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Journalism BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

Clearing places available on this course

We have limited places available on this course through Clearing. Contact us to discuss your options:

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
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Study options:

3 years full-time, 4 years with study abroad or professional placement


Coventry University


September 2017



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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


What is a 21st Centry journalist? Our course explores how media practioners add value to both digital and traditional platforms.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Course information

Just as printed newspapers, radio and television at one time changed the purpose and ways in which people engaged with news, so too digital, mobile and social media have transformed the way journalism is practised in modern society.

Do you have a passion for writing, presenting or reporting and a nose for news? With the concept of fact-based storytelling at its heart, our BA Journalism degree aims to help our graduates operate across multiple platforms and be equally comfortable in a traditional journalism environment as they are working with disruptive forms of media practice.

We focus on core news-gathering techniques and storytelling, at the same time providing opportunities to practice written and verbal communications that can be applied within broader communications contexts.

In addition to working in traditional journalism formats, this course embraces technologies, including virtual reality, 360-degree video, social media platforms and live blogs.


of students agreed that our staff made the subject interesting

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Course Specification
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  • Journalism Production and Storytelling 1 and 2

  • Journalism in Society

  • Media Law in Practice


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.



  • Journalism and Society

  • Journalism Production and Storytelling 3

  • The profession of Journalism

  • Journalism in Practice

  • Law and Ethics for Journalists

  • Experimental Journalism Production and Storytelling 4

  • Optional modules (1 from the following):

    • Magazine Journalism
    • Public Relations and Social Media
    • Sports Journalism


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.



  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement



  • Planning your Project

  • Journalism Production and Storytelling 5

  • Final project or dissertation

  • Optional modules (1 of the following):

    • Entertainment and Lifestyle Journalism
    • Investigative Journalism and Political Reporting
    • Tech and Gaming Journalism


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


Our Journalism courses are ranked 9th in the UK by Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Dedicated and flexible creative learning spaces designed for the future.
  • The opportunity to travel and practice abroad via field trips integrated into your studies.
  • The opportunity to take up work experience across the industry with staff on hand to support applications.
  • Links with employers nationally, including the BBC and Sky, and internationally in places as far afield a Europe, South Africa and the Falkland Islands.
  • Teaching by staff who are leaders in their chosen professions and who are still actively working as journalists and internationally-recognised research specialists.
  • The opportunity to work with like-minded students on our partner courses within the Media department, including Media and Communications, Photography, and Media Production.

Access to professional broadcast equipment via our dedicated Media Loan Shop and studios.

Over the three years of your course, you will cover the core themes of:

  • Journalism practice: practical approaches to producing content for a variety of digital formats using the traditional techniques and approaches of broadcast and written formats.
  • Journalism and media theory: the interrogation of your chosen area of practice – such as sport, celebrity or political journalism - contextualized by a thorough grounding in the wider media landscape.
  • Industry standard component: including the essential guide to media law and regulation and systems of government in the UK and beyond.
  • Life as a journalist: collaborating with our industry partners to deliver live projects and undertaking your own professional placement and the opportunity to study shorthand via our Add+vantage scheme.

Our modules include lectures, seminars, workshops, practical classes, and one-to-one tutorials with teaching staff. Real experience of working as a journalist is embedded into our teaching activities through our partnerships with organisations in Coventry and beyond.

At the heart of our curriculum are the news days which enable us to test your skills in a live environment so you experience the excitement of news production.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows: coursework, tests, essays 50%; practical or project work 30%; group work etc15% presentations 5%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

In a typical teaching week you will have up to 15 contact hours of study (classroom, online etc) and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 10 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week,
  • Large group teaching: 3 hours of lectures each week,

In addition, you will be expected to spend 20 hours studying and revising in your own time.

You will have the opportunity to apply for an international placement or study at a partner university. You will also be able to undertake short visits and research field trips locally, nationally and internationally to augment your formal studies. The University offers help through the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) to enable such visits to occur. An international field trip is embedded into modules at second year level.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2017

£14,104 (per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Career prospects

A degree which has the world of work at its heart – via a career in journalism or because of the excellent transferable skills its fosters.

A qualification recognised by major broadcast and online employers in the UK – (Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) Accreditation.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.


Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)


By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.