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BA (Honours) Journalism

Discover the latest skills, concepts, theories and practices in journalism.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS P500 Course code

Course description

What you study

Learn how to gather, organise, write and present information to a professional journalism standard across a variety of platforms including print, magazines, online, social media, radio and TV. You can also choose to specialise in areas including sport, features, music, court reporting, social media, and investigative and consumer journalism.

We prepare you for a career in today's media landscape by integrating digital journalism into everything you do. From the very start, as well as developing your writing skills you learn to create content for a variety of media platforms, including using audio, photography and video.

In your first year, you set up your own professional website with examples of your journalism. When you graduate, you can use this website as a portfolio to send to employers. In fact, many of our students are already working by the time they finish their course, having been offered work based on the quality of their portfolio.

All students on the course learn how to identify what makes a good news story, how to conduct an effective interview and how to work to strict deadlines to produce tightly written news stories and features.

In your second and final years, you can specialise in the area of your choice. If you want to work in magazines, you study how to source and write lively and creative features, edit copy, write attention-grabbing headlines and coverlines, and design and lay out magazines. If you are interested in broadcasting, you can produce packages using high quality broadcast kit and create bulletins and programmes in our industry standard TV and radio studios.

Alongside these practical skills, you examine the ethical, legal and regulatory context in which journalists work, learn about the history, landmark campaigns and famous names of journalism, and develop an understanding and critical awareness of ongoing debates about the ethical, economic and political role played by news organisations.

Work experience

Between your second and final year, you can take an optional one-year work placement. Our dedicated placements team help you find the right opportunity and support you in your application. Alongside the placement, you have opportunities for work experience throughout your course, through our strong links with the creative industries. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Previous students have

• helped produce programmes for Radio 5 Live

• run the website for Doncaster Rovers

• worked as editorial assistants for the Independent, Vogue, Heat and Gay Times

• written for the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed

• covered elections for TV station Sheffield Live.

We make sure you can network and make industry connections throughout your course. Every year, for example, 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.

Facilities

You will work in our industry-standard TV and radio studios and three dedicated newsrooms. You also have free access to our dedicated media store, containing essential, industry-standard production equipment such as cameras and microphones, supported by expert technicians.

Expertise

The course is delivered by a team of award-winning journalists with recent and current experience working for BBC News, BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live, ITV regional news, The Guardian, Telegraph, Yorkshire Post and Sheffield Star.

Your lecturers also carry out research projects which feed into your teaching, and are members of the Association of Journalism Educators, giving you the latest developments in this fast-moving industry.

Our guest lecture programme – described as one of the best in the country by the Professional Publishers Association – brings you insights into the industry from leading journalists working for newspapers, magazines, online platforms, radio and TV.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Professional Publishers Association.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. We accept General Studies

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – 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, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 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.

* Relevant subjects are • media studies • communication studies • film studies • English • creative writing • a foreign language • sociology • politics • history • psychology • accountancy/finance • business/economics • hospitality/events management • dance/performing arts • drama/theatre studies • geography • art and design • graphic design • IT/computing • music/music technology • sciences • sport • world development.

We welcome applications from people of any age. There may be some flexibility in entry requirements provided you have other relevant learning or experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

2018 entry requirements

Normally GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. We accept General Studies

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – 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, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 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.

* Relevant subjects are • media studies • communication studies • film studies • English • creative writing • a foreign language • sociology • politics • history • psychology • accountancy/finance • business/economics • hospitality/events management • dance/performing arts • drama/theatre studies • geography • art and design • graphic design • IT/computing • music/music technology • sciences • sport • world development.

We welcome applications from people of any age. There may be some flexibility in entry requirements provided you have other relevant learning or experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time or four years full-time (including one year work placement)

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

Include • journalism issues 1 • making media • law and public affairs • history of journalism • journalism skills 1

Year two modules

Include • writing the news • journalism professional and academic development • journalism issues 2

Year two options

Include • reporting and shorthand • applied photography • web design • feature writing and publishing 1 and 2 • TV 1 • radio 1 • app design and development • work-based learning

Year three modules

Include • applied project/dissertation for journalism • digital journalism

Year three options

Include • work-based learning: professional communication • media law • public affairs • celebrity culture • TV 2 • radio 2 • feature writing and publishing 3

Assessment
  • essays
  • examinations
  • reports
  • electronic assessment
  • oral presentations
  • projects
  • portfolio work
  • group work

Employability

Our students go on to start their careers in a wide range of media roles. Recent graduates from the course are now working • as feature writers and editors at magazines including Closer, Which? and Gay Times • for broadcasters including BT Sport, Channel 5 News and the BBC • in PR and advertising roles for Ladbrokes, West Ham United and HRH the Prince of Wales • in social media and digital roles for Amnesty International, Irwin Mitchell and Johnston Press • as freelance journalists and marketing executives.

Journalists are naturally adaptable, and you will graduate with the transferable skills to find jobs in a variety of professions, including • creative writing • public relations • civil service • the police • teaching • research • politics.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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