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What makes Journalism at Worcester special?

From front-page scoops to stories on Twitter, Worcester journalism graduates are equipped with the multimedia experience to build a career in newspapers, TV, radio or online.

You’ll study the full range of modern media, developing a broad portfolio of professional skills before focusing on your preferred medium.

Taught by professional journalists with regional, national and international experience, partnered by leading academics, this course offers you plenty of opportunities for practical work alongside a solid grounding in theory.

Key features

  • Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council; an elite, widely-recognised kitemark
  • Our strong links with industry, including a BBC Media Diversity Partnership, create excellent placement opportunities and progression into work.

  • Study in two new radio studios linked to a newsroom and digitally equipped TV studio

  • Develop specialisms in areas such as sports or political journalism, photography, social media management or PR
  • Live news days put your knowledge to the test and build professional confidence

It was great to get a job so quickly after finishing university. The expertise of the lecturers, the facilities the assignments and modules on offer all contributed to me being successful in my job hunt

Print journalist Joshua Godfrey, a graduate of 2015

I would certainly recommend the University of Worcester to anyone considering studying journalism

Graduate Justyn Surral, who went straight into employment at the BBC

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (Single Honours)
104 UCAS tariff points (Joint Honours)
 

Candidates should have good English Language skills

The IELTS score for international applicants to the Journalism Single Honours programme is 6.5 (or equivalent). For international Joint Honours applicants, the required IELTS score 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.

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.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Practical Journalism Skills (1)
  • Journalism Law and Ethics

Optional

  • Introduction to Feature Writing
  • Introduction to Digital Techniques
  • Introduction to Photojournalism
  • Democracy? The Story of an Ideal

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Journalism, Law, Ethics and Society
  • Reporting Politics (1)
  • Developing your Media Career
  • Practical Journalism Skills (2)

Optional

  • Magazine Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Intermediate Feature Writing
  • Digital Photography
  • Multi-camera Studio Production

Year 3

Mandatory    

  • Reporting Politics (2)
  • Work Placement
  • Live News Production (Radio & TV)

Optional

  • Broadcast Research Skills
  • Advanced Journalism (Theory and Practice)           
  • Advanced Print Production
  • Negotiated Project (2)
  • Documentary Photography
  • Green Media

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • BJTC logoInvestigate critically and analyse theoretical and conceptual issues central to journalism studies and be able to synthesis and evaluate material.
  • Acquire the skills to be able to originate and develop ideas for editorial content across a range of platforms.
  • Make the most of your opportunities to originate and develop ideas for editorial content across a range of platforms, including participating in live news production days.
  • Investigate the development of journalism with regard to political, social, economic, legal, ethical and technological considerations.
  • Prepare yourself for the workplace through CV building, career mapping, group activities that develop productive working relationships, and acquisition of specialist skills.

Teaching approach

  • Lectures; seminars; demonstrations; work simulations; tutorials, group and individual project work; supervised independent learning; open and resource-based learning; e-learning; production practice and work experience and placements.
  • Teaching involves large and small group sessions, the latter especially for workshop activities related to the acquisition of production skills.
  • Sessions are a mix of tutor- and student-led and independent learning.
  • Learning opportunities enable active assimilation, application, questioning, debate and critical reflection.
  • Guest speakers and visits form part of your learning.

Assessment

  • Journalistic writing and contributions to published projects
  • Seminar presentation
  • Essays

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Claire Wolfe

    Claire Wolfe is Head of Journalism at Worcester and has a strong background in news journalism. She is particularly interested in developing students’ skills and abilities to work across a range of media platforms.  

    After completing a postgraduate National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) course at Cardiff, Claire achieved a Proficiency Certificate and moved from weekly newspapers to the Birmingham Post and Mail. She subsequently worked as Women’s Page Editor, News Editor and Night Editor on the Daily News. Her twenty-five years in journalism include working at the Sunday Mirror and Central News, and editing business magazines. She has been associated with journalism training throughout her career, much of it related to the NCTJ. Claire sits on the Board of the Worcester community radio station, Youthcomm and, this year, has been and is an Executive Committee member of the Association for Journalism Education.

  • Dan Johnson

    Dan Johnson, journalist and broadcaster with the BBC for over 13 years, teaches on the Sports Journalism aspects of the course. In his current role at the BBC, Dan has ultimate responsibility for all online sport output for BBC English Regions.

    “Being BBC Sport England editor allows me to help shape the rapidly changing future of sports journalism. Working with the brilliant Journalism lecturers, I feel confident that we give Worcester students the edge against their competitors as they prepare to begin their careers in journalism.”

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

The University of Worcester Journalism 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.

