Journalism BA (NCTJ accredited)
About the course
This programme is an ideal launch-pad for anyone hoping to embark on a career in journalism in the digital age. The course offers rigorous and demanding training in news writing, Teeline shorthand, public affairs and law, plus a work placement.
You will also learn how to edit and package for a range of journalism formats with an emphasis on cross-media platforms and hand-held technology. Complementing practical and contextual skills will be a deeper interrogation of ethical, historical and theoretical debates about journalism.
A hallmark of our delivery is our close association with the National Council for the Training of Journalists, who accredit our BA and MA Journalism programmes. We will be delivering essential NCTJ training alongside broader contextual and critical elements to ensure you are best placed to navigate your way through this dynamic and demanding craft.
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The programme aims to:
- provide the necessary journalistic skills and knowledge to equip students for a career in journalism
- provide a broad education in journalism, in the context of a critical understanding of the UK’s general business, organisational, governmental and legal environment
- help you gain core transferable skills of IT, effective communication, leadership, self-management and interpersonal skills to the standards required by journalism and media employers
- deliver journalism education and training which is provisionally accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and lead to a NCTJ Diploma recognised by all major news journalism employers
- enable a critical understanding of the ethical, social and production constraints under which journalistic practice operates
- provide an opportunity via work-based learning for the development of skills in personal responsibility and initiative.
Department of Social Sciences, Media and Communications
College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
Brunel University London
Tel +44 (0)1895 265502 or 267273
At Level One you will gain essential skills in news writing, shorthand and audio journalism as you learn about the history of the craft of journalism. You will also be introduced to some of the ethical dilemmas that journalists come across every day. You will learn about and get practical experience in reporting, news production and feature writing.
At Level Two you will learn about law and the media, as well as reporting the politics of our government, on EU and other global institutions. You will gain an understanding of how journalists hold public officials to account in local government institutions. On a practical level, you will gain experience in putting together video reports, developing video journalism skills, producing pages for print and online media. You will do this against a backdrop of critical work around the theories of journalism.
At Level Three you will undertake major pieces of self-directed journalism and a dissertation, as well as working on a multimedia group journalism project and developing your knowledge of media law. You will also further acquire skills in online journalism and real-world journalism experience.
The BA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
News Reporting and Production
Data Gathering for Journalists
Journalism Professionalism and Ethics
Early News Writing to Citizen Journalism
Law and the Media
Video Journalism for Online
Reporting UK Local Government
UK, European and Global Institutions
Understanding Journalism: Core Concepts and Issues
Online Journalism Entrepreneurialism
Crime Courts and the Media
Journalism in the Digital Age
Analysis of Professional Journalism Experience
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and what you will learn on the course.
- Diversity: Brunel’s journalism team works closely with the NCTJ and is committed to diversity. The NCTJ runs a diversity fund, which has been set up by those in the industry who want to join together to support the training of journalists from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds. Bursaries are on offer for those with the potential to succeed in one of the most exciting and rewarding careers around. For more information, visit www.journalismdiversityfund.com.
- We have our own creative writing journal dedicated to the publication of students’ work.
- We offer the opportunity to undertake a work placement.
- The course has a strong emphasis on digital technology and multi-platform journalism.
- The location of the University is within easy reach of London and the West End, the British Library, museums and other research centres of national and international importance.
The course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
Facts and Figures
College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
The College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences at Brunel includes Single and Joint Honours degree courses in English, Music and Creative Music Technology, Film and Television Studies and Modern Drama. Our staff are active in both research and practice, and provide expertise in a wide range of topics.
Our undergraduate programmes are designed to sharpen creative and analytical skills, develop confidence in working in teams and in problem-solving techniques. Each programme develops basic skills within its discipline but allows you to explore your own particular interests through a range of optional modules.
Research conducted by staff provides the basis for much of our teaching, ensuring that modules are connected to debates and issues that are current within these four interdisciplinary areas.
Teaching and Assessment
You will learn the fundamental skills of journalism in our new state-of-the art, multi-platform digital newsroom and broadcast facilities, using industry standard hardware and software.
You will be taught by experienced senior journalists with a strong track record in training and education.
You will be assessed in a range of ways including practical coursework, essays, presentations, exams, reflective reports and a dissertation.
Our undergraduate programmes are designed to sharpen creative and analytical skills and develop confidence in working in teams and in problem-solving techniques.
Aside from careers in journalism, employment in other sectors such as communications, public relations, policy, production, business and the non-governmental and charity sectors is also possible due to the transferable nature of the skills and knowledge provided.
We are highly mindful of the shortage of production journalists and will therefore be tailoring part of the programme in that direction to further enhance students’ employability.
Many of our graduates will be seeking first jobs in journalism, primarily in the local and regional sector in print/online and/or broadcasting. The programme will also cater for candidates seeking to enter the burgeoning periodical sector.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Fees for 2016/17 entry
See our fees and funding page for full details of scholarships available to Brunel applicants
The Government has proposed changes to allow tuition fees for UK and EU students to rise by inflation. These changes are currently subject to approval, but if approved, would result in tuition fees of £9,250 per year from 2017/18.
Entry Criteria 2016/17
- GCE A-level BBC, including Grade B in one of the following subjects: English, History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law, Classics or Religious Studies.
If your subject is not on this above list, please contact Admissions.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in a related subject.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in a related subject, with an A-Level at grade B from the A-level list above.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in a related subject, with A-Levels grade BC from the A-level list above.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points including Higher Level 5 in one subject listed under A-level entry.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units.
5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade C and English Language at Grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
All applicants are required to attend an interview before a formal offer is made.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 7.5 (min 7 in all areas)
- Pearson: 73 (64 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 75% (min 70% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.