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Journalism (Politics) BA

Course code

P510

Start date

September

Subject area

Journalism

Mode of study

3 years full-time

Fees

2024/25

UK £9,250

International £19,430

Entry requirements

2024/5

ABB - BBC (A-level)

DMM (BTEC)

29 (IB)

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Overview

Perhaps you enjoy writing and have a keen interest in politics, or you like the idea of presenting to camera as a broadcast journalist, or you're already an experienced blogger or vlogger. If so, a journalism degree at Brunel might be a good match for you. 

The Brunel Journalism (Politics) BA degree combines a strong academic background in politics taught by experts in the field with a broad range of essential journalism skills taught by former editors and practising journalists. You will graduate with politics in your degree title, flagging up to prospective employers that your degree has dual specialism.

Alongside your degree, students will be able to apply to study - at no extra cost - for the prestigious Diploma in Journalism run by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the UK media industry's number one training body. Brunel has been accredited for many years to run the NCTJ Diploma, which significantly increases job opportunities after university.

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 your future.

There is a strong emphasis on digital technology in the practical modules 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 develop an academically robust and critical understanding of political environments in which journalism operates and interacts, the ability to write incisively on these 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. 

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Course content

Journalism (Politics) BA is an opportunity to acquire not only an understanding of journalism, politics and their relationship, 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.

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Careers and your future

The combination of practical skills in journalism and rigorous academic study of politics will equip you for a range of careers including as a general reporter or political reporter or your degree may give you a potential career route into working for MPs, campaign groups and NGOs.

 

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UK entry requirements

2024/25 entry

  • GCE A-level ABB-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.
  • T levels : Merit overall

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.

Brunel University London is committed to raising the aspirations of our applicants and students. We will fully review your UCAS application and, where we’re able to offer a place, this will be personalised to you based on your application and education journey.

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: 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

2024/25 entry

UK

£9,250 full-time

International

£19,430 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.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

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

Please refer to the scholarships pages to view discounts available to eligible EU undergraduate applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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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 that you can show to prospective employers and in interviews and 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 of our 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.

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