Bournemouth University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
If you’d like to work in the fast-paced world of journalism then this is the course for you. You’ll gain all the skills needed to work in a multi-disciplinary media environment, including TV, radio, print and online journalism.
You’ll learn the essential theoretical framework and hone your practical skills by producing copy, bulletins and broadcast packages in newsrooms and digital studios, which replicate professional working environments. You’ll be taught the importance of originality and be introduced to innovative storytelling techniques.
You’ll also have the opportunity to complete either two short placements or a 30-week placement in industry. This enables you to put theory into practice, make industry contacts and gain insight into how the sector operates.
When you graduate, you’ll have a degree accredited by three industry-recognised bodies. As an NCTJ accredited course, you’ll sit exams in reporting, essential law, court reporting, public affairs, production and shorthand. These widely recognised professional qualifications can radically enhance your credibility and employability as a practicing journalist.
In 2018, our students scooped prizes at both the NCTJ and BJTC Awards, showing the high calibre of work our students are producing – choosing this course could see you follow in their footsteps.
The latest National Student Survey figures show 96% of final year students felt this course had challenged them to achieve their best work and 89% agreed they were satisfied with their overall course experience, highly rating the teaching, resources and learning opportunities.
Broadcast Journalism | News and Online | Features and Online | Media, Journalism & Society | Media Law | Shorthand | Professional Placement | Journalism Ethics & News Theory | Global Current Affairs | Major Multimedia Project | Professional Perspectives | Converged News Days | Dissertation
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Broadcast Journalism Training Council
- The National Council for the Training of Journalists
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 4
|UCAS Tariff||104 - 120 points||104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||112 tariff points.|
|Access to HE Diploma||102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.|
|Scottish Higher||104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.|
|Extended Project||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 - 31 points||28 - 31 points.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||D*D||104 tariff points.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||DMM||112 tariff points.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D||104 tariff points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)|
Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.
Additional entry requirements
We’ll be selecting the candidates for this course by looking at their UCAS applications, there are no interviews or selection activities needed. For that reason, make sure your application really stands out from the crowd, and leave us in no doubt as to why you should be joining BU.
Based on your UCAS application we will then invite successful applicants to submit a 30-second podcast or vlog post on a journalist who inspires you (by uploading to a video hosting site, e.g. YouTube, Vimeo). You will be sent a brief with more information about how to do this, and you'll have two weeks to submit this.
Please do not submit this with your UCAS application; we will contact the selected applicants with more information.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7.0||IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in each component of speaking, listening and reading.|