Journalism BA (Hons)

About the course

The media industry is constantly changing, and you want to enter it bang up to date – with cross-industry editorial and production skills gained from experience of working in radio studios, edit suites and our newsroom, equipped with the latest Apple technology and Press Association news feeds.

Taught by professionals with print, broadcast and academic expertise you will become skilled in news gathering and reporting including location work and feature writing, and develop an understanding of journalism in a globalised age.

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.

Daniel Jones, 3rd year Journalism student

Broadcasting the coverage of events from Vote 2017 live on RadioLab will be remembered as one of my favourite moments while studying at the University of Bedfordshire. Seeing students and faculty members work together tirelessly throughout the night to produce and provide professional news coverage and audio for a nationwide audience on a subject that impacts us all has also given me a closer insight into what to expect when I enter work after graduation.

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

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - P500
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Sep
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time evening
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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.

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 Journalism with foundation year

Why choose this course?

Journalism in Guardian League 2018

  • Learn cross-industry editorial and production skills, using industry-standard equipment, from experts in the field
  • Study aspects of journalism in practice, including media law, ethics and public administration, preparing you to enter the industry either as employee or freelancer
  • Develop your knowledge of theory and current practice in journalism, and insights into future developments
  • Gain practical skills in news gathering, features writing and editing, producing and presenting your work across platforms including radio, internet, video and print
  • Explore and build links with journalism and wider creative industries through work experience opportunities
  • Benefit from a course which reflects industry demand for graduates with the skills to enter careers in print, broadcast and online publishing. Journalists work at local, regional, national and international levels. Other career paths include research, sub-editing, production, editorial, new media production, or as a columnist in regional, national or international media companies.
  • First class tuition in general journalism across a range of platforms from industry specialists
  • Opportunity to have your own radio show on our community radio station, RadioLab
  • Report from Year 1 for our news website
  • Master the law and the regulation you need to operate as a professional journalist
  • Study the world of sport in depth, hearing from leading academics and participants
  • Great trips and lots of guest speakers from the world of both sport and the media

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

The course where students don’t just study – they do!

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Web Design
  • Introduction to the Journalism Industry
  • Introduction to Multimedia Journalism Production
  • Reporting and Writing
Year 2
  • Print, Production and Design
  • Journalism, Law and Public Administration
  • Specialist and Feature Writing
  • New Media Production Radio
Year 3
  • Journalism and Ethics
  • Future Media
  • Radio 24/7
  • Magazine and Online Publishing
  • Special Project for 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?

You will develop an initial understanding of how to write and research in the first year, assessed through a series of practical assignments, explored further and in greater depth in the second year, culminating in a possible portfolio of journalism work in which you seek to be of a publishable standard, in your final year.

You will explore the structures, ownership, regulations and theories of how journalism is produced, assessed in presentations and essays in the first year.

This analysis grows in its sophistication, in the second year, looking at media law and your engagement with public institutions and assessed through examinations.

This strand culminates in an analysis of ethics, insofar as they affect working journalists, assessed in essays and a possible academic dissertation, in your final year.

Year 1
  • Written exams = 20%
  • Coursework = 42%
  • Practical exams = 38%
Year 2
  • Written exams = 15%
  • Coursework = 60%
  • Practical exams = 25%
Year 3
  • Written exams = 0%
  • Coursework = 75%
  • Practical exams = 25%

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 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • 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 see 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

  • 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

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

We will help you find your feet in the media industry. Successful graduates and current journalism students share good and bad practice and help you network. Lecturers will draw on their experience, encouraging good working practices and localising bad ones. Professionals from the industry will watch you work, advise you on improvements, give you tips on getting into the industry and guest lecture. Trips are made to courts, councils and Parliament, reinforcing your understanding of media law and public administration.

You will have opportunities to work on the University community radio station, RadioLab, write and edit and for the student newspaper and follow alumni in attaining work experience with local media, such as the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper group and BBC Three Counties Radio, as well as opportunities in nearby London.

The transferable and relevant skills which you will acquire remain in demand in the fields of publishing; copywriting, public relations work; in-house press office positions; teaching; sports journalism; media research; digital media production and academia.

Graduate story

Dami Oloniskain

Read how our very own University of Bedfordshire Journalism graduate Dami Oloniskain won an award at Cosmopolitan's Blogger of the Year Awards

"I'm still in shock that my blog has been recognised by Cosmopolitan. I've wanted this win for a very long time and to finally get it feels like a dream come true. Who knew that a blog and a final year project at the University of Bedfordshire would bring me so far?”

The BA (Hons) Journalism course gives you all the tools to succeed in the industry. We know because our graduates land jobs in diverse and rewarding parts of journalism and the wider creative industries. Recent alumni are working for Talk Sport, Daily Mail online and running their own magazines, to name but a few. The degree has clear pathways. We make sure you can research and interview thoroughly and then write it all up. We make sure you can edit it and produce it for multiple platforms. We make sure you rise to the challenges of a demanding yet highly rewarding breakneck industry. Don’t take my word for it. Ask our alumni. You’ll find them easily enough. Dr Paul Rowinski. BA Journalism Course Co-ordinator.
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.


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


    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.


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


    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.


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


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 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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