial and innovation enterprises.
  • Market research.
  • Media and creative industries.
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FEES AND FINANCE

University is a big investment and it’s important to consider how you’ll manage your finances.

We’ve answered some of the questions you might have, to prepare you with all the information before taking the next step.


What do I need to pay for? 
If you decide to study away from home, your three biggest outgoings will be tuition fees, accommodation and living costs. 


How much are tuition fees? 

The cost for UK undergraduate students at UA92 for September 2019 entry is £9,000 per academic year. 

Most students choose to take out a student loan to cover this, paid directly to the institution.


How do I apply for a student loan? 
You can apply online from Student Finance England, www.gov.uk/student-finance. Applying is not dependent on an offer, so you can get a headstart on the process. 


When do I pay this back? 
Not straight away. You won’t actually start paying the loan back until you’re working and earning over £21,000 - how much you pay depends on your salary. 


Is there a loan for accommodation and living costs? 
Yes – eligible UK students can apply for a Maintenance Loan, again through Student Finance England, up to £8,430 a year to help with the costs of living. Repayment of this works in the same way as your tuition fees – they actually combine together into one sum. 


I’m an international student, how much are my fees? 
Fees for international students will be available soon on our website. You will be expected to pay a minimum of 50 percent, upfront before your course begins. For more advice visit www.UA92.ac.uk


Can I get advice or support during my time at UA92? 
Absolutely, we will have a Support Team on campus to help you with budgeting and financial advice to ensure you manage your money whilst studying with us. In addition, and as part of our Target Talent Curriculum, you’ll learn about financial planning to manage your finances in study and throughout your working life. 


Is there any other financial help available? 
There are other government grants - which you don’t have to pay back - to cover living costs for students with dependents, though these depend on your household income. There is also extra support available for students with a disability. All information can be found at www.gov.uk/student-finance.

YEAR 1
YEAR 2
YEAR 3
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YEAR 1 SUBJECT MODULES

  • Media, Technology and Culture
  • Communication Techniques and Creating Content
  • Media Production
  • Introduction to Journalism
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YEAR 2 SUBJECT MODULES

  • Journalism Practice
  • Media, Events and News Cultures
  • Audio and Video Production
  • News Journalism
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YEAR 3 SUBJECT MODULES

  • Project
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Advanced Journalism
  • Investigative Journalism