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Journalism and Culture BA

Course code

P502

Start date

September

No placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

Fees

UK / EU:  £9,250

International:  £15,400

Entry requirements

BBC (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

29 (IB)

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Overview

Perhaps you enjoy writing, but prefer working with the facts rather than fiction? Or you have a keen interest in presenting to camera as a broadcast journalist or you’re an experienced blogger or vlogger. If so, a journalism degree might be good match for you.

Brunel’s Journalism and Culture BA course offers a balanced combination of journalism practice and theory to help provide the tools you need to pursue a variety of roles within the industry.

As part of the course you will learn the skills of journalism such as research, pitching story ideas, interviewing, reporting and writing across multi-media platforms as well as the relationship between journalism and culture and society.

You’ll learn across video, audio and magazine journalism and because it’s so hand-on you’ll feel like you’re building real skills for future.

As you journey through the course you’ll develop a critical understanding of the communication environment where journalism and media and cultural industries operate, as you develop the analytical ability to explore intellectual inquiries and present findings.

This London journalism course is taught by world-class academics, many of whom are active professional journalists who will be sources of inspiration when you come to do your own journalism research project in your final year.

Journalism and Culture BA has a strong emphasis on digital technology and multi-platform journalism and you will learn in a 24-hour, state-of-the-art, multi-platform digital newsroom and broadcast facilities, using the latest edition industry-standard hardware and software.

The course will also enable you to develop a critical and in-depth understanding of the media industry that will help you succeed in the fast-changing digital world.

In your second year, you’ll have the option to take the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) Diploma in Journalism at no extra cost. The NCTJ Diploma is the number one industry recognised gateway into journalism, sought after by media professionals worldwide.

Once you graduate, you’ll have a unique set of skills and expertise that will give you a competitive edge when applying for jobs with cultural, political and social decision-making organizations in the UK and across the world.

Brunel students enjoy their own creative writing journal to showcase their talents as well as the Brunel Union of Students ‘Le Blurb’ publication, so they’ll be plenty of avenues to practice your craft.

You’ll also get to hear from alumni and guest speakers about what it’s really like to work in the journalism. Previous representatives from small papers, as well as the BBC and The Guardian have helped to provide further insight into the industry.

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, offering endless opportunities for additional learning and leisure.

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Course content

Journalism and Culture BA at Brunel is an opportunity to acquire not only an understanding of journalism’s relationship to culture and society, but also the practical skills of journalism and the technical knowhow to deliver the news stories in variety of media.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

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Careers and your future

Many graduates of Journalism and Culture BA go on to seek their first jobs in journalism, primarily in the local and regional sector for print, web or broadcasting, but also in the burgeoning periodical sector that includes magazines and industry journals.

You will also be well equipped to create blogs and vlogs either for yourself or for others or to transfer your skills to related fields such as media production, public relations, marketing and advertising.

Brunel graduates can be found in top newsrooms across the globe with companies such as the BBC and The Guardian.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC, including Grade B in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature combined, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies*.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in a related subject*.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject, with an A-Level grade B in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature combined, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies*.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grades BC including one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature combined, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies*.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points including Higher Level 5 in one of the following subjects; English Language, English Literature, English Language and Literature combined, History, Classics, Ancient History, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Government and Politics, Psychology, Geography, Business Studies, Philosophy, Law or Religious Studies*.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass an Access course in a related subject* with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally required.

*Applicants who do not have a qualification in one of the related subjects will be considered but will be requested to provide a written sample of work as part of the selection process.

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.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

International

£15,400 full-time

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, practical classes, and one-to-one tutorials by experienced senior journalists with a strong track record in training and education.

You’ll 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 including the Adobe editing suite.

You will also have the opportunity to study towards an NCTJ journalism qualification without additional cost that will demonstrate your commitment to the industry and equip you with further with job-ready skills.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed through a mixture of essays, exams, practice or research reports, learning journals, portfolios, individual and group presentations.

In your final year, you will research and write a journalism project under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor; many students value this unique experience and the opportunity to become authorities on a particular area of journalism.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.