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Journalism and Media & Culture BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • State-of-the-art facilities, including our new broadcasting suite officially opened by BBC’s Nick Owen in October 2013
  • Strong emphasis on employability and graduate progression throughout the course with the opportunity to take up a work project and volunteering activities, including work placement opportunities developed in collaboration with local organisations such as the BBC
  • Students are taught by experienced, trained and practising journalists and also benefit from an exciting programme of guest lecturers from within the industry
  • An academic course that utilises dynamic, research-informed approaches to teaching and a range of media, communications technology and the internet to develop students’ intellectual and critical faculties
  • Innovative, contemporary and important topics including ‘Green Media’, ‘War’, ‘Democracy and the Media’ and ‘Gender’
  • Students can study at a partner university abroad


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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Journalism and Media & Culture.

Worcester was the perfect fit for me. The course and study were relevant and really helped in terms of vocational skills. My lecturers and staff at the digital arts centre (DAC) gave me the confidence to give it a go.

Tom El-Shawk, BA Journalism graduate.

By studying Journalism and Media & Culture in combination, you will have opportunities to explore journalism as it is practised in today’s world alongside gaining broader, contextual understanding of the media and contemporary culture. 

Journalism is vocationally focused and aims to support you to acquire the knowledge and skills that will equip you to work in today’s multi-platform media environment. You are taught by experienced, trained and still practising journalists in state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities (including new radio studios linked to a newsroom and newly refurbished TV studios). There are opportunities for work placements with local media organisations (including the BBC) and a host of guest lectures by high-profile visitors to the course. You are able to tailor your studies to focus on particular aspects of journalism (from sports journalism to political journalism) or to branch out into wider areas of media and communications. Your learning is hand-on, with an emphasis on supporting you to seek journalism and communications roles once you have graduated.

Media & Culture involves more traditional academic study that examines how the media, TV and digital communication shape society, its values and politics – and, as a result, identity and human experience. Throughout, you will be addressing some of the hottest topics of our times, from Green Media to Democracy and the Media, from War to Gender. There will be opportunities to explore all forms of media and culture (TV, radio, pop music, sport, social networks) and a multitude of fascinating questions (Why do people the world over listen to rap and hip hop? Should young women dress like Miley Cyrus? How does the news report immigration? Why do people reinvent themselves on Facebook and in Second Life?). You will hone your critical and intellectual faculties in a variety of dynamic and engrossing teaching and learning contexts – contexts in which the media that you use may well be those that you are also studying. Media & Culture also provides you with opportunities for work placements and volunteering; these are designed to highlight how your learning is supporting your employability and to introduce you to some of the professional and employment possibilities that you could pursue once you have graduated.

Both subject areas enable you to benefit from your lecturers’ cutting edge research and industry practice in aspects of journalism, media and culture - from ‘green’ computer games and popular music to perceptions of women newsreaders and online, citizen journalism. If you are interested in journalism as part of our wider contemporary culture of communication, and in the ways that media communication at once reflect and shape today’s world, then Journalism and Media & Culture, with their mix of practical, hands-on learning and academic study, may be well be an ideal programme for you.

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Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Candidates should have good English Language skills. The IELTS score for international applicants to Joint Honours is 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered, for more information please click here.


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Claire Wolfe
Course Leader, Journalism
01905 542240
c.wolfe@worc.ac.uk

Dr Barbara Mitra 
Admissions Tutor, Media & Culture
01905 54 2366
b.mitra@worc.ac.uk

Admissions Office
01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Journalism
Journalism Law and Ethics
Studying Media and Culture

 


Module options:

Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
Introduction to Feature Writing
Internet Journalism
Introduction to Photojournalism
Gender and Representation
Introduction to Television
Introduction to New Media
Popular Music and Cultural Change
Media and Culture: Key Concepts
TV History
Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
Democracy? The story of an ideal


Year 2

Core modules:

Journalism, Law, Ethics and Society

 


Module options:

Magazine Journalism
Sports Journalism
Reporting Politics (1)
Developing your Media Career
Digital Reporting Techniques
Intermediate Feature Writing
Practical Journalism Skills
Digital Photography
Crime and the Media
Making Monsters
Gender and Popular Fiction
Work Project Module
New Media
Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV
Media and Social Change
Popular Cultures


Year 3

Core modules:

N/A

 


Module options:

Reporting Politics (2)
Work Placement
Broadcast Research Skills
Advanced Journalism (Theory and Practice)
Advanced Print Production
Negotiated Project
Live Radio News Production
Live Television News Production
Live New Production (Radio & TV)
Documentary Photography
Green Media
Gender, Philosophy and Popular Culture
TV Times
Work Project Module
War, Democracy and the Media
Remembrance, Memory and Memorials
Radio Times
Independent Research Project
Pornography and Modern Culture
Body & Society


Employability

Employability

The Journalism aspect of this course will provide you with practical skills to work as a journalist or researcher, or in related communications jobs such as those in public relations. You will be well placed to progress to postgraduate study in journalism or in a wide range of other areas, and in a wide range of careers to which communication skills are central, including marketing and public relations, publishing, media and journalism, business and industry, charities and public administration.

Students have found employment in the following areas: radio presenting, both local and national, media research, journalism, event organising, media planning, television, theatre, marketing, public relations, campaigns, teaching and further study.

Furthermore, in a ‘media society’, where an understanding of how to communicate is all-important, graduates of this course now work in a wide range of other industries, and are involved in designing websites, writing publicity and press material, and running media training.

With employment sectors including marketing, public relations, event management, teaching, business, and the public sector, it is perhaps unsurprising that Media Studies is now identified as one of the top ten degree subjects for producing employable graduates.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Journalism and Media & Culture BA (Hons) - PP53

 

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

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