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Teesside University

Journalism

UCAS Code: P501

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

Entry requirements


Relevant Subject Area Preferred.

Pass Access Diploma to HE typically with a Merit in a relevant subject area.

Relevant Subject Area Preferred.

Relevant Subject Area Preferred.

Including relevant subject area required

UCAS Tariff

96-112
82%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Journalism

Summary: This degree, which is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), offers a well-established entry point to one of the most challenging and sought-after graduate career paths. Course details: The programme is taught by industry professionals with a broad range of experience – in TV, radio, print and online. Our aim is to ensure a high-quality student experience whilst meeting the needs of a rapidly transforming industry at a time of unprecedented global world. Journalists graduating from Teesside are equipped with the necessary storytelling skills to succeed across multiple media platforms. Last year more than 80% of our final-year students received a first-class or 2.1 degree whilst student work is nationally recognised for its excellence. Studying journalism at Teesside, you begin by learning the basics of original content creation – how to find a story, discover your individual voice, and expand your interests and knowledge. You understand how stories are reframed for digital and social media and how to set up your own website and generate revenue. Our unique multimedia platform Tside includes a website, social media channels, print publication, a TV and radio show. Here you produce original journalism for a wide range of audiences. Whether your passion is sport, fashion, music or traditional news, we aim to ensure that you are industry-ready to take up your chosen career. After the course: Nine out of ten of our students were in full time employment or further study six months after graduating - three quarters in a media professional or management level job, according to Unistats. As a student you are offered bespoke careers training and supported work placement opportunities with some of the leading media companies in the country. You can also apply for paid internship opportunities at a range of media organisations, supported by the University’s Boost programme. Other employability activity includes the annual Teesside Journalism Awards feature prizes from a range of companies including BBC, Sky, the i, Trinity Mirror and The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine; recent graduates and media employers regularly visit campus to meet with students and identify emerging talent in events like Mind the Gap – GetAhead; and first-year journalism students compete for mentoring places within the BBC. Graduates from our journalism programmes have gone to work for the BBC, Sky, The Mirror, regional newspapers, public relations and marketing, social media and digital news.

Modules

Access course information through Teesside University’s website using the course details link provided.

Assessment methods

A full range of the latest digital resources, software and digital recording equipment supports the newsroom environment. Independent and student-centred learning are encouraged in addition to taught sessions with staff. Theoretical work is delivered through illustrated lectures and seminars where there is opportunity for collective and lively discussion. The core learning, teaching and assessment tool for practical journalism is the Tside website which enables you to produce real content for a publicly facing platform. You also create your own digital platforms supported by the University an enabling you to develop open source web development skills. Work created as part of assessment builds a professional portfolio of content, which you are able to take out into industry and show perspective employers.

The Uni


Course location:

Teesside University

Department:

Media and Communications

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

70%
low
Journalism

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
91%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

95%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
36%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C
277

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
20%
Media professionals
8%
Sales, marketing and related associate 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.

Communications and media

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

£15k

£15k

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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