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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** Course summary

  • Get ready for a full degree by taking an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Learn the practical, technical, writing and research skills that you'll need for undergraduate studies.
  • Choose from a wide range of digital media, media arts and communications topics.
  • Develop your portfolio and professional and academic skills.
The foundation year is designed especially for students who need additional skills or experience to begin a full BA Journalism, Public Relations and Media degree. The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our full degree course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You'll learn with experienced practitioners and develop your interests. After completing your foundation year, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need, and progress directly onto the full degree. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. After your foundation year, your studies will be led by a team that includes award-winning journalism, PR and media practitioners, along with internationally-recognised theorists. They have experience across a range of industries — including TV, health and charity — across the public and private sectors. Throughout the full degree course, you attend a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars where key topics and concepts are introduced and explored. This includes a mix of tutor-directed learning and discussions, and student-led exercises and tasks. You’ll engage in collaborative activities in person, and online. *You learn through *
  • essays
  • practical work
  • case studies
  • reports
  • group work
  • concept maps
  • research projects
  • oral presentations
  • portfolios
Applied learning Work placements You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years of the full undergraduate degree. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. *Networking opportunities * Our staff are active in the journalism, PR and media industries. As a result, experts from across the sectors are a core feature throughout the degree course. They cover topics from regional and national journalism, digital and social skills to search engine optimisation, crisis management, charity, sports and music PR. Every year we hold industry events that link you with regional and national PR experts. Graduates return to share their experiences and top tips for finding jobs. Selected students are offered a chance to be mentored by PR professionals for one year. You will gain automatic free student membership of the Public Relations Communications Association (PRCA). Benefits include exclusive access to work placements, internships, graduate schemes and entry-level jobs, free and unlimited online training, and free access to the industry-recognised PRCA Online Certificate. We also work closely with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Professional Publishers Association. *Field trips * On the full degree, we take student trips to regional, national and international events, including the Berlin Film Festival, where you get the chance to meet industry experts. You can also apply for our Go Global student initiative, which has taken our students to destinations such as Malaysia and Paris, gaining new skills and a broader cultural insight into how journalism and PR are applied internationally.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Module:Creative Synergies In Media Production 40 Module:Media In Context 20 Module:Media Project 40 Module:Preparing For Independent Practice And Study 20 Year 2 Module:Digital Skills And Client Management 20 Module:History Of Communication 20 Module:Introduction To Pr 20 Module:Making Media 20 Module:Media Law And Democracy 20 Module:Pr And Persuasion 20 Year 3 Module:Brand Management And Entrepreneurship 20 Module:Reputations, Issues And Crisis Management 20 Module:Research Skills 20 Module:Researching And Reporting 20 Module:Digital Communications In Practice 20 Module:Feature Writing 20 Module:Foreign Language 20 Module:Global Communications Strategy And Critique 20 Module:Life And Style Journalism 20 Module:Radio And Sound Production 20 Module:Tv And Video News Skills 20 Year 4 Module:Placement Year - Final year Module:Contemporary And Professional Issues In Public Relations 20 Module:Dissertation/Applied Project 40 Module:Pr Specialisms 20 Module:Corporate Communications: Strategy And Critique 20 Module:Foreign Language 20 Module:Magazine Creation 20 Module:Magazine Publishing 20 Module:Moral Panics 20 Module:Pr And Power 20 Module:Tv2: Tv Journalism And Production 20

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying Journalism, Public Relations with Media. We treat the foundation year as part of the Journalism, Public Relations with Media degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our Journalism, Public Relations with Media degrees. Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

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Additional entry requirements


Please note that the information provided on this web page relates to 2021 courses and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

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Journalism, PR and Media with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS