BA (Hons) Media, Communication and Journalism

Media, Communication and Journalism at Winchester allows students to study media and communication, with a specific focus on journalism. 

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BA (Hons) Media, Communication and Journalism at University of Winchester

UCAS code: P304

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2018 Entry: 104-120 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language:

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. For international students, the first year fee is £12,950. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students and £38,850 for International students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

2018 Entry Full-time £9,250 p/a.
Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)
UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938.

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)
International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.
**International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.Additional costs:

Optional

  • Field trips: Module leaders may choose to take students on short field trips. Student would be expected to cover the cost of travel to the field trip location. Maximum cost £30. 
  • Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Cost approximately £80 per academic year.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA

Work placements/work experience:

Students have the opportunity to undertake work placements to gain work experience.

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Fact:

Staff on the programme regularly publish books and articles on areas such digital technologies and education, drugs education, journalism and the financial crash, gangster films, gothic horror and zombies in popular culture.

Fact:

Open 24 hours a day, the Multimedia Centre offers outstanding industry- standard facilities including two HD TV studios with green screen, a newsroom, a computerised radio studio, and facilities for multi-track audio recording.

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible final year students must accept an offer of a place by the end of March and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

The programme focuses on journalism in the context of wider media and communication processes. Students use critical  academic perspectives to study journalism, media and communication  and develop practical solutions for work-relevant projects.

Year 1 is foundational and introduces the academic study of media, developing core skills and understanding in the use of media across a variety of contexts. There is a particular focus upon the impact of digital technologies as new and old media converge.

In Year 2, students take two core theory and research modules alongside other media and communication  students. They also take specialist modules exploring feature writing and current issues in journalism, as well  as choosing  from  a range of optional modules. Students use the Work Placement module to gain experience in newsrooms, freelancing, or in other industries relevant to journalism and media.

In the final year, students take a module in documentary and photojournalism and a module designed to provide preparation for working in magazine and periodical sectors. Students can produce a portfolio of articles, or undertake a conventional dissertation focusing on any aspect of media, communication or journalism, for the Extended Independent Study. Again, students tailor their learning by choosing from a variety of optional modules.

Facilities
Open 24 hours a day, the Multimedia Centre offers outstanding industry-standard facilities including two HD TV studios with green screens, a newsroom, a computerised radio studio, and facilities for multi-track audio recording. A wide range of equipment is available and the Centre is an Apple Certified Training Centre.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Key Concepts in Media and Communication
  • Media in the Twenty-first Century
  • Manipulating Media

Optional modules:

  • Image 1 and 2
  • Media Skills 1 and 2
  • Reading Film
  • Film History

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Exploring Media Theory
  • Methodologies in Media Research
  • Work Placement
  • Analysing Journalism
  • Feature Writing

Optional modules:

  • Undertaking Media Research
  • Volunteering
  • Community Media
  • Advertising and Branding
  • Games Cultures
  • Media Campaign Management
  • Media and the Making of the Modern World
  • Social Media
  • Popular Music and Society
  • Copywriting
  • Graduate Careers and Journalism
  • Podcasting: Theory and Practice
  • Playtime: Gamification and Making Work Fun

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Extended Independent Study
  • Working in Magazine Journalism
  • Documentary and Photojournalism

Optional modules:

  • Television Drama in Context
  • Consuming and Regulating Media
  • Crime Media Culture
  • Culture Jamming
  • Drugs Media Culture
  • Fantasy, Desire and Sexuality
  • The Male Body
  • Media and Education
  • Media Solutions
  • Media Spectacles
  • News Media War and Conflict
  • Politics and the Media
  • Contemporary Culture: Cyberculture
  • Popular Music Culture and Politics
  • The Zombie Apocalypse
  • Audio Cultures
  • Contemporary Culture: Post-modern Culture
  • Radio and Development
  • Social Media Advertising and Branding

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Student learning is based upon a mix of highly innovative teaching strategies which include working to real life project briefs in teams and traditional approaches based around lectures and seminars. There is a strong focus on the convergence of old and new media including social networking.

Programme Leader

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 78 per cent coursework
  • 16 per cent written exams
  • 6 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 80 per cent coursework
  • 7 per cent written exams
  • 13 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 87 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 13 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates work within journalism, media management, social media, public relations, fashion and advertising. The programme also fosters a key set of flexible skills that are relevant to a wide range of careers in communication work, HR business, education, management and public service.

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future-what will yours be?

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement

Employability 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

Course Enquiries and Applications

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International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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