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University of Buckingham

Journalism with Politics (2-year degree)

UCAS Code: P501

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-C,C,C

Typical Offer

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

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

DDM

From relevant National Diploma

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C

UCAS Tariff

96-120

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

2years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

2.0 years | Full-time | 2019

Subject

Politics

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

This honours degree programme is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in journalism, whether in hard news or comment, and who value good writing, skilled broadcasting and top-class analytical skills. You will benefit from a practical, hands-on major in Journalism, aimed at developing first-class production skills in online, print and broadcast media with a minor in Politics that emphasises the analysis of differing political systems and approaches. Drawing on the synergies between politics and media across different platforms – the need for clarity and the construction of a compelling message – the programme will familiarise you with a broad range of essential and advanced journalistic principles, writing / production techniques, and with life in the workplace.

Modules

Current Affairs TV,
Design for Media,
Design for Print,
Digital Publishing,
External Placement (Arts and Media),
Feature Writing,
From Data to Story,
Introduction to Reporting,
Investigative Reporting,
Literary Journalism (1642-present),
Media Studies,
News Management and Public Relations,
Principles of Media Practice,
Radio Journalism,
Sport / Cultural Journalism,
Theory and Institutions for Journalists,
Videocraft,
Competing Approaches to Political Analysis,
The European Union in the International System,
Freedom,
Government and Politics of China,
Government and Politics of the UK and US,
International Relations: Theories and Concepts,
Introduction to Political Thought,
Political Communication,
Political Psychology,
Politics of Latin America,
The Politics of the Middle East.

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
£35,600
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.

88%
high
Politics

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.

Politics

Teaching and learning

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

83%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
97%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

51%
UK students
49%
International students
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

Politics

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.

100%
high
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Public services and other associate professionals
8%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

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