BA (Hons) Journalism

This BJTC accredited* Journalism degree covers the basic skills of finding and telling stories, as well as the specialist skills needed to work in print, radio, TV and on the web.

You’ll learn traditional skills that underpin all types of journalism, along with a huge range of multimedia skills to make you more employable. Add to that entrepreneurialism and a rigorous academic education, and our journalism graduates have the best chance of success in a tough market. Three weeks’ works experience form a vital part of this journalism degree, and we will help you get your work published and build your CV.

Court visits are integral on this journalism degree, as are interview techniques, which are developed during live newsday simulations, including an annual police press conference. Mobile journalism or ‘mojo’ is now a key element of the course with cutting edge workshops on smartphone reporting and production.

Throughout your Journalism degree, you will learn from a wide range of industry professionals, including our own teaching staff and visiting lecturers from the BBC, ITV, magazines, and the national and local press. Follow us @Journo_USW.

*subject to reaccreditation

2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
P500 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
P500 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

You will learn how to find, write, edit and produce news and features for the print media, radio, television and the internet. To support this, you will learn about media law and ethics, plus the machinery of government, and learn how to apply this knowledge to your own journalism.

Year One - Journalism degree

  • Introduction to Journalism 1
  • Introduction to Journalism 2
  • Journalism Law, Ethics and Regulation
  • Public Affairs
  • News-writing
  • Journalism Studies

Year Two - Journalism degree

  • Social, Digital and Mobile Story Production
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Print and Magazine Journalism
  • Researching Media, Culture and Communications
  • Creative Industries Collaborative Practice - Newsdays
  • Work Experience

Year Three - Journalism degree

  • Major Journalism Project
  • Further Law, Ethics and Regulations for Journalists
  • Dissertation in Media and Cultural Studies
  • Advanced News Production

 

Subject to revalidation
This course is subject to revalidation, this means it is under review as part of the University’s standard quality assurance and enhancement processes. Course and module content is indicative and may change through the revalidation process. As soon as the course is revalidated, the details will be confirmed and published on the University website. 
In the unlikely event the course does not go ahead as planned, or is significantly amended, we will write to inform you. If this happens, we’ll help you to find a suitable alternative course either at USW or at another provider. 

Teaching

Our Journalism degree will be taught through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and simulations.

Assessment

You will be assessed by regular coursework throughout, as well as examinations in some areas.

Accreditations

This Journalism degree is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

Lecturers

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Applicants in the UK

Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and attendance at an interview with successful outcome. You may also be required to provide a portfolio of your work prior to attending interview where your course requires this, and full details of what is required will be provided once your application has been processed.

Applicants outside the UK

Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and submission of a portfolio of your work which the Course Leader confirms is suitable for an offer to be made.

 

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an IELTS grade of 7.5 or equivalent in all four elements of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

English Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course

 

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees


  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13500 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International:  £13700 

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees


  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment. Below we’ve listed what types of additional costs are associated with this course:

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £45
Memory Card (1TB storage). Year 1
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £80
Textbooks
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £30
Annual cost of Newspapers/ Magazines
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £30
Student NUJ Membership & press card (£30 for duration of course)
Field Trips £100
Optional field trips
Field Trips £700
Optional overseas media trip, subject to arrangement
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £250
Smartphone capable of shooting stills and video

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. 

Admissions statement

Our journalism graduates have found positions in TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, online publications and public relations, locally, nationally and internationally. Other graduates also use their skills to go on to teaching or social media marketing and promotional roles, while others have set up their own media companies. Job destinations include the BBC, ITV, The Times, S4C, Made in Wales TV, Boomerang, Indus, Media Wales, South Wales Argus, Sky Sports and Sky News, alongside many other smaller newspapers and PR companies.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

Full-time