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BA (Hons) Journalism

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  •  Journalist
  • News Reporter
  • Radio Producer/ Presenter
  • Blogger/ Vlogger
  • Social Media Content Creator
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Press Officer
  • Researcher
  • Internal Communications Writer 
  • Editorial Content Writer
  • Copy Editor
  • Marketing Copywriter

Who is it for?

If you want to become a journalist and explore what journalism is and where this fast paced and exciting industry 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 digital journalism.

You will learn how to produce imaginative and incisive copy to deadline 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.

Students will gain valuable work experience in a local or regional media organisation as part of the Professional Development module in their final year.

During your time with us you will have the opportunity to work with local and regional partners in Peterborough and undertake exciting 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 20 students.

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What is covered?

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)

  • Media Law and Ethics (15 credits)
  • News Reporting (15 credits)
  • Exploring Journalism (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Video (15 credits)
  • Media Law and Ethics (15 credits)
  • Integrated Design and Features (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Audio (15 credits)
  • Launching your career (15 credits)

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Mobile Filmmaking (30 credits)
  • Employability (15 credits)
  • Photojournalism (15 credits)
  • Politics and the Media (30 credits)
  • Magazine Production (15 credits)
  • Shorthand (optional - 15 credits)
  • Podcasting (optional - 15 credits)
  • Documentary Filmmaking (optional - 15 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • Professional Placement (30 credits)
  • Major Project 1 (15 credits)
  • Journalism Portfolio 1 (15 credits)
  • Major Project 2 (30 credits)
  • Journalism Portfolio 2 (15 credits)
  • Content Marketing (15 credits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

88 UCAS Points and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

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

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

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