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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years part-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Journalism
Student score
77% MED
% employed or in further study
92% LOW
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

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112-123 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

Combine your passion for sport with a highly rewarding career working for newspapers, radio, TV or online platforms. Take on reporting, editing and managerial roles on SportsByte. Significantly boost your employability as a journalist with a NCTJ Diploma. Explore all areas of journalism and learn the key skills to make it as a journalist, from news writing to video journalism, the latest social media storytelling techniques to media ethics and media law. You’ll showcase your skills in your final portfolio of work creating a website, magazine, series of in-depth articles, radio or TV content. You’ll follow in the footsteps of successful graduates with placements in industry at the likes of the BBC, Sky, Sky Sports, ITV and newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV and PR companies, even football clubs, taking advantage of our ‘placements for all’ guarantee. Bring your stories to life in the mediaHUB, our multimedia publishing and broadcasting newsroom, alongside BBC Newcastle journalists. Work on our award-winning digital publications: SR News, Northern Lights, Fashion North, SportsByte and Spark FM. Be inspired by our lecturers and their strong industry contacts, and broaden your horizons on inspiring field trips – recently students have enjoyed, press access to Wembley finals and Europa league games at FC Shalke 04 in Germany. You’ll perfect your craft alongside experienced academics who have years of industry expertise at high levels in print, online and broadcasting including the BBC, Daily Mirror, Grazia, Private Eye and Sky. Rub shoulders with regional and national high-profile journalists such as Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor at the Daily Mirror and Visiting Professor in Journalism at the University, and ITV News Correspondent Alastair Stewart. At Sunderland, we offer nationally-recognised and comprehensive journalism courses, accredited by the leading industry body the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), enabling you to gain their diploma – a key industry entry qualification. NCTJ accreditation is widely recognised as a gold standard for courses that turn out highly skilled, highly motivated and highly employable graduates.


University of Sunderland

On campus

We are a forward-thinking university with high standards of teaching, research and support that sits at the heart of one of the UK's most up-and-coming cities. We have strong links with industry and business, and work closely with leading companies. Our campuses - one in the city, one on the coast - are perfectly placed to ensure a life-changing 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?

Overall student satisfaction 83%
Student score 77% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
53% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
308 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
69% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% 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 92% LOW
Average graduate salary £17k MED
Graduates who are media professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


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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