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English and Journalism BA (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18.

In the English language, it all comes down to this: twenty-six letters, when combined correctly, can create magic. Twenty-six letters form the foundation of a free, informed society.


English and Journalism BA

By combining your study in these areas, you will join a vibrant course, which examines how the world of language and the media influence our lives at home and internationally. You will explore styles and contexts surrounding language and literature and also examine the editorial world of the journalist. As well as enhancing your critical-thinking skills, there will be plenty of opportunities for hands-on practical experience, producing your own news and current affairs for a variety of media audiences, including print and online.

If you choose this course you will benefit from:

  • a vibrant learning community to help you develop your critical thinking and the communication skills employers want;
  • experienced teaching staff, who bring professional and/or research expertise into their teaching;
  • guest lecturers from the media industries and field trips to media organisations;
  • being able to take part in the English and Languages Society, contribute to the Coventry Words magazine and participate in cultural trips;
  • networking with international students through online exchanges and blogs;
  • the opportunity to apply for a work placement, to spend a year studying or working overseas;
  • access to the student union’s flagship Coventry Source newspaper and radio station;
  • the option to volunteer in schools to gain experience as a teaching assistant or to present one-day courses to students;
  • a mix of theory and practical modules to give you the knowledge and skills to widen your career choices when you graduate.

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During the first year, you will be introduced to the core areas of English and Journalism and will study areas such as literature, language of the media and feature writing.

Second year subjects will increase your knowledge and skills in both areas and will give you a greater understanding of media markets and the cultural and political influences of the news media upon society, of discourse in society and of journalism as literature, as well as developing your writing for the news media.

You have the choice to apply for an optional work placement or study abroad year with this course.

In the final year you will complete a Professional project or dissertation and develop an understanding of ethics in journalism and in your own project. You will also choose from options such as Screenwriting, Critical Discourse Analysis or Language and Society in Modern Britain.


Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars and practical workshop classes. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.


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


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • formal examinations 35%;
  • coursework, tests, essays 40%;
  • practical or project work 10%;
  • group work 5%;
  • presentations, posters 10%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 13 contact hours of teaching and this could break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour session (as individuals or in small groups) regularly throughout each semester, as well as individual project supervision in your final year;

Medium-group teaching: 7 hours of practical workshops or seminars each week;

Large-group teaching: 5 hours of lectures each week;

Personal study: 27 hours each week studying and revising in your own time, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

Entry Requirements

Essential entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language, or specified equivalents. Applicants without A2 English require GCSE English Language or Literature at grade B.

Typical offers

A-Levels: BBC

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM.

Access: The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language at grade B, or a specified equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 points.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Upon successful completion you should be well prepared to pursue a career, which involves the use of language and in professions where communication dominates.

This extends across the media and cultural industries, primary and secondary education, public relations and advertising. You will have a greater awareness of global media professions and may be able to consider working as a freelance independent communicator, writer or media producer.

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.


Included in the fees

  • Specified core reading material;
  • Any mandatory UK residential field trips;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year.

Additional costs not included in the fees

Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

For more details about the No Hidden Extras programme, click here for further details

No Hidden Extras is part of our student promise, and by accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University.


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

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

Click here for further details.


You are offered opportunities to engage with international experiences both on campus and abroad. First year students have previously engaged online with students from Mexico to discuss shared intercultural interests, create joint assessed digital projects and reflect on their international experience.

There are both study (e.g. study in English at Limoges in France) and work (e.g. teach English in Malta or China) placements available (subject to application). There are volunteering opportunities to mentor overseas students in Coventry as ‘English buddies’ and invitations to attend scholarly talks by overseas visitors.

Finally, you can engage with the thriving multicultural and multilingual activities such as the international film club and the French and Spanish conversation clubs. You can also learn other languages with the university-wide Add+vantage Scheme (credit bearing) or the Linguae Mundi programme (non-credit bearing).


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid 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 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

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.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say – Jen Smith 

This course gives me an insight into all of the areas of English and Journalism and offers a varied range of potential career destinations.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.

Course code:
  • 3 years full-time; 4 years sandwich (study abroad or work placement)

  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Sandwich course


Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152