Journalism with Creative Writing BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,081

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
Our Journalism with Creative Writing BA will teach you core journalistic techniques and help you develop writing skills to deliver effective content across multiple platforms, while also encouraging your creative side.
  • Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, which includes Journalism, has been at the forefront of media research since 1966 and our teaching has always been informed by all the latest developments in the field. We are ranked as one of the top 15 places in the UK to study Communication and Media Studies.
  • Creative writing modules will encourage, support and challenge you to write and experiment in all the major forms, including fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, PR and scriptwriting. You'll develop your editing and research skills, and will also reflect on your work and processes.

Our course emphasises five key areas:

  • The development of your professional journalism skills across all platforms
  • The study of the concepts and controversies backgrounding and surrounding 21st century journalism
  • Work placements in professional journalism during your studies
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism
  • Creative writing
  • Journalism in the 21st century needs journalists who are comfortable operating across all platforms. This course will allow you to develop skills in broadcasting and digital/multi-media platforms as well as traditional print journalism so you can work in any and all media.
  • You will also receive a thorough grounding on key journalistic skills in core areas such as news-gathering and interviewing. You will be strongly encouraged to do industry placements with professional organisations, either as part of their degree or alongside it.
  • Alongside developing skills, you will also investigate the context and controversies which make journalism so interesting, relevant and crucial to society and democracy.
  • Our course is a strong blend of practical, academic and professional education, designed to produce students who can produce industry standard journalism, reflect on their practice and that of others and carry out useful and informative industrial placements. In short, you will learn to think like a journalist.
  • Through the great academic and practical support we offer you in group, as well as individual teaching situations, you will learn to work both collaboratively and independently. The way we will assess you will foster skills in critical analysis, communication, research methods, group work and of course, practical journalism. We also place great emphasis on helping you to build your skills for the world of work.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: BBB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBC EPQ at grade B
  • GCSE: English Language Grade B (5).
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points overall.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM
  • Other national and international qualifications considered.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

  • A very high standard of written and spoken English is required for this programme because significant amounts of assessment are based on practical work. Students concerned about this should seek advice, but students without good English language skills would be at a disadvantage and should not apply for this course.
  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

Core modules

  • News Basics
  • Introduction to Media and Communication (double module)
  • Introduction to Writing Creatively: Part 1
  • Features Journalism
  • Key Concepts in Journalism (double module)
  • Introduction to Writing Creatively: Part 2
  • Introduction to Academic Skills (non-credit module)
  • Journalism Employability (incorporating The Leicester Award) (non-credit module)

Year 2

Core modules

  • Multi-platform and Entrepreneurial Journalism (double module)
  • Broadcast Journalism 1
  • Using Stories
  • Journalism Studies
  • Media and Communication Research in Practice (double module)
  • Advanced Creative Writing Skills

Year 3

Core modules

  • Journalism Investigation (double module)
  • Publishing Project 1
  • Publishing Project 2
  • Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Political Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Media, Celebrity and Fan Culture
  • Games and Culture
  • Reporting Panics
  • Community Radio in Practice

Then choose one option module from:

  • Writing Voices
  • Writing Prose Fiction
  • The Forms of Modern Poetry

Then choose one option module from:

  • Data Journalism
  • Financial Journalism
  • Writing for PR

Finally choose one option module from:

  • Understanding Screenplays
  • Writing for Laughs
  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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