B.A. Journalism with English Language

University of Portsmouth | Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Are you are interested in the technical structures of the English language, and using them to find and communicate a story to the public? Whether your goal is writing for magazines, newspapers or new media, you will learn the skills of journalism alongside linguistic study. We aim to help you become an ethical and reflective journalist, with significant knowledge of another subject.

Description of Journalism with English Language

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Put your skills into practice in our fully equipped newsroom
  • Benefit from studying under expert journalists with experience working on international, national, regional and online publications
  • Complete a ten-day journalism-based work placement
What opportunities might it lead to?

Portsmouth graduates have a good record of finding employment and the focus on our journalism course is on making you employable as a graduate journalist.
The University of Portsmouth is an approved exam centre for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), a body traditionally associated with the newspaper industry. Students have the opportunity to sit a number of NCTJ examinations, but applicants are advised that if they wish to complete all the NCTJ core examinations, they should apply to our BA (Hons) Journalism.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • editing magazines
  • working on fashion blogs
  • new media
  • public relations
  • further academic study

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Year one

In the first year there is a blend of practical and theoretical learning. You’ll begin practical training in the techniques of journalism, alongside units in theory, law and ethics relating to journalistic practice. Shorthand is also a core topic, and our training will enable you to reach speeds of 100 words per minute. You will also lay the groundwork for your linguistic study in the course.

You will study the following units:

  • Law for Journalists
  • Theories and Techniques in Journalism
  • Introduction to Studying Journalism
  • Copywriting and Web Editing
  • Language, Society and Mind
  • How Language Works

Year two

This year allows you to start specialising in the areas that interest you most. Choose to focus on specific media forms or writing styles alongside the study of the language they use.

You will study the following units:

  • An Introduction to Editorial Design
  • Visual Journalism
  • Meaning in English
  • Feature Writing

You will choose one option from:

  • Analysing Discourse
  • Forensic Linguistics

You will choose one further option from:

  • Sports Journalism
  • Ethical Issues in Modern Journalism
  • Learning from Experience

Year three

The final year offers you a range of options to choose from in both parts of your study. Depending on your interests, you also have the choice between a dissertation or undertaking a special exercise that boosts your journalistic skills.

You will study:

  • EITHER Dissertation OR Journalism Special Exercise
  • Writing and Producing Magazines

You will choose one option from:

  • Placements and Digital Portfolio
  • Press and Public Relations

You will choose one further option from:

  • Professional Communication
  • English in a Historical Perspective
  • Professional Communication 2
  • English in the World

English Language Requirements

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 with English Language

240-300 points from 3 A levels or equivalent, to include 100 points from A level English.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Work Experience for Journalism with English Language

No work experience is required.

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