If you’d like to work in the fast-paced world of journalism then this is the course for you – designed to equip you with all the skills needed to work in a multi-disciplinary media environment, including TV, radio, print and online journalism.
It’s also backed and accredited by three industry-recognised bodies in the shape of the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), and the Publishers Association (PA). In fact, we were the first institution in the UK to have our journalism courses accredited by all of these organisations – demonstrating the proven track record BU has for quality teaching and the relevance of our course content in this competitive sector.
Throughout your degree, you’ll learn the essential theoretical framework and hone your practical skills by producing copy, bulletins and broadcast packages in newsrooms and digital studios, which replicate professional working environments. This includes being taught the importance of originality and being introduced to innovative storytelling techniques.
To put your new skills into practice, you’ll also have the opportunity to complete either two short placements or a 30-week placement in industry – making professional contacts and gaining insight into how the sector operates.
For budding sports journalists, Bournemouth University’s partnership with A.F.C. Bournemouth provides opportunities to cover premier league football matches. BU students attend all the club’s pre-match press conferences and all the home games played at Vitality Stadium. They also conduct post-match interviews. Find out how this fantastic opportunity helped BU graduate, Jasper Taylor, winner of the young broadcaster category at the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards.
In addition, as an NCTJ-accredited course, you’ll sit the NCTJ qualifications in:
- Essential Law
- Court Reporting
- Public Affairs
Students who take all the exams will graduate with an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism and the students who achieve A–C and 100 words per minute in shorthand will graduate with a Gold Standard NCTJ Diploma. This widely recognised professional qualification can radically enhance your credibility and employability as a practising journalist.
In 2018, our students scooped prizes at both the NCTJ and BJTC Awards, showing the high calibre of work our students are producing - choosing this course could see you follow in their footsteps.
We have course specific resources on campus which 93% of our final year students said they could access when they needed to. Why not visit us or join us on live chat now to find out more?
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Next start date:
September 2019, September 2020
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
3 years (including two short placements) or 4 years (including a 30-week placement), full-time
Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), The Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Professional Publishers Association (PPA)
All subjects considered
For September 2019 and September 2020 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.
International entry requirements:
For September 2019 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components, or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.
For September 2020 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading or writing and 5.5 in all other components, or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.