BA (Hons) Journalism

Our journalism course is designed to enable you to train and develop as a practitioner so that you will be the ones to report tomorrow’s news.  If you want to become a journalist and explore what journalism is and where it is heading, this is the perfect course for you.

Delivered at the state-of-the-art Media and Journalism Centre in the heart of the city and at the University Centre main campus, you will learn under the guidance of current industry professionals and be given a practical grounding in print, radio, photo and online journalism.

You will learn how to produce imaginative and incisive copy to deadline and as well as developing a range of skills to ensure you have the creativity and versatility to thrive in today’s industry. You’ll look at the problems, pitfalls and potential for today’s journalism, studying its past and debating its future.  If your interest is sport or fashion journalism we will support you in this allowing you to specialise throughout the course.

During your time with us you will have the opportunity to work with local and regional partners in Peterborough and undertake exciting paid internships with local businesses and placements at major consumer magazine titles.  You will also have the opportunity to learn from professional journalists and media professionals in our guest speaker events organised by students and staff.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

  • Take cutting edge industry modules like Mobile Journalist.
  • Learn from industry professionals in city that hosts media giants like BGL and Bauer Media.
  • The Professional Practice module in year 3 enables students to undertake commissions and work placements and build a portfolio of work which can secure their first job.
  • The ability to specialise in an area of particular interest like fashion or sport.

72 UCAS points:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technicals Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C or above or grade 4 or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language  qualification.


APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.


UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.


It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Law and Ethics for Journalists (30 credits)
  • News and Reporting Skills (15 credits)
  • Exploring Journalism (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Digital Publishing (15 credits)
  • Feature Writing and Design (30 credits)
  • Broadcast Journalism (15 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Digital Magazine Production (30 credits)
  • Shorthand (15 credits)
  • Photojournalism (15 credits)
  • The Media and Politics (30 credits)
  • Mobile Journalism (15 credits)
  • Data and Investigative Journalism (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • Professional Development (30 credits)
  • Major Project 1 (15 credits)
  • Live News Production (15 credits)
  • Major Project 2 (30 credits)
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism (15 credits)
  • Public Relations (15 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one to two full days a week over two semesters per year).

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 30%     Lectures
  • 30%     Seminars
  • 40%     Workshops
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 30%     Lectures
  • 30%     Seminars
  • 40%     Workshops
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 30%     Lectures
  • 30%     Seminars
  • 40%     Workshops

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 30 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 80%     Coursework
  • 10%     Written Exams
  • 10%     Practical Exams
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 90%     Coursework
  • 10%     Written Exams
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
  • 80%     Coursework
  • 10%     Practical Exams
  • 10%     Placement

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

Formative assessment opportunities are written into all module plans to provide students with on-going feedback.  End of semester assessments will have formative opportunities in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  In addition revision sessions will be held in week 12.

Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.

70%+         First
60-69%     2:1
50-59%     2:2
40-49%     Third

Future careers after completing this course may include:

  • Journalist
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Press Officer
  • Researcher
  • Internal Communications Writer
  • Editorial Content Writer
  • Copy Editor
  • Marketing Copywriter

I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Journalism degree at University Centre Peterborough. My teaching in journalism at University Centre Peterborough began in September 2012, with the majority of modules taught focusing on the more practical and modern elements of the course; for example, modules that link core journalistic values and practices with elements of digital publishing.

Prior to teaching, I worked mostly in local news; starting at the Fenland Citizen, before moving to the Peterborough Telegraph - then a daily publication prior to its shift to a weekly format. However, my final full-time journalistic role was as the Deputy Editor for a specialist education title, FE Week, during its launch and initial year of growth.

After a short stint at a public relations and community engagement firm I started my work at University Centre Peterborough, which I now combine with a sports journalism freelance career, focusing mostly on football reporting; feature writing and match day work.

During my MA, for which I graduated with a Distinction grade in September 2017, my research centred on the emergence of social media and its links to social media. This included a research project for my dissertation that studied the practices used by sports journalists on social media and the abuse that those journalists suffer on social media, which is work I intend to continue.


  • MA Journalism, University of Lincoln
  • NCE for Reporter, National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
  • BA (Hons) Journalism, Staffordshire University
  • L5 Diploma in Teaching, Peterborough Regional College

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.


For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

First UCAS deadline
If you have not made your application by Tuesday 15th January 2019, you can still apply to University Centre Peterborough at any time afterwards.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Monday 25th February to Thursday 4th July 2019. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.

This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.


Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email

Key Facts

Institution code
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

University Centre Peterborough (70%) / Peterborough Regional College (30%)

Duration and Delivery

3 years full-time 
(2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

4 years part-time 
(1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Start Date
w/c 16th September 2019

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

All full-time undergraduate students will receive £500 cash reward at the end of every year and students from low income households can apply for a £500 cash bonus after the first semester of every year (subject to eligibility).

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Additional Notes

Click here for terms and conditions 2019/20 including our complaints policy.

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