BA (Hons) JournalismP500

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time and part-time options available
  • This practical degree gives you the in-demand skills required by modern newsrooms. You’ll work closely with BBC South West in Plymouth – one of the three largest BBC studios in the country – alongside other industry guests from Match of the Day, ITV Westcountry, The Guardian, regional and national freelancers, film-makers and broadcasters.

    Your tutors are current journalists, so you’ll learn about journalism from people who do it. We focus on the ever-expanding practical and digital skills searched for by the modern industry, meaning you will be able to find the story, then film, photograph and edit it yourself, write the words and make it all fly on social media, as well as print and broadcast news. Becoming a modern multi-skilled journalist, able to engage with all generations on all platforms, will ensure you are in demand in the future media world.

    You’ll be working hands-on from day one in our impressive studios, including a newsroom and software suites with editing, film, magazine, newspaper and online output. Our online radio station is staffed and run on campus by journalism students and you will have free access to the latest kit to support your journalism and studies, including Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras and lenses, the latest compact HD film cameras, plus sound and lighting equipment, as well as learning how to use the smartphone in your pocket like a pro.


    The practical nature is backed up by academic study, such as the political and legal issues affecting our media, court reporting and multi-platform publishing. You will learn written journalism for magazines, newspapers and online, as well as developing and presenting packages for TV and radio.

    We also run regular live news days, taught and run alongside colleagues from the BBC, ITV and experienced radio journalists, where you’ll get to experience the professional expectations of a busy newsroom. You will try out various roles including editing, presenting, producing and news gathering. Being taught through practical projects means you are fully work-ready when you graduate, and able to bring your expertise to your new career.

    All facilities are open to you 24/7 meaning you can live, breathe and sleep journalism, like we already do.

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All modules are compulsory:

1st Year
  • Research 1: The investigative journalist
  • Journalism production 1: Recording the story
  • Written journalism 1: The power of the word
  • Live news 1: Get your mojo on
  • Journalism production 2: Words and pictures
  • Media law and the ethical journalist


2nd Year
  • Research 2: Curious and creative
  • Radio journalism: More than words
  • Written journalism 2: Making Sound 
  • Learn to earn: Placement and proactivity
  • Live news 2: Lights, camera, action!
  • Visual journalism: Digital storytelling
3rd Year
  • Honours project: The finished product
  • TV journalism: The bigger picture
  • Live news 3: The cutting edge
  • Magazine journalism: The summer issue
  • Marketing and PR: The buzz-feeder

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

We encourage students to make great contacts through our guest lecture programme and work-based learning and have gained employment with Two Four, Channel 4, the BBC, The Herald and a variety of online platforms.  Students have also gone on to work within associated careers such as production, editing, PR, communications and marketing.

Employability workshops, mentoring and work experience opportunities are offered and encouraged throughout the programme, we know from working with and speaking to prospective employers that they like graduates to be well qualified and experienced. We give our students opportunities both in-house and externally to apply the skills and knowledge learnt within the programme.


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Current Students


Course Leader

The programme is taught by Sarah McAdam who specialises in photography & film making and Mike Baker, currently a sports journalist with The Guardian and 20 years’ experience as a sports journalist and editor.


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    We are fully accredited by the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) and have built a strong programme that is driven by the industry. Accreditation ensures that our programme delivers what we say and what the industry wants.

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