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University of Buckingham

Journalism with English Literature (3-year degree)

UCAS Code: P502

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C

UCAS Tariff

96-120

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

English literature

The University of Buckingham is:
o Home of the 2-year degree – less cost and more focus
o Top for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide)
o Joint 4th in England for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey)
o Small group teaching focused – student:staff ratio of 11:1
o Flexible – start your course in September or January

The Journalism combined honours programme at Buckingham is based around the notion of ‘total journalism’ – the belief that an effective journalist should be confident and proficient in the skills needed to produce compelling stories in any medium, whether online, in print, on air or on mobile. Equally important is the ability to engage in the media employment market either working for an organisation or as an independent. We firmly believe there is no such thing as an unemployed journalist. The programme is taught by practising journalists with a love of sharing their expertise and knowledge. Groups are small and dynamic, and rely on close interaction to allow each student to develop a real sense of professional principle and personal style. A substantial element of learning takes place in a newsroom environment as students will, from early in the degree programme, be producing copy, audio, and video for the University’s live news bulletin, Buckingham News, which is broadcast every Wednesday. Journalism students also have the right to an hour of airtime on the University radio station, Bucks 101. The programme includes modules on broadcast journalism, principles of media practice, and data journalism, together with more specialist courses such as investigative reporting and sports journalism. Public Relations is an increasingly lucrative area for those with journalism skills and the programme also looks at how graduates can adapt their skills for this arena. The English Literature minor offers an understanding of contemporary literary and cultural theory while never losing sight of the values of liberal education. Students read widely and through a combination of period study and thematic study achieve an informed understanding of the discipline with reference to the critical debates that animate it. The Journalism with English Literature degree has a proud tradition of producing graduates with outstanding powers of analysis and the techniques needed to enable them to communicate their ideas compellingly. This is the 3-year format of the BA (UCAS code P502), which allows you the traditional summer break. Starting each September, there are 3 terms per year, leading to an assessment period in early June. Then the summer is free, before the return for the new academic year in late September. This allows you more time for reading and reflection, for hands on experience in the media studio, and for building up an extended portfolio of work.Our recent graduates have gone on to pursue careers in journalism, media, writing, teaching, publishing, marketing, and business.

Modules

Contemporary Writing,
Creative Writing 1,
Current Affairs TV,
Design for Media,
Design for Print,
Digital Publishing,
Feature Writing,
Fiction and Theory,
Film Studies,
From Data to Story,
Introduction to Reporting,
Investigative Reporting,
Literary Journalism (1642-present),
Media Studies,
Modern American Literature,
Modernist Writing,
News Management and Public Relations,
Poetry and Poetics,
Principles of Media Practice,
Radio Journalism,
Renaissance Literature,
Shakespearean Drama,
Sport / Cultural Journalism,
Theory and Institutions for Journalists,
Videocraft,
Women’s Writing.

Assessment methods

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.

Media courses at the University of Buckingham offer students small student: tutor ratios with a dedicated media lab at their disposal. The work is production-based, allowing students to graduate from the programme with a portfolio to present to potential employers.

This can include press journalism (news stories, features, interviews), a website (created by the student as part of the Online Media module), video and sound packages for TV / Radio Journalism (for Journalism minors) or an advertising campaign (Media Studies minors).

Students also learn to use industry-standard software including InDesign, Photoshop and Final Cut Pro as well as DV cameras and digital still cameras.The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£25,200
for the whole course
England
£25,200
for the whole course
EU
£25,200
for the whole course
International
£34,800
for the whole course
Northern Ireland
£25,200
for the whole course
Scotland
£25,200
for the whole course
Wales
£25,200
for the whole course

Extra funding

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award.

All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham.

For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website:

https://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/scholarships

The Uni


Course location:

University of Buckingham

Department:

Communication and Journalism

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.

84%
med
English literature

How do students rate their degree experience?

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English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

71%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

66%
UK students
34%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

After graduation


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English studies

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.

96%
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Employed or in further education
84%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Media professionals
16%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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