BA Journalism

Undergraduate degree 

  Study this course as a 4-year extended degree
Journalism (BA)

Our all-encompassing BA Journalism, taught by a team of industry experts, is tailored to prepare you for the modern media industry.

Start Date:

September 2022

Duration:

3 years (full-time)
4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year

Degree Type:

BA (single honours)
BA/BSc (combined honours)

Entry Tariff:

September 2022 entry: 112 points

UCAS Code:

P500

School:

Arts

Entry tariff:

112 points

Specific entry requirements:

An A-Level in a Humanities-related subject is preferred, but not essential.

Undergraduate on-campus open day

Saturday 13 November 2021

Course and Module Details

Overview:

Whether you want to work as a journalist, learn about the world of media or become an effective communicator in another industry, our all-encompassing BA Journalism will provide you with a springboard to success as a storyteller and content producer.

The Roehampton programme is tailored to prepare you for the modern media industry. From the basics of news reporting and the emergence of new media to the production of magazines and multimedia packages, our degree offers hands-on, practical modules that focus on the skills employers want.

You will study the British media industry, examine the history of leading newspapers, and analyse the differences between broadsheets and tabloids. In doing so, you will determine how journalism helps shape public opinion and popular culture, and will learn about the political, economic and legal context in which journalists produce their work.

As you learn how to research, report and develop a story, you will also be trained in how to present it in the most compelling way, using industry-standard digital tools. As you progress, you will be able to specialise and focus on subjects and formats that interest you and develop your own multimedia projects, such as podcasts or investigative reports, allowing you to develop your writing, reporting and multimedia production skills to a professional level.

You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of modules covering a number of subjects, including radio and podcasting, politics, travel and lifestyle journalism, as well as the ethical dilemmas journalists face, such as where to draw the line when covering celebrities’ private lives, and learn how to report on crime. In your final year, you can explore multimedia journalism by building an audio-visual portfolio, or focus on the academic aspect of journalism by writing a dissertation on a subject of your choice.

You will be taught by established academics from around the world, who have extensive experience of the industry, having worked for the BBC, Reuters, the Financial Times and numerous other media companies. We also bring professional journalists and newsmakers to the campus to participate in workshops and advise students on their projects and career options.

Students looking to begin a career in journalism and communications can get a head start with modules that teach you how to prepare a CV and make contacts in the industry. Additionally, students have the opportunity to apply for year-long work placements at established media companies.

On our stunning parkland campus, you can take advantage of our state-of-the-art media facilities, just a stone throw’s away from the centre of London, one of the world’s leading media hubs, where you will find multiple opportunities for practice, internships and employment.

You will join a vibrant and diverse community formed by students from around the world, living and studying together in a collaborative environment.

Our BA Journalism will provide you with the practical skills and theoretical grounding you need to excel in an ever-changing and dynamic media industry.

 

Modules

 
 
 

Modules (with placement year)

 
 
 

Extended degree (4 years)

This course is offered as an extended degree -  a four-year programme which provides an additional 'foundation' year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree.

Find out more about our extended degrees  .

 

During the foundation year, you will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject, such as Communication and Representation Essentials. This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Journalism which is essential for success in your degree.


Start date:

September 2022

Entry tariff:

September 2022 entry: 64 points

UCAS Code:

P501

 

Modules

The following modules form the foundation year of this degree.

 

Combinations

Journalism and English Language and Linguistics [PQ5J]

Key Information Set

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International Placement year
£9,250 £14,814 £925

Placement Year

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement. If you successfully secure a work placement, you will undertake the placement following year two of your programme and return following the placement to complete your studies.

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to implement the skills and knowledge that you will learn in year one and two, while gaining valuable work experience. The opportunity to make connections in your chosen industry will greatly improve your career prospects and equip you with the skills and experience you need to secure graduate-level employment.

The University Careers and Placements team will support you to develop your CV and skills though webinars, workshops and 1-2-1 appointments. You will also benefit from regular communication about available opportunities to aid your placement search.

Please note while the University will support you with your placement search and applications, a placement cannot be guaranteed.

Study Abroad

This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.

With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

Find out more about where your degree could take you here.

Career Options

Whether you want to work in print, radio, television or online media, or become a social media influencer, our BA Journalism will provide you with the skills to pursue a broad range of career options. You could go on to work as a news reporter, writer, editor, producer, or broadcaster in local, national or international media, or you could find a different path as an independent content producer and manage your own media platforms.

Many Journalism graduates are also employed in communications, public affairs and public/media relations. A strong understanding of what makes a good story and how to build narratives and press releases is important to the communications and PR efforts of businesses, charities, political parties and pressure groups. The creative skills and journalistic nous developed over your degree will be highly valued by employers outside of the media industry. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes

How to join us in January or February 2022

To start a degree with us in January or  February, complete our direct application form. See our list of January courses.

How to join us in September 2022

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.

International (non-EU) students who do not wish to use the UCAS system can apply directly to us using our online application form. This is available to international students only.

Application process FAQs

 

If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!

This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.

When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.

Contact us directly if you have any questions.

Yes we will take into account the ongoing disruption and impact that Coronavirus has had on applicants when considering the results of students applying to us.

Please visit our dedicated webpages to read more.

The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.

Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.

If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.

If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.

You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.

Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.

Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.

No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.

There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.

If you are a international student, you can apply direct using our online application form.

Details of support we provide for international students, and useful information about the application process, are available on our international web pages.

No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.

If you do not receive any offers from your initial UCAS application, you can make additional choices through UCAS Extra in the Spring term. You will be sent details of UCAS Extra if you are eligible.

If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.

If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.

You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.

If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.

If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.

If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.

Once you have applied through UCAS you will be able to follow the progress of each of your applications by using UCAS Track.

You can also contact us directly to find out the status of your application with us.

If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:

Conditional Offers

This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.

Unconditional offers

An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.

If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.

If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.

Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.

If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.

If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.

We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.

The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.

Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.

If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.

If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.

Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:

  • you have applied this year but have not gained a place
  • you have declined your offers
  • you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our financial support pages.

Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.

Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.

We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university,  into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.

UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.

 

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Our Students

"Lecturers are very attentive to what the students need. At the same time, they give you a real sense of what journalism is. In the first year we were assigned to find a public figure to interview. That made a real impact and showed me what the industry would be like."

Vania Caetano Ascensao, Journalism

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