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University of Sheffield

Journalism Studies

UCAS Code: P500
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Journalism
Student score
Not Available
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£17k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers

plus grade B in Scottish Advanced Highers

Scottish Advanced Highers

plus AABBB in Scottish Highers

BTEC Diploma

in a relevant subject + A Level grade B

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Journalism at Sheffield produces graduates who are ready for the challenges of the job. This means that from day one you will find yourself in what feels like a real working environment, with newsrooms and studios for radio, television, print and web. You will practise journalism every day, covering your own patch in the city. One day you could be making a documentary, the next you might be reporting from a courtroom. The degree is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Professional Publishing Association. Our teaching staff are professionals with years of experience in TV, radio and print. We have close links with local and national media, which means lots of opportunities for work experience. And professionals visit the department all the time to meet students and give talks. A journalism degree from Sheffield is highly regarded. Graduates often begin their careers as reporters for local newspapers or radio. Many of them go on to work at national or international level as editors and in other roles. Some specialise in social media or video production. Employers include the BBC, Sky Sports, Al Jazeera and the Wall Street Journal.


University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Forget northern grit Sheffield is in the heart of a vibrant, student-friendly city mixed with halls in leafy suburbs on the edge of the Peak District. A red brick with a thoroughly modern outlook, an award-winning Students' Union complete with 47 sports clubs and more than 250 societies - and a 24-hour library makes for The Full Monty of a student experience.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
48% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
68% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
375 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
89% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £17k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are media professionals


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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