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What makes English Language and Journalism at Worcester special?

Our Joint Honours degree develops your linguistic skills and knowledge in communication, contemporary society and culture whilst allowing you to acquire the skills to work in today’s reporting environments.

Studying Journalism at Worcester equips you with the skills to build a career in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio or online and build a writing specialism.

English Language at Worcester allows you to see how language shapes our worlds, brings thoughts to life and forms our identities through linguistic and stylistic choices. This can be used to shape your journalistic style.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • State-of-the-art facilities, including our broadcasting suite officially opened by BBC’s Nick Owen.
  • Excellent work placement opportunities, developed in collaboration with local organisations, including 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.
  • Clear focus on the socio-cultural aspects of language use and an emphasis on the development of research skills with opportunities to present research outcomes through a student conference in the final year.
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree. 

Scope of the course content meant that I could research and write in a wide variety of areas, sometimes crossing into other disciplines such as Sociology. This kept the process of studying fresh and interesting.

Josh Crampton, English Language Joint Honours graduate

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

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?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

The modules for this course are currently being reviewed and updated for 2021 entry; for the latest information please contact the Course Leader Rachel Ammonds

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Journalism 
  • Introduction to Digital Techniques
  • Journalism Law and Ethics
  • Intro to TEFL: Language Awareness
  • General Linguistics
  • Intro to TEFL: Teaching Skills

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Journalism, Law, Ethics and Society 
  • Sociolinguistic Theory and Practice (designated research method module)
  • TEFL: Access to CELTA

Optional

  • The Power of Texts
  • Work Placement Module
  • Magazine Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Reporting Politics
  • Developing Your Media Career
  • Digital Reporting Techniques
  • Intermediate Feature Writing
  • Digital Reporting Techniques
  • Practical Journalism Skills
  • Available Light Photography
  • Commercial Studio Photography

Year 3

Optional

  • Reporting Politics
  • Work Placement
  • Broadcast Research Skills
  • Advanced Journalism (Theory and Practice
  • Advanced Print Production
  • Negotiated Project
  • Live Radio News Production
  • Live Television News
  • Live News Production (Radio & TV)
  • Documentary Photography
  • Green Media
  • Research Project
  • World Englishes
  • Style and Identity
  • History of English
  • Advanced Language Analysis
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

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

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for English Language BA (hons) and Journalism BA (Hons).

Worcester was the perfect fit for me. The course and study were relevant and really helped in terms of vocational skills.

Tom El-Shawk, Journalism graduate

In English Language your critical and intellectual faculties are honed in a variety of teaching and learning contexts. You focus on the socio-cultural aspects of language use and exploration of linguistic and stylistic choices. By your third year you will be carrying out your own independent research projects on aspects of English language as it is used in spoken and written communication   – communication central to the construction of human beings’ identities, and that is as varied, diverse and rich as are its speakers and writers. During the course, there are opportunities for you to undertake work placements, supporting you to recognise and apply the very broad range of transferable skills and competencies that you are developing.

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.

English Language Studies and Journalism in combination will be for you if your interests lie in the ways in which human beings communicate with one another, how they make sense of their society and cultures, and how communication itself shapes the meanings and ideologies of our ever changing world.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

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Dr Lefteris Kailoglou

Dr Lefteris Kailoglou is the Course Leader for English Language. He has been working at the University of Worcester from 2011, and previously taught at the University of Essex and University of Sussex. He has been supervising a number of dissertations on sociolinguistic variation in Worcester as well as topics on language and identity. He has also been involved in the establishment of the Worcester dialect archive which is located within the Institute.

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Claire Wolfe

After graduating, Claire Wolfe embarked on a successful and exciting career in journalism with roles including senior news editor on a daily regional publication, lifestyle and travel magazine work and experience as a freelance on a national newspaper and TV station. During this time, she was responsible for supervising the training of new recruits so moving into teaching was a natural progression. She has been driven by the challenge to develop courses that meet high academic and industry needs while providing students with an outstanding experience. Helping to nurture talented young people and helping them to get their first foot on the career ladder has been a huge motivation for Claire and something she believes the whole journalism team at the University of Worcester can feel proud of.

Claire liaises with the growing and highly skilled alumni through a ‘buddy scheme’  and various Social Media outlets to maximise the support we can provide for our students on graduating.

Careers

Where could it take you?

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. 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.

Many graduates of English Language Studies courses will take a postgraduate education course as a fourth year of study and enter the teaching profession. Others will find that the skills acquired through the study of English are particularly highly regarded in all professions where good communication skills are prized such as publishing, journalism, public relations, human resources and web-based communication. English Language Studies provides continuous opportunities to develop employability skills and includes work experience options. There is a range of opportunities to study for a semester abroad in Europe and the USA in the second semester of the second year.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

English Language Studies and Journalism BA (Hons) - PQ53

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

PQ53

Get in touch

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

Claire Wolfe

Course Leader, Journalism

Dr Lefteris Kailoglou

Admissions Tutor, English Language Studies