Coventry University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Broadcast Journalists Training Council

Journalism

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Course summary

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If you have a passion for writing, presenting or reporting and a nose for news, our professionally accredited course will immerse you in the world of contemporary journalism with lots of opportunities for location work, site visits, live projects, inspiring talks from visiting media professionals and exciting professional placement opportunities (subject to availability). Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), our forward-looking degree aims to anticipate and respond to trends within the media environment by offering a multi-platform approach to journalism in order to better prepare you for this dynamic industry. Our graduates can be found working for Sky News, the BBC and a range of newspapers and magazines, as well as careers beyond traditional journalism in emerging digital fields such as social media management and content creation. It is designed to prepare you for an exciting and evolving environment that, while still offering traditional journalism opportunities, increasingly expects those operating within the field to move into new areas, display entrepreneurial innovation and respond to the emerging needs of both audiences and industry. Described by the BTJC during accreditation as a “cutting edge” course, which will “revolutionise the way the next generation of journalists gather and distribute news”, it is hands-on from the start, with many of our students working at a professional level, for example, for the ITV Central television news team, getting paid before they graduate. Ever watchful for new and emerging forms of practice, you will be expected to seek out and interpret stories for new and disparate audiences, developing your professional networks, producing news and features for mobile, online and broadcast platforms while also experimenting with new forms of practice across new technologies. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in ‘news days’, which test your skills in a live environment so you can experience the excitement of news production; in 2016, for example, our students reported on Brexit from three different locations in Malaga, Bristol and Coventry. To recognise the fact that, in the real world, journalism is increasingly produced on the move or filed from location, we provide you with your own mobile technology pack* featuring a high-end laptop with the latest industry-standard software to give you 24/7 access. Our partnership with the BBC and other organisations means you can have access to a range of targeted work experience opportunities, which has led previous students to work for Daily Mail’s video department, BBC radio and CBS Investigates. You can also produce a diverse range of content for our student-run website iCov (ww.icov.co.uk) or support the Student Union’s flagship radio station. Key Course Benefits

  • Ranked 14th in the UK for ‘Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • Extensive specialist resources include a wireless suite of newsrooms, TV studio, video editing suite and radio studio.
  • Links with employers nationally, including the BBC and Sky, and internationally in places as far afield a Europe, South Africa and the Falkland Islands, many of whom offer professional experience opportunities.
  • Successful student track record in national competitions – with past students winning Journalist of the Year, Best Website (www.icov.co.uk) and Best Documentary awards from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

Course details

Modules

Your main study themes are:

  • Making journalism: We consider how and why journalism is put together. What makes news, where does it come from, how is it produced? You will be introduced to content production for print, web and broadcast news by studying the work of others as well as your own practice in a critical context.
  • Media law: You will be introduced to the legal, professional and ethical codes which underpin how journalists in the UK practice, including the Contempt of Court Act, the Magistrates’ Court Act, Defamation and examples of current professional ethical standards exemplified in codes of conduct, producers’ guidelines and style guides. The aim is to ensure that your work as a journalist meets the legal guidelines needed to avoid prosecution.
  • Journalism and society: Focuses on understanding the complex relationship between the practice of journalism and broader society. Theoretical sessions will explore the context of the production of a range of journalism artefacts in historical, contemporary and emerging media landscapes to question the role and purpose of journalism in society.
For more information about what you will study, please visit our website

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Broadcast Journalism Training Council

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three A2 Levels. This may include subject specific requirements where necessary. If you are successful in receiving an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and studying at Coventry University.

Additional entry requirements

Interview


Unistats information

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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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Journalism at Coventry University - UCAS