BA (Hons) Journalism

This BJTC accredited Journalism degree covers the basic skills of finding and telling stories, as well as the specialist skills needed to work in print, radio, TV and on the web. You’ll learn traditional skills that underpin all types of journalism, along with a huge range of multimedia skills to make you more employable. Add to that entrepreneurialism and a rigorous academic education, and our journalism graduates have the best chance of success in a tough market. Three weeks’ works experience form a vital part of this journalism course, and we will help you get your work published and build your CV.

Court visits are integral, as are interview techniques, which can be honed during police press conferences. Mobile journalism or ‘mojo’ is now a key element of the course with cutting edge workshops on smartphone reporting and production. Throughout your Journalism degree, you will learn from a wide range of industry professionals, including our own teaching staff and visiting lecturers from the BBC, ITV, magazines, and the national and local press. Follow us @Journo_USW.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff

On the practical side, you will learn how to find, write, edit and produce news and features for the print media, radio, television and the internet. To support this, you will learn about media law and ethics, plus the machinery of government, and learn how to apply this knowledge to your own journalism.

This journalism degree includes a programme of intellectually rigorous education, with compulsory modules in media theory and a major dissertation in the third year.

Year One

  • Introduction to Journalism 1
  • Introduction to Journalism 2
  • Journalism Law, Ethics and Regulation
  • Public Affairs
  • News-writing
  • Journalism Studies

Year Two

  • Social, Digital and Mobile Story Production
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Print and Magazine Journalism
  • Researching Media, Culture and Communications
  • Creative Industries Collaborative Practice
  • Work Experience

Year Three

  • Major Journalism Project
  • Further Law, Ethics and Regulations for Journalists
  • Dissertation in Media and Cultural Studies
  • Advanced News Production


Our journalism degree will be taught through lectures, seminars, practical workshops and simulations.


You will be assessed by regular coursework throughout, as well as examinations in some areas.

Institution Code


This Journalism degree is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.


Craig Hooper, Journalism Course Leader
Dr Rob Campbell, Academic Subject Manager
Laura Haydon, Senior Lecturer
Beccy Leach, Lecturer

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

An interview and test are required for the Journalism degree

The written test, which will last no longer than 30 minutes, will take place immediately before your interview. This will test your general current affairs and news knowledge, spelling and grammar.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC to include a relevant subject

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BC at A Level to include a relevant subject

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit in a relevant subject

Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level to include a relevant higher at grade 5

Typical Access to HE Offer

60 credits overall to include 45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 18 Merits and 15 Passes in a relevant subject

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an IELTS grade of 7.5 or equivalent in all four elements of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

English Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: £9000
  • Full-time International: £11900

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £30
Memory Card. Year 1
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £40
Textbooks . (All academic years)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £30
Newspapers/ Magazines (All academic years)
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) * £25
Press Card (Year 1)
Field Trips £100
London Media Trip. Year 3

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Our journalism graduates have found positions at the BBC, ITV and S4C, as well as independent production companies like Made in Wales, Boomerang, Indus, Media Wales, South Wales Argus, Sky Sports and Sky News.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.