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Journalism (Communication) BA

Course code

P520

Start date

September

Subject area

Journalism

Mode of study

3 years full-time

Fees

2021/22

UK £9,250

International £16,335

Entry requirements

BBC (A-level)

DMM (BTEC)

29 (IB)

2021/22 changes

Click here to read about how your course will be delivered and supported from September 2021.

This course is closed for 2021 entry.

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Overview

Perhaps you enjoy writing and have a keen interest in communication, culture, arts or sport, or want to present to camera as a broadcast journalist, or you are an experienced blogger or vlogger. If so, a journalism degree at Brunel might be a good match for you. 

Brunel’s BA Journalism (Communication) degree combines a strong academic background in communication and culture with a broad range of essential journalism skills. You will graduate with communication in your degree title, flagging up to prospective employers that you have a dual specialism that combines academic rigour with practical competencies.

In the journalism modules, you will learn how to research a story, pitch ideas, interview, report and write across different platforms. You will learn video, audio and magazine journalism and because it is so hand-on you will feel like you are building real skills for future.

There is a strong emphasis in the practical modules on digital technology and you will learn in a 24-hour, state-of-the-art, multi-platform digital newsroom with broadcast facilities, using the latest edition industry-standard hardware and software.

You will also develop an academically robust and critical understanding of the media, communication and cultural environments in which journalism operates and interacts as well as the analytical ability to explore intellectual inquiries and present findings.

You will also have the option to take the industry accredited and much sought-after NCTJ Diploma at no extra cost.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

Journalism (Communications) BA is an opportunity to acquire not only an understanding of journalism and communications, but also the skills needed to practice as a journalist and the technical know-how to deliver news stories in a variety of media.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.

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Careers and your future

The combination of practical skills in journalism and rigorous academic study of communication will equip you for a range of careers including as a general reporter or arts/culture correspondent or as public relations officer or communication officer. Career options such as marketing, public relations or event management are possible.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, with an A-Level grade C.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject, with A-Levels grades BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL4. 
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4 or GCSE English Literature grade B or grade 5.

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.

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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: 59 (59 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 63% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 90 (min R18, L17, S20, W17)  

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

2021/22 entry

UK

£9,250 full-time

International

£16,335 full-time

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home 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.

Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2021/22 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course. EU fees for 2022 entry are not yet confirmed.

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 and academic staff with international reputations for research and many of whom serve as consultants to government departments, think tanks and NGOs.

You will learn the fundamental skills of journalism in our new state-of-the-art, multi-platform digital newsroom with broadcast facilities, using industry-standard hardware and software including Adobe editing suit.

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

The proximity of the Brunel campus to central London’s world-class research facilities, the British Library, Westminster, Wembley Park football stadium and the West End with its theatres, clubs and festivals (film and fashion).

Should you need 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 by a combination of practical work, coursework and exams but much of your time will be spent going out collecting and videoing for news stories, in private study and reading. In the process, you will build up a portfolio of practical work you can show prospective employers and in interviews be able to talk competently about the political issues of the day. In your final year you will research and create a practical project and a final dissertation on a subject of your choice under the guidance of supervisors. Many students value the unique experience and opportunities to become authorities on a particular area of journalism.

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