BA (Hons) Journalism

Journalism at Winchester is a practical course providing an excellent grounding for a career in all areas of journalism including broadcast, print, periodical and e-journalism. Students study topics including politics, law, history, philosophy, literature and the arts.

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BA (Hons) Journalism at University of Winchester

UCAS codes: P500

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.

An A level A*-C pass is required in one of the following: English, Economics, Politics, Languages, Science or a related subject. A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

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 including 5 points at Higher Level

If English is not your first language:

Year1/Level 4: IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in writing) or equivalent

Selection process:

Suitable applicants are required to attend an interview

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
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 £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. 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 £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) 

For further details click here

Additional costs:

Mandatory 

  • Core texts: Students are required to purchase a law textbook. Cost £30
  • Placement: In Year 3, students are required to take a 15 day placement. Students are required to cover the cost of travel to their placement. Costs varies depending on travelling distance and mode of transport.

Optional

  • Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however we strongly recommend student's purchase their own books. In Year 3 students are required to buy 3 core text books. These texts can be bought from the university bookshop, which in recent years have been offered as a package deal. Students can also find hard copies/e-copies of these books in the library. Cost £30-£200 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

Textbooks

For students starting in September 2017, the following textbooks for the 1st year of study will be provided at no additional cost:  

  • History of Western Philosophy. Bertrand Russell
  • Essential English. Harold Evans (Revised Edition) 
  • McNae's Essential Law for Journalists. Mark Hanna and Mike Dodd 

Accreditation:

Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

Work placements:

Students are given support to help secure work placements during study. Every student is required to complete 15 days of placement.

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:

Student journalists won Best TV Newsday at the 2015 BJTC Awards. This is the fourth consecutive year the University has won this category.

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 students must apply by the end of March in their final year 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.

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

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. 

Practical training includes broadcasting production, web design, news and feature writing, plus other skills of contemporary journalism. It hones presentation and written skills, and ensures that graduates can keep up with the fast pace of 24-hour news and the newsroom.

There are opportunities to manage the news production process and coordinate teams undertaking the key newsroom tasks, initiating stories and gathering news information, writing copy, subediting and editing copy to produce news. Simulated news days form an important part of the learning experience but there are also opportunities to contribute to broadcast programmes and print publications within and outside the University.

There is a student-run online news resource - Winchester News Online (WINOL) - which provides campus news in addition to the latest news, politics and sport from Hampshire and the South East. The students' work in a simulated newsroom using the latest studio equipment, cameras and editing technology to produce radio, video and online reports.

There is an emphasis on the application of the scientific method to news reporting, to promoting the public understanding of science and to an understanding of matters relating to evidence, truth and justice.

The University is a member of the Innocence Network UK, and the course has an emphasis on law, the criminal justice system, public affairs and politics.

Students are supported to seek work placements during study and employment thereafter to assist in the process of a successful career in journalism.

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:

  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Media Law
  • History and Context of Journalism 1 and 2
  • Introduction to British Politics
  • Radio Production and Presentation
  • TV Production and Presentation
  • Political Journalism

Year 2

Core modules:

  • WINOL (1) Multimedia Reporting
  • History and Context of Journalism 3 and 4
  • WINOL (2) Advanced Multimedia Reporting

Year 3

Core modules:

  • WINOL (3) Multimedia Editing
  • Feature Writing and Social Media
  • Major Project/Documentary
  • Work Placement
  • Claiming the Truth - Documentary Films 
  • Media Law update

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: 564 hours
  • Independent learning: 636 hours

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

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 516 hours
  • Independent learning: 684 hours

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

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 564 hours
  • Independent learning: 516 hours
  • Placement: 120 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

The approach to this journalism course is based around the creation of a simulated real-life working news and sports production operation. The course uses all the technology of the social media age. This approach, together with very low staff-student ratios enables us to tailor the course to the individual needs and ambitions of particular students. At Winchester journalism students can specialise in magazine, consumer and fashion journalism, sports journalism, news, campaigning and investigative journalism; either online or on radio or TV and for magazines.

Programme Leader

Teaching team

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)*:

  • 74 per cent coursework
  • 25 per cent written exams
  • 1 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

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

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 66 per cent coursework
  • 13 per cent written exams
  • 21 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 go into print, broadcast and electronic media as reporters, producers and researchers. Support is given in seeking both work placements during study and employment thereafter to assist the process of a successful career in journalism.

Explore the graduate profiles for this course: Justina - News Assistant, ITN

For more information about graduate employment for the School of Media and Film department

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

Comments from employers, editors and other senior journalists on the quality of the course, the quality of work students are able to produce and their employment prospects are as follows:

“I had no idea that journalism students were doing things at this level. It is fantastic and I was completely blown away by the professionalism of the students' work.” - Laura Barton, senior feature writer, The Guardian.

“So impressive, all the students are so confident and competent. The students are so lucky to be in amongst such expert tutors who are so obviously in tune with what it is like to be in the workforce. And also the technology you have is amazing.” - Maria Milano, online editor, InStyle magazine (IPC magazines)

“Winchester (journalism) is a real replica of what goes on in the industry. A course and an environment like this is a real opportunity to experience the reality of working as a journalist, and so they are in a really good position to get jobs.” - Ian Anderson, BBC World Service Trust, former output editor BBC 10 O'Clock News.

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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