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p500 - Journalism, Media and Culture BA

Journalism, Media and Culture BA Honours

UCAS Code: P500 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

If you’re interested in becoming a journalist or communications professional, this degree will give you the practical skills and academic knowledge you need.

Students use digital recording technology to conduct interviews on campus. Practical modules give students the opportunity to use professional standard video and audio recording equipment, studio space and AV editing facilities.
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At a Glance

UCAS Code
P500

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB
IB: 34 points

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Opportunities

You’ll develop journalistic writing skills and learn to communicate across a wide range of platforms and media. 

Your journalism training focuses on multimedia journalism, which includes:

  • writing for different platforms such as print, online or broadcast
  • producing audio and video content for online multimedia packages

This is complemented with study of issues and current debates in media and cultural studies, as well as a thorough grounding in media law, public affairs, and political communication.

You will graduate with highly developed journalistic skills and an excellent understanding of the role of media and culture in society.

Highlights of this degree

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Course Details

Modules for 2017 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2017 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2018 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2018).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You select one module from the list below:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You select two modules from the list below:

*This module has pre-requisites

^This module is only available during 2017/18

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. Find out more on about Work Placements.

Stage 3

Compulsory modules

Optional modules

You select two modules from the list below:

^You can only take one of these modules at Stage 3

*This module has pre-requisites

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.

Careers

Journalism and media careers

Media and communication courses focus on the communication of information across a variety of mediums and cover a broad range of subjects from the highly practical to the theoretical.

You will develop a variety of skills that are extremely useful for employment, such as critical analysis, research, teamwork, flexibility, a creative and independent approach to tasks and the ability to work to a brief and meet deadlines. You will be exposed to a broad commercial and cultural awareness of the media and creative industries, both from academic staff and media practitioners.

If your aim is to work directly within the media industry it is important to build up a portfolio of work, gaining as much experience as possible. Examples include contributing to your university paper or other publications, or working for TV production or radio outlets, PR or advertising agencies. Persistence and motivation are vital due to the popularity of this sector.

Careers in public relations, journalism, media planning, broadcasting and advertising are the most popular choices for our graduates, however graduates with the ability to communicate information clearly and effectively will be beneficial to any organisation.

Find out more about the career options for journalism and media from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding

 

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Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

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UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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