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Journalism - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Channel your talent for writing, your instinct for seeking out the truth and your ability to engage an audience with a compelling story through this exceptional journalism degree. You’ll learn how to survive in a rapidly changing industry, cover breaking news in our state-of-the-art newsroom and develop a range of journalistic writing for different media channels and genres.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news from our journalism staff, students and alumni by following their Instagram and Tumblr pages. You can also follow their Twitter page.

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More about this course

This Journalism degree offers a lively and professional introduction to the practices and ideas of journalism. You'll cover breaking news in our newsroom, enjoy exciting news days and develop a range of writing skills for different media outlets and learn video, audio and mobile techniques of a rapidly changing industry, taught by respected practitioners.

You’ll find a wealth of relevant work placement opportunities to give your career a headstart. Our students have had placements at media organisations including InStyle Magazine, BBC Radio 1, Your Media London, Islington Gazette, Hayes FM, Business In The Community, Bracknell News, October Films, sport.co.uk, Bliss, Press Association, Sunday Times, ITN and Cambridge Evening News, as well as the Daily Mail.

You’ll have the chance to visit newspapers, TV studios and the places where news is made. We host a range of well-known speakers, recently including Professor Steve Jones to talk about science in journalism, Gary Younge from the Guardian and Tom Symonds from the BBC to talk about breaking big stories from phone hacking to paedophilia.

Learning to use both the journalist’s techniques for gathering and telling stories and the academic’s skills in analysing and marshalling arguments will leave you with a strong portfolio to enter the marketplace. Join us and find your niche in the rapidly changing media landscape.

You can follow us on Twitter for news and events from alumni, students and staff.

You can get a taste for life at our School of Computing and Digital Media by taking a look at our showcase of recent student work.

Assessment

You're assessed through coursework, in-class tests, individual and group projects. The final assessment must be work of a publishable standard; it can be video, audio, written or multimedia.

Professional accreditation

We're currently in the process of applying for accreditation by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code P502
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Our teaching plans for autumn 2021

We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Journalism (including foundation year) BA (Hons).

These requirements may be varied in individual cases as prospective students will be invited to an interview.

Mature students with previous relevant experience are encouraged to apply.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

What our students say

“The lectures were fun and informative and have equipped me with vital skills that I am already using in the real world. Not only were we taught about journalism as a subject, we were constantly being prepared for a working environment and this has been invaluable as I have so many other friends who have graduated from other universities who were not geared up with the necessary tools or confidence to enter a real journalism working environment. The support and encouragement I was given by my lecturers was beyond anything I could have hoped for. Not only did the lecturers support me academically they were also there to help me with personal issues. Had this support not been there I very much doubt that I would have been able to complete the course and graduate with my 2:1. I had a documentary film commissioned by Vice while still studying at London Met. Had it not been for my lecturers and the newsroom production module I would not have had the confidence or skills needed to make this film. My time at London Met has been some of the best years of my life, I have learned so much not only about journalism but also about myself, the journalism course has given me so much and I will forever be grateful and thankful.”
Kartel Brown, graduate

“The lecturers who make up the journalism subject area at London Met are a collective source of encouragement, guidance and inspiration. Guest speakers from the industry and trips to places such as Sky News and the BBC will motivate you to dream big – what you learn on the course will give you the tools you need to make those dreams a reality. You will get to make your own television and radio shows, create your own magazines as well as become adept in media law. The journalism subject area has played a major role in my future and it’s because of their guidance that I have my job in journalism.”
Rosie Quigley, graduate

"During my time at London Metropolitan University, I learnt so much about myself and journalism. The amount of first-hand knowledge the tutors have is just amazing and having them as lifelong contacts is invaluable. They were also able to help me at university by providing me with contacts for work experience whilst studying, which was extremely helpful and put me in a really good position after graduation. I completely grew as a person in the three years I studied and became much more confident in myself. The practical skills we learnt at London Met were amazing compared to other universities too, as we took such a very practical approach to the work, which employers love. I owe a lot to London Met."
Hannah Aldwinckle, graduate

"When I go to jobs, they're always surprised that I got all this experience from just being at university."
Third year student

You can find out more about what our journalism students get up to on their Instagram and Tumblr.

Where this course can take you

Journalism graduates have gone on to work in TV, radio, print and online media all around the globe. From the Sunday People to the Independent, the New Statesman to Correos of Venezuela, TalkSport radio to Swedish TV, our graduates are making their mark.

Many are also working in PR, media consultancy, social media, management, web design, fashion and marketing, as well as going on to study media, journalism, international conflict or film studies at postgraduate level.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

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How to apply

September 2021: If you’re a UK student or an EU student with settled/pre-settled status and want to study full-time from September, you can apply through Clearing – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online. If you're an international applicant or want to study part-time, select the relevant entry point and click the "Apply direct" button.

Applying for 2021

If you're from the UK, or you're from the EU and have settled or pre-settled status, apply through Clearing for courses starting in September 2021 – call 0800 032 4441 or apply online.

Applying for 2022

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you're applying for a degree starting in January/February, you can apply directly to the University.



When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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