Perhaps you enjoy writing and have a keen interest in communication, culture, arts or sport, or want to present to camera as a broadcast journalist, or you are an experienced blogger or vlogger. If so, a journalism degree at Brunel might be a good match for you.
Brunel’s BA Journalism (Communication) degree combines a strong academic background in communication and culture with a broad range of essential journalism skills. You will graduate with communication in your degree title, flagging up to prospective employers that you have a dual specialism that combines academic rigour with practical competencies.
In the journalism modules, you will learn how to research a story, pitch ideas, interview, report and write across different platforms. You will learn video, audio and magazine journalism and because it is so hand-on you will feel like you are building real skills for future.
There is a strong emphasis in the practical modules on digital technology and you will learn in a 24-hour, state-of-the-art, multi-platform digital newsroom with broadcast facilities, using the latest edition industry-standard hardware and software.
You will also develop an academically robust and critical understanding of the media, communication and cultural environments in which journalism operates and interacts as well as the analytical ability to explore intellectual inquiries and present findings.
You will also have the option to take the industry accredited and much sought-after NCTJ Diploma at no extra cost.
UK entry requirements
GCE A-level BBC.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in any subject.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, with an A-Level grade C.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject, with A-Levels grades BB.
International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL4.
Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.
EU and International entry requirements
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
Pearson: 59 (59 in all subscores)
BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
TOEFL: 92 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)
Journalism (Communications) BA is an opportunity to acquire not only an understanding of journalism and communications, but also the skills needed to practice as a journalist and the technical know-how to deliver news stories in a variety of media.
This course can be studied 3 years full-time, starting in September.
Year 1 Compulsory
SO1701 - Researching Culture and Society
SO1704 - Exploring Identity and Power
JR1700 - News and Feature Writing
CO1604 - Introduction to Multi-platform Journalism
CO1603 Journalism, Communication and Politics
CO1601 - Key Ideas in Media
SO1602 - Contemporary Society and Media
PP1068 - Modern British Politics
Year 2 Compulsory
JR2606 - Media Law, Ethics, and Regulation
JR2611 – Data Gathering for Journalism
CO2028 - Research in Practice
CO2030 - Global Communication
JR2613 - Cross-platform Journalism: Reporting Arts and Culture
JR2700 - Journalism, Politics and Power
CO2603 - Creative Industries, Fashion and Culture
CO2602 - Social Media and Networked Cultures
Year 3 Compulsory
JR3607 - Journalism Practice Project
CO3605 – Fake News, Images and Websites
JR3606 - Dissertation
CO3602 - Comedy, the Media and Society
CO3603 - Changing Audience
Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy.
Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.
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