Solent University (Southampton)

Journalism with Placement Solent University (Southampton) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Solent University

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Are you looking for a fast-paced career in journalism? From front-page scoops to social news online, Solent University journalism graduates are equipped with the full range of multimedia skills to build a career in newspapers, TV, radio or digital media.
Solent University’s Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations subject area was ranked 17th in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

Taught by current industry professionals and leading academics, Solent’s BA (Hons) Journalism degree takes a fresh approach to journalism education. This challenging, multi-faceted course will help you learn the skills to meet the demands of a constantly evolving media industry.

You’ll learn how to find, tell and sell stories to publications and target readers. You’ll use your professional writing, production and creative digital journalism skills to create engaging content across a number of platforms. Media law and the relationship between journalism and politics are explored in depth, and you’ll develop your research skills, along with practical techniques such as investigative and data journalism. Optional units, such as travel journalism and presenting skills allow you to tailor the course to meet your own career ambitions.

Gaining real-world experience is essential for a career in journalism. You’ll have the opportunity to embed yourself within industry - work placements and portfolio building are essential assessed elements. Regular production days, where live output builds on core teaching in multimedia formats, will further increase your exposure to a realistic, professional and deadline-driven environment.

Course details

Modules

Year one
Core units

News Skills and Values Mobile and Digital Skills 1 Journalism in Context News and Storytelling Mobile and Digital Skills 2 Media Law

Year two
Core units

Reporting and Industry Digital Storytelling Journalism and Politics Reporting and Responsibility Journalism and Research

Options

Presenting Skills Global Affairs Lifestyle Journalism

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
Year three
Core units

Dissertation or Final Major Project Professional Production 1 Professional Production 2 Journalism Tomorrow

Options

Investigative Journalism Travel Journalism Transferable Journalism

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment method

Students are assessed by a mixture of coursework, including journalistic writing, essays, group projects and presentations, workshops, assignments and written examination.


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 JO02
Institution code S30
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:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points From at least 2 A levels, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD or equivalent qualification.
Alternative entry on this course is available through the Foundation Year.
We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses.
Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.
A level CCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits
P: 15 credits
60 Credits overall with 45 Merit level credits and 15 at Pass.
AS In combination with other qualifications
Extended Project In combination with other qualifications
HNC (BTEC) P - D
HND (BTEC) P - M
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) DD
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) MMM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) In combination with other qualifications
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) In combination with other qualifications

• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6)

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses.

• Level 5 (year 2) entry

To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

• Level 6 (year 3) entry

To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,875 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

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk. The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 other costs were: Compulsory costs: External Hard Drive: £50. However, students may also be able to use a suitable cloud based system Optional costs: Optional trip(s) abroad may be offered. The cost would be based on current air fares and hotel prices. Access to Adobe Certified Associate Programme - Solent currently funds the exam cost for each student. There are no costs for the students to access any software, as it is available at the University.

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Provider information

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Solent University (Southampton)
East Park Terrace
Southampton
SO14 0YN


Course contact details

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+44 (0) 23 8201 5066


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