Join a hands-on journalism course where you benefit from the technical knowledge and experience of one of the most progressive teaching teams in the country
Access outstanding industry-standard facilities in our Multimedia Centre, including two HD TV studios with green screens, a newsroom, and a computerised radio studio
Gain valuable experience and boost your employment opportunities on excellent industry placements, which have included the BBC, ITV and Sky in recent years
Broaden your horizons and explore opportunities to study abroad in the USA and Japan
Would you like to be a skilled writer/producer who becomes a trusted source of information and insight on the entertainment industry?
In recent years the University of Winchester has built a strong reputation for its journalism. Entertainment Journalism is an exciting branch of this field that reports on popular culture and where it pays to back-up sound technical knowledge of how to research, source and construct a story with professional connections.
On our new Entertainment Journalism programme you will follow the live production model that has been so successful in the BA Journalism programme. You will take on the role of entertainment reporters for Winchester News Online (Winol), covering a variety of local/national stories for publication/broadcast on multiple digital platforms.
Whether you are writing feature profiles of celebrities, reviewing the latest ‘watercooler’ TV series or hosting an arts review podcast you will learn how to breathe life into a story. You will develop your knowledge of social media, video and digital journalism and understand best practice in the current media landscape. You may even find yourself trying to catch celebrities on the red carpet at glitzy awards ceremonies.
You will be in good company. Our teaching team of filmmakers, journalists, editors, producers, feature writers and cameramen has extensive professional experience in this area. One of our lecturers has interviewed many of the world’s leading celebrities and covered the Oscars, Grammys and Brits for Sky News and ITV. You will also be able to draw on the expertise of staff from our music and film departments and take relevant modules from these disciplines. This in-depth subject knowledge will complement the practical skills you gain from the journalism modules.
The three-year programme includes a fascinating range of core modules from TV and Radio Production and Presentation to Digital Entertainment Reporting, Longform Journalism and Media Law. In Year 1, you take a module in Film Criticism which introduces you to the academic study of film through an analysis of mainstream, Anglophone, contemporary cinema. In Year 2, you study a Music Video module where you learn to reflect upon existing music videos and the extent to which they are successful in their production. As part of your final year you explore the craft of telling stories that really make the audience care in a module entitled Claiming the Truth – Documentary Films.
You graduate equipped with the tools you need to succeed in the competitive world of entertainment journalism. Graduates go on to work for some of the UK’s biggest media companies, including major newspaper groups, PR companies and the wider communications industries.
Our graduates are employed at all the major broadcasters (BBC, ITV, Sky) and many of the UK’s leading publications (The Sunday Times, The MailOnline, The Sun, InStyle, The Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, The Independent, NME, The New Statesman, and The Guardian).
Graduates enter roles within Entertainment Journalism: VJ (Video Journalism), MoJo (Mobile Journalism), Data Journalism, Online Journalism, Social Media Journalism, Feature Journalism, Podcasting, Commentating, Presenting.
94% of our 2016/17 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey).
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.
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.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Suitable for applicants from:
UK, EU, World
Students are given support to help secure work placements during study. Every student is required to complete 15 days of placement during Year 3.
Learning and teaching
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.
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.
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: 228 hours
- Independent learning: 972 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
- Independent learning: 948 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 144 hours
- Independent learning: 936 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.
Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester
All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.
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)*:
- 87% coursework
- 13% written exams
- 0% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
- 100% coursework
- 0% written exams
- 0% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
- 87% coursework
- 13% written exams
- 0% practical exams
*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.
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.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures
2020 Entry: 104-120 points
2021 Entry: 104-120 points
A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.
International Baccalaureate: 104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 (including 5.5 in writing) or equivalent.
Course Enquiries and Applications
Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023
Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days
Year 1 (Level 4)
|Introduction to Journalism||30|
This module provides an introduction to the media industries and the role of journalism in providing valuable commercial content for these businesses. At the same time it allows the student to amass certain preparatory skills and familiarity with media production systems and equipment. There are two main objectives for this module: for students to produce a short feature based on a journalistic organisation; and secondly to master the basics of news writing.
The media law module covers the basic curriculum of practical legal knowledge required by professional journalists. Topics covered include libel, contempt of court, copyright, and privacy. The module also covers the regulatory framework in which UK journalism, emphasising practical application through field trips to courts and the local authorities.
