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About the course

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

Taught by current industry professionals and leading academics, Solent’s BA (Hons) Journalism degree takes a fresh approach to journalism education. This challenging, multi-faceted course will help you learn the skills to meet the demands of a constantly evolving media industry.

You’ll learn how to find, tell and sell stories to publications and target readers. You’ll use your professional writing, production and creative digital journalism skills to create engaging content across a number of platforms. Media law and the relationship between journalism and politics are explored in depth, and you’ll develop your research skills, along with practical techniques such as investigative and data journalism. Optional units, such as travel journalism and presenting skills allow you to tailor the course to meet your own career ambitions.

Gaining real-world experience is essential for a career in journalism. You’ll have the opportunity to embed yourself within industry - work placements and portfolio building are essential assessed elements. Regular production days, where live output builds on core teaching in multimedia formats, will further increase your exposure to a realistic, professional and deadline-driven environment.

Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies Sandwich year

The course combines reporting with creative story telling skills to meet the needs of a technological revolution in journalism.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s BA (Hons) Journalism programme is suitable for students from a range of academic backgrounds.

Students will create a portfolio of published work and learn essential skills for careers in news reporting, writing and editing, PR and marketing.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 
UK and EU sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,700

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Compulsory costs:
External Hard Drive: £50. However, students may also be able to use a suitable cloud based system

Optional costs:

NCTJ Diploma in Journalism Assessment Fees: £400. To undertake external accreditation examinations through the NCTJ.

Optional trip(s) abroad may be offered. The cost would be based on current air fares and hotel prices.

Access to Adobe Certified Associate Programme - Solent currently funds the exam cost for each student. There are no costs for the students to access any software, as it is available at the University.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2017, 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.
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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • GCSE English at grade C or above.
  • 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
  • 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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

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.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units

  • News Skills and Values
  • Mobile and Digital Skills 1
  • Journalism in Context
  • News and Storytelling
  • Mobile and Digital Skills 2
  • Media Law

Year two

Core units

  • Reporting and Industry
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Journalism and Politics
  • Reporting and Responsibility
  • Journalism and Research

Options

  • Presenting Skills
  • Global Affairs
  • Lifestyle Journalism

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units

  • Dissertation or Final Major Project
  • Professional Production 1
  • Professional Production 2
  • Journalism Tomorrow

Options

  • Investigative Journalism
  • Travel Journalism
  • Transferable Journalism

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures

10%

Written exams

90%

Assessment by coursework

Meet the course team

Kristian Low academic profile Kristian Low Head of Subject View profile
Chris Richards academic profile Chris Richards Senior Lecturer View profile
Paul Ansell academic profile Paul Ansell Senior Lecturer View profile
Eden Sharp academic profile Eden Sharp Lecturer View profile
Neil Merrick academic profile Neil Merrick Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

Students train by using industry-standard production facilities and have the opportunity to master new software and hardware.

State of the art facilities, an impressive multimedia newsroom and a media academy of television, photography, and radio facilities, provide an excellent learning environment. The course team are committed to maintaining our leading edge, enabling students to master key production facilities to stay ahead of the curve. 

You’ll take part in regular production days, building your confidence and experience delivering quality journalism working in a deadline driven environment.

Your future

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.
  • The journalism course at Solent truly set me up for life as a professional journalist. The lecturers supported me throughout and encouraged me to network and gain as much work experience as possible – key factors that made my CV stand out to employers and got my foot on the career ladder.

    Katherine Romero, graduate now a showbiz writer at Closer magazine

Industry links

There’s a strong emphasis on employability, with work placements and real-world reporting tasks.

Over the years, the course has welcomed a number of guest speakers from industry, including:

  • Andrew Harrison – Editor, Esquire Weekly
  • Don John – founder of Black History month
  • Lloyd Bradley - former commissioning editor at GQ and
  • Men's Health, author of Sounds Like London: 100 Years Of Black Music In The Capital, and Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King
  • Grant Fleming - journalist and photographer, acclaimed for recent exhibitions The End Of Apartheid and Hasta La Victoria.
  • Kate Hutchinson - journalist with Time Out, NME and The Guardian.
  • David Davies - former MD of Bauer Publishing, former editor of Mixmag, Q and FHM, founder of Grazia.
  • Laura Miller - freelance writer for Grazia, Elle and Red.
  • Tim Southwell - co-founder of Loaded magazine and founder of award-winning magazine, GolfPunk.
  • Mike Goldsmith - Head of Digital Publishing, Future Publishing.
  • Kat Romero - Solent journalism graduate and senior showbiz editor at Closer. 

Placements

Work experience is an essential part of the degree and is assessed at all levels of the programme. You are expected to source your own work placements with support and guidance from the course team. You will need to undertake at least three weeks of work placement during your degree.

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.

You’ll also be able to participate in industry practice during the course. This can be either in external organisations such as suitable media, communications, media or press offices; or based within Solent Press/Solent Creatives at the University.

Graduate stories

Isabel's story

Isabel Johnston - Communications Business Partner at NHS

What made you choose to study at Solent?
At the time, Solent came up as one of the leading universities for journalism. Also, it had a good location for what my then partner was doing and I wanted an international qualification.

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your work?
Strategic PR/all-around communications. I love all parts of it, as it brings together all elements of internal and external communications as well as media. Also dealing with senior directors and advising on most appropriate messages.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of studying at Solent?
The course re-affirmed that I wanted to work in the media industry. It's a great university for hands-on, creative courses. Solent provides a great mix of practical and theoretical skills and it has great lecturers that are experts in their field.

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