Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications

School of Media and Communication

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It has been an interesting ride since leaving university. After graduating my first job was with BBC Radio York. I then got a job working for Channel 4 News/ITN in Washington.

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BA Hons Broadcast Journalism

The BA Broadcast Journalism focuses on developing the technical and theoretical skills required for working in radio, television and online journalism. Intensive training in practical skills is complemented by options allowing students to explore broader communications environments, including online and multimedia journalism, documentary production, political journalism, and the creative and cultural industries. For admissions enquiries, contact the Admissions Tutor, Jairo Lugo-Ocando

In this section:

Overview

UCAS code Qualification Duration and mode of study
PJ59 BA

3 Years Full Time

The BA in Broadcast Journalism is a challenging programme which investigates the multimedia world of news production. It is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). The programme is a challenging mix of theoretical study and hands-on multimedia training that produces graduates who are reflective practitioners, with the knowledge and skills required for a career in the demanding, multimedia broadcast industries. Media law will be taught alongside an examination of journalists’ ethical standards and responsibilities. You will also examine the political and social climate in which journalists work, and how the industry is regulated.

You will engage in intellectual debate about the communications industry during lectures and seminars, as well as learning hands-on broadcasting skills in the excellent facilities provided in our radio and TV studios, editing rooms and media suites. You will have close contact with the Broadcast Journalism teaching team throughout your degree in lectures, seminars and during the weekly office hours that are available to all students who want to discuss the programme in more detail with their tutors and lecturers. Our students are among the best in the UK, regularly recognised in the Broadcast Journalism Training Council annual awards. To see some of their work, take a look at the links in the student showcase page.

For a full list of modules taught please visit the Module and Programme Catalogue.

Why Leeds?

Why should you come to the School of Media and Communication to study the BA Broadcast Journalism? Well, here are a few really good reasons!

  • We have been providing excellence in broadcasting education and training since 1996, and you will be taught by some of the country's leading academics in this area.
  • Leeds is the only Russell Group University to offer an industry accredited BA in Broadcast Journalism - which means you benefit from training informed by research into the latest developments in media theory and practice.
  • The School has a strong tradition of ground-breaking student achievement, including award-winning student media like Leeds Student Television.
  • Last, but not least, the city of Leeds is a great place to study. The culture and nightlife is second to none, and it is a regional hub for creative/communication/media industries in the north of England.

Entry requirements

AAB at A-Level or equivalent.

For students taking qualifications other than A Levels please see the standard academic entrance requirements listed below:

  • International Baccalaureate: -The standard offer is 35 points with 6 in English at ‘Standard’ level and 5 at ‘Higher’ level
  • Scottish Highers: 3 Advanced Highers or a combination of 2 Highers and 2 Advanced Highers at grades A or B.
  • For candidates taking the BTEC Extended Diploma: – the standard offer is Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
  • Access to HE Diploma – conditional offers are made on an individual basis according to content. A typical offer would be a Pass with 60 credits overall including 45 credits at Level 3 of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits must be at Merit Level.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: the standard offer is grades AAAABB
  • The standard offer for candidates taking the Creative and Media Diploma is grade A or B, with two A levels one as part of the Diploma the other taken independently from the Diploma, the grades required will normally be AB.

Please note: we do not currently accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as counting towards our admissions criteria.

How to apply

Apply via UCAS.

Selection principles

Please refer to our Undergraduate Admissions Policy (pdf) for full details of our selection processes. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and are keen to support those who have the potential to succeed but whose personal circumstances may have affected their levels of achievement. For this reason, we encourage participation in the Access to Leeds scheme. For further information, please visit the Access to Leeds website.

Successful applicants, who are also confirmed as eligible for the Access 2 Leeds Scheme, will receive our standard offer and an alternative Access 2 Leeds offer that is 2 grades lower.

Fees

For information about fees, please visit www.leeds.ac.uk/yourfinances

Scholarships and bursaries

For information about financial support, please visit www.leeds.ac.uk/yourfinances

Learning & Teaching

Under the guidance of professional broadcasters and world-renowned academics, you’ll be developing your journalism skills and your critical intellectual abilities from the moment you start the programme. You will produce your own news output for radio, television and online outlets. You will be taught how to record for radio, film for TV, and how to edit your stories. By the third year, you’ll move towards examining current affairs output. You will research and produce your own TV and radio documentaries on a topic of your choice. They could, for example, tackle a specialist area such as sports or science journalism.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, practicals, workshops and independent study. Lectures are designed to deliver an overview of the concepts covered in each module. Seminars allow you to engage with and develop these ideas in more depth, usually in discussions and activities based around key readings studied before the class. Practicals and workshops help you develop the skills you require to be a first-class broadcaster. In addition, you will have a reading list for each module that covers key work in the area. You will engage with these readings during your own independent study, and draw on them to develop your own understanding and interpretation of the concepts being addressed in class. This independent study is fundamental to your success in the degree; we allow time each week for you to dedicate to programme reading, and lecturers are available in their office hours to discuss any issues or questions that might arise from this important work.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a three week professional attachment in the broadcasting industry at the end of your second year. The course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

By the end of your three years at Leeds, you will have the broadcasting skills and experience necessary to apply for jobs in the increasingly multimedia news industry. Our former students work in some of the top newsrooms and documentary production companies in the country, acting as news and current affairs reporters, producers, presenters or researchers. Whatever their career choice, this programme gives students the intellectual rigour, confidence and communication skills to tackle any job when they leave Leeds.

