2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Journalism with Foundation Year

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

4 years

UCAS code:

AJF1

Points required:

72

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,600
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Journalism with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • VISIT LAST YEAR'S LIVERPOOL SCREEN SCHOOL DEGREE SHOW
  • 90% of our students are in work or postgraduate studies 15 months after graduation - 2020 National Student Survey
  • Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. This industry accreditation also means that the course focuses closely on UK employer requirements.
  • Practical training in research and writing as well as broadcast, print and online production
  • Teaching from journalists with many years experience and links to local newspapers, TV companies and radio stations
  • Opportunities for industrial placements with media organisations, including a paid internship with the Index on Censorship
  • Taught in the £38million Redmonds Building with industry-standard facilities including newsrooms, studios and editing booths
  • Option to sit National Council for the Training of Journalists exams

About your course

A highly vocational programme, the BA (Hons) Journalism with Foundation Year is taught using industry-standard facilities so you gain the hands-on experience you will need in your day-to-day work as a journalist. Facilities include edit suites, newsrooms, radio sound studios and a TV studio.

This highly vocational degree programme provides practical training in these areas, and will further your understanding of the law and how public bodies work. You will also develop skills in analysis and interpretation, initiative and research, which are useful in any career, not just journalism. In your third year you can specialise in an area related to your future career aspirations.

You will have access to the Liverpool Screen School's industry-standard facilities, helping you secure the hands-on experience you will need in your day-to-day work as a journalist. These facilities include edit suites, newsrooms, radio sound studios and a TV studio.

Our strong links with local newspapers, television companies and radio stations mean that there will be opportunities for invaluable work experience during the course, and you will be encouraged to get involved with various student media outlets in Liverpool, including our own website.

If you would like to see some of the work published by our students, take a look at their blog

"Once I graduated, I moved to London and worked for a small media company. This allowed me to express my creativity and produce short TV news packages for an online audience. Skills I had gained at university matched perfectly with those required, so I was in my element."

Louisa Collington, BA (Hons) Journalism graduate and Sky Sports Rugby Union Researcher

Professional accreditation/links

The course is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. This industry accreditation also means that the course focuses closely on UK employer requirements.

The Liverpool Screen School has strong links with local, national and international media organisations including the BBC, ITV, Trinity Mirror, Lime Pictures, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, National Union of Journalists, Radio Academy, Institute of Communication Ethics, Association for Journalism Education and One World Media. Such connections provide excellent opportunities for student work placements and research projects.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

Once you successfully complete the BA (Hons) degree programme, your practical skills in print, broadcasting and online journalism will qualify you to work in a variety of roles within this industry.

Our graduates have a good record of employment, forging successful careers as reporters, writers, editors, specialist correspondents, freelance journalists and television presenters. As well as working in television and news publishing, they can be found in broadcasting and news agencies, public relations departments and consultancies, web-based media and local authority press departments.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 3

Core modules

Media Literacies
20 credits

In this module you will be introduced to the vocabularies and conventions of the different media and creative subjects. You will practice the use of this vocabulary and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills through the production of a blog, exercises for which will be set during the semester.

Preparing for Success: Academic Skills
20 credits

This module provides you with the integrated skills required for academic success. You will develop your skills of creating posters, constructing bibliographies, and sourcing relevant materials. Alongside this you will learn to identify and understand academic writing and referencing techniques. The multi-disciplinary syllabus and assessment tasks will enable you to acquire the academic skills needed for successful transition into Level 4 and the completion of the degree.

Investigating Liverpool
20 credits

This module provides you with the necessary skills to develop a research project on the Liverpool City region from your particular subject perspective. You will explain academic research methods, write a coherent piece of academic work based on an understanding of Liverpool, and locate relevant research to support your project. The module will help you to develop an independent approach to learning. 

Creative Notebook
20 credits

In this module you will be introduced to academic staff in the Liverpool Screen School who will, each week, share personal passions and show how these have driven their research, writing and production profiles. You will be set smaller learning tasks driven by these specific interests in order to broaden knowledge and its practical applications. These tasks will form the content of the creative notebook. You will be encouraged to identify, consider and explore your own passions, potentially developing new enthusiasms as your experiences are widened.

