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What makes Journalism and Media & Culture at Worcester special?

By studying Journalism and Media & Culture in combination, you will have opportunities to explore journalism as it is practised in today's world alongside gaining broader, contextual understanding of the media and contemporary culture.

Both subject areas enable you to benefit from your lecturers' cutting edge research and industry practice in aspects of journalism, media and culture - from 'green' computer games and popular music to perceptions of women newsreaders and online, citizen journalism. If you are interested in journalism as part of our wider contemporary culture of communication, and in the ways that media communication at once reflect and shape today's world, then Journalism and Media & Culture, with their mix of practical, hands-on learning and academic study, may be well be an ideal programme for you.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • State-of-the-art facilities, including our new broadcasting suite
  • Strong emphasis on employability and graduate progression throughout the course
  • Work placement opportunities developed in collaboration with local organisations such as the BBC
  • Innovative, contemporary and important topics including 'Green Media', 'War', 'Democracy and the Media' and 'Gender'
  • Students can study at a partner university abroad
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Candidates should have good English Language skills. The IELTS score for international applicants to Joint Honours is 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component). Other English Language qualifications will be considered, for more information please click here.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

Tom Davis

Tom Davis

"During the internship I worked one six-hour shift on a Friday, and sometimes at weekends, as a news writer, working alongside a team of sub-editors and other writers to produce new stories, features, match previews and reports and live text commentary. I now work each week, primarily on match days, covering football in the Midlands area. I have attended a range of games including matches in the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and international fixtures typically writing match reports, providing live text commentary and attending post-match press conferences.”

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Journalism Law and Ethics
  • Studying Media and Culture

Options

  • Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
  • Introduction to Feature Writing
  • Internet Journalism
  • Introduction to Photojournalism
  • Gender and Representation
  • Introduction to Television
  • Introduction to New Media
  • Popular Music and Cultural Change
  • Media and Culture: Key Concepts
  • TV History
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
  • Democracy? The story of an ideal

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Journalism, Law, Ethics and Society

Options

  • Magazine Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Reporting Politics (1)
  • Developing your Media Career
  • Digital Reporting Techniques
  • Intermediate Feature Writing
  • Practical Journalism Skills
  • Digital Photography
  • Crime and the Media
  • Making Monsters
  • Gender and Popular Fiction
  • Work Project Module
  • New Media
  • Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV
  • Media and Social Change
  • Popular Cultures

Year 3

Mandatory

N/A

Options

  • Reporting Politics (2)
  • Work Placement
  • Broadcast Research Skills
  • Advanced Journalism (Theory and Practice)
  • Advanced Print Production
  • Negotiated Project
  • Live Radio News Production
  • Live Television News Production
  • Live New Production (Radio & TV)
  • Documentary Photography
  • Green Media
  • Gender, Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • TV Times
  • Work Project Module
  • War, Democracy and the Media
  • Remembrance, Memory and Memorials
  • Radio Times
  • Independent Research Project
  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • Body & Society
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Journalism is vocationally focused and aims to support you to acquire the knowledge and skills that will equip you to work in today's multi-platform media environment.

You are taught by experienced, trained and still practising journalists in state-of-the-art broadcasting facilities (including new radio studios linked to a newsroom and newly refurbished TV studios). There are opportunities for work placements with local media organisations (including the BBC) and a host of guest lectures by high-profile visitors to the course. You are able to tailor your studies to focus on particular aspects of journalism (from sports journalism to political journalism) or to branch out into wider areas of media and communications.'Your learning is hand-on, with an emphasis on supporting you to seek journalism and communications roles once you have graduated.

Media & Culture involves more traditional academic study that examines how the media, TV and digital communication shape society, its values and politics and, as a result, identity and human experience. Throughout, you will be addressing some of the hottest topics of our times, from Green Media to Democracy and the Media, from War to Gender.

There will be opportunities to explore all forms of media and culture (TV, radio, pop music, sport, social networks) and a multitude of fascinating questions (Why do people the world over listen to rap and hip hop? How does the news report immigration? Why do people reinvent themselves on Facebook and in Second Life?). You will hone your critical and intellectual faculties in a variety of dynamic and engrossing teaching and learning contexts in which the media that you use may well be those that you are also studying. Media & Culture also provides you with opportunities for work placements and volunteering; these are designed to highlight how your learning is supporting your employability and to introduce you to some of the professional and employment possibilities that you could pursue once you have graduated.

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Journalism and Media & Culture.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Journalism BA (Hons) and Media & Culture BA (Hons).

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

The Journalism aspect of this course will provide you with practical skills to work as a journalist or researcher, or in related communications jobs such as those in public relations. You will be well placed to progress to postgraduate study in journalism or in a wide range of other areas, and in a wide range of careers to which communication skills are central, including marketing and public relations, publishing, media and journalism, business and industry, charities and public administration.

Students have found employment in the following areas: radio presenting, both local and national, media research, journalism, event organising, media planning, television, theatre, marketing, public relations, campaigns, teaching and further study.

Furthermore, in a 'media society', where an understanding of how to communicate is all-important, graduates of this course now work in a wide range of other industries, and are involved in designing websites, writing publicity and press material, and running media training.

With employment sectors including marketing, public relations, event management, teaching, business, and the public sector, it is perhaps unsurprising that Media Studies is now identified as one of the top ten degree subjects for producing employable graduates.

"Worcester was the perfect fit for me. The course and study were relevant and really helped in terms of vocational skills. My lecturers and staff at the digital arts centre (DAC) gave me the confidence to give it a go."

Tom El-Shawk, BA Journalism graduate.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time applications

If you would like to apply to study this course part time, please complete our online application form.

Applying through UCAS

Journalism and Media & Culture BA (Hons) - PP53

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

PP53

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Claire Wolfe

Course contact

Dr Barbara Mitra

Course contact