Broadcast Journalism BA (Hons)





About the course

Interested in television and radio journalism? This is the course for you. Our students have gone straight off to work with the BBC, Tristar, Incisive TV and Endemol or headed off to do Masters degrees in London and New York.

You’ll be taught by staff with decades worth of experience in industry and you’ll be producing your own news from the start. You’ll not only write for our own news website but you will be broadcasting the news on our community radio station RadioLab and for our TV news programme, UoB Today.

You’ll need a good nose for stories, a love of writing and editing and an ability to keep cool under pressure. You will also develop your powers of critical analysis, studying the ethics and the theories that underpin the industry, whilst reading the latest research.

Your final assessment will be a piece of broadcast or online journalism which will show off all your skills and which could be your stepping stone to that dream first job.

BJTC Vote 2017

The University of Bedfordshire’s journalism team proposed and organised, through the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, the collaboration of 13 universities reporting the general election of 2017. Bedfordshire students from across our journalism courses, from first years to postgraduate students, planned, produced and presented the overnight programme as well as joining students from other universities reporting from the counts. See the team in action here on this BJTC video.

Ian Child, 2nd year Broadcast Journalism, producer & presenter

The opportunity to report on an event like the 2017 general election was absolutely incredible. The fact that we got to work alongside other students studying similar courses throughout the country was an added bonus. The night allowed us to put into practice all of the skills and knowledge we’d acquired over  the academic year.



Broadcast Journalism Training Council

Accreditations

  • Broadcast Journalism Training Council

Broadcast Journalism - BA (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - P503
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time
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Broadcast Journalism with Professional Practice Year - BA (Hons)

  • This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

    There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

    *Only available to UK/EU students.

Broadcast Journalism with Foundation Year - BA (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Broadcast Journalism with foundation year





Why choose this course?

Journalism in Guardian League 2018

  • Learn from former and practicing journalists who combine industry experience with academic research
  • Take part in regular newsdays, with guest editors from industry to put you through your paces
  • Master the law and media regulation which all professional journalists need to be employable
  • Get voice training from experts to improve your on-air presentation
  • Develop your knowledge of both the theory and practice of journalism so you can enter the industry with a rounded understanding.
  • Go on trips and hear from a great range of guest speakers
  • Benefit from a degree accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council which represents a partnership of the BBC, Sky, ITV News, Reuters and other leading news organisations who have joined forces with universities like Bedfordshire to accredit the courses for the next generation of broadcast journalists.

Former BBC Sports Correspondent, Adrian Warner joined the University in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer. During a reporting career which began in 1988, he’s covered 13 Olympics and five World Cups. He’s worked for the Evening Standard, Reuters and the BBC and reported from more than 25 countries.Adrian Warner broadcasting

He’ll combine teaching you with continuing to report major sporting events.

Adrian covered the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for Reuters news agency. You can follow his work in industry via Twitter - @adrian_warner

Contact Kate Ironside, Course Co-ordinator, BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism at kate.ironside@beds.ac.uk for more information about the Broadcast Journalism degree.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Reporting and Writing
  • Introduction to the Journalism Industry
  • Radio Skills for Broadcast Journalists
  • TV Skills for Journalists
Year 2
  • Journalism Law and Public Administration
  • Radio for Broadcast Journalists
  • TV News Production
  • Specialist and Feature Writing
  • New Media Production
Year 3
  • Ethics and Journalism
  • Continuous News
  • Special Project Professional Journalism



Discover the School of Culture and Communications

We run a range of courses where you can develop your talents as a professional writer and communicator.

We offer specialisms in sport journalism, public relations, creative writing, radio and English literature.

Our courses are designed to bring out your full creative potential and provide a dynamic environment in which tomorrow's presenters, filmmakers, producers, directors, actors, journalists, authors and scriptwriters work alongside each other.

Discover the facilities, see examples of students’ work, read about graduate successes, browse courses, view staff profiles and much more.



How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from the academic to the journalistic. Throughout your studies you will do formative exercises to prepare you for your assessments.

Your final assessment will be a major piece of broadcast or online journalism on the subject of your choice, developed in consultation with lecturers. This enables you to demonstrate the skills and the knowledge you have developed over your studies.

Year 1
  • Written exams = 15%
  • Coursework = 60%
  • Practical exams = 25%
Year 2
  • Written exams = 15%
  • Coursework = 55%
  • Practical exams = 30%
Year 3
  • Written exams = 0%
  • Coursework = 80%
  • Practical exams = 20%

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3)
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.
  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff view the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team.

  • Interview
  • Voice test
  • Written test (literacy)

You are expected to have a good level of written English, equivalent to IELTS 7.5.

If you cannot attend an interview, you will be offered an interview via telephone or Skype.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

We hold regular professional practice events where you meet leading members of the industry who will pass on their advice and own experience. These sessions give you the opportunity to make contacts and to network.

The professional skills and values which underpin this course and are an integral part of teaching and learning within all units. We will help you to develop the ability to evaluate effectively and reflect on your own and work of others, and understand the demands and requirements of employers.

Former graduates in relevant industries regularly return to outline their experiences, and discuss opportunities with you.

Graduate story

Joe Flemons

University of Bedfordshire Broadcast Journalism student Joe Flemons is already building career as a presenter at Capital Radio

"It's a real dream come true to be given my own slot on the Capital network broadcasting across the UK, especially on a Friday night which has such importance in setting the mood for the entire weekend. I still have to pinch myself when I look at all the names of presenters I've loved, listened too and learned from for a long time now alongside my name on the schedule, it's such a massive honour.”

Emily Knott

Broadcast Journalism graduate Emily Knott was shortlisted for a Cosmopolitan Blogger of the Year award for her beauty tips blog www.britishbeautyaddict.com

“I couldn’t be more honoured and grateful for the recognition! I felt an immense sense of pride to be part of the blogging community.”

Emily is now working for MailOnline's marketing department.

As someone who spent 26 years in journalism, including at the Daily Express and BBC Westminster, I know how fast the industry is changing. What we pride ourselves on at the University of Bedfordshire is giving students real life experience so they can hit the ground running when they move to industry. We treat our classes like newsrooms, with regular newsdays where you produce your own news. We even worked overnight to report Donald Trump’s election as American President and will be doing so again in June, reporting the British general election. Kate Ironside, Senior Lecturer in Journalism.
Quote from a lecturer

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Extra costs for this course

Travel costs

On this course you will do placements/work experience (circa 15 days overall) away from the campus.

We estimate that the total spend on travel could be up to £600 depending on where the placement/work experience is located.

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

You will benefit from our £5.5m Media Arts Centre, which houses:

  • A broadcast television studio
  • A performance theatre and performance studio
  • Digital radio studios
  • Ten digital video editing suites
  • Electronic newsrooms
  • A white space studio
  • Multimedia suites
  • Additional studios for online and design work

We also offer a Media Hub where students can borrow the latest digital equipment, including cameras, MP3 recorders, location lighting and audio equipment.

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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