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BA (Hons) Journalism

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Are you looking for a fast-paced career in journalism? From front-page scoops to social news on the internet, Southampton Solent journalism graduates are equipped with the full range of multimedia skills necessary to build a career in newspapers, TV, radio or digital media. 

  • Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).
  • Taught by highly experienced staff who are dedicated to providing a personal learning experience.
  • Opportunities to freelance through Solent Creatives.
  • A strong emphasis on real vocational skills.
  • A wide range of state-of-the-art media facilities.
  • Opportunities to take part in annual study trips, which in the past have included Paris, New York, Tokyo and Beijing.
  • Students are able to study in Europe for a year as part of their degree.

The industry

Journalism is a fast paced and exciting industry that can offer graduates a mix of professional opportunities in both digital journalism and more traditional mediums.  

Southampton Solent’s journalism degree reflects this, offering a wide variety of study options which allow you to either deepen your understanding of a specific area or develop a broad understanding of the industry. 

The programme

To help with your transition into the industry, Southampton Solent’s journalism programme is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). This is important, as it tells employers that the teaching here follows the strict standards set by the journalism industry itself.

The course also aims to equip you with the hands-on skills that you’ll need after you graduate. This is achieved by emphasising the importance of work placements - course tutors expect students to complete a minimum of 120 hours of work experience each year.

The tutors, many of whom come from editorial backgrounds themselves, have previously used their professional network of editors and journalists to help students secure these placements.

The course team also contains associate lecturers. These lecturers teach on a part-time basis while still working in the industry. This allows students a unique insight into working life and even greater access to the industry.

Social media platforms and the internet now empower millions of people from all around the world with the ability to access, post and make comment on editorial content in an instant. As such, we take care to look at the ways in which this is changing the media landscape, and how it can present unique opportunities for savvy young job seekers and entrepreneurs.

Southampton Solent University is proud to offer our students some of the most up-to-date media facilities south of London. Our multi-million-pound media academy includes a fully Mac-equipped newsroom, several multi-camera TV studios, eight radio studios, Reuters and Sky news feeds, the latest professional media editing software and a dedicated crisis room.

As well as these fantastic on-site facilities, previous students have had the opportunity to take part in study trips to the world’s most important news capitals. Some students also choose to undertake a year of study abroad.

Next steps

Think a career in journalism might be for you? With established industry links, first-class facilities and a unique emphasis on work placements, Southampton Solent University’s journalism programme is a great way to take the first step into your dream career.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

Don't just take our word for it...

Katherine Romero
"The journalism course at Solent truly set me up for life as a professional journalist."
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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5P5
  • 3 Years Standard entry P500

Sandwich

  • 4 Years Standard entry P501

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:

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Core units

  • News Reporting
  • Introduction to Radio
  • Contexts and Traditions of UK Journalism
  • Reporting in Context
  • Introduction to TV
  • Media Law

Year two:

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Core units

  • Power, Money and Democracy
  • Inside the Newsroom
  • Concepts of Digital News
  • Specialist Reporting
  • Media Ethics

Options

  • Model Your Business
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications & Marketing) 2
  • Solent Press
  • Fashion Culture & Celebrity
  • Editorial Styling & Trend Forecasting
  • Lifestyle PR
  • Lifestyle Journalism
  • Global Affairs 
  • Magazine Production
  • Music Journalism
  • Photographic Practices 
  • Presenting Skills
  • Sports Journalism
  • Web Layout and Web Design
  • Motoring Journalism
  • Sports Writing in Literary Journalism
  • The Ambitious Writer
  • Curriculum Plus

Year three:

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Core units

  • Professional Practice 1
  • Professional Practice 2
  • News Directions
  • Journalism and Global Issues

Options

  • Dissertation
  • News Journalism Project
  • Digital Photography
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice (CFP1)
  • Advanced Photography
  • Travel Features
  • Digital Magazine Publishing
  • Investigative Journalism 
  • Journalism and Film
  • Reporting Politics
  • Solent Press
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications and Marketing) 1
  • Fashion PR Campaign
  • Sports Books: From Pitch to Publication
  • Transferable Journalism
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

The degree is primarily taught in small seminar groups or workshops, with some lectures. The newsroom also plays an important role, and you’ll work in teams to produce newspapers, TV bulletins and so on.

Work experience
You will need to undertake at least three weeks of work placement during your degree. Our course team has extensive contacts in the industry and will be able to help you find a suitable work placement; past students have been placed with Sky, the BBC, NewsQuest and regional titles across Britain, as well as in corporate communication departments for companies such as Rolls Royce.

Assessment
Coursework, including journalistic writing, essays, group projects and presentations, workshops, assignments and written examinations.

Our facilities

Southampton Solent University has some of the most up-to-date media facilities in the UK, including our recently completed multi-million-pound media complex, which includes a large, fully Mac-equipped newsroom.

You’ll also have access to our state-of-the-art media academy, featuring multi-camera TV studios, eight radio studios, Reuters and Sky news feeds, the latest editing software and a dedicated newsroom.

Study abroad

If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study journalism units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

For more information see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange 

If you’re studying outside Europe then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

The optional four-year variant of the degree gives you the chance to spend a year studying at one of our European partner universities.

The Erasmus+ programme gives you the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or undertaking a work placement for a company in Europe.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5P5
  • 3 Years Standard entry P500

Sandwich

  • 4 Years Standard entry P501

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The course equips students with strong journalism and communication skills, and opportunities to develop the contacts to build a media career. The skills you gain on this course also prepare you for a wide range of careers in other areas, such as politics, commercial business, publishing and research.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Online, newspaper and magazine reporting
  • Writing and editing
  • Radio and broadcast news reporting and editing
  • PR and communications.
Links to Industry

There’s a strong emphasis on employability, with work placements (120 hours minimum), real-world reporting tasks and a well-established guest speaker programme which welcomes up to 20 top journalists a year.

Transferable skills

Creative thinking, writing, production skills, presentations, teamwork and working to deadline.

Further study

MA Creative Advertising 

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Recent graduates are working for organisations such as the BBC, Channel 4, The Sun, Closer magazine and the Portsmouth News. Others have diverse roles in media and communications, including media manager at a major rugby club, campaigns officer for the NUS and UK communications manager for Rolls Royce.

Some examples of graduate roles include:

  • Creative assistant
  • Democracy and campaigns coordinator
  • Editorial assistant
  • Journalist and press officer
  • Magazine assistant
  • Media executive
  • Political reporter
  • Production trainee/researcher
  • Sabbatical officer
  • SEO content writer
  • Social media and marketing assistant
  • Content administrator.

 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Sandwich

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Applicants may be telephoned by a member of the academic team to discuss their application. 
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Other costs

Optional study trip costs in years one, two and three: £250 (Paris) and £750 (New York) per year.

Optional NCTJ exam costs in years one, two and three: £200 per year.

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

 

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5P5
  • 3 Years Standard entry P500

Sandwich

  • 4 Years Standard entry P501



 

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