Journalism BA (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

PP53

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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Overview

It has never been a more exciting time to be a journalist.

Digital, mobile and social media have transformed the business and our future-proof, professionally-accredited course is primarily focused on your employability, ready to turn you into someone who can utilize all the skills and techniques necessary to make your mark in any area of the journalism and communications industry.

Our Journalism, Publishing and PR courses are ranked 8th in the United Kingdom by the Guardian University Guide 2020 and will help you become ambitious, informed and versatile media professionals ready to succeed in any newsroom, platform or media organisation.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)

Currently Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)*Accredited until Feb 2022 Coventry University’s accreditation with BJTC shall be up for renewal in Feb 2022 [date]. Whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible

What our students say...

Having spent three years building my skills within the media industry, developing strong people skills and confidence, and gaining valuable experience both in class and doing work placements, I came out with a fantastic degree and started a job related to my interests within two weeks of finishing

Alex Maidment, BA (Hons) Journalism, graduated with a first in 2014, now Inbound Marketing Executive at Deeply Digital

Course information

Our professionally-accredited* BA Journalism degree aims to develop graduates who can operate across multiple platforms, are context-aware and equally comfortable in a traditional journalism environment as they are working with disruptive forms of media practice.

The focus is on news-gathering and storytelling, which should provide a wealth of transferable skills including self-confidence, excellent written and verbal communications and technical skills that can be applied to other areas of the communications industry.

Coventry is ranked the 8th best university in the country for ‘Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations’ (Guardian University Guide 2020) and here, you’ll be taught by journalists and academics with experience across print, digital and broadcast around the globe.

You’ll also have the opportunity for industry placements (subject to application and availability and additional costs) - previous students have spent time at Sky, the BBC, ITV, Coventry City football club, heat magazine and the New York Times amongst many others.

We also usually host regular guest speakers. Recently, students have heard from a Channel 4 documentary producer/director, a BBC6 Music DJ, the diplomatic correspondent of the Times, a producer for Sky Sports, the head of Instagram and Snapchat for LADbible and a literary agent.

*Coventry University’s accreditation with BJTC shall be up for renewal in February 2022. Whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

91%

of students agreed that our staff made the subject interesting

NSS, 2017

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year is focused on the basics of journalism. You will explore ’ll learn how to write and edit news and feature stories, do digital storytelling and be introduced to skills like camerawork, video and audio editing. You will also get to use the radio and TV studios. The course aims to develop your understanding of current trends and key issues within the field of journalism and media, which should help to developing your awareness of the latest technologies, platforms and modes of distribution. You will also explore media law and ethics, including court visits. You will ’ll have the opportunity to develop a portfolio of regular journalistic work in a wide range of formats and subject areas and by the end of this first year, and should be schooled in the essentials, with the aim of preparing you to take the next step towards professionalism.

Modules

  • Journalism Production and Storytelling 1 and 2

  • Journalism in Society

  • Media Law in Practice

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In addition to working in traditional journalism formats, this course embraces the latest technologies, including 360-degree video, social media platforms and live blogs, to innovate your practice. Via live production modules and news days, it should further prepare you for the world of work -– and should help improve your understanding of how stories are identified, researched and presented, producing tailored journalistic products in a range of formats, including online and print, audio and video, and working to a series of tight deadlines as you would in professional employment. As well as exploring the comprehensive range of skills and knowledge that constitute the world of journalism, such as independence, confidence, analytical ability, interviewing techniques and exceptional written and verbal communication, this course analyses key concepts and theories of media systems and their implications. We will also focus on your future employability through workshops and seminars designed to improve your public portfolio and career skills, as well support you through advice as you seek work placements and internships, some of which may be available through the team’s professional contacts.

Modules

  • Journalism and Society

  • Journalism Production and Storytelling 3

  • Journalism in Practice

  • Law and Ethics for Journalists

  • Experimental Journalism Production and Storytelling 4

  • Optional modules (1 from the following):

    • Magazine Journalism
    • Public Relations and Social Media
    • Sports Journalism

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement. Past students have worked for Sky News in the UK, while others enjoyed study abroad opportunities in the United States, Spain, France and Sweden.

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

In the third year, your studies culminate in either a final project or dissertation on a topic of your choice. Past students have produced and directed documentaries, designed social media campaigns, developed web series for YouTube or examined media representation of various groups. You will also look at producing weekly live TV and radio shows in your production module and have the opportunity to choose an optional specialty, including topics like entertainment and lifestyle journalism or investigative and political reporting.

