Birmingham City University

Music Journalism Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Get practical, professional preparation for a career in music journalism with our BA (Hons) Music Journalism course. You’ll get the chance to develop the skills to cover a range of music stories for print, digital, TV and radio, including covering live events, interviewing key figures and running collaborative liveblogs. You’ll also explore the global impact of music journalism on audiences. You’ll 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 music journalism. You’ll also be adaptable to the changes that the industry faces. Our 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.

BA (Hons) Music 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 music-related outlets. You’ll be able to use your own mobile reporting kit when you arrive, allowing you to work as a real reporter from day one.

Our Live Newsroom modules will get you to the heart of the action, covering a range of stories, creating content for our award-winning Birmingham Eastside website and other partner outlets. You’ll get the chance to apply practical mobile reporting skills in a real-world environment for a variety of platforms. Our strong links with key journalism organisations means you’ll also get the chance to work on live briefs throughout the course.

Teaching is delivered in our industry-standard facilities, as well as on location, thanks to our focus on mobile reporting. Our newsroom media hub also allows for collaborative work as part of the wider University journalism community, while access to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire will offer a whole host of story opportunities on your doorstep.

By tackling real stories, you will quickly develop a sense of the impact they can have. The focus on innovation and entrepreneurship will also encourage you to think critically about the journalism landscape. This will allow you to be one step ahead of the game to spot and exploit the next big move in the world of music 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 P500
Institution code B25
Campus name Parkside Building Campus
Campus code C

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points GCSE grade 4 English Language. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered.
Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
A level BBC A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects.
subject excluded - General Studies and Critical Thinking
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including merit or higher in 18 credits at Level 3
Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered.
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 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 (BBCCC) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
AS Not accepted
Extended Project Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for. Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 grade 4 GCSE English Language Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment.
Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered.
HNC (BTEC) D Overall Distinction profile Must be in a related subject.
May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
HND (BTEC) D Overall Distinction profile Must be in a related subject.
May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Obtain a minimum of 28 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  from the IB will be accepted. Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three higher level subjects and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 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 A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate Must be offered along with either two A-levels, two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma in order to achieve 112 tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 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 a minimum of grades CCD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points


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

Additional fee information

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Birmingham City University
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15 Bartholomew Row
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B5 5JU


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