Birmingham City University Journalism

By | 21st April 2017

Birmingham City University logoBirmingham City University Journalism

The journalism pathway of our BA (Hons) Media and Communication course is ideal for anyone wishing to follow a career in the dynamic and competitive world of journalism.

We pride ourselves on teaching creative, contemporary journalism underpinned by traditional values and skills. That means learning the core media and communication skills that every working reporter needs before you specialise in an area that interests you.

You’ll be challenged academically – often by some of the industry’s leading names – and you’ll be expected to undertake meaningful work experience placements in media environments, and work on live stories, learning how to craft a story in a way that engages the audience.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be a thinking journalist with a specialism in news, broadcasting, features, or design. You’ll also be adaptable to the changes that the industry faces. Our graduates have gone on to work for Sky, BBC, Trinity Mirror and the Express & Star. Others have scooped prestigious awards at the Midlands Media Awards while still studying.

What’s covered in the course?

The course, which is based at the £62 million Parkside Building, part of our City Centre Campus, aims to develop your skills so that you become a thinking media worker who can lead change in the industry.

Teaching takes place in environments where you gain the most – radio, TV and photography studios and editing suites – but, of course, you’ll also learn in lecture theatres, seminar rooms, social learning spaces and online.

You’re expected to hit the ground running. You’ll publish your stories, use blogs, including the student-run Birmingham Eastside website, which was named runner-up in the Guardian Student Media Awards, create wikis, and employ social media channels and other interactive media to support your work and self-development. You’ll focus on production, theory and professional studies, building on your skills as you begin to make contacts in the industry and make your first moves into media work.

Throughout the course, you’ll have the support of Birmingham City University staff who are respected journalists, including senior lecturer Ross Hawkes, who led Trinity Mirror’s digital programme in the Midlands, and Paul Bradshaw, one of the leading figures in digital journalism and founder of the Online Journalism Blog.

“This course reflects the fast-paced and ever-changing world of journalism, dealing with the challenges and opportunities facing the modern reporter. Be it sport, news, fashion or politics, this course will allow you to be prepared for the future of journalism.”
BA (Hons) Media and Communication student

Why Choose Us?

  • You’ll have access to state-of-the-art media and production facilities throughout your studies.
  • You’ll be taught by staff who are still active in the industry and who are at the forefront of new and innovative techniques.
  • Visiting lecturers from specialist areas, such as national newspapers, TV, radio, data, online and mobile journalism, offer in-depth advice on a range of topics. You also have the opportunity to be taught by undercover reporters, current BBC reporters, freelancers and mobile journalism experts.
  • You’ll be based in a city that is bursting with opportunity and have the chance to network with professionals and undertake placements.
  • The flexibility in the course structure allows you to shape your degree to suit your career aspirations.

Similar Courses

  • Media and Communication – HND – 2017/18 Entry
  • Media and Communication – BA (Hons) – 2017/18 Entry
  • Media and Communication (Radio) – BA (Hons) – 2017/18 Entry

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

Applicants will also need a good portfolio to bring to interview at an Applicant Visit Day. See Portfolio Guidance on the ‘How to apply’ tab.

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

112 UCAS tariff points from A Level

Typical Offers
UK QualificationRequirements 2017/18
GCE A Level/ AS LevelBBC at A-Level excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking (112 UCAS points) – does not accept points from A/S Levels
Access to Higher Education DiplomaPass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including merit or higher in 18 credits at Level 3
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)D*D* or can be combined with 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)DMM (112 UCAS points)
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years)Grad D* combined with 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate DiplomaFor students who complete the full IB Diploma: Obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects

For students who do not complete the full IB Diploma: Obtain a total of 16 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects

Irish Leaving Certificate112 points, including 4 higher level passes
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher112 points, including 3 higher level passes
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)Pass plus grades BB at A-Level (or equivalent qualifications) combined with 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 112 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.

EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) QualificationsRequirements 2017/18
IELTS6.5 overall with 6.0 minimum in all bands
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).For students who complete the full IB Diploma: Obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects

For students who do not complete the full IB Diploma: Obtain a total of 16 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects

In addition to the above, applicants will also need:
English Group A – Grade 4 or above
OR
English Group B and Ab Initio – Grade 5

Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.