Modules

  • Planning your Project

  • Journalism Production and Storytelling 5

  • Final project or dissertation

  • Optional modules (1 of the following):

    • Entertainment and Lifestyle Journalism
    • Investigative Journalism and Political Reporting

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

8th

Our Journalism courses are ranked 8th in the United Kingdom by Guardian University Guide 2020

In more detail...

  • Access to professional broadcast equipment via our dedicated Media Loan Shop and studios.
  • 92% of students said staff were enthusiastic about what they teach in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Ranked 8th in the UK for ‘Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations’ in the Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Extensive specialist resources include a wireless suite of newsrooms, TV studio, video editing suite and radio studio. (Subject to availability)
  • Excellent graduate employability – 100% of students in work or continuing their studies six months after graduation (DLHE 2014/15), almost two-thirds of those employed in professional level roles.
  • Coventry University has links with employers nationally, including the BBC and Sky, and internationally in places as far afield a Europe, South Africa and the Falkland Islands, many of whom offer professional experience opportunities
  • Successful student track record in national competitions – with past students winning Journalist of the Year, Best Website (www.icov.co.uk) and Best Documentary awards from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

Access to professional broadcast equipment via our dedicated Media Loan Shop and studios.

Your main study themes are:

  • Making journalism: We consider how and why journalism is put together. What makes news, where does it come from, how is it produced? You will be introduced to content production for print, web and broadcast news by studying the work of others as well as your own practice in a critical context.

  • Media law: You will be introduced to the legal, professional and ethical codes which underpin how journalists in the UK practice, including the Contempt of Court Act, the Magistrates’ Court Act, Defamation and examples of current professional ethical standards exemplified in codes of conduct, producers’ guidelines and style guides. The aim is to ensure that your work as a journalist meets the legal guidelines needed to avoid prosecution.

  • Journalism and society: Focuses on understanding the complex relationship between the practice of journalism and broader society. Theoretical sessions will explore the context of the production of a range of journalism artefacts in historical, contemporary and emerging media landscapes to question the role and purpose of journalism in society.

The course can be studied over three years full-time, starting in September, which can be extended by an additional year if you choose the optional sandwich year.

Based on a series of lectures, seminars, workshops, practical classes and one-to-one tutorials with teaching staff, we try to provide a focused approach to journalism which is underpinned by in-depth exploration of core traditional news-gathering, continuous production and experimentation in new and emerging forms of journalism. Collaborative learning across year levels should help to cement the foundations of your skills and knowledge in more sophisticated ways, and should facilitate support from your peers. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

We cover the core principles of journalism – including storytelling, editing, explaining and interpreting information – which should prepare you to practise journalism or a specialist area as part of a freelance or portfolio career. Our staff can share their professional experiences and keep you up-to-date with the latest research, with expertise in areas such as new media and society and ICT in Africa, local news history and development, live broadcast, social affairs, entertainment journalism and global media.

Real experience of working as a journalist is embedded into our teaching activities through our partnerships with organisations in Coventry and beyond, previous  opportunities have included collaborating with local news organisations, for instance covering the local elections for ITV. There will  be an opportunity to practice court reporting, attending legal hearings in the Magistrates’ or Crown courts and producing your own reports of legal hearings or current issues in media law.

You will be taught in our wireless-enabled newsrooms, including our recently-refurbished radio studios and our state-of-the-art TV studio, The Tank (subject to availability and change).

Our excellent industry links enable us to host an exciting programme of guest speakers covering topics such as documentary film-making, TV news production, reporting from war zones, branding and magazine journalism. You will also have opportunities to take part in educational and cultural visits at home and abroad*, where you should  be able to develop your knowledge and skills through fieldwork and group project*. We have recently visited ITV Central and premier journalism conference NewsRewired in London, as well as producing pop-up projects in Cardiff, Bristol and London. Our students have also had the opportunity to travel abroad to New York* where they visited ABC News as well as producing live social media content from Amsterdam.

*Educational/cultural visits in the UK/abroad and trips abroad are subject to availability/change and additional fees apply.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include coursework, tests, essays, practical or project work, group work and presentations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Make great journalism, whether that’s for digital, broadcast, print or social media.
  • Understand how global journalism works and how it impacts society.
  • Feel prepared when applying for potential future  job roles within the media industry and you should have improved networks in order to do so.


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Apply a breadth of journalism and communication skills and knowledge to professional situations.
  • Work creatively, sustainably and independently within professional situations, employing a range of journalism strategies and techniques.
  • Critically evaluate and analyse the broad range of factors that impinge upon professional and creative activities within journalism and the broader communications industry.
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage with diverse communities across a range of media platforms.
  • Identify and evaluate developing/emerging forms of journalism and communication. 

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 15 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 10 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 3 hours of lectures each week.

 

*Teaching hours are subject to change

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed studying each week, including guided study using handouts, online activities in your own time.