Teaching methods: lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical classes.

Assessment: assessed essay, written examination, practical production coursework, group projects, team presentations.

Between years two and three students gain more real world experience with a 3 week work placement in a radio or television newsroom, a current affairs department or an independent production company specialising in factual programming. Our partnership with the BBC facilitates placements in TV, radio and online newsrooms. We also have the opportunity to be involved in ad hoc broadcast industry projects, as part of the BBC's drive to recruit new talent to Salford's Media City, its site in the North.

Between the second and third years of your degree, you have the opportunity to complete a work placement or to study abroad for a year at another university in Europe or worldwide. The industry and study abroad years provide an excellent opportunity for you to develop skills, knowledge and valuable experience, and to stand out from your peers in the job market and beyond.

For more information on the Study Abroad Year, see here.

For more information on the Work Placement Year, see here.

Modules

In this section:

Year 1

Semester 1

Introduction to Media & Communication Research (20 Credits)
Journalism, Politics and Society (20 Credits)
Introduction to Journalism (20 Credits)

Semester 2

Journalism News Skills (20 Credits)
Camera and Editing for Journalists (20 Credits)
The History of Communication (20 Credits)

Year 2

Semester 1

TV News Production (20 Credits)
Radio News Production (20 Credits)
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Choose an optional module (20 Credits)
Media Policy (20 Credits)
Communication Skills (20 Credits)
Visual Communication (20 Credits)
Introduction to Public Relations (20 Credits)
Discovery modules (20 Credits)

Semester 2

Broadcast Journalism Ethics (20 Credits)
Issues in Journalism (20 Credits)
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Choose an optional module (20 Credits)
Multimedia Journalism (20 Credits)
Working in Digital Media (20 Credits)
Communication Research Methods (20 Credits)
Music as Communication (20 Credits)
Technology in communication and the media (20 Credits)
Discovery modules (20 Credits)

Year 3

Semester 1

Broadcast Journalism Placement (20 Credits)
Media Law (20 Credits)
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Choose a core module (40 credits)
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Choose an optional module (20 Credits)
Communication Dissertation (40 Credits)
OR
Broadcast Journalism Individual Project Portfolio (40 Credits)
TV Documentary Journalism (20 Credits)
International Communication (20 Credits)
Mobile Media (20 Credits)
The Reporting of Politics (20 Credits)
Understanding the Audience (20 Credits)
Radio Technologies, Industries, Cultures (20 Credits)
The Documentary and Reality (20 Credits)
Discovery modules (20 Credits)

Semester 2

Media Law (20 Credits)
+
Choose a core module (40 Credits)
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Choose an optional module
Communication Dissertation (40 Credits)
OR
Broadcast Journalism Individual Project Portfolio (40 Credits)
War and Media (20 Credits)
Live News Production (20 Credits)
Creative Work in the Cultural Industries (20 Credits)
Ethnography of Speaking (20 Credits)
Promotional culture (20 Credits)
Feminism, Identity & Media (20 Credits)
Citizen Media (20 Credits)
Discovery modules (20 Credits)

Careers & employability

Leeds broadcast journalists are now working in every possible broadcast company and media outlet: the BBC; commercial regional and local radio and television; large and small independent production companies (some have founded their own). Some graduates work in public relations companies and press offices for government, charities and NGOs.

Our graduates work at Sky News and Sport, BBC News, BBC Sport, CNN, ITV GMTV and Channel 4. Many work overseas – from Channel 4′s offices in Washington to The Japan Times. One graduate who became a Channel 4 trainee spent six months in China making a documentary about the first railway to cross China to Tibet. Others have made names for themselves in influential London PR firms. Some broadcast journalists prefer politics and the civil service. A number have worked in the BBC’s political unit at Westminster, for parliamentary bodies or MPs. For more information on the University’s approach to graduate employability, please see:http://www.leeds.ac.uk/employability.

From our recent graduates

"A great city, a fantastic university and an exceptional programme! Combine these with industry leading facilities, first class teaching and placements with top employers and you've got an environment like no other to excel. To be the best you've got to have the best and this course does that and more." Anthony Day, BA 2013. Winner of Broadcast Journalism Training Council’s TV News Feature Award and Runner Up in the News Category at the Royal Television Society’s Yorkshire Centre Awards.

"The course is second to none, both staff and facilities in the School are exceptional. The course allows you to experience both the vocational training required to become a journalist, alongside the academic work expected at a top University." Calum McKenzie, BA 2013.

Contact Us

If you wish to contact the School of Media and Communication for more information about the course or to book a department visit, please use the details below:

Email: mediaug@leeds.ac.uk

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