Why study this course?
Our Journalism (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree is the ideal choice if you’d like to pursue a career in journalism or digital media but don’t hold traditional qualifications or can’t meet the necessary requirements to enter the standard three-year undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with the same award and title as students on the standard journalism course.
This four-year course has a built-in foundation year that is designed to help you prepare for undergraduate study and evaluate your abilities in terms of reading, writing, critical analysis and research.
Throughout the degree you’ll pick up knowledge and skills that will allow you to engage audiences in compelling stories, develop journalistic writing techniques and thrive in this fast-paced industry.
Journalism received a 91% student satisfaction score for learning opportunities on the course in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2021.
More about this course
On our Journalism (including foundation year) BA (Hons) course you’ll be introduced to contemporary practices in journalism, as well as to the ideas and theories that govern journalistic research and writing.
Throughout your degree you’ll be able to rely on support from your tutors, as well as other specialist services at the University. There will be opportunities to improve skills that relate to the real-world through special workshops, including those that allow you to practise interview skills and write job applications.
Your foundation year – which you’ll share with students on other foundation year courses – will be diagnostic in nature, allowing you to explore a range of different subjects within digital media and creative fields alongside students with different academic perspectives on the subjects you study.
During the foundation year you’ll study modules that will give you an introduction to the following areas:
- Media and communications
- Film, TV and broadcast media
- Digital media
- Journalism and writing for media
You’ll also learn the technical aspects of creative practices through the development of ideas with a focus on the quality of making, recognition of structural qualities of different media and essential elements in communications.
After you complete the foundation year you’ll join students starting our standard three-year course, where you’ll study the same content and have the same choice of modules. To learn more about the subsequent three years of your degree, visit our Journalism BA (Hons) course page.
If, at the end of your foundation year, you’d like to change your specialism there will be some flexibility to allow you to do this.
You can get a taste for life at our School of Computing and Digital Media by taking a look at our showcase of recent student work.
Methods of assessment on this course will include coursework, in-class tests and individual and group assignments. You’ll also be required to complete a final assessment that is of a publishable standard this may be a video, audio, written or multimedia project.
We’re currently in the process of applying for accreditation by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.
Where this course can take you
The range of skills and knowledge you’ll gain by the time you graduate will allow you to pursue a career in the following fields:
- online media
- media consultancy
- social media
This degree will also open doors for postgraduate study in media, journalism or film studies.
What is a degree with a foundation year?
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It’s the perfect route into university if you don’t meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.