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About the course

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.

The course 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.

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.

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

There are opportunities to take part in annual study trips, which in the past have included Paris, New York, Tokyo and Beijing and students are able to study in Europe for a year as part of their degree.

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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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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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

The 2017/18 sandwich year fees are:
UK and EU sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,545

Other costs

The 2017/18 other costs are not yet available but for guidance the 2016/17 costs were:

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

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.


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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 Maths and English at grade C or above.
  • Applicants will be asked to attend an interview.
  • 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.


100%

of students feel the library resources and services are good enough for their needs

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.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units

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

Year two

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
  • 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

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

Year three

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

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

17%

Written exams

74%

Assessment by coursework

9%

Practical exams

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
Neil Merrick academic profile Neil Merrick Associate Lecturer View profile
Eden Sharp academic profile Eden Sharp 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

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.

Taught by highly experienced staff who are dedicated to providing a personal learning experience and there are opportunities to freelance through Solent Creatives.

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.

90%

of students go on work and/or study six months after finishing the course

80%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job
  • 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 (120 hours minimum), real-world reporting tasks and a well-established guest speaker programme which welcomes up to 20 top journalists a year.

Placements

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.

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.

Further study

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