B.A. Journalism with English Language

University of Portsmouth

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2014
Duration full-time: 36 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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

Contents

Year one

In the first year there is a blend of practical and theoretical learning. Youll 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

Requirements

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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

75 (Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) 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.

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

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Accreditation

National Council for the Training of Journalists

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