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English and Journalism with Foundation Year BA (Hons)

Birmingham City University

Key information

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  • UCAS Course Code

    Q30C

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • University Ranking

    91st

    6
  • Subject Ranking

    57th

    3 (Communication & Media Studies)
  • Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the university.

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    113

  • Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the success of graduates on completion of their courses at the university.

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    61

    / 100
  • Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.03

    / 5.00
  • Qualification

    BA (Hons)

  • Application deadline

    15-Jan

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  • Start date

    21-SEP-20

Course Summary

This diverse and creative course incorporating a Foundation Year is a must for anyone passionate about English, whether that be language, literature, drama or creative writing.As part of the foundation year you will develop essential skills and knowledge which will help you succeed in your future degree level studies and which will be transferable to your future career.You will study a variety of subjects, including language and literature, drama and creative writing, and will learn how these different aspects of English study interact with one another.Alongside this you will develop core skills in research, critical analysis, planning and evaluation, creativity and effective communication. Understanding how English is studied in context, developing that knowledge and applying it through a range of assignments and assessments, will provide you with a strong foundation upon which to progress to degree-level study at the School of English.The BA (Hons) English and Journalism course is ideal for anyone wishing to follow a career in the dynamic and competitive world of journalism.The course is housed in the School of English where you will be taught by world-leading academics and practitioners offering a diverse range of modules in literary studies, linguistics, creative writing and drama. Your degree will allow you to tailor your studies to your individual interests and career aspirations with both a local and global outlook.The programme focuses on the development of core knowledge and skills for English study and work experience placements on live stories in media environments will teach you how to craft a story in a way that engages the audience.What's covered in the course?The course brings together a study of English with knowledge of journalism practice and professional development. Combining the study of literature, language, drama and creative writing from the School of English with the development of skills to become a thinking media worker with the School of Media, you will benefit from subject knowledge and transferable skills from both disciplines.Through study of English you will develop an ability to work as an independent researcher, to communicate effectively in spoken and written discourse, to critically evaluate the work of others and respond imaginatively to original briefs.Understanding how language works in practice and how language and literature engage with societies are both vital aspects in understanding how the discipline connects with the wider world, enabling you to focus on the production, interpretation and negotiation of meaning.These skills are transferrable to the journalism component, where you will publish your stories, use blogs - including the student-run Birmingham Eastside website, 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.Work experience placements on live stories in media environments will teach you how to craft a story in a way that engages the audience.Teaching for the journalism component takes place in radio, TV and photography studios, editing suites and computer suites in our £62 million Parkside Building, part of our City Centre Campus, where you will build on your skills as you begin to make contacts in the industry and make your first moves into media work.

Entry Requirements

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A level
  • A level
  • Scottish Higher
  • Scottish Advanced Higher
  • UCAS Tariff
  • HNC (BTEC)
  • HND (BTEC)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
  • Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
  • GCSE/National 4/National 5
  • Extended Project
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • AS
  • Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

Grades / Points

CDD

Details

Must include English Lang or Lit. Must include English Lang or Lit. May consider Film Studies/Communication Studies/Creative Writing in lieu of English if applicant submits satisfactory essay set by the department.  For English and Drama will consider A Level in Performing Arts/Drama or Theatre Studies in lieu of English. In addition, A-level subjects that include an element of essay writing should be considered in the absence of English Lit and Lang. The Sciences, Philosophy, Religious Studies etc. all include a component of this. If in doubt, refer to Course Director.

Tuition Fees

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£9,250 per year

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University information

University Ranking

91st

About this University

Birmingham City University successfully combines innovative teaching and learning, sector-leading student support and effective partnerships with some of the country's top employers. With a history dating back to 1843, university status was achieved in 1992, and the Birmingham City University name adopted in 2007.

Address

Curzon Building Campus

Cardigan Street

Birmingham

B4 7BD

UNITED KINGDOM