Journalism

UCAS codes

  • P500 -

Course contact

Elizabeth McLaughlin
ask@uws.ac.uk
+44 (0)1698 283100 or +44 (0)141 849 4101

Qualifications and durations

  • BA - 3 years
  • BA Hons - 4 years

Campus

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Journalism continues to evolve, with new media creating more opportunities for graduates. This programme will give you the strong practical skills needed to excel in this competitive profession. 
  • SQA Highers: BBBC inc English
  • GCE A-Levels: CCC inc English
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBC inc English
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
  • SQA Advanced Highers: BBC + HG English
  • GCE A-Levels: BBC inc English
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points.
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC / CertHE: Journalism; Practical Journalism; Communication with Media; or a relevant discipline
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree / DipHE: Journalism; Practical Journalism; Communication with Media; or a relevant discipline
All applicants will be expected to submit a strong personal statement and reference. Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio reflecting their journalistic skills.

This degree equips you with the professional abilities and practical skills that journalists require. You will learn general reporting, interviewing and writing skills to prepare you for the demands of the multi-platform news environment. A strong academic element underpins the practical aspects of journalism, providing you with a knowledge of national and local government, international relations, and civil and criminal law relating to the media. This programme is delivered by academics with a wealth of professional experience and has strong input from the sector. 

Sports Journalism option 

You will also have the option of specialising in Sports Journalism as you progress through the programme with relevant modules available. If you pursue this route you will graduate with a bracketed Sports Journalism title.

Year 1
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An introduction to newswriting and reporting skills for print, broadcast and online news providers. Study covers various issues relevant to modern journalism and news production.

Year 2
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You will advance your news and feature writing through a number of ‘real-world’ projects and build on your broadcast production skills through a series of news days across the year. Academic subjects include the study of politics and law and media regulation.

Year 3
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You will undertake a work placement in news organisations and participate in news production classes. Studies include ethics and responsibilities. If you pursue a sports journalism route you will have the opportunity to study modules in sports broadcasting and commentary and sports journalism and law.

Year 4 (Honours)
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You will complete a dissertation on an aspect of journalism and its role in society; and undertake a major creative project, producing a range of multimedia portfolio-based work, as well as engaging in the culture of the politics of news and sport, as well as international journalism.
Graduates are equipped to work in newsrooms and with the essential skills to compete within a multimedia environment. With strong emphasis on practical skills, you will undertake work placement in newspaper, magazine, broadcast and online news environments in Scotland and the UK. You will create a portfolio of work and establish professional contacts. bjtc_logo

The programme is fully accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). The BJTC works in partnership with all the main employers in the UK broadcast industry and accredits higher education programmes based upon their direct and practical nature.


skillsetAccredited by Skillset, the sector skills council for Creative Media and designed to meet the demands of the creative and cultural industries

Useful Information

  • All applicants will be expected to submit a strong personal statement and reference. Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio reflecting their journalistic skills.