Journalism (Communication) BA

Perhaps you enjoy writing and have a keen interest in communication, culture, arts or sport, or want to present to camera as a broadcast journalist, or you are an experienced blogger or vlogger. If so, a journalism degree at Brunel might be a good match for you.

Brunel’s BA Journalism (Communication) degree combines a strong academic background in communication and culture with a broad range of essential journalism skills. You will graduate with communication in your degree title, flagging up to prospective employers that you have a dual specialism that combines academic rigour with practical competencies.

Course details

In the journalism modules, you will learn how to research a story, pitch ideas, interview, report and write across different platforms. You will learn video, audio and magazine journalism and because it is so hand-on you will feel like you are building real skills for future.

  • Mode of study: 4-5 days a week
  • Intake: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9250   per year
  • Location: London campus

Brunel University London

Course overview

There is a strong emphasis in the practical modules on digital technology and you will learn in a 24-hour, state-of-the-art, multi-platform digital newsroom with broadcast facilities, using the latest edition industry-standard hardware and software.

You will also develop an academically robust and critical understanding of the media, communication and cultural environments in which journalism operates and interacts as well as the analytical ability to explore intellectual inquiries and present findings.

You will also have the option to take the industry accredited and much sought-after NCTJ Diploma at no extra cost.

Benefits

Entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBC.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in any subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DM in any subject, with an A-Level grade C.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma M in any subject, with A-Levels grades BB.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points. GCSE English equivalent SL 5 or HL 4 and Mathematics SL 4 or HL4.
  • Obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3.
  • T levels : Merit overall

Careers

The combination of practical skills in journalism and rigorous academic study of communication will equip you for a range of careers including as a general reporter or arts/culture correspondent or as public relations officer or communication officer. Career options such as marketing, public relations or event management are possible.

Modules

Journalism (Communications) BA is an opportunity to acquire not only an understanding of journalism and communications, but also the skills needed to practice as a journalist and the technical know-how to deliver news stories in a variety of media.
Compulsory
  • SO1704 – Exploring Identity and Power
  • CO1604 – Introduction to Multi-platform Journalism
  • CO1603 Journalism, Communication and Politics
  • CO1601 – Key Ideas in Media
  • JR1700 – News and Feature Writing
  • SO1701 – Researching Culture and Society
Optional
  • SO1602 – Contemporary Society and Media
  • PP1068 – Modern British Politics

Compulsory

  • JR2613 – Cross-platform Journalism: Reporting Arts and Culture
  • CO2030 – Global Communication
  • JR2606 – Media Law, Ethics, and Regulation
  • CO2028 – Research in Practice

Optional

  • CO2603 – Creative Industries, Fashion and Culture
  • JR2700 – Journalism, Politics and Power
  • CO2602 – Social Media and Networked Cultures

Compulsory

  • JR3606 – Dissertation
  • CO3605 – Fake News, Images and Websites
  • JR3607 – Journalism Practice Project

Optional

  • CO3602 – Comedy, the Media and Society
  • CO3603 – Changing Audiences