Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Multimedia Journalism Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth


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We don’t believe you can learn journalism from a textbook which is why our NCTJ-accredited BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism degree is highly practical. You’ll learn from journalists, not lecturers and you’ll work in our newsroom, not a classroom. As well as your degree you’ll also leave us with the industry-essential NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism meaning you’re ready to walk into a job the second you graduate. And News Associates is officially the UK’s number one NCTJ journalism school so you’re in good hands.

The best way to learn is by doing which is why work placements are integral to your course. We know it can be hard to juggle work experience alongside your degree when you’re not getting paid which is why we are the only journalism degree offering you £1,000 every summer to fund your placement or you can spend it on a journalism project of your choice. Perhaps you’d like to travel abroad and cover an unreported corner of the globe or you’ve got a great idea for a multimedia project you’d like to see come to life. That’s a massive £3,000 during your course and an unrivalled portfolio. Looking for inspiration? Previous trainees have travelled to Dubai and Spain to work as journalists during their summer and even travelled across Europe in search of a story.

We want you to be able to hit the ground running which is why every trainee is equipped with an iPad, a Dictaphone and a few other goodies on their first day.

Our extensive guest speaker series and annual journalism conference means networking opportunities are endless including BBC media editor Amol Rajan, Financial Times undercover reporter Madison Marriage, Guardian homepage editor Claire Daly and Sky News senior correspondent Ian Woods.

Journalism is constantly evolving and so is our degree. We want our trainees to live and breathe the changes happening in the media right now. You will learn everything from print to broadcast journalism, production to podcasts, social media and data journalism and much more. Our campuses are fully-equipped with green screens and autocues and all the equipment you need to enhance a broad variety of skills. As part of your NCTJ Diploma you’ll tackle the hugely-important shorthand, media law and journalism ethics. Interested in sports journalism? The work we do with our sister agency Sportsbeat means you’ll have the opportunity to cover live sport every weekend and you can study sports journalism as part of the NCTJ Diploma.

From our campuses in London and Manchester we run well-established news websites meaning there is always a platform for your work. These are not student newspapers meaning you are getting real-life experience throughout your degree and will be cut above the rest when applying for jobs.

Time is set aside during third year to make you as employable as possible. We run CV sessions and mock interviews – with professional journalists – and we’ll look over any job applications for you. We believe our work isn’t over until you’re a job.

What is the NCTJ? The NCTJ stands for the National Council for the Training of Journalists and it is something all major organisations will look for when hiring journalists. And we are the best in the business at teaching it. In 2017/18 the gold-standard pass rate (A-C in all your modules and 100wpm shorthand) was 14%, in the same year News Associates courses achieved pass rates of 100%, 91%, 83% and 81%. In that year we also trained more than a third of all gold-standard journalists in the UK. They’re now working at The Sunday Times, the BBC, the Guardian, Sky Sports News, the Financial Times and many, many more. We’ve been the number one place to gain the NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism for four years – and the best in London for 11 straight years.

Our degree is validated by Plymouth Marjon University (who provide academic oversight and regulation) and together we’ll ensure you have all the transferable skills you need. niversity of st mark

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Year One

Research 1
Throughout your first year we will concentrate on developing not only your writing skills, but all-important research and critical analysis skills. You will examine how the modern media in Britain works and learn to analyse how and why messages are constructed and conveyed.
A thorough understanding of media law is vital to pursue stories and this module covers the important NCTJ syllabus. Topics include contempt, defamation, privacy, disclosure of sources, copyright and more.
Reporting 1
We’ll prepare you for the newsroom as we cover gathering and writing news, developing sources, feature writing and equip you to deal with the most demanding of deadlines, as well as exploring longer-length features.
Live News Production
We will introduce software and the basic elements of editing, such as picture selection and headline writing.
Covering filming and editing techniques, your first year skills will culminate in producing a three-minute news video, as you tackle post-production skills.
Public Affairs
You’ll complete this module with an understanding of how government operates at a local, national and international level, incorporating the vital NCTJ exam.
Year Two
Research 2
An exciting guest lecture series will accompany this module, as you develop key research and study skills. We’ll look closely at the British media landscape as we analyse media ownership and how it shapes the news agenda.
Taking notes accurately is a vital skill in the newsroom and is an essential element of the NCTJ qualification. Dictaphones are banned in court and the increase in online publications means the speed of copy is even more important. You’ll learn Teeline, which is the most accessible and popular form practised by journalists. We know that when it comes to applying for jobs, editors are looking for 100 words per minute shorthand on your CV.
Reporting 2
Here we’ll focus on writing longer articles, as well as keeping up the news writing practice and developing interviewing techniques. You’ll study NCTJ court reporting and how you can appeal reporting restrictions.
Learn to Earn
To become a successful journalist, you need a strong portfolio, as well as developing relationships with industry contacts. In this module we’ll help organise a placement where you can put theory into practice. You’ll develop your interview skills with someone from the industry and create a stand-out CV.
Live News Production 2
This module will focus on essential page design skills and online editing techniques, with a chance to complete your NCTJ production exam.
Here you will develop your own news story and shoot a video article for your portfolio. We’ll also look at writing scripts for broadcast journalism as you spend time in front of the camera. More advanced technical and software skills will be developed in preparation for your third year video project.
Year Three
Honours Project
The final year will begin with an exciting major journalism project, which can be theoretical in the form of a dissertation or incorporate more creative skills.
Journalism: TV
As well as photography, we’ll explore mobile journalism – challenging you to produce video clips, audio scripts and interviews as you develop your broadcast journalism skills.
Live News Production 3.
You’ll gain vital news conference experience as you pitch your self-sourced stories to an Editor, before drawing on your writing, design and practical journalism skills to produce an industry-standard publication for your portfolio.
Data Journalism
In this module you’ll look at the sources of data journalism and how we convert these to stories.
Media Marketing
Understanding the impact of and utilising social networking as a marketing tool is vital for promoting your profile as a journalist. We’ll look at ways to engage readers with your articles, as well as how to produce sharable content.

Assessment method

Assessment methods are based on the production of news stories, features (written and broadcast) and essays throughout the course.

Assessments are largely coursework based with exams in the following NCTJ modules:

Media law and court reporting
Public affairs
Production journalism or sports journalism

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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 MUJO
Institution code P63
Campus name Manchester NA
Campus code M

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points
A level CCC Excluding General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM or a combination of BTEC Level 3 grades
Access to HE Diploma Access to HE Diploma Pass with 23-45 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 6 credits at Distinction
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs General Studies is excluded.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
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

Additional fee information

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