Students have found employment in the following areas:

Radio presenting and reporting 
Magazine and newspaper journalism
Social media management
Public relations and communications
Media research
Sports journalism
Event organising
Television
Marketing
Teaching
Further study

Skills gained:
Print, broadcasting and web content creation
Digital communications
Team working
Working independently
Communicating with others
Writing effectively
Clear and logical thinking
Finding information
Evaluating ideas
Showing initiative
Advance planning and working to deadlines
Organisation

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    News

    Students Enjoy Success at Regional Journalism Awards

    A total of eleven Worcester students were shortlisted across the eleven separate award categories as the Birmingham Press Club marked its 150th anniversary by recognising the region’s most talented young journalists and broadcasters.

    Worcester student Rebecca Green won the Entertainment category, while Becca Husselbee was ‘highly commended’ for her submission in the Fashion section.

    Rebecca’s award-winning entry was a feature called ‘Life after Eileen’, based around an interview with Kev ‘Billy’ Adams, formerly of Dexys Midnight Runners.

    Rebecca says: “I'm really pleased about winning the award. It was very unexpected, particularly considering the high standard of entries from all across the Midlands. I'm looking forward to taking up an internship as my prize and gaining a further insight into a working journalism environment.”

    Becca adds: “I was so happy to be nominated let alone win an award. It was a fantastic event and has made me really determined to succeed in the press industry. It shows that if you work hard it can pay off and I hope more students take part in competitions like these.”

    The awards attracted more than 110 entries from media students throughout the East and West Midlands, with the opportunities of placements with a range of the region’s media outlets on offer to entrants.

    Some of the Midlands’ most recognisable broadcasters, including BBC Midlands Today’s Mary Rhodes and Central News’ Bob Warman, attended the ceremony, and Claire Wolfe, Subject Leader in Journalism at Worcester, was delighted to see the University so well represented.

    “There were an impressive number of finalists from the University of Worcester,” she says. “This demonstrates the high calibre of students coming through. They should all feel incredibly proud of themselves for doing so well.”

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    Case study

    Lewis Edwards

    “It’s a great job. Being on the journalism course has given me a great base to work from. Right from the first year I was sent out doing vox pops and talking to strangers. At first you feel very nervous and timid, but the more you do it the more comfortable and competent you become.”

    Read Lewis's story

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    Case study

    Joshua Godfrey

    “The Journalism course has helped me prepare for these work placements. The broadcasting module was key and having to go out and interview people enabled me to gain more confidence.”

    Read Joshua's story

  • justyn-surrall-graduation-2013

    Case study

    Justyn Surrall

    “I would certainly recommend the University of Worcester to anyone considering studying journalism,” he says. “They are so well equipped to prepare student for the workplace, and the lecturers’ hands-on industry experience helps to create a really positive learning environment, in which students are encouraged to push themselves and get their work out there.”

    Read Justyn's story

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    Case study

    Rosina Ayling

    “My degree is already proving very useful as I'm incredibly proficient in key areas such as WordPress and all aspects of social media.”

    “The course at the University of Worcester was interesting, the lecturers were engaging and I felt I learnt an incredible amount in my time there. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for my course at Worcester, and I’m extremely grateful to the help and support I received there.”

    Read Rosina's story

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    Case study

    Tom Davis

    "During the internship I worked one six-hour shift on a Friday, and sometimes at weekends, as a news writer, working alongside a team of sub-editors and other writers to produce new stories, features, match previews and reports and live text commentary. I now work each week, primarily on match days, covering football in the Midlands area. I have attended a range of games including matches in the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and international fixtures typically writing match reports, providing live text commentary and attending post-match press conferences.”

    Read Tom's story

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2016 is £9,000 per year.

The standard annual fee for full-time UK and EU students enrolling in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for full-time international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2016 is £11,400 per year.

Tuition fees for international (non-EU) students enrolling in 2017 will be confirmed soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2016 are £1,125 per 15-credit module, £1,500 per 20 credit module and £2,250 per 30-credit module.

The standard fees for part-time UK and EU students enrolling on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Visit our Money Advice pages for information on how much you should budget for your course.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £91 per week to the £149 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Journalism BA - P500 BA/Jour

Joint Honours:
Creative Digital Media and Journalism BA - GP45 BA/CDMJ
English Language and Journalism BA - PQ53 BA/ELJ
English Literature and Journalism BA - QP35 BA/ELSJour
Graphic Design & Multimedia and Journalism BA
History and Journalism BA
Journalism and Media & Culture BA - PP53 BA/JMCS
Journalism and Politics: People and Power BA - PL52 BA/JPPP
Journalism and Screenwriting BA
Journalism and Sports Studies BA - PC5P Mod/JSS 

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.

UCAS CODE:

P500

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Rachel Ammonds
01905 542285
r.ammonds@worc.ac.uk 

Subject Leader in Journalism

Claire Wolfe
01905 542240
c.wolfe@worc.ac.uk