With a tradition of excellence in delivering media courses, this Multimedia Journalism course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of an ever- changing market.
Delivered at the state-of-the-art Media and Journalism Centre in the heart of the city and at the university centre main campus, students will learn under the guidance of current industry professionals.
Groups are kept small in order to provide students with the kind of one-to-one support they will not receive at any other higher education institution as we firmly believe you cannot teach journalism in lecture theatres of 100-plus students.
During your time studying with us, you will have the opportunity to undertake exciting paid internships with local businesses and placements at major consumer magazine titles. This is made possible by timetabling your lecturers into two full days a week as employers offer these placements during the working week.
The Professional Practice module in year 3 is where students undertake commissions and work placements and build a portfolio of work which can secure that all-important first job. Students are supported in obtaining work placements with organisations such as the BBC, Cambridge University and comparethemarket.com. This recently gave the opportunity for one of our students to present to camera on BBC Look East, for an award-winning news story.
Guest speaker events with professional journalists are regularly organised by students and staff, and volunteer opportunities are available from a range of regional and national organisations and employers.
The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.
Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.
You must have GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C 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.
ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY
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.
EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)
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.
EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIALCERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)
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 email@example.com.
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 for Journalists (30 credits)
Reporting Skills (15 credits)
Introduction to Magazines (15 credits)
Introduction to Digital Media (15 credits)
Introduction to Broadcast (15 credits)
Advanced Reporting Skills (30 credits)
Year two for full-time students (Level 5)
Politics and the Media (30 credits)
Shorthand (15 credits)
Investigative Journalism (15 credits)
TV Journalism (15 credits)
Digital Publishing (30 credits)
Plus 15 credits of optional modules dependant on pathway
Final year for full-time students (Level 6)
Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
Live News Production (30 credits)
Professional Practice (15 credits)
Social Media and PR (15 credits)
The Journalist as Entrepreneur (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)
Click here for more information about each of the core modules.
If it is unviable to run an optional module due to student demand, an alternative module will be offered.
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 38 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 full day a week over two semesters per year).
Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes 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 40 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:
Reflective log book
Work based assessment
Dissertation (final year)
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.
A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester. Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.
Your final degree classification is calculated as an average of your highest 60 credits at Level 5 and all credits at Level 6.
We have an excellent record in helping graduates secure employment in all media and journalism related fields. Peterborough has a flourishing magazine sector that includes media empire Bauer Media as well a range of small to medium publishers. Previous graduates have started their journalism careers at titles such as Yahoo, Best of British, Rail magazine and Route One magazine. As well as journalism, an increasing number of our graduates have moved into the field of social media and public relations for digital marketing and PR agencies as well as major companies such as Sainsburys, the Co-op and O2.
I am the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Multimedia 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
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WHEN TO APPLY
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.
Apply via UCAS If you missed the first UCAS deadline on Monday 15th January 2018 and have not yet applied for university, you can still apply now for a full-time undergraduate degree at University Centre Peterborough via UCAS. You do not need to wait until UCAS Extra starts on Sunday 25th February 2018.
UCAS Extra UCAS Extra runs from Sunday 25th February to Wednesday 4th July 2018 and gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.
Clearing From Thursday 5th July 2018 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.
WHAT IF I DON’T GET THE GRADES I EXPECTED?
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.
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