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Bournemouth University

Multimedia Journalism

UCAS Code: P500
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Journalism
Student score
68% LOW
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

Accepted as part of the overall tariff

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

30 - 32 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects

UCAS tariff points

112 - 128 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The accreditation by three professionally-recognised bodies: the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJYC), the Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ), and the Professional Publishers Association (PPA), speaks volumes as to the practical nature of this all-encompassing degree. Developed in conjunction with the industry, you’ll acquire the entire practical and theoretical skillset needed to work in the fast-paced world of journalism, be it in print, radio, TV or online. Taught in state-of-the-art dedicated newsrooms and digitally-equipped studios, by NCTJ qualified journalists, editors and practitioners, you’ll sit multiple NCTJ qualifications to also graduate with a NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. If you achieve A-C and 100 words per minute in shorthand, you’ll graduate with a Gold Standard NCTJ Diploma; a widely recognised qualification that can radically enhance your credibility and employability as a practicing journalist.


There's a strong focus on practical work, with many opportunities for you to get involved in writing copy, as well as producing radio and TV bulletins, all within state-of-the-art dedicated newsrooms and digitally equipped studios to replicate a professional working environment. This means that when you graduate, you’ll have a broad range of multimedia skills at your disposal, thus making you highly employable. The accreditation by the three main industry bodies - the BJTC, NCTJ and PTC - demonstrates the practical nature of this course, which has been developed in conjunction with the industry to ensure you have all the skills you'll need when you graduate. As an NCTJ accredited course, you are able to sit the NCTJ qualifications in Reporting, Essential Law, Court Reporting, Public Affairs, Production, Portfolio and Shorthand while on course. These elements are integrated throughout the degree and taught by NCTJ qualified journalists, editors and practitioners. Students who take all the exams will graduate with a NCTJ Diploma in Journalism and the students who achieve A-C and 100wpm shorthand will graduate with a Gold Standard NCTJ Diploma. This highly recognised industry professional qualification will enhance your employability and credibility in the workplace.

Bournemouth University

The University by night

Bournemouth University offers a diverse range of courses from advertising to midwifery, and has a variety of award-winning facilities. The Students' Union at BU runs campaigns throughout the year and provides outstanding advice and exciting events, club nights, volunteering and fundraising opportunities. Our Media School is the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in the UK.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 63%
Student score 68% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
10% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
63% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
335 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
91% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £20k HIGH
Graduates who are media professionals


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Journalism roles are very sought after, and competition fierce, and with the Internet disrupting business models, this is likely to continue. It's not impossible to get into roles with a first degree — quite a few do - but they can often be insecure or on a freelance basis, and a lot of jobs in journalism go to postgraduates. Unpaid work is not the norm for new journalists, but it’s rather more common than for other roles, as personal contacts and work experience are important ways for would-be journalists to get their target jobs. The skills you can gain from a journalism degree can be useful in a range of industries, and so grads from these courses can be found in a wide range of jobs - first degree graduates often get jobs in marketing and PR where their skills at drafting copy to deadlines are appreciated. London tends to dominate the jobs market for journalism graduates - a quarter of journalism graduates went to work there - but 2015 graduates found opportunities elsewhere, particularly in larger cities with good local media.
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