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Journalism (Politics) BA

Course code

P510

Start date

September

Subject area

Journalism

Mode of study

3 years full-time

Fees

2021/22

UK £9,250

International £16,335

Entry requirements

TBC (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

29 (IB)

2020/21 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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 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

  • GCE A-level BBC
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in any subject
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject, with an A-Level grade B
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-Levels grades BC
  • 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

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year

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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 and broadcast facilities, using industry-standard hardware and software including Adobe editing suit.

Throughout your degree, you’ll also get to hear from alumni and guest speakers about what it’s really like to work in the journalism industry. 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 and Whitehall means you will be best placed to immerse yourself in established areas of politics and journalism.

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 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.