Our course is designed to reflect the increasingly international context of journalism; reflected strongly in the course curriculum and the extensive international experience of the teaching team which includes staff who have previously lived and worked in South Africa, India, Ireland and America.

You will be given opportunities to engage with international students from at home and abroad. Coventry University is one of only two UK universities to have previously participated in the Pop-Up Newsroom 2018, a global cooperative project which brings together students from the UK, Netherlands, Bulgaria, India, the United States and Lebanon in a virtual newsroom to report on issues of global significance at a local level. Our past first and second year students have previously taken part with news days focusing on the refugee crisis and an international women’s day. Previous second-year students also collaborated with students from 13 universities in seven different countries as part of the Global News Relay (2018)initiative (globalnewsrelay.wordpress.com), an international collaboration of college journalism, multimedia and public relations students which broadcasts news live across the world.

We strongly encourage you to try to broaden your theoretical, cultural and practical references, providing opportunities to broaden your horizons by studying abroad on a sandwich year*. Past students have studied media and journalism at universities in Spain, Sweden, the United States and France, among others. We also offer a range of short visits and field trips abroad*, which are reviewed annually. Recent fieldtrips have included Amsterdam and Malaga (subject to availability and additional costs).

At Coventry University, you can enjoy a whole host of multicultural and multilingual activities, such as the international film club and the French and Spanish conversation clubs. You can learn another language with the university-wide Add+vantage Scheme or the Linguae Mundi programme.

*Studying abroad/short visits and field trips abroad are subject to availability/change and additional fees apply.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course is a good mix of practical journalism and theory, taught by professional, friendly people in an environment that feels simultaneously welcoming and challenging

James Lambert, BA (Hons) Journalism, graduated 2014, now games reviewer and co-creator of The Reviewing Floor

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU015
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC preferably to include English, Media or related subject.
DMM in Media. 29 to include English at Higher level. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including a B in English or specified equivalents.

Portfolio

Additional Information: You may be required to submit a portfolio/show reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course).

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

A pass in the Access Diploma, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

Portfolio

Additional Information: You may be required to submit a portfolio/show reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course).

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 7.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

Portfolio

Additional Information: You may be required to submit a portfolio/show reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course).

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 7.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

I very much enjoyed my time on the Journalism course. There are regular visiting speakers from across all sectors, all of whom bring their own experiences and ideas, and work with students on projects. Last term, our year worked on CoventryTV, a new hyperlocal TV station

Matthew Duffy, BA (Hons) Journalism, graduated 2014, now Social Media and Marketing Volunteer for New Ideas Advocacy

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

I very much enjoyed my time on the Journalism course. There are regular visiting speakers from across all sectors, all of whom bring their own experiences and ideas, and work with students on projects. Last term, our year worked on CoventryTV, a new hyperlocal TV station

Matthew Duffy, BA (Hons) Journalism, graduated 2014, now Social Media and Marketing Volunteer for New Ideas Advocacy

Career prospects

We put employability at the front of the centre of the course and from the outset, aiming to prepare you for a potential future career in the media. The learning environment should recreate a working rolling news environment, with live assignments and deadlines; it is purposefully designed to try and equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a professional multi-platform newsroom.

We will provide you with guidance to find and produce real stories across different forms of media and our current industry accreditation* means that you should  be strongly supported when seeking work placements and internships**.

Meanwhile, by exploring journalism and communication skills you should have the opportunity to develop throughout the course and this should prepare you for a wide range of potential future careers in other areas, such as PR, social media content and marketing, politics, commercial business and publishing.

You should  benefit from field trips** and guest speakers who could  help you further your career. While our FAH Futures employment team is on hand, when available, to offer tailored support if you wish to seek to gain employment or look at professional practice opportunities within course-specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.

Coventry University’s accreditation with BTJC I shall be up for renewal in February 2022. Whilst Coventry University hopes and anticipates that any renewal would be successful, if the renewal were to be unsuccessful, this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students as soon as possible

**work placements/internships/field trips are subject to avaiabiltiy/change and additional fees.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates of the course have gone on to work for a range of broadcasters, newspapers, magazines and online outlets, including the BBC, Sky Sports, the Telegraph website and heat magazine.

£18K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DLHE 2014/15)

What our students say...

Having spent three years building my skills within the media industry, developing strong people skills and confidence, and gaining valuable experience both in class and doing work placements, I came out with a fantastic degree and started a job related to my interests within two weeks of finishing

Alex Maidment, BA (Hons) Journalism, graduated with a first in 2014, now Inbound Marketing Executive at Deeply Digital
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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University of the year for student experience
QS Five Star Rating 2019
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