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What makes Journalism and Politics at Worcester special?*

Please note this course is no longer running. However, you can still study Journalism or Politics in combination with the following subjects:



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?

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 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


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


  • 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


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


  • 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


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


  • 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

Joint Honours

Discover our full range of joint degrees and read about how your degree will be structured.

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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)


Where could it take you?


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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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.


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.

Please note this course is no longer running. However, you can still study Journalism or Politics in combination with the following subjects:

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