Media Landscapes
20 credits

In this module you will be introduced to local organisations and companies and will be equipped with a broad understanding of the media, creative industries and organisations allied to the subjects covered by the Foundation course. This module enables you to study one of these organisations in depth, considering its history and contemporary purpose. You will also develop basic research and report-writing skills.

Creative Project
20 credits

This module enables you to develop subject specialist and collaborative creative practice through the opportunity to create a performance/media event in response to a given stimulus theme. You will also be provided vocabularies and strategies for reflection on, and evaluation of, individual creative practice.

Level 4

Core modules

Studying as Journalists
20 credits

This module introduces you to legal and ethical constraints and the regulation systems affecting you as journalists, along with issues related to risk assessment. You will understand how to study efficiently and well in higher education and will be equipped with the tools to help you do well during your academic career. This includes writing and research techniques, use of the libraries and electronic resources, correct referencing, and the avoidance of plagiarism.

Introduction to Reporting
20 credits

This module is designed to teach you the beginner-level skills of a trainee journalist, offering live exercises and classroom simulations. In workshop sessions you will practice interviewing and press conferences and develop practical skills using appropriate sources of information. Seminars will be used to critically analyse good practice and journalistic processes.

Reporting Skills
20 credits

This module is designed to enhance your beginner-level skills as a trainee journalist as previously taught and delivered in the Reporting module, offering live exercises and classroom simulations. Lectures will focus on the reporting process and workshops will develop practical skills using appropriate sources of information. In seminars you will critically analyse good practice and journalistic processes. Visits to crown court and council meetings will complement your study.

Understanding News Media
20 credits

In this module you will develop a knowledge and understanding of the context of today's news media through a study of key historical developments and how these provide the background to current day debates over the news media, in particular its regulation, control, ownership, economic and technological factors, ethics, and how such concepts as public service broadcasting are under pressure. You will also gain knowledge an understanding of the changing role of the journalist in society, especially due to the development of social media and User-Generated Content, and of the main theoretical concepts that help to explain these developments and the changing expectations and demands of audiences.

Professional Practice 1
20 credits

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of writing news and the conventions of journalism practice. It also introduces you to shorthand theory and practice.

Professional Practice 2
20 credits

This module follows on from Introduction to Professional Practice which covered basic news writing and shorthand theory. You will learn to adapt your story treatments for broadcast, also becoming familiar with industry-standard equipment and software. You will also build speed of writing in the shorthand classes.

Level 5

Core modules

Developing Broadcast Skills
20 credits

The aim of this module is to produce well written cues and story treatments for broadcast news and develop audio, camera and editing skills for the production of broadcast news output. You will produce short bulletins for broadcast media outlets showing a clear recognition of broadcast conventions in the production of simple packages for TV and Radio.

Reporting UK Politics
20 credits

You will develop knowledge and an understanding of the structures and powers of UK national and local/regional government. The aim of the module is to be able to critically evaluate the main issues and debates in the reporting of politics in the UK.

Online Journalism Production
20 credits

In this module you will learn how to prepare your journalism for the web and apply your understanding to a real-world environment. You will build and develop your previous production writing skills to produce and present online news content, working as a team in a live newsroom environment and covering stories in real-time.

Multi-Media News Practice
20 credits

This module builds on your skills developed during the Professional Practice and Reporting modules at Level 4 and the first semester Developing Broadcast Skills and Online News modules in the first semester of Level 5. You will develop news judgement and research skills in the production of news bulletins and artefacts for TV, Radio and online. You will be introduced to editorial and production roles and skills for news and current affairs programmes, alongside the opportunity to develop mobile newsgathering skills using smart technology.

UK Law and Ethics for Journalists
20 credits

This module enables you to gain knowledge and understanding of media law, ethics and regulation. You will also research the codes of practice and how they affect journalists in the UK.

Magazine Journalism
20 credits

This module prepares you for the weekly production of magazines and newspapers in Level 6. It also introduces you to long-form writing for the web and enables you to produce and critically evaluate such work. 

