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Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Journalism

UCAS Code: P500

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

Excluding General Studies

We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs General Studies is excluded.

Pass with 23-45 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 6 credits at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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or a combination of BTEC Level 3 grades

UCAS Tariff

96

Must be achieved from 3 A levels, BTECs or other acceptable Level 3 qualifications

92%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Journalism

Are you interested in the media, in how opinions are formed, in how stories are told and in giving voice to those with no voice? If so, you could love a career in journalism On our Journalism degree, you’ll enjoy working right on the BBC campus in Plymouth, giving you incredible opportunities to learn from, network with and support one of the largest BBC centres in the country

You’ll have plenty of close involvement with current active journalists, allowing you to learn about the industry from the industry. The Journalism courses run side by side, with each team tackling their relevant subject areas. The set-up replicates a busy news room. You will produce articles for magazines, newspapers and online, as well as developing packages for TV and radio
You’ll gain experience in all types of media; filming, presenting, writing and photography, making you highly employable, not only in journalism or the media but also in marketing or communication disciplines. You will become a highly skilled “people person” adept at understanding what people are interested in, how they might react and what their needs are. You will also of course become an effective and versatile writer and communicator. In the classroom, you’ll study theory such as the legal issues affecting the industry, cross-platform publishing and court reporting
Why this course at Marjon?
• Opportunity to work right on the BBC campus in the former Broadcasting House, now redeveloped as The Workshop.
• On-campus newsroom packed with all the recording and broadcasting kit currently used by the pros with no charge for equipment hire, and 24 hour access for students.
• Professional software for editing film, magazine, newspaper and online output
• Regular live news days where you get to experience the professional expectations of a busy newsroom across print, radio, the internet and TV
• Gain confidence in newspapers, digital publishing and broadcasting on radio and television
• Opportunity to try out various roles including editing, presenting, producing and news gathering.
• Industry guests from the world of journalism, for example from Match of the Day, The Guardian, ITV and the BBC
• In addition to our second year placement module, we also facilitate regular work experience for our students across the region with recent students benefitting from experience at the BBC, Plymouth Herald and Plymouth Raiders

What might I become?
Graduates have gained employment with the BBC, Channel 4, Twofour Productions (TV production) and a variety of online platforms. They have also gone on to work in the media departments at professional sports clubs, newspapers, magazines, national radio stations and websites, as well as in production, editing, PR and communications and marketing.

Find out more at Open Day
Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Journalism at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and look around our well-equipped Journalism and Media (JAM) Centre. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies.
Book on to an Open Day at: www.marjon.ac.uk/open-day.
Why study at Marjon?
• Awarded SILVER Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
• High quality teaching Ranked No 1 in England for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Joint 12th in UK for Student Satisfaction as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Top 10 in the UK for student experience as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019*.
• 5th in UK for Courses and Lecturers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 2019.
*Rankings published 23 September 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates. Based on National Student Survey 2018.

Modules

Chris - Third year, Journalism;
“The first year started with the basics of learning how to tell stories fora variety of audiences and platforms. We also covered media law and looked into how journalists develop stories. Year two built on the skills we already learned as we made documentaries for both TV and radio and wrote articles for a group magazine that’s distributed around the city. In the third year, we’ve been producing content for radio and online in fast-paced news weeks. We will also be making our own magazines and running a marketing campaign.”

1st Year
Research: The investigative journalist
Journalism production: Recording the story
Written journalism: The power of the word
Live news: Get your mojo on
Journalism production: Words and pictures
Media law and the ethical journalist

2nd Year
Research: Curious and creative
Radio journalism: More than words
Written journalism: Making Sound
Learn to earn: Placement and proactivity
Live news: Lights, camera, action!
Visual journalism: Digital storytelling

3rd Year
Honours project: The finished product
TV journalism: The bigger picture
Live news: The cutting edge
Magazine journalism: The summer issue
Marketing and PR: The buzz-feeder

Assessment methods

Assessment methods are based on the production of news stories, features and essays and you will be appraised on your performance on work placements.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Department:

School of Arts and Humanities

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
64%
Male students
36%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,500
low
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Media professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Journalism

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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