B.A. Journalism and the News Industry

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  • 36 months
  • GBP12890 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
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University of Kent | Chatham, United Kingdom
In this prestigious, professionally accredited programme, you study for an honours degree that includes history, politics and law while completing the National Council for the Training of Journalists' Diploma in Journalism and learning radio, television and online skills.
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Description of Journalism and the News Industry

Journalism is fascinating, rewarding and influential. In a world hungry for information about issues ranging from global warming to fashion and from armed conflict to football, the ultra-competitive modern media market needs versatile, multimedia journalists with cutting-edge academic and vocational skills and a highly developed awareness of ethics.

In this prestigious, professionally accredited programme, you study for an honours degree that includes history, politics and law while completing the National Council for the Training of Journalists' Diploma in Journalism and learning radio, television and online skills.

Tutors include working reporters and columnists, former editors of national newspapers, radio and television programmes and magazines, network broadcasters and web publishers. Their professional expertise is reinforced by excellent academic teaching by leading historians, political scientists and lawyers.

The course is based in state-of-the-art newsrooms complete with dedicated radio and television studios, editing and production facilities. From the outset, you learn to write and report in text, on air and for the internet. Work placements with the KM Group are guaranteed and placements in other news organisations are also available.

Careers

Possible careers could include newspaper, broadcast and online reporting and other editorial roles in the news industry or in communications roles for charities, NGOs and campaign groups or political parties.

This degree prepares you to work across the broadcast, print and online media. The skills you acquire include working under pressure to strict deadlines, writing accurate, balanced reports and analysing complex material. You learn to communicate with non-specialised audiences and to present your opinion coherently and with passion. These skills are highly prized by employers in many fields.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline You are advised to apply as early as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 12890 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)

Start date September  2015
Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Credits 360 Kent credits
Duration full-time 36 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Stage 1

Possible modules may include:

  • JN001 - Shorthand - NCTJ Certificate Year 1
  • JN002 - Conference Year 1
  • JN300 - History of Journalism
  • JN301 - Reporting and Writing I
  • JN302 - British Government and Politics
  • JN303 - Principles and Practices of Convergent Journalism I
  • JN013 - NCTJ Public Affairs (UG)

Stage 2

Possible modules may include:

  • JN014 - Reporting
  • JN511 - Freedom of Expression, the Law and the Media
  • JN500 - Power without Responsibility - Media Power and Media Consumption in B
  • JN501 - Principles and Practice of Convergent Journalism II
  • JN502 - Reporting and Writing II
  • JN003 - Conference Year 2
  • JN004 - Shorthand - NCTJ Certificate Year 2
  • JN005 - Media Law - NCTJ Certificate Year 2

Stage 3

Possible modules may include:

  • JN006 - News Writing Clinic
  • JN007 - Shorthand - NCTJ Certificate Year 3
  • JN008 - Conference Year 3
  • JN503 - Journalism Project
  • JN504 - Principles and Practices of Convergent Journalism III
  • JN031 - Reporting 3
  • JN512 - Sports Journalism
  • JN513 - Political Reporting
  • JN021 - Broadcast Journalism 3
  • JN025 - Video Journalism PG
  • JN027 - Production Journalism 3
  • JN029 - Media Court Reporting 3
  • JN505 - Reporting the Environment
  • JN506 - Advanced Multimedia Storytelling
  • JN508 - Communication and Humanitarianism
  • JN509 - Reporting Conflict
  • JN510 - Depiction of the Journalist in Fiction 1915

English Language Requirements

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6.5
CAE score
193(Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Journalism and the News Industry

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification / Typical offer/minimum requirement
  • A level

ABB including at least two, preferably three, in traditional academic subjects such as English, Mathematics, History, Politics, Chemistry and modern languages plus admissions test and selective interview

  • GCSE

English and Mathematics at grade C

  • Access to HE Diploma

The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

The university will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.

  • International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 16 points at HL including Mathematics 4 at HL or SL plus admissions test and selective interview

International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements.

Work Experience for Journalism and the News Industry

No work experience is required.

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