Journalism and Media BA (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

TBC

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
6 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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

Course code:

TBC

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
6 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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

Course code:

AHU040

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
6 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £16,400

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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

Overview

It’s an exciting time to be studying Journalism and Media at Coventry as Coventry gears up to be the City of Culture 2021.

The Journalism and Media BA offers a focused approach to professional communications in a global context. We provide you with a thorough grounding in a range of key communication skills as required in media journalism and public relations and allied industries, in addition to an in-depth analysis of the landscape these professions now occupy. The course empowers you to be ambitious, informed, efficient practitioners who can add value to the communication needs of industries both in the UK and around the world. As such, this course seeks to prepare students for a wide range of professional opportunities globally.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

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

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Course information

Alongside the core skills of writing and designing a message, digital agility is a key part of Journalism and Media practice in the 21st century. Similarly, the global platforms enabled by technological innovation has elevated it to a world-wide level.

The Journalism and Media BA provides in-depth exploration of core traditional Journalism and Media skills and values, alongside a critical and comparative interrogation of the meaning of these internationally and the development of key competencies in the delivery of those skills.

Course content will begin with the cultural context of Journalism and Media processes in order to help you develop your understanding of how communication works and how you can develop your own skills. The course will then work to help you develop specific and specialist skills across print, digital and broadcast by employing a variety of simulated exercises and case study opportunities in order to develop a real-world understanding of the communications industries. In the final year, you have opportunities to explore specialist fields of communication in order to best prepare you for your future career.

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

First year modules provide a thorough grounding in the basic content, principles, methods and techniques of journalism and communications. Key to this is the development of written English skills for communication purposes and their application to specialist professional contexts in addition to the acquisition of digital skills for storytelling, including visual and audio techniques. It also includes an introduction to the core principles of journalism as practised in a UK context in order to provide a common base for international comparison.

Modules

  • The Reflexive Communicator

  • Introduction to Journalism

  • Digital Communication

  • Communication History

  • Introduction to Communication Practice

  • The Process of Communication

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 the 2nd year of the course emphasis moves to the study of theoretical interrogation of normative concepts associated with journalism and communication alongside an interrogation of the historical and regulatory context, in an international, comparative context. You will have the opportunity to undertake work experience, either in the UK or further afield. 2nd year modules therefore adopt a more systematic approach, examining competing explanations of change in the principal areas of the subject.

Modules

  • Journalism and Society

  • Professional Experience

  • Feature Writing

  • Ethical Communication

  • Communication in a Crisis

  • Optional modules

    • Public Relations and Social Media
    • Sport Journalism
    • Magazine 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 either a sandwich year, *studying abroad or a professional placement (subject to application, availability, additional costs and meeting applicable VISA requirements).

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

The 3rd year of the course encourages the development of independent and critical thinking, and seeks to promote your awareness of the commercial context of your practice. This will be accomplished via a series of problem- based case studies of businesses around the globe (Media Lab module) and your ability to develop your work via a Final Project or Dissertation. As such, in year 3, you will develop into an independent reflective practitioner, capable of applying your knowledge and skills to real-world, global scenarios and with the capacity to continue your own personal development beyond the confines of the classroom.

Modules

  • Planning you Project

  • Final Project or Dissertation

  • Media Lab

  • Optional modules

    • Entertainment and Lifestyle Journalism
    • Investigative Journalism and Political Reporting
    • Longform 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.

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.

In more detail...

This BA in Journalism and Media  will provide you with a thorough grounding in a range of key communication skills as required in media, journalism and public relations, in addition to in-depth analysis of the landscape these professions now occupy. In common with the BA in Journalism, this course seeks to empower you to be an ambitious, informed and efficient practitioner who can add value to the communication needs of industries both within and without the media.

As a primarily vocational course with a critical and analytical layer, BA Journalism and Media mixes theory and practice in an integrated format that allows you to immediately apply what you have learned, obtain feedback from both peers and lecturers, and then re-apply those skills in new ways. These strands are complemented by the use of reflective essays for assessment. This promotes a sophisticated integration of theory and practice which equips students with the life-long learning skills necessary to manage their own continual professional development needs beyond university.

Course assessment modes, both formative and summative, 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, public speaking and simulated management tasks.

By successfully completing the BA Journalism and Media course, you will have achieved the following Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the historical, philosophical, cultural, commercial and social practices (practitioners, theorists, practices) that have shaped, and continue to shape, global journalism and media practices.
  • Demonstrate sophisticated research skills to locate, collate, organise and utilise data from a variety of sources in order to critically analyse and understand the range of contemporary global communication forms and practice(s).
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with regards to policy and regulatory frameworks, adhering to professionally-defined codes of practice and industry standards, in the production of a range of products for a range of audiences.
  • Work independently and collaboratively on a range of projects in a variety of professional roles, demonstrating teamwork, negotiation, organisational and decision-making skills.
  • Develop a range of technical and creative skills that will enable them to inhabit a wide-range of roles in the contemporary media communication and Journalism industries.
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, creativity and the potential for continuing creative and professional development in an international arena.
  • Develop professional competencies in relation to corporate media and communications and strategic management, relevant to the global journalism and media industry.

This degree is underpinned by an ethos of the reflective practitioner; theory and practice are brought together in a critical engagement with social, cultural and professional processes, contextualised by an understanding of the varying environments in which media and journalism practitioners operate. By the end of the course, you will be expected to be able to find your own place within this global professional landscape, operating at a proficient level across a broad range of critical and practical competencies.

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

Intercultural and international engagement is an important and foregrounded component of the BA Journalism and Media  course, which will provide an international perspective on the practice of communication through: encouraging and facilitating (by assessment and support) the participation of international students in the course, through case studies and online international learning projects, by international field trips and the opportunity to undertake a Study Abroad year. The diverse course team composition with a number of staff with international backgrounds reinforces this international and intercultural commitment within the course.

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: AHU040
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
Minimum BBC preferably to include English, Media or related subject DMM in Media 29 points to include English at Higher Level Minimum 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 including English.

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.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall. 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:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall. 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

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

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 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 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (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

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £16,400 (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.

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.

Employability is embedded into the course in the following ways:

  • By the pedagogic approach of reflective practice which promotes critical engagement and continual professional development alongside skills development.
  • By opportunities to collaborate with peers and with employers both in the UK and internationally via real-life scenarios.
  • By opportunities to complete work experience as part of the module structure and as a sandwich year.

Our Add+Vantage scheme also seeks to enhance students’ skills and competencies for employment.

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.