University of Buckingham

Journalism with Communication Studies (2-year degree) University of Buckingham Degree level: Undergraduate

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The University of Buckingham is:
o Home of the 2-year degree – less cost and more focus
o Top for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide)
o Joint 4th in England for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey)
o Small group teaching focused – student:staff ratio of 11:1
o Flexible – start your course in September or January

This honours degree programme combines a practical, hands-on major in Journalism aimed at developing first-class production skills in online, print and broadcast media with a minor in the study of the use of English as the essential communicative medium. You will be taught a broad range of essential and advanced journalistic principles and writing / production techniques, while developing your understanding of the English language. The programme draws on the many natural synergies between communication, language and media production across different platforms.

Course details

Modules

Change in English,
Current Affairs TV,
Design for Media,
Design for Print,
Digital Publishing,
Discourse and Debate,
Diversity in English,
English Composition,
External Placement (Arts and Media),
Feature Writing,
From Data to Story,
Global Communication,
Intercultural Communication,
Introduction to Reporting,
Investigative Reporting,
Language and Power,
Language and Society,
Literary Journalism (1642-present),
Media Studies,
News Management and Public Relations,
Principles of Media Practice,
Radio Journalism,
Sport / Cultural Journalism,
Theory and Institutions for Journalists,
Videocraft.

Assessment method

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.

Media courses at the University of Buckingham offer students small student: tutor ratios with a dedicated media lab at their disposal. The work is production-based, allowing students to graduate from the programme with a portfolio to present to potential employers.

This can include press journalism (news stories, features, interviews), a website (created by the student as part of the Online Media module), video and sound packages for TV / Radio Journalism (for Journalism minors) or an advertising campaign (Media Studies minors).

Students also learn to use industry-standard software including InDesign, Photoshop and Final Cut Pro as well as DV cameras and digital still cameras.The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two.


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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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

With staff and students from over 90 countries around the world, the University enjoys a wonderful and culturally diverse atmosphere. Ranked joint 4th in England and joint 7th in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS) for student satisfaction this year, the University and has always scored highly since it started taking part 14 years ago. We provide support for students from outside the UK including: assistance with visa application and renewal; guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence; and a personal tutor to support your academic studies. Academic staff are available to help and advise, and operate an open-door policy. We have the best staff to student ratio of any university in the UK. Our students have formed a number of overseas clubs, and there is a sports and social programme each term to ensure you enjoy your time with us. Our idyllic setting between Oxford and Milton Keynes offers access to a range of cultural and social activities and Bicester Village, the renowned shopping outlet is a short bus ride away. English Language requirements: it is very important that your English level is of a good standard for you to be successful in your studies. All applicants must achieve specific requirements in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Please check our website for more details of the undergraduate or postgraduate language requirements for your course. https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level CCC - BBC Typical Offer
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM From relevant National Diploma
Scottish Higher BBCC
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 24 points
Scottish Advanced Higher CCC

Applications to Buckingham are individually considered by the Admissions Team and other factors may be taken in to account. Applicants with BTEC qualifications are welcome to apply, including if you have a mix of BTEC and A levels.

An EPQ will be considered alongside A levels.

Foundation options are also available. Please contact the Admissions Office (admissions@buckingham.ac.uk or +44 (0)1280 820313) for more information.

Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at Grade C / Grade 4, or above (or equivalent). IELTS requirements are as follows: (Academic) 6.5 Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component).


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component)

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £25,200 Whole course
EU £25,200 Whole course
International £34,800 Whole course
England £25,200 Whole course
Northern Ireland £25,200 Whole course
Scotland £25,200 Whole course
Wales £25,200 Whole course

Additional fee information

Home Students: Buckingham students are eligible for support from Student Finance England towards their studies: (1) An annual repayable Tuition Fee Loan of £6,165 (September 2019) paid direct to the University if you are studying a 9 Term programme (2 years and 1 term). Where applicants are taking an 8 term degree (two year honours degree) or start in January they may be eligible for an annual repayable Tuition Fee Loan of £7,400 (September 2019). Students are responsible for paying the remaining balance to the University for each term’s fees. (2) An annual repayable Maintenance Loan to help with living costs (the amount awarded is dependent on household income). Most students at Buckingham receive additional maintenance loan support for the additional 10 weeks a year of study from the Long Courses Loan. This is paid directly to you after registration. The undergraduate fees, bursaries and scholarships can be found on our website: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/fees/

Sponsorship information

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website: https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships

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