Music Journalism with Foundation Year

Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Get practical, professional preparation for a career in music journalism with our BA (Hons) Music Journalism course. You’ll get the chance to develop the skills to cover a range of music stories for print, digital, TV and radio, including covering live events, interviewing key figures and running collaborative liveblogs. You’ll also explore the global impact of music journalism on audiences. You’ll be armed with mobile reporting kits to work as real reporters from day one. We pride ourselves on teaching creative, contemporary journalism underpinned by traditional values and skills. That means learning the core media and communication skills that every working reporter needs before you specialise in an area that interests you. You’ll be challenged academically – often by some of the industry’s leading names – and you’ll be expected to undertake meaningful work experience placements in media environments, and work on live stories, learning how to craft a story in a way that engages the audience. By the time you graduate, you’ll be a thinking journalist with a specialism in music. You’ll also be adaptable to the changes that the industry faces. Our graduates have gone on to work for Sky, BBC, Trinity Mirror and the Express & Star. Others have scooped prestigious awards at the Midlands Media Awards while still studying. This four year programme has been specifically designed to allow students who do not initially meet the entry requirements for a three year degree, to undertake additional level 3 study designed to ensure they are successful on their chosen degree programme. After successful completion of your foundation year, you will have the flexibility to switch (should you wish to change direction) onto a number of related undergraduate degree programmes within Birmingham School of Media. BA (Hons) Music Journalism is delivered by industry experts from broadcast, print and digital and provides a strong foundation for a future professional career with a range of music-related outlets. You’ll be able to use your own mobile reporting kit when you arrive, allowing you to work as a real reporter from day one. Our Live Newsroom modules will get you to the heart of the action, covering a range of stories, creating content for our award-winning Birmingham Eastside website and other partner outlets. You’ll get the chance to apply practical mobile reporting skills in a real-world environment for a variety of platforms. Our strong links with key journalism organisations means you’ll also get the chance to work on live briefs throughout the course. Teaching is delivered in our industry-standard facilities, as well as on location, thanks to our focus on mobile reporting. Our newsroom media hub also allows for collaborative work as part of the wider University journalism community, while access to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire will offer a whole host of story opportunities on your doorstep. By tackling real stories, you will quickly develop a sense of the impact they can have. The focus on innovation and entrepreneurship will also encourage you to think critically about the journalism landscape. This will allow you to be one step ahead of the game to spot and exploit the next big move in the world of music journalism.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Course codeP50J
Institution code B25
Campus nameParkside Building Campus
Campus codeC

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 80 points Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.
A level CDD A maximum of 4 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3. Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades CDDDD is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers.
AS Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 80 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) MMP
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at either Ordinary Level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level minimum grade H1/H7 (or A-D / A1-D3 up to and including 2016
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language grade C/4. Acceptable equivalent:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - English Key Skills level 2 - Communication English Language grade C/2 or above Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish Credit Standard Grade Scottish National 5 Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment
Scottish HND Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma " Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 80 pts

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
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.
Music Journalism with Foundation Year at Birmingham City University - UCAS