Journalism and English BA (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

PQ53

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

PQ53

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHU060

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

Journalism and English BA (Hons) is designed for people who love words and writing. The Course enables you to explore the theory and practice of journalism alongside an exploration of major literary periods and key linguistic frameworks.

It is a course for students who are interested in Journalism, English Literature and English Language in equal measure The journalism modules focus on news and feature-writing, online media and questions of ethics in mediated societies. There are a number of optional modules available, designed to offer students the ability to engage in specialisms including investigative, political and entertainment journalism and public relations.

There is a broad range of English modules embedded throughout the course. In addition to the mandatory English modules, literature options typically include such areas as the role of literature in society, modernism and different literary genres. English Langauge options typically include study of the language of digital media, the role of English in globalisation, and an examination of discourses of power.

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.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Global ready

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Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

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Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

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Course information

The BA (Hons) Journalism and English is designed for people who love words and writing. The Course enables you to explore the theory and practice of journalism alongside an exploration of major literary periods and key linguistic frameworks.

It is a course for students who are interested in Journalism, English Literature and English Language in equal measure. The journalism modules focus on news and feature-writing, online media and questions of ethics in mediated societies. There are a number of optional modules available, designed to offer students the ability to engage in specialisms including investigative, political and entertainment journalism and public relations. There is a broad range of English modules embedded throughout the course. In addition to the mandatory English modules, literature options typically include such areas as the role of literature in society, modernism and different literary genres. English Langauge options typically include study of the language of digital media, the role of English in globalisation, and an examination of discourses of power.

This course prepares you for a changing work landscape heavily influenced by the need for advanced communication, organisation, team working, digital and creative skills. To that end, the course offers you the opportunity to learn through the creation of digital artefacts (e.g. online magazines, vlogs, blogs, podcasts), through field trips, and through an optional Professional Placement or Study Abroad year. Employability is a strong feature of the course and is addressed specifically in dedicated modules at all levels. Graduates can pursue a higher study at master’s level or choose a number of career paths within the Media, Digital, Creative, Cultural, Literary and Communication industries.

Modules

Overview

During the first year, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of language, literature and stylistics, as well as the core areas of Journalism. Practical sessions and workshops will help you develop the varying specialist skills required to produce print and online publications, as well as general techniques for interviewing and assembling recorded information.

In addition, you will create your own personal website during your first semester on the course which you will populate and curate throughout their degree. Training on this is embedded into first year modules. This scales upwards in terms of assessment through the levels, as different assessment forms output to the website throughout the degree journey. By the end of the course, you will have a professional-looking outward-facing website to show to prospective employers and demonstrate the breadth of their learning experience.

Modules

  • Introduction to Journalism: News

  • Discourse and Digital Media

  • The Reflexive Communicator

  • Approaches to Literature for English

  • Communication History

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 your second year, you’ll be introduced to the changing face of journalism. We focus on news reporting and various forms of niche and specialist journalism, such as lifestyle journalism, sports writing, health and politics reporting. We consider relative news values, how news is constructed and how online and social media markets are having a greater impact on the way news is presented to audiences.

As a second year student, you will be tasked with producing a portfolio of assigned and self-generated news articles specific to news genres, assessing independent work practice, adaptability, range of writing and understanding of professional standards.

In the second year can also choose one optional specialist journalism module from a choice of three 20-credit options.

Modules

  • Feature Writing

  • Journalism and Society

  • Professional Experience

  • Language and New Media

  • The Victorians and Empire

  • Optional modules:

    • Modernism
    • Public Relations and Social Media
    • Stylistics

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 either a Professional Placement year or a Study Abroad Year (subject to application, availability, additional costs and meeting applicable VISA requirements).

Modules

  • Professional Placement Year

Overview

The third year of your studies culminates in a dissertation through which you pursue and research an idea or phenomenon that fires up your own interests. You will also produce: a portfolio of self-generated themed journalism, assessing a range of writing, investigative capacity, strategic decision-making, independent work practice, and applicability of professional standards.

