What does it mean to be a journalist today? In a world where a smartphone is all you need to break a story, what sets the good and the great apart? 

You will explore the rapidly changing practices and possibilities of journalism within the wider context of contemporary media industries.

What will you learn? ×

Study Journalism and work with your peers and professional journalists to create engaging content on a variety of topics. Explore what it means to be a journalist today and why high journalistic standards are more important than ever.

Learn the skills and attributes you need to succeed in this rapidly changing sector and investigate the societal impact this crucial industry has on us all. 

There are big questions to open up and answer:

  • How does an event become news? 
  • How do you reconcile the right to privacy with the importance of the freedom of the press? 
  • Where does the truth lie in a world of fake news and citizen journalism?

This is a course for the bold, the brave and the curious: sharp, passionate, questioning minds who’ll shape our future perspectives.

Grounded in theory, rich in practice, this programme will enable you to:

  • Understand the place and practice of journalism in the rapidly changing context of contemporary media and social media.
  • Build key critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills essential in a competitive professional environment.
  • Develop wide-ranging knowledge of the production, meaning and consumption of various news media, including sport and investigative reporting.
  • Gain practical reporting, editing and presenting skills across a range of digital media technologies, techniques and platforms.
  • Become an ethically informed, critically minded and highly reflective practitioner.
How will you learn? ×
  • Studio-based work.
  • Industry placements.
  • Access to supported digital learning using Microsoft Teams.
  • Face to face sessions and seminars.
  • Workshops.
  • Computer suite and media lab work.
  • Problem-based learning.
  • Presentations and demonstrations.
  • Screenings.
  • Group project meetings.
  • Independent study and research.
Develop more than skills and knowledge ×

Your UA92 degree goes far beyond the traditional academic experience.

UA92 provides you with more than just a degree, we aim to prepare you for life. Through the course you will study a series of subject modules but will also undertake our character and personal development curriculum, personal development coaching and industry experiences.

Our ambition is to take you on a personal development journey. It’s about discovering just how much you’re capable of, and graduating a better version of you. From leadership to resilience and effective team working, it’s all covered by our Character and Personal Development curriculum.

Technical skills you will master ×
  • Adobe Creative Cloud, including Photoshop, InDesign, Premier, and Lightbox.
  • ProTools.
  • Dreamweaver.
  • Inkscape.
  • Audacity.
  • Mixcraft.
  • Virtual, mixed and augmented reality software.
When can I start? ×

You can start this course in September, November or January.

Study Level
Start Date(s)
Term dates information
Entry Year
2022/23 Entry
Also available in 2021/22 Entry
Course Duration
Study modes Information
Entry Requirements
104 UCAS Points
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Follow the link to the UCAS website for all the information you need to apply.


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The best way to get a taste of what life will be like at UA92 is to join us at one of our open days.



Year 1 - Level 4 modules

  • Media, Technology and Culture
  • Media Production
  • Communication Techniques and Creating Content
  • Introduction to Journalism

Year 2 - Level 5 modules

  • Journalism Practice
  • Media Narratives         
  • Audio and Video Production
  • News Journalism

Year 3 - Level 6 modules

  • Project
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Advanced Journalism
  • Data Journalism


UCAS Points: 104

BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. 

BTEC Diploma: D*D. 

Pass Access Course: With 104 UCAS points.

A levels: BCC.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points with 14 from Higher Level Subjects.

IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5.

GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths and English or equivalent.


Students will regularly enjoy guest lectures and masterclasses, often from industry professionals currently working within the creative media industries. Student assignment work is regularly supported by advice from professional journalists, broadcasters and marketing experts. UA92 Journalism, Media and Communication students can expect enlightening visits to MediaCity, ITV News, sporting events and even a bespoke session with Gary Neville about his broadcasting career.

It is also hugely important to focus on the freelance and flexible nature of work in this sector, therefore working with respected freelance journalists and new marketing and design agencies will help you understand the exciting possibilities available in this sector.  Students will get to work closely with marketing, PR and advertising agency contacts to work on live briefs and will get the opportunity to present back to industry specialists who will critique their pitches.

Further partner connections are built through the Character and Personal Development modules, as students work on projects set by a range of partners and undertake placements which build on their subject discipline and give an insight into working across subject and industry boundaries.


What do I need to pay for? 


If you decide to study away from home, your three biggest outgoings will be tuition fees, accommodation and living costs.

How much are tuition fees? 


The cost for UK undergraduate students at UA92 for September 2022 entry is £9,250 per academic year.

Most students choose to take out a student loan to cover this, paid directly to the institution.

How do I apply for a student loan? 


You can apply online at Student Finance England. Applying is not dependent on an offer, so you can get a headstart on the process.

When do I pay this back? 


Not straight away. You won’t actually start paying the loan back until you’re working and earning over £26,575 - how much you pay depends on your salary.

Is there a loan for accommodation and living costs? 


Yes – eligible UK students can apply for a Maintenance Loan, again through Student Finance England, up to £8,700 a year to help with the costs of living. Repayment of this works in the same way as your tuition fees – they actually combine together into one sum. 

I’m an international student, how much are my fees? 


The cost for international students wanting to study at UA92 for September 2022 entry is £14,466*. You will be expected to pay a minimum of 50 percent upfront before your course begins.

*Fees are subject to annual change. 

Can I get advice or support during my time at UA92? 


Absolutely, we will have a Support Team on campus to help you with budgeting and financial advice to ensure you manage your money whilst studying with us. In addition, and as part of our Character and Personal Development curriculum, you’ll learn about financial planning to manage your finances in study and throughout your working life.