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Journalism BA (Hons)


This course runs from 2017/18

This award-winning course will prepare you to work in one of the most exciting industries, as social media and mobile technology bring big changes and creative opportunities. Studying journalism will show you how society works - and doesn’t. Our innovative approach means you will work as a journalist as you learn, producing news and features for mobile, online and broadcast platforms.


Coventry students have been named national Journalists of the Year by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) in 2012 and 2014; we also won its prize for the best multi-media website with Judges said our “cutting edge” course could “revolutionise the way the next generation of journalists gather and distribute news”**. Taught by accomplished journalists and expert media academics, it experiments with emerging forms of journalism, using a range of new and mobile technologies. This means the course will give you the knowledge and skills to thrive in the 21st century media landscape.

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • A course designed to meet professional standards, which has BJTC accreditation
  • Industry-standard facilities across a range of media formats
  • News days, which enable you to test your skills in a live environment so you experience the excitement of news production
  • Your own mobile learning pack – e.g. a high-end laptop with the latest industry-standard software, enabling you to benefit from mobile working and learning with 24/7 access***
  • Dedicated and flexible creative learning spaces designed for the future
  • Access to professional broadcast equipment via our dedicated Media Loan Shop and studios
  • Links with employers nationally, including the BBC and Sky, and internationally in places as far afield a Europe, South Africa and the Falkland Islands
  • The opportunity to travel and practice abroad via field trips integrated into your studies
  • Teaching by staff who are leaders in their chosen professions and who are still actively working as journalists and internationally-recognised research specialists
  • The opportunity to work with like-minded students on our partner courses within the Media department, including Media and Communications, Photography, and Media Production 
  • The opportunity to take up work experience across the industry with staff on hand to support applications.
  • Accreditation

Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)


* Coventry University won the Broadcast Journalism Training Council BJTC web site of the year and student of the year (for our entire year 3 class)

** Source: BJTC accreditation panel member 2012

*** Terms and conditions apply.

†Accreditations shall be renewed in accordance with the accreditor’s standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. 


Over the three years of your course, you will cover the core themes of:

Journalism practice: practical approaches to producing content for a variety of digital formats using the traditional techniques and approaches of broadcast and written formats.

Journalism and media theory: the interrogation of your chosen area of practice – such as sport, celebrity or political journalism - contextualized by a thorough grounding in the wider media landscape.

Industry standard component: including the essential guide to media law and regulation and systems of government in the UK and beyond.

Life as a journalist: collaborating with our industry partners to deliver live projects and undertaking your own professional placement and the opportunity to study shorthand via our Add+vantage scheme.


Our modules include lectures, seminars, workshops, practical classes, and one-to-one tutorials with teaching staff. Real experience of working as a journalist is embedded into our teaching activities through our partnerships with organisations in Coventry and beyond.

At the heart of our curriculum are the news days which enable us to test your skills in a live environment so you experience the excitement of news production.


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: coursework, tests, essays 50%; practical or project work 30%; group work etc15% presentations 5%. A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed, please see page 21 for more details.


In a typical teaching week you will have up to 15 contact hours of study (classroom, online etc) and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorials each week

Medium group teaching: 10 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: 3 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 20 hours studying and revising in your own time.

Entry Requirements

Essential Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers

A-Levels: BBC preferably to include one from English, Media or related subject.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DMM in Media

Access: A pass in the Access Diploma, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 29 points to include English at Higher level

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

Additional Information: You may be required to submit a portfolio/show reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

A degree which has the world of work at its heart – via a career in journalism or because of the excellent transferable skills its fosters. A qualification recognised by major broadcast and online employers in the UK – (Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) Accreditation.

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.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.


The financial considerations of University study are of course, important, and it would be natural to worry about the possibility of having to face unexpected hidden extras. At Coventry University there is an absolute commitment to ensuring everything is clearly communicated in advance.

In each course description you will find what is included in the fees, what is not, and if there are any possible additional extras, a projection of what the possible costs would be.

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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.

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You will have the opportunity to apply for an international placement or study at a partner university. You will also be able to undertake short visits and research field trips locally, nationally and internationally to augment your formal studies. The University offers help through the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) to enable such visits to occur. An international field trip is embedded into modules at second year level.


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.

 UnCOVered Blog

A Day in the Life of a Journalism BA (Hons) Student

"When you study journalism you’re kept busy a lot. You’re either working on a story, editing some content, doing an essay or finding time to take it easy."

Read Kyle's story...


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