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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Produce award-winning student journalism while learning from the best in the business
  • Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, the leading industry-led journalism training body
  • Our strong links with industry, including BBC, ITV, ITN and beIn Sports, create excellent placement opportunities and progression into work
  • Work on live cases, investigating potential miscarriages of justice on the Winchester Justice Project in your third year

In a rapidly-changing world where news is disseminated across so many different digital platforms, the stories we tell are more important than ever. For a healthy democracy to function, journalism needs to be both principled and engaging. As the next generation to run newsrooms your reporting will need to be informative, entertaining and capable of holding the powerful to account.

Our practical journalism course teaches you how to produce such compelling digital content as video, audio and text. You learn on the job, working in our 24-hour Multimedia Centre with its purpose-built, industry-standard newsroom and TV and radio studio, computerised radio station and facilities for multi-track audio recording.

Throughout the three-year programme you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a range of roles in news, features and sport. In the final year there’s even the chance to work on your own documentary. At our award-winning, student-led news resource, Winchester News Online (WINOL), you work as a reporter in a simulated working newsroom. It is this practical experience that makes our course so widely recognised in the journalism industry as one of the leading sources of editorial talent.

All that studio work is backed up by a challenging series of lectures and seminars that place modern journalism in its historical and social context, looking at philosophy, literature, music, law, politics and the arts. We have one of the most progressive teaching teams in the country, led by award-winning filmmakers, journalists, editors, producers, feature writers and cameramen. The course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and has won awards for innovation in journalism education.

The three-year programme includes a fascinating range of core modules from TV production and presentation to a history and context of journalism. There are advanced modules in multimedia reporting and specialist journalism. There is even an opportunity to work on the Winchester Justice Project in your third year. As part of the project students work on live cases, investigating potential miscarriages of justice. We are the only Journalism department in the UK to run a Justice Project.

Our programme gives you a mix of practical and analytical skills and the knowledge to prepare for a career in broadcast, print, periodical and electronic journalism. What’s more, your work will speak for itself, providing you with a portfolio to help open doors within the industry.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

Careers

Graduates go into print, broadcast and electronic media as reporters, producers and researchers. Support is given in seeking both work placements during study and employment thereafter to assist the process of a successful career in journalism.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

Pre-approved for a Masters

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

Students are given support to help secure work placements during study. Every student is required to complete 15 days of placement.

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 564 hours
  • Independent learning: 636 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 516 hours
  • Independent learning: 684 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 564 hours
  • Independent learning: 516 hours
  • Placement: 120 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

The approach to this journalism course is based around the creation of a simulated real-life working news and sports production operation. The course uses all the technology of the social media age. This approach, together with very low staff-student ratios enables us to tailor the course to the individual needs and ambitions of particular students. At Winchester journalism students can specialise in magazine, consumer and fashion journalism, sports journalism, news, campaigning and investigative journalism; either online or on radio or TV and for magazines.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus Winchester) or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester)

Assessments

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:
  • 74% coursework
  • 25% written exams
  • 1% practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
  • 87% coursework
  • 13% written exams
  • 0% practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
  • 66% coursework
  • 13% written exams
  • 21% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 104-120 points 

An A level A*-C pass is required in one of the following: English, Economics, Politics, Languages, Science or a related subject.

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

International Baccalaureate:

26 points including 5 points at Higher Level

If English is not your first language:

Year1/Level 4: IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International Students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Political Journalism
TV Production and Presentation
Radio Production and Presentation
Introduction to British Politics
History and Context of Journalism 1 and 2
Media Law

 

 

Introduction to Journalism

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

History and Context of Journalism 3 and 4
WINOL (2) Advanced Multimedia Reporting
WINOL (1) Multimedia Reporting

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Media Law update
Claiming the Truth - Documentary Films
Work Placement
Major Project/Documentary
Feature Writing and Social Media

 

 

WINOL (3) Multimedia Editing

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

Additional Costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

For students starting in September 2017, the following textbooks for the 1st year of study will be provided at no additional cost:  

  • History of Western Philosophy. Bertrand Russell
  • Essential English. Harold Evans (Revised Edition) 
  • McNae's Essential Law for Journalists. Mark Hanna and Mike Dodd 

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Core texts: Core Texts are available from the University Library; however we strongly recommend student's purchase their own books. In Year 3 students are required to buy 3 core text books. These texts can be bought from the university bookshop, which in recent years have been offered as a package deal. Students can also find hard copies/e-copies of these books in the library.Cost £30-£200 per academic year. 

Core texts: Students are required to purchase a law textbook. Cost £30

Placement: In Year 3, students are required to take a 15 day placement. Students are required to cover the cost of travel to their placement. Costs vary depending on travelling distance and mode of transport.

Mandatory

Core texts: Students are required to purchase a law textbook. Cost £30

Placement: In Year 3, students are required to take a 15 day placement. Students are required to cover the cost of travel to their placement. Costs varies depending on travelling distance and mode of transport.

Course specific bursaries/scholarships

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
P500
Duration
3 years full-time 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester