This degree is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in journalism.
Journalism education at City has a real-world emphasis.
This course prepares graduates for the best jobs in the sector. You will learn skills such as reporting a speech, presenting a radio news broadcast, interviewing and preparing page layouts on screen and producing news and feature stories. More than 5,000 alumni are working as journalists and media professionals in the UK and internationally.
City's Department of Journalism is regarded as a leader in its field, with an unrivalled record of getting graduates into the best jobs in journalism. We enjoy close links with those working in the media, many of whom give student lectures and workshops. Students have full access to our modern multimedia studios and newsrooms throughout their studies.
'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points. Typically gained from 'A' Level grades AAA. Other qualification combinations achieving 360 UCAS tariff points will be considered.
IB: 35 points.
GCSE: English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade C (or equivalent).
We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications, particularly those with relevant work experience and/or an access or foundation qualification.
If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.
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These courses offer a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.
IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Find out more about:
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Students talk about what it is like to study BA in Journalism
Our central London location, links to media and extensive alumni network serve as a great platform. Employers will always value a good university degree. It is important for you to choose the best degree course and to feel confident that you are joining a world-class network and a globally recognised brand.
Recent work experience and internships offered to our students include:
Recent graduates have found work at the BBC, BBC World Service, BBC Sport, The Sun, Metro, Associated Press, The Daily Express and Daily Star websites, the Cabinet Office Digital Media Team, the Economist Educational Foundation, Argus Media, Middle East Eye, The Stage and other websites and magazines in the UK and abroad.
It is also possible to spend a third year out doing placements or paid work in the journalism industry. Students who undertake the year out, thus completing a four-year degree, find it extremely useful, particularly for building experience and contacts.
You may have the option to spend your third year studying with one of our many foreign exchange partners in destinations including Canada, Australia, the US, Hong Kong, France, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
Students have use of extensive facilities including:
The spaces were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITM and students develop their professional skills in collaboration with academic and technical staff.
We offer a free language course for City University London students.
Journalism teaching has a practical emphasis. You will spend much of your time in small workshops learning skills such as reporting a speech, presenting a radio news broadcast, interviewing and preparing page layouts on screen.
During the three years of your BA Journalism degree you will produce news and feature stories regularly. As professional work experience is the key to getting a job in journalism, you are expected to arrange a variety of placements during your degree and we advise on setting this up.
Modules are taught through a combination of:
Assessment is weighted towards coursework, and coursework assignments are submitted weekly. Coursework is usually worth between 60 and 75 per cent of the overall module, and the examination worth 25 per cent, although this varies across modules. For the humanities courses such as politics and history, the assessment is split 50-50 between coursework and examination.
City's Journalism BA (Hons) course has a real-world emphasis. You will learn skills such as reporting a speech, presenting a radio news broadcast, interviewing and producing news and feature stories. You will spend time developing online skills, using the TV studio and making video packages. At the same time you will pursue academic studies relevant to journalism and you will be taught by a wide range of lecturers who are experts within their field.
Journalism students cover the basic principles of journalism, the history of journalism and politics and current affairs.
In the second year, Journalism students can also choose from a wide range of options such as visual journalism, data journalism, humanitarian communication, sports journalism, political scandals and shorthand.
Third year elective modules include:
Coursework includes news reports and features in all media formats, presentations, portfolio content, individual and group projects and essays. Some modules are assessed completely by coursework, while others require a combination of coursework and examination.
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