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What makes Journalism and Politics at Worcester special?

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 hands-on, with an emphasis on supporting you to seek journalism and communications roles once you have graduated.

Politics addresses the fact that increasing numbers of people are turning away from party politics and finding other ways of 'speaking out' (through pressure groups, for example, or development of online communities, through mass protest and other forms of 'resistance' or civil disobedience, or through new approaches to campaigning). It is structured to provide a 'people centred' view of politics past and present, examining people's struggles to change worlds and to try to get things done and how they develop their systems of government, or interact with them, to solve problems and address injustice. At the centre of all these investigations are students' developing understandings of the workings of power in all its forms.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Put aside your preconceptions about politics. If you are interested in people and the issues that they care about, this is the course for you
  • Understand the issues that confront us all, get involved, make your voice heard and make a difference
  • State-of-the-art Journalism facilities, including our new broadcasting suite
  • 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
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Candidates should have good English Language skills. The IELTs score for international applicants to Joint Honours is 6.0 (or equivalent).

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 the UCAS website.

"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.

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. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Journalism Law and Ethics
  • Democracy: Past, Present and Future

Options

  • Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
  • Introduction to Feature Writing
  • Internet Journalism
  • Introduction to Photojournalism
  • Unequal World
  • Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789
  • Twentieth Century Britain
  • Welfare for All? The First 50 Years
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
  • Introductory German, French, Spanish, Italian or Japanese

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Journalism, Law, Ethics and Society
  • Pathways in Politics

Options

  • Magazine Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Reporting Politics (1)
  • Developing your Media Career
  • Digital Reporting Techniques
  • Intermediate Feature Writing
  • Practical Journalism Skills
  • Digital Photography
  • Politics Work Project
  • Geographies of Development
  • Twentieth-Century USA
  • The German Lands in the Nineteenth Century
  • Politics, Religion & Society in Ireland, 1690-1848
  • Politics and Society in 20th Century Russia
  • Reporting Politics 1
  • Campaign Power ' People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates
  • 'Race' and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Politics Independent Project
  • Challenging Politics: People versus Power across the Globe

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
  • Political Geography
  • Empire and Appeasement
  • Propaganda and Politics in the 20th Century
  • Response to Crime: The Justice Process
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Education
  • Risk Society
  • Construction Emotions: Social / Political Perspectives
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Joint Honours

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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 Journalism and Politics.

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 Journalism BA (Hons) and Politics BA (Hons)

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

The Journalism element 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.

The Politics element will enable you to demonstrate an interest in the fast-changing world and will provide you with the ability to generate ideas, show initiative and communicate with people from all walks of life. Our students have a good record of gaining employment, and Politics graduates work in many different sectors including teaching, the police, the probation service, housing, the civil service, local government and planning, as well as pressure groups, voluntary organisations, charities, the media, journalism and social work. During your time at Worcester you will have the opportunity to experience subject-related work experience and volunteering activities. You can choose to take a Politics work experience module, spend time working with an organisation such as a local council, or a political party (or MP), or a campaign group, and then write a reflective assignment about your experience.

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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 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 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 2020/21 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, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.

Applying through UCAS

Journalism and Politics BA (Hons) - PL52

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

PL52

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

Dr Luke Devine

Course leader