The overarching aim of the Journalism course is to implement an explicitly developmental approach to the teaching of students undertaking it. This means beginning with getting to grips with the underlying principles of journalism practice and theory, before gradually being given greater freedom as you progress to explore how to develop your own unique interests and talents in the context of theory and practice.
Why Study Journalism with us?
The Journalism course recognises the value of developing relevant skills throughout your studies with a particular focus on developing your ability to adapt to ever-changing environments within a fast-moving industry.
In addition to our high level of professionalism, we also place an emphasis on developing key transferable skills such as written and oral communication.
We focus on skills that prepare you to hit the ground running - should you choose to enter the industry.
|Typical Entry||112 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels, including one of the subjects required by the Department. Typical offer - CCC/BCC.
BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma: Dsitinction/merit profile plus one of the GCE A Level subjects listed above
Grades BBBB including including History
26 points, including 5 in HL History
Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit (including 15 in History)
OCR National Extended/Diploma: Merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs.
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
In Year 1 (Level 4), key journalism skills, principles and knowledge are focused around developing you as a new collator/practitioner. The development of key academic skills such as referencing, time management and proofreading are also emphasised throughout. These skills form the foundations of all practical and theoretical development in subsequent years on the course.
What will I learn?
Year 2 (Level 5) focuses on building upon the skills and knowledge introduced and developed in Year 1, with an increased emphasis on initiative and creativity, plus a focus around developing your production skills and techniques.
What will I learn?
In Year 3 (Level 6), our aim is to challenge you to take a more holistic approach to journalism practice and theory, with an overarching focus on developing your skills as a manager. Through an ambitious creative project, and opportunities to pursue theoretical modules, you can reflect in depth on journalistic discourse.
" Journalism has always been about adaptability - gone are the days when a journalist would be expected to focus on a single area of expertise; whether as a collator, producer or manager of news. This programme is designed to develop students who reflect that adaptability in an ever-changing industry."
How will I be taught?
Most of our modules take place in newsroom-style classrooms, which are designed to stimulate an editorial working environment and stronger working relationships between tutors and students.
Experiential learning plays a big part in the day-to-day teaching activities written into the modules, including educational trips. You may also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement, allowing your acquired journalism skills to be put to good use.
Journalism (Single Honours) is offered at our Parkgate Road Campus. Journalism (Combined Honours) is available at both our Parkgate Road Campus and Warrington Campus, and will depend on what subject you combine Journalism with, as to where you may be based.
Contact hours are a minimum of 12 hours per week.
How will I be assessed?
Assessments take the form of coursework, essays, individual and group projects, presentations, workshops and examinations. If you choose Journalism as your major subject, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation or major creative project in your final year.
Work Based Learning
As part of your studies you may take our Work Based Learning module, where you will be fully supported in securing a work placement of at least 150 hours, which you may be able to use in trying out a future career. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake Experiential Overseas Learning, where you can take advantage of our long-established links with organisations worldwide. Most students have the opportunity to undertake either one of these options as an integral part of their undergraduate course.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Studying abroad is a great way to broaden your horizons and enhance your academic experience. Depending on your course of study, we offer a number of exciting ways in which you can incorporate international study within your degree.
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact the Bursary Team at University.Bursary@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Kingsway Campus, Chester
The Kingsway campus is located on the outskirts of the city centre, a 20-minute walk from Parkgate Road Campus. Across 6,920 square metres this specially developed creative arts campus offers a range of modern facilities and equipment to bring learning to life.
In addition to its courtyard performance space, popular social hub and two catering outlets, Kingsway provides nine IT labs, a virtual library, a 200-seat lecture theatre, and designated seminar spaces featuring iMacs, projectors and interactive whiteboards.
The Performing Arts Department has impressive facilities, including four large fully equipped rehearsal and performance studios. With professional-standard music rehearsal and recording facilities and an extensive range of high quality open access sound and lighting equipment you have everything you need to flourish as a performer.
As a student in the Department of Art and Design you will work in specialist studio space that reflects professional expectations. Highly skilled technical staff are on hand to support the use of traditional and contemporary facilities including art and photography studios, a metal casting foundry, sound and video editing suites, dark rooms, a reprographics room, lighting studio, and specially designed workshops for printmaking, textiles, digital art and sculpting.
Within the departments, skilled technical staff manage an extensive equipment loan provision where you can borrow a large range of cameras, lighting, audio recording kits and more.
The close-knit Kingsway campus provides a truly immersive learning experience where you are encouraged to openly showcase your creativity both inside and outside lectures.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city today, as it becomes "a must-see European destination".
The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
- Saturday 14th October
- Saturday 28th October
- Saturday 21st October
- Saturday 21st October