The University of Wolverhampton

FD (Arts)Foundation Degree Broadcast Journalism

Why choose this course?

This exciting, hands-on Foundation Degree equips you with the broad range of technical and research skills that you will need to work in the digital communications industry. You will gain digital production skills using industry-standard edit facilities and a well-equipped TV and radio studio in our outstanding Technology Centre. You will benefit from a strong practical emphasis on production, including tasks, such as producing a short news sequence, as well as a professional placement with a local media centre or business.

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What happens on the course?

Year 1 takes you straight to the cutting edge of broadcast journalism where you will sharpen your digital production skills on highly-advanced technology. You will investigate the fundamentals of both academic and broadcast research and learn about the ethical and legal pitfalls facing broadcast journalists in their day to day working lives. You will also develop your audio and visual literacy and get the chance to lift your journalistic writing and presentation skills to a new level.

Year 2 will help you bring your creativity to your digital production skills. You will explore news, content, industry and audiences, how to manage projects effectively, and how to apply what you have learned to real-life situations in a professional practice placement.

Successful completion of this course allows progression to the third year of the University's new BA (Hons) Broadcasting and Journalism degree or you could progress onto other courses such as Media and Communication Studies or Digital Media, usually following a third year of study.

Why Wolverhampton?

This highly regarded course provides a practical introduction to Broadcast Journalism which allows you to put together a portfolio of work for future employers based on in-class and in-the-field work experience. The hands-on practical experience using industry standard technical equipment, means that you will gain specialist skills that are highly relevant for employment in the broadcasting industry. You will also have the opportunity to meet with industry experts and lecturers with years of broadcasting and journalism industry experience.

Comments from our External Examiner on provision:

For Fd (Arts) Broadcast Journalism:

"Each year the samples material I have read has contained .. "wonderful work from exciting modules with an impressive range of academic and practical assessment tasks".

"I was delighted by the levels of professional dedication shown by first rate staff shown in discussion about module development, teaching and assessment".

What our students think

"The Foundation Degree was everything they said it would be. We wrote and recorded our own news bulletins, which included a thirty second sound clip (voxpops) which we recorded ourselves. I felt like a real reporter. Everything we did had a practical element to it. The assignments were set up so that each piece of work would be added to a show reel, to present to prospective employers."

"I’ve undertaken a work placement and been a volunteer at Wolverhampton Community Radio (WCR) where I have been a reporter, newsreader and presented my own show called the Packed Lunch. I also enjoyed a week’s placement at the Express & Star newspaper, and a four day trip to Hungary to cover the ‘Valley of the Arts Festival'."

“In this environment creativity flows through the air like electricity, and it’s so uplifting to the spirit. The modules were not always easy, but I believe that when you step out of your comfort zone, you grow not just in your ability, but as a person."

Career path

On successful completion of this course you have the option of progressing onto a third year top-up BA (Hons) in Broadcasting and Journalism which is studied full or part-time at the University. Previous graduates have gone on to work in radio newsrooms and production offices (BBC and commercial radio), TV production companies and local media enterprises. Some have gone on to set up their own media businesses.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • employ successfully a range of communication skills (reading, writing and presentation) within a professional context
  • conceive, design and research communication projects
  • utilise developing technologies in researching, processing, producing and presenting material
  • critically evaluate and reflect upon personal engagement with media artefacts within the context of production practices, processes and objectives
  • work productively with others in planning, preparing and executing tasks
  • solve problems through planning, utilising and managing resources.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 100 UCAS points with a minimum of 60 from at least one full 'A' Level
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma at PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma at PP
  • Access to HE Diploma (Full Award - 60 credits)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Applicants who are successfully short listed will be invited to attend an interview with a College member of staff.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £5,500 - *
Part time £2,750
2015/6 Home/EU International
Full time £5,500 - *
Part time £2,750

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2011/2. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

Fees at Partner Colleges are not yet available.

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Email

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