This module introduces students to the academic study of film through the analysis of mainstream contemporary cinema. Certain concepts, theories and critical paradigms central to Film Studies will be outlined. These will include notions relating to genre and to star study, the debates attending film authorship and critical and theoretical work that draws upon psychoanalysis and feminism. Students will in addition be introduced to the concepts of semiotics and ideology, and to matters pertaining to spectatorship and audience reception.
|Radio Production and Presentation||15|
This module builds on the introductory module in semester one and moves on to establish a routine of weekly news reporting resulting as solo audio packages mixing reportage and script reading with interviews and other gathered sound material.
|TV Production and Presentation||15|
This module builds on the introductory module in semester one and moves to the student completing a solo video package mixing reportage and script reading with interviews and other material. Work will be assessed according to legal and ethical frameworks and recognised industry best practice.
This module will provide an overview of longform journalism as it relates to a number of different types of publications, primarily: newspapers, magazines and other periodicals (both in print and online). It will cover the different types of feature - providing students with an understanding of the differing approaches to structure, language and style as well as the relationship between those types and a range of publications. The module will also look at the importance of social media and how it has transformed journalism. It will consider the use of the various social media platforms as newsgathering tools and as ways of promoting stories. It will also consider how social media competes with the conventional media.
Year 2 (Level 5)
|Digital Reporting (1)||45|
Students work within a variety of specified roles generating content as reporters and feature writers/producers to produce a weekly live online publication – Winchester News Online. They work under the general supervision of third year students who perform a variety of executive and management roles on the same project. The online journal is updated weekly (and daily within specified periods) and so the students work in ‘shifts’ around the week, enabling them to carry on with the rest of their studies constituting the degree programme.
This module focuses on the convergent media form of music video which combines music and sound with visuals that are often creative, abstract, stylised and experimental. The core of music video is having an achievable idea that will complement and promote a musical artist’s work. Concepts of viral marketing will be explored and the delivery mechanisms discussed will be understood to exist in the online domain. However, the historical nature of music video television will also be analysed to provide a cultural and industry context.
|Digital Reporting (2)||45|
Following on from Digital Reporting (1), work on the project is designed to integrate, consolidate and advance all previous learning in practical modules.
Social media and web 2.0 software applications such as social networking tools, wikis, blogs, video sharing sites and other collaborative software available over the internet have had a considerable impact upon how people and organisations interact. Social media is often understood as a media form that enables the user production and dissemination of content. This module introduces students to the academic study of social media from within a humanities and social scientific framework. Furthermore, it will expand student’s capabilities in using social media and encourage them to recognise how social media can be used in a variety of contexts.
Students will be introduced to key debates surrounding social media including the ‘long tail’, privacy, copyright, collective intelligence and the wisdom of crowds and the various business models that underpin social media.
Year 3 (Level 6)
|Digital Reporting (3)||30|
Students work within a variety of specified roles directing and editing the production of content to publish a weekly live online publication – Winchester News Online. The pattern of work is similar to work on the live production during year two of the course, but in this phase students are required to carry out different roles and to work at a higher standard and more independently.
|Major Project in Journalism||60|
For the Major Project students work independently to produce a documentary or equivalent (such as a suite of feature articles). Students are also required to undertake a period of work-based learning in line with the university’s approved procedures for work based learning and placements.
|Media Law update||15|
This module supplements the study of principles and statutes developed at Level Four with the analysis of current cases and recent precedents both in the courts and in the findings of key regulatory bodies such as OFCOM. It will provide you with the skills to continually update your knowledge throughout your career through the examination of cases in this rapidly changing field.
|Claiming the Truth - Documentary Films||15|
This module will discuss some of the most important traditions in documentary films and consider ways in which the ideas and concepts associated with these traditions can be applied in contemporary projects. It will consider the relationship of documentary to re-presenting ‘reality’, and it various ‘truth claims’. Taught by a range of Lectures, it will encompass documentary production in its changing social and historical contexts, and across some of its different distribution platforms, and deal with current debates about documentary ethics and aesthetics. You will then be given an opportunity to apply your own practical production skills in the development of a short documentary project.
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.
Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.
2020 Course Tuition Fees
|Optional Sandwich Year||£700||£700|
|Total with Sandwich Year||£28,450||£41,200|
If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2020, the first year will cost you £9,250*. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU 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. 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.
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 £6,935.
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 £112.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,687.
*The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.
As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.
There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:
Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however we strongly recommend student's purchase their own books. Students can find hard copies/e-copies of these books in the library. Indicative cost is £30-£200 per academic year.
Core texts: Students are required to purchase two books.
- Essential English for Journalists, Editors and Writers by Harold Evans
- McNae's Essential Law for Journalists by Mark Hanna and Mike Dodd
Indicative cost is £40.
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.
Printing and Binding: We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.
Course specific bursaries/scholarships
We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.
Key course details
- UCAS code
- 3 years full-time
- Typical offer
- 104-120 points
- On campus, Winchester