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Journalism and Politics BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Put aside your preconceptions about politics. If you are interested in people and the issues that they care about, this is the course for you
  • You'll not only be able to understand the issues that confront us all, but also to get involved, make your voice heard and make a difference
  • State-of-the-art Journalism facilities, including our new broadcasting suite officially opened by BBC’s Nick Owen in October 2013
  • Excellent work placement opportunities, developed in collaboration with local organisations, including the BBC
  • Students are taught by experienced, trained and practising journalists and also benefit from an exciting programme of guest lecturers from within the industry

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

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.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Candidates should have good English Language skills. The IELTs score for international applicants to Joint Honours is 6.0 (or equivalent)

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Claire Wolfe
Course Leader, Journalism
01905 542240

Luke Devine
Course Leader, Politics
01905 542763

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Journalism
Journalism Law and Ethics
Democracy: Past, Present and Future


Module options:

Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
Introduction to Feature Writing
Internet Journalism
Introduction to Photojournalism
Unequal World
Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789
Twentieth Century Britain
Welfare for All? The First 50 Years
Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
Introductory German, French, Spanish, Italian or Japanese

Year 2

Core modules:

Journalism, Law, Ethics and Society
Pathways in Politics


Module options:

Magazine Journalism
Sports Journalism
Reporting Politics (1)
Developing your Media Career
Digital Reporting Techniques
Intermediate Feature Writing
Practical Journalism Skills
Digital Photography
Politics Work Project
Geographies of Development
Twentieth-Century USA
The German Lands in the Nineteenth Century
Politics, Religion & Society in Ireland, 1690-1848
Politics and Society in 20th Century Russia
Reporting Politics 1
Campaign Power – People, Pressure Groups and Social Debates
‘Race’ and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain

Year 3

Core modules:

Politics Independent Project
Challenging Politics: People versus Power across the Globe


Module 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
Political Geography
Empire and Appeasement
Propaganda and Politics in the 20th Century
Response to Crime: The Justice Process
‘Race’, Ethnicity and Education
Risk Society
Construction Emotions: Social / Political Perspectives



The Journalism element 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. 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.

The Politics element will enable you to demonstrate an interest in the fast-changing world and will provide you with the ability to generate ideas, show initiative and communicate with people from all walks of life. Our students have a good record of gaining employment, and Politics graduates work in many different sectors including teaching, the police, the probation service, housing, the civil service, local government and planning, as well as pressure groups, voluntary organisations, charities, the media, journalism and social work. During your time at Worcester you will have the opportunity to experience subject-related work experience and volunteering activities. You can choose to take a Politics work experience module, spend time working with an organisation such as a local council, or a political party (or MP), or a campaign group, and then write a reflective assignment about your experience.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Journalism and Politics BA (Hons) - PL52

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.

How to apply

Part-time applications

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

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