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University of Leicester

Journalism with Creative Writing BA

UCAS Code: P502

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Qualification accepted. Contact Admissions Team for further information: cssadmissions@le.ac.uk.

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: cssadmissions@le.ac.uk.

Extended Project

B

A-levels BBC + EPQ at grade B

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language GCSE Grade C/4

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Qualification accepted. Contact Admissions Team for further information: cssadmissions@le.ac.uk.

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: cssadmissions@le.ac.uk.

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: cssadmissions@le.ac.uk

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: cssadmissions@le.ac.uk.

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

DDM

Full diploma with DDM

Qualification accepted. Contact Admissions Team for further information: cssadmissions@le.ac.uk.

Considered alongside other qualifications. Contact Admissions Team for further information: cssadmissions@le.ac.uk.

UCAS Tariff

120

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Creative writing

Journalism

The BA in Journalism with Creative Writing emphasises five key areas:

The development of your professional journalism skills across all platforms
The study of the concepts and controversies backgrounding and surrounding 21st century journalism
Work placements in professional journalism during your studies
Entrepreneurial Journalism
Creative writing
Journalism in the 21st century needs journalists who are comfortable operating across all platforms. This course will allow you to develop skills in broadcasting and digital/multi-media platforms as well as traditional print journalism so you can work in any and all media.

You will also receive a thorough grounding on key journalistic skills in core areas such as news-gathering and interviewing.

You will be strongly encouraged to do industry placements with professional organisations, either as part of their degree or alongside it.

Alongside developing skills, you will also investigate the context and controversies which make journalism so interesting, relevant and crucial to society and democracy.

In this way this course is a strong blend of practical, academic and professional education, designed to produce students who can produce industry standard journalism, reflect on their practice and that of others and carry out useful and informative industrial placements. In short the central aim of the course is to help students learn to think like journalists.

Creative Writing at the University of Leicester is a diverse and stimulating subject. You will be encouraged, supported and challenged to write and experiment in all the major forms, including fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and scriptwriting. You'll develop your editing and research skills, and will also reflect on your work and processes.

Media and Communication at the University of Leicester, which includes Journalism, has been at the forefront of media research since 1966 and our teaching has always been informed by all the latest developments in the field.

Through the great academic and practical support we offer you in group, as well as individual teaching situations, you will learn to work both collaboratively and independently. The way we will assess you will foster skills in critical analysis, communication, research methods, group work and of course, practical journalism. We also place great emphasis on helping you to build your skills for the world of work.

Modules

In Year One you will develop basic key and core skills and understanding in both journalism and creative writing. Year Two will deepen your knowledge of both disciplines and develop skills applying your talents to various digital, social and broadcast platforms. In your final year you will investigate a specialist area of journalism that interests you. You will also work in a team to produce a publication and choose from an attractive range of journalism and creative writing optional specialist modules.

Assessment methods

In a world of social media and 'fake news'; an understanding of journalism is more important than ever. This course will teach you core journalistic techniques and help you develop skills to deliver effective content across multiple platforms, while also encouraging your creative side.

Tuition fees

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leicester

Department:

Media and Communication and Sociology

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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English studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Communications and media

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

43%
UK students
57%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

Creative writing

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.

£17,472
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
51%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Customer service occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

Communications and media

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.

91%
low
Employed or in further education
32%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
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.

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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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£25k

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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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