Birmingham City University

Fashion and Beauty Journalism with Foundation Year Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Get practical preparation for a career reporting on the fashion and beauty industry with BA (Hons) Fashion and Beauty Journalism You’ll develop the skills to cover a range of topics for print, digital, TV and radio, including live events, interviews and running collaborative liveblogs. You’ll also explore the global impact of fashion and beauty journalism on audiences. Students will 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 fashion and beauty. You’ll also be adaptable to the changes that the industry faces. Birmingham City University's journalism 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) Fashion and Beauty 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 related outlets, from magazines to online platforms.

The Live Newsroom modules will get you to the heart of the action, covering a range of stories across a wide variety of fashion and beauty areas and preparing coverage for our award-winning Birmingham Eastside website and other partner outlets. You will get the chance to apply practical mobile reporting skills in a real-world environment for platforms including TV, radio, print and digital. Our strong links with key journalism organisations means you’ll also get the chance to work on live briefs and projects throughout the course.

Teaching is delivered in state-of-the-art studios and facilities, as well as on location. Our newsroom media hub allows for collaborative work as part of the wider Birmingham City University journalism community, while access to the University’s innovative School of Fashion and Textiles will also offer a whole host of opportunities on your doorstep.

Through our Global and Community Impact modules there will be a chance to undertake placements as well as embed yourself within communities and fashion organisations to tackle key issues in real depth.

The focus on innovation and entrepreneurship will encourage you to think critically about the journalism landscape. This will allow you to be one step ahead of future trends in world of fashion and beauty journalism.

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 P50G
Institution code B25
Campus name Parkside Building Campus
Campus code C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points
A level CDD A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
excluded subjects General Studies and Critical Thinking
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma 60 credits overall - 15 credits at level 2 and 45 credits at level 3
Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.
GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent qualifications must be achieved at application stage.
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (CDDDD) are 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 Not accepted
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for.
Points achieved may be considered if applicant is falling short on A-Level points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language grade 4. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered refer to tutor
Must have been achieved at the point of application
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - English
Key Skills level 2 - Communication
Must have been achieved at the point of application
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 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) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B - Grade 5 or above from the IB will be accepted.

Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 11 points from two Higher Level subjects, will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in four 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 H5/D1).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Must be offered along with either two A-levels or two BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas of 80 tariff points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM Can be offered along with either one A-level or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Must be offered along with either two A-levels or two BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas of 80 tariff points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma D*D* Can be offered along with either one A-level or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either two A-levels or two BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM Can be offered along with either one A-level or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.
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 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).
Scottish HND Not accepted


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Birmingham City University
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15 Bartholomew Row
Birmingham
B5 5JU


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