The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Broadcasting and Journalism

Why choose this course?

This course offers an exciting, challenging and cutting edge opportunity for you to experiment confidently with and develop your broadcasting and journalistic writing and production skills. The programme offers a disciplined engagement with the theoretical debates surrounding the industry on a global basis, alongside practical teaching of the craft skills required of all entrants to employment in the Broadcasting and Journalism professions.

You will develop the ability to communicate effectively via a range of broadcast and digital platforms. You will be encouraged to engage in independent critical thinking and judgement and to use your imagination, creativity, organisation and ability to work to deadlines, in the creation of journalistic items for broadcast/publication on and offline. Throughout the course, you will develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order communication skills, IT awareness and digital literacy, which are all of immense value in graduate employment.

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What happens on the course?

Year 1 introduces you to key issues such as how Broadcasting and Journalism fits into our world today and the ethical and legal requirements of working as a broadcaster or journalist. You will also develop the practical writing and technical skills required to produce items for broadcast or publication.

Year 2 allows you to specialise in your primary area of interest; be that journalism, broadcasting or a theoretical engagement.

Year 3 requires you to produce a major piece of theoretical or practical work, alongside continued specialisation in your chosen area of interest - in broadcasting, journalism or, specifically, broadcast journalism.

The generic skills you will acquire – analysis, organisation, group working and the ability to handle and manage complex ideas and tasks – are applicable to many professions, and are increasingly valued by employers.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course is designed to offer a strong balance between theoretical and practical areas of study. You will critically analyse and reflect upon the current debates surrounding Broadcasting and Journalism, while building familiarisation with the workings of the industry. You will also have the opportunity to develop a portfolio of work for future employment, based on in-class and in-the-field work experience.

You will benefit from hands-on practical experience of working with industry standard technical equipment, giving you the chance to experiment and innovate prior to graduating, and to enter the work place equipped with the skills required for employment in the industry.

The programme is taught by industry professionals with years of experience in the field. You will meet guest lecturers from both the broadcasting and journalism industries, who are currently working regionally, nationally and internationally.

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For Broadcasting and 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". {Each time} ... "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

"I was so impressed by what I had been taught on the BA that I no hesitation in studying for my MA."

Career path

This course will help you move confidently into a suitable career in broadcast journalism or other related informational, communications or creative industries work, maybe with a local/regional/national news or creative organisation, or media production company. 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 graduates have gone on to set up their own media businesses.

You may also wish to consider further study on our MA Contemporary Media, which can be tailored to suit your interests and aptitudes within the field.

What skills will you gain?

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

  • produce work that demonstrates the effective manipulation of sound, image and/or the written word
  • utilise effectively relevant concepts and theories
  • produce work showing competence in operational aspects of media production technologies, systems, techniques and other professional practices
  • develop substantive and detailed knowledge and understanding of one or more designated areas of the field
  • carry out various forms of research for essays, projects, creative productions or dissertations involving sustained independent enquiry
  • have the ability to work in flexible, creative ways, both independently and in teams, showing self-discipline, self-direction, communication skills and a reflective and problem-solving capacity.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

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.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

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 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323403

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

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Fees at Partner Colleges are not yet available.

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