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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, magazines, TV, radio or online. Recognition has come through the high number of journalism awards won by students, including innovative magazine productions and the impressive employment rates.

You'll study the full range of modern media, developing a broad portfolio of professional skills before focusing on your preferred medium. The course stays up-to-date with mobile journalism, data journalism and the use of drones.

Overview

Overview

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

  • Attend live news days and 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
  • Excellent graduate employment rates

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.

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

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

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

Candidates should have good English Language skills

Shortlisted applicants may be invited to interview

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.

 

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.

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Art and Design & Creative Media pathway page.

Taster days

A Journalism taster day gives you the opportunity to explore our facilities, take part in Journalism taster activities, and find out about student life. This day is for those considering applying for the course, not those who have already applied or those who have been offered an interview.

For further information or to request a place please email insiders@worc.ac.uk or complete this enquiry form.

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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. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Introduction to Feature Writing
  • Introduction to Digital Techniques
  • Introduction to Photojournalism
  • Practical Journalism Skills (1)
  • Journalism Law and Ethics

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
  • Natural Light Photography
  • Commercial Studio Photography

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?

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The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of:

  • Lectures; seminars; demonstrations; workshops; work simulations (newsdays); 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-led, student-led and independent learning. 
  • You will investigate critically and analyse theoretical and conceptual issues central to journalism studies and be able to synthesis and evaluate material. Acquire skills to'originate and develop ideas for editorial content across a range of platforms. Investigate the development of journalism with regard to political, social, economic, legal, ethical and technological considerations.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course, including during an induction session at the start of each academic year.

You have an opportunity to undertake work placements in both your second and third years of the course, as part of mandatory modules on the course.

You use industry-standard equipment and software for all pathways and have access to state-of-the-art TV and radio studios throughout the course.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 15-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 6 hours of interactive workshops
  • 3 hours of lectures with discussion
  • 6 hours of supervised practical sessions, including newsdays 

In addition, there will be individual or small group tutorial sessions.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing practical activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment is largely coursework. Assessment methods include: written news stories, features and commentaries; audio and visual news and feature inserts; newsdays; portfolios with reflective log books; production tasks involving a range of media technology; group and individually produced projects; research exercises; critical self and peer review; work-based learning reports and external placement opportunities. There are two examinations in the Law and Ethics modules in years one and two.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
6 practical journalistic pieces / portfolios and learning reports
1 formal examination of 1hour duration
2 essays
1 individual or group presentations

Year 2
6 practical journalistic pieces / portfolios and learning reports
1 formal examination of 1 hour duration
1 reflective and skills portfolio relating to work placement
2 essays
1 newsday assessment

Year 3
Major independent final project, which is a journalistic production of your choice
3 practical journalistic pieces / portfolios 
3 essays 
1 reflective and skills portfolio relating to work placement
2 newsday assessments

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

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.

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. Every member of the team has a wealth of industry experience, including academics, with specialist areas and those who combine teaching with professional practice. There are also demonstrators and technical officers.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy and all permanent staff on the team are Fellows of HEA and have the post grad teaching qualification. 

 

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Claire Wolfe

Claire Wolfe is Principal Lecturer in 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.  

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.

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Rachel Ammonds

Rachel Ammonds teaches a wide range of undergraduate modules and is Course Leader for Journalism.

She is an experienced broadcast journalist whose career began at BBC radio in the Midlands. She moved to the BBC in Manchester, working within radio and television, and was part of the team that won a Sony Award for coverage of the IRA bombing of Manchester. Rachel moved to ITV in 1997, producing the North Wests regional news programme. She then helped set up ITVs health channel before moving into making documentaries for ITV, focusing mainly on its flagship current affairs programme, Tonight with Trevor McDonald, for which she worked as a producer/director.

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
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Adam Chowdhury

Adam Chowdhury

Adam Chowdhury graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Journalism.

“After a lower than expected grade in a first semester module, I thought a First-Class Honours was off the table. So, after all the stresses, late nights and hard work, it was a huge surprise and relief to achieve this honour,” said the 21 year old.

“When I started university, all I heard from people was that a 2:1 is the goal and would be just fine. I thought getting a First was beyond the realms of possibility. It proves that at university, you get what you put in.”

Read Adam's story.

Tom Davis

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.”

Justyn Surrall

Justyn Surrall

“I would certainly recommend the University of Worcester to anyone considering studying journalism,” he says. “They are so well equipped to prepare students 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

Rosina Ayling

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

Hayden Atkins

"I feel that the course at Worcester has developed my skills massively from where I was when I started to now. There are things I wouldn't have dreamt I'd been able to do at this point, and its down to the confidence given to me by the staff members.

Their push to get students the best possible work placements is brilliant. Also, they are always trying to get us to publish our material professionally, and when it does happen, it's an excellent confidence boost. 

The equipment is fantastic, the DAC is full of anything you could ever need. The MAC suites are ideal, and the recording studios are state of the art, ideal for any budding reporters!

Also, I chose Worcester because of the excellent Open Day. The tours were great and the student ambassadors keen and friendly."

Josh Godfrey

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

Lewis Edwards

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

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 2019/20 will be £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 2019/20 will be £12,400 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 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-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 £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Single Honours:
Journalism BA- P500 BA/Jour

 

Joint Honours:
See our Journalism degrees page for Joint Honours options.

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

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

Head of Journalism

Rachel Ammonds

Course leader