In the third year you can also choose one from three 20-credit specialist journalism optional modules and one of two final project/dissertation module choices (40 credits of options).

Modules

  • Journalism as Literature

  • Language, Identity and Power

  • Planning your Project

  • Add+Vantage

  • Optional modules:

    • Entertainment and Lifestyle Journalism
    • Investigative Reporting and Political Reporting
    • Longform Journalism
    • Utopias and Dystopias
    • Final Project
    • Dissertation

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.

In more detail...

  • The opportunity to study at a university which has been ranked 15th UK University (Guardian 2020) and University of the Year for Student Experience (Good University Guide 2019) as well being awarded the highly-coveted Gold Award for Teaching (TEF 2017).
  • Embedded employability – whether that’s utilising our links with employers nationally, where students have gone on internships at the New York Times, social media content agencies, in marketing and public relations, video editing in New York and Sky; or via the option to take a year out of your studies to achieve either a Professional Placement or Study Abroad year, spending a year abroad or in a year-long professional placement (subject to additional costs, application, availability and meeting any applicable visa requirements).
  • You will have opportunities to attend field trips to places like Amsterdam, visiting professional media outlets and field trips to relevant companies (subject to additional costs, availability and meeting any applicable visa requirements).
  • You will have access to professional broadcast equipment via our dedicated Media Loan Shop and studios. Extensive specialist resources include a wireless suite of newsrooms, TV studio, video editing suite and radio studio. Practice in experimental techniques such as VR and Augmented Reality.
  • Coming to study in a hugely diverse city which has been awarded the title of City of Culture 2021, meaning huge local investment and the chance to capitalise on the vibrant range of opportunities which this status will present in the run up, during and after the event, epitomised in the ten-year Cultural Strategy for Coventry.

The course will:

  • Inspire enthusiasm for the study of the Journalism, English Literature and English Language and their overlapping interdependencies
  • Provide a critical overview of the major linguistic sub-disciplines as well as the history and nature of the English Language, and its application to both literary and journalistic production
  • Promote the understanding and critical analysis of linguistics, media discourse, literary and non-literary texts, and written, spoken and digital texts, with a focus on how they interrelate, with attention to media discourse and ethics, cultural representation and mediated societies
  • Provide a critical overview and introduction to normative journalism practice
  • Provide a basis for further study in English and Journalism related subjects
  • Develop a range of subject-specific and generic skills of value in graduate employment, including high-order critical, analytic and research skills, and advanced competence in oral and written communication
  • Enable you to develop constructive working relationships with others
  • Enable you to develop and demonstrate, through the study of Language, Literature and Journalism, inter-cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity and responsibility
  • Enable you to adapt to a wide range of different tasks, including demonstrating the ability to initiate their own projects and investigations

Teaching and learning methods employed across the course as a whole include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials devoted to regular formative assessments, study trips devoted to experiential learning and taught sessions in a range of locations outside of the classroom, online working and research, self-directed study and group/ collaborative work. You will be helped and guided towards demonstrating the intended learning outcomes on all modules through formative work, which will include a mixture of both verbal, written and online exercises and assessments.

Journalism and English BA (Hons) incorporates the six pillars of the Coventry University Education Strategy 2015-21 in the following manner:
• Research-inspired (and research-led) teaching is embedded in the course through academic expertise derived from research activity and publications, including active involvement with national and international scholarly organisations and conferences. Coventry University Faculty Research Centres to which Literature, Language and Journalism staff are either already aligned or to which they have applied for associate membership include C-DARE, Post-Digital Cultures and Visual Arts Research. Staff on the course include current journalist-practitioners at national and international level. Staff are also members of many discipline and subject associations, including The National Union of Journalists, International Association of Literary Semantics, The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, The British Association for Romantic Studies, the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, the International James Joyce Foundation, the British Association of Modernist Studies, the Science Fiction Foundation, the Renaissance Society of America, the Shakespeare Association of America, the British Shakespeare Association, the British Association of Applied Linguistics, the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes, and the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. Many of the modules on the course will be taught by staff who will be teaching their own research interests. Nonetheless, the course team are well aware that their own research is only a part of what is necessary to achieve a genuinely research-inspired and research-led course and developing students as researchers is at the forefront of many assessments, including various portfolios and projects, and in the mock conference at which students who choose this option will present a conference paper of their work in progress on the Dissertation module. Successful students will develop critical analysis and problem-solving skills as a result of their original research projects.

• Embedded employability will be delivered across modules, and in particular those dedicated modules at each level – specifically Introduction to Journalism and Planning Your Project – dedicated to employability in order to develop skills and core competencies that employers are looking for: communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organisation, self-management and digital competence. These skills will be further enhanced through international or national professional experience as part of an optional placement year. Development of a Domain of One’s Own personal website will provide all students with fundamental skills in website design and content management systems (CMS). Journalism and media-specific employability is particularly addressed though the numerous mandatory and optional practical journalism modules.

• Creativity and enterprise will be delivered through project-based working, and the development of an outward-facing, online portfolio of work cognisant with professional core competencies. Many unusual and innovative assessments will draw on and develop your creative capacities, including assignments requiring you to select and present materials for anthologies, develop digital artefacts such as a vlog or wiki, or prepare and present a poster. In addition, you will gain a greater awareness of creativity and entrepreneurship through organising and hosting outward-facing events with appeal to diverse audiences. You also have the ability to access university entrepreneurial support services, including the Enterprise Hub. You will be encouraged and facilitated to produce journalism assignments which can subsequently be published elsewhere, either online via their DoOO site, or via professional media outlets.

• Intercultural and international engagement will be delivered through engagement in COIL projects with partner institutions, and extensive course-specific engagement with international anglophone literatures, multilingualism and World Englishes – such foci within the course should provide multiple opportunities for developing partnerships with institutions, courses, faculty and students abroad. Previous COIL projects have included collaborations with students at University of León and the University of Clermont-Ferrand. You will be actively engaged with international students across the university and beyond, as well as having the opportunity to pursue an optional study-abroad year at the end of your second year. You will also engage with global current affairs and international media practices through a focus on global media and its ethics. You will have the option to attend international field trips.

The course attracts a diverse cohort of students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities and contains a specific focus on embedding diversity concerns within modules. Students from the course have led research into BAME attainment, and pursued portfolios of journalism on topics relating to race, gender and ethnicity.

• Community contribution and responsibility will be delivered through a mandatory final-year module on which students will work towards putting on a public-facing event / exhibition. It should be noted that many of the approaches and topics taught and developed on the course will contribute towards your sense of ethical responsibility and openness to otherness, including media representation, feminism, post-colonialism, critical race theory, linguistic imperialism and linguistic variation. In practical journalism modules, you will have the ability to engage with the public as part of their professional development and practice.

• Innovation and digital fluency is embedded in the course through use of the latest databases and software packages for the study of both literature and language, including for the purposes of genuinely student-led research (as in the use of databases from the Gale-Cengage Historical Texts package and the British Academic Spoken English (BASE) and the British Academic Written English (BAWE) corpora amongst others). You will also develop a Domain of One’s Own personal website, developing it throughout each level of the course through a range of formative and summative assessments within which your journalistic work will be featured. To introduce you to the Domain of One’s Own right at the beginning of the degree, you will have introductory workshop sessions with trained staff, who will be available for continuing support as required. Training in web management and industry-relevant software also forms part of the digital strategy for this course.

You will be encouraged to actively participate and engage in the course through:

• A focus on active and collaborative learning by means of an emphasis on ’doing’ as opposed to ‘learning about’. You will carry out research projects, individually and in groups, as well as create your own website which you will develop throughout the course
• A level of choice (of optional modules and research projects) as well as ownership (of your website and of the event you will put on in your final year)
• Feeling you belong to a learning community which includes fellow students as well as tutors and other staff

Course assessment modes, are designed to be useful and have a positive impact for you as they can be utilised for employment opportunities and/or further study.
The assessments also promote a range of skills and competencies by the form of presentation demanded of students, this includes the traditional academic essay which necessitates a sophisticated engagement with academic writing, but also the practice of reflective writing, writing for professional communication, digital communication and news, public speaking and simulated management tasks. Online magazines, vlogs, blogs, podcasts are also typical forms of course assessment.

Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which will be clearly set out on all project briefs. Assessment forms vary and include: essays, reports, presentations (individual and group), original creative writing, projects and the dissertation.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of English literary works and genres, language in common usage and journalism genres.
2. Demonstrate competence and critical engagement with a range of forms of journalism practice.
3. Develop a broad understanding of the history, evolution, spread, and nature of the English language and how in mediated societies, it can vary and change according to context, identity and social interaction.
4. Critically analyse a variety of media forms and tools used in the public sphere.
5. Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse works of journalism, media, fiction and non-fiction, interrogate and evaluate the arguments and theories of others and to formulate and construct critical arguments of one’s own.
6. Demonstrate a range of intercultural competences, including knowledge of a variety of world events, literatures and mediated societies and recognise how language underpins intercultural interactions and transactions.
7. Use advanced communication skills, both written and oral, in various social and professional contexts, and across various media landscapes including in person, in print and online.
8. Utilise digital tools and technologies to practise original subject-based research and demonstrate the ability to be active, engaged participants in the era of online communication.
9. Be independent, critical researchers who are able to effectively navigate and interpret information, make use of evidence, and communicate findings.
10. Develop the required knowledge and skills acquired on the course which are applicable to a range of post-graduate study and/or employment opportunities commensurate with their individual aspirations.

 

In a typical teaching week, you will have approximately 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.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.
As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods

Our course is designed to reflect the increasingly international context of media and culture; this is reflected strongly in the course curriculum in the collaborative projects conducted with leading European universities in second year.

You will be given opportunities to engage with international students at home and abroad. For example, previous first year students collaborated online with students from Mexico to discuss shared intercultural interests, create joint assessed digital projects and reflect on their international experience.

We strongly encourage you to broaden your theoretical, cultural and practical references, providing opportunities to broaden your horizons by living, studying or working abroad on Professional Placement or Study Abroad Year. For example, you can study English at Limoges in France or teach English in Malta or China. There are volunteering opportunities to mentor overseas students in Coventry as ‘English buddies’ and invitations to attend scholarly talks by overseas visitors. We also offer a range of short visits and field trips abroad, which are reviewed annually.

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.
Please note that all international field trips and study abroad or placement opportunities may be subject to additional fees, application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements.

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 2018/19, we provided a total of 5,469 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 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


12

global programmes

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

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU032
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DMM 29 points Minimum five GCSES / graded 9-4 including English.

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

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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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 2021

£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 2021

TBC (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£17,700 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

This course is designed to prepare you for any career that involves the use of language and particularly those professions where communication and journalism dominate: the media and cultural industries, primary and secondary education, public relations, marketing and advertising. You’ll also be able to consider working as a freelance independent communicator, writer or media producer.

Employability is a strong feature of the course and is addressed specifically in dedicated modules at all levels. Graduates can also pursue a higher study at master’s level or choose a number of career paths within the Media, Digital, Creative, Cultural, Literary and Communication industries. This course prepares you for a changing work landscape heavily influenced by the need for advanced communication, organisation, team working, digital and creative skills. To that end, the course offers you the opportunity to learn through the creation of digital artefacts (e.g. online magazines, vlogs, blogs, podcasts), through field trips, and through an optional placement year or study-abroad year.

Our Talent Team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries.

Graduates have gone on to work within teaching, public relations and journalism. Many also go on to pursue Master’s level degrees at Coventry and also elsewhere in the UK and the USA. Because the course also develops other abilities, such as thinking critically and analytically and researching, collating and organising data, a number of previous students have gone on to find responsible positions as financial specialists, HR managers or press officers in companies such as Air Products, Tesco or Deutsche Bank.

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 2020/21 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 tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.