University of Derby

Journalism with Foundation Year University of Derby Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Our foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Go behind the headlines and build a career as a creative, versatile journalist in the digital age. BA (Hons) Journalism equips you to produce powerful print, audio, video and online stories.

Why choose this course?

We've developed BA (Hons) Journalism with your future in mind. As new technologies are revolutionising the way people receive news, we will help you become a multi-skilled multimedia professional who can rise to the challenge.

Is this course for you?

It’s your chance to gain all the core journalistic research and writing skills, together with the know-how to deliver compelling content for both traditional and emerging media platforms. You can even focus on different journalistic genres – from film to fashion, sport to crime, science to politics.

How you will learn

Working across a designated ‘news patch’, you’ll nurture contacts, conduct interviews, visit courts and public meetings, and produce original stories. You’ll also get to grips with industry-standard technology in our radio and TV studios, video editing suites and dedicated newsroom.

Opportunities and experiences

Gain practical experience with a media organisation in the UK or overseas. Work for the University’s own news outlets. Choose to study part of your degree at one of our partner universities in America. Enjoy guest lectures by leading journalists, broadcasters and political commentators. Your learning experience will be consistently exciting.

Careers and employability

Our graduates now work for magazines, newspapers, the BBC and commercial radio and TV. Others have launched their own digital businesses. This degree also paves the way to careers in PR, advertising, corporate communications, public administration and politics.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code P501
Institution code D39
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications.  We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.
A level DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits:
45 at Level 3
15 at Level 2
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 7.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,045 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

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