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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Journalism with Foundation Year

Gain a degree in journalism, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A036
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Get ready for a full degree by taking an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Learn the practical, technical, writing and research skills that you'll need for undergraduate studies.
  • Choose from a wide range of digital media, media arts and communications topics.
  • Develop your portfolio and professional and academic skills.

The foundation year is designed especially for students who need additional skills or experience to begin a full BA Journalism degree. The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our full degree course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You'll learn with experienced practitioners and develop your interests. After completing your foundation year, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need for full honours degree study, and progress directly onto the full degree.

How you learn

The course is designed to allow you to begin to specialise in journalism, and also to be an effective communicator. There are four modules — the first three provide you with the contexts, concepts and skills to help you choose your final project. 

For instance, in the media project module, you will work with a project supervisor to develop and complete a communication or creative project reflecting your own interests and focused towards your chosen degree route.

You’ll learn to work confidently and creatively across a wide range of digital media, media arts and communication disciplines before specialising in your chosen area in your second term.

You learn through:

  • lectures, seminars and workshops
  • media project
  • guest speakers
  • careers events
  • field trips
  • direct contact with the BA course lecturers

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years of the full undergraduate degree. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Live projects

After your foundation year, you have opportunities for work experience throughout your course, through our strong links with the creative industries. Previous students have helped produce programmes for Radio 5 Live, worked at BBC Radio Sheffield, ran the website for Doncaster Rovers, worked as editorial assistants for the Independent, Vogue, Heat and Gay Times, written for the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, and have covered elections for TV station Sheffield Live.

Field trips

On the full course, we have students working at Sheffield Doc/Fest – one of the top three documentary film festivals in the world – attending exclusive workshops with international industry experts. Our annual Creative Industries Pathway event brings you face-to-face with leading figures across the media industry, while our annual Grad Talk connects you with recent journalism, media and PR graduates who can pass on invaluable tips about how to progress from university to career.

Networking opportunities

The full course has a lively guest lecture programme, where our contacts across the media give one-off talks. It's been described as one  of the best in the country by the magazine industry body the Professional Publishers Association. Recent guest lecturers have come from online and print magazines, radio and television newsrooms, local and national newspapers, PR companies and marketing agencies. 

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Future careers

The full honours degree course perapres you for

  • newspaper journalism
  • broadcast journalism
  • public relations
  • online journalism
  • magazine journalism

Recent graduates of the full undergraduate course have gone on to work 

  • as feature writers at magazines including Closer, Which? and Gay Times, as well as at a variety of B2B magazines
  • for broadcasters including BBC World Service, BBC local radio, ITV, Liverpool FC TV, Sky and TalkSport
  • in PR and marketing roles for Sheffield Wednesday FC, Everton FC, Manchester, Warrington and Nottinghamshire councils, Oxford University Press and HRH the Prince of Wales
  • in social media and digital roles for Amnesty International, Irwin Mitchell and Johnston Press
  • as freelance journalists

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

With at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • CDD at A Level.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M.

GCSE

  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• An Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying Media Arts and Communication.

We treat the foundation year as part of the Media Arts and Communication degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our Media Arts and Communication degrees.

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Creative Synergies In Media Production Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media In Context Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Preparing For Independent Practice And Study Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Audio Visual Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: History Of Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Law And Democracy Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Media, Power And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Multimedia Storytelling Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Social Media And Web Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Ethics And Responsibility Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Feature Writing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Radio And Sound Production Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Researching And Reporting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tv And Video News Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Investigative Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Life And Style Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Radio Documentary And Podcasting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Project / Dissertation For Journalism Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Data Journalism And Visualisation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Covering The Courts Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Magazine Creation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Magazine Publishing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Moral Panics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Radio Broadcasting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tv Journalism And Production Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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