Developing Broadcast Skills
20 credits

The aim of this module is to produce well written cues and story treatments for broadcast news and develop audio, camera and editing skills for the production of broadcast news output. You will produce short bulletins for broadcast media outlets showing a clear recognition of broadcast conventions in the production of simple packages for TV and Radio.

International Law And Ethics For Journalists
20 credits

1. A critical understanding of law and ethics as it affects journalism. 2. Familiarise students with industry codes of practice in the UK and internationally. 3. Develop a thorough understanding of the regulatory, theoretical and practical issues involved in reporting legal proceedings internationally. 4. Develop the ability to critically analyse problems of law and ethics and present appropriate solutions.Students will gain knowledge and understanding of media law, ethics and regulation. They will also research the codes of practice and how they affect journalists internationally and in the UK.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, online activities and workshops, in addition to around 22 hours weekly production work and independent research. As you progress through the course, you will be expected to do more project research so you will only spend two days per week in class in your final year. 

Work-related Learning

This vocational course offers many opportunities for practical, hands-on experience and work placements, thanks to our connections in the local, national and international media. For instance, LJMU and the Index on Censorship offer a 12-month paid internship for a journalism student at the IoC headquarters. This is a great way to meet industry experts and learn about free speech around the world, as well as building skills in public relations, lobbying and campaigning.

Work experience like this is an invaluable opportunity to practise your skills in a high-pressure news media environment and will put you at a distinct advantage over other applicants once you enter the competitive job market. In fact, many students are offered permanent jobs at institutions like the BBC, Trinity Mirror and Lime Pictures on the basis of a successful work placement.

Liverpool has a thriving journalism industry, with one of the UK’s largest and most successful evening newspapers and the largest newspaper publisher on its doorstep. Several TV companies are based in the city, including the BBC, Granada and Hollyoaks creators, Lime Pictures. The region also has around 25 radio stations.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

If you decide to study with LJMU, you will join a warm and friendly learning environment where creativity is nurtured and supported by excellent learning resources. Throughout your studies you will be supported by a dedicated personal tutor who will be available to discuss course-related issues, monitor your progress, and meet with you twice a year to discuss your educational and career plans.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a range of assessment methods. These include: essays, projects, portfolios of work, exams, reports, group and individual presentations, and dissertations. Much of the work is journalism based and supported by academic essays and presentations.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Jackie Newton

Jackie Newton

Programme leader

Jackie has extensive experience as a staff journalist on regional publications, and has also freelanced for national newspapers and lifestyle magazines. She spent a large section of her career at the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, working as a designer, senior sub-editor, feature writer and features editor. She is currently researching comparative ethics in the reporting of tragedy and media relations with the bereaved and has authored a number of publications, including work on death reporting written with Dr Sallyanne Duncan of Strathclyde University. Their book, Reporting Bad News, was published in 2017 by Peter Lang. They have also written a chapter in the book The Phone-Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial. A qualified lecturer, Jackie holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Applied Psychology and a Masters in Educational Management.

Our strong links with local newspapers, television companies and radio stations mean that there will be opportunities for invaluable work experience during the course, and you will be encouraged to get involved with various student media outlets in Liverpool, including our own news and features website.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, TV studios, radio suites, green screen, editing rooms and news rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 72


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: DDD
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: DM if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS Tariff points when combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 24 Merits and 21 Passes, or any other combination that equates to 72 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 72 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 72 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level
Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non-standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

7.5 (minimum of 7.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​We are keen to recruit students who will make the best use of the opportunity to study with us. So we are looking for students with a flair for writing factual material. They need an enthusiasm for seeking out what's new, then asking why it is new, what's different, what's special, why it will interest the viewer, reader or listener - why, in short, it will be a good piece of journalism.

You should be able to demonstrate an interest in news and current affairs and, ideally, have a specialist area which you might like to develop such as music, sport or fashion, for instance. Enthusiasm for news and current affairs needs to be supported by general knowledge, an awareness of what's going on in the world and a burning desire to know more.

You should be interested in and sympathetic to people and their activities. You may well have studied a humanities and/or social science subject at school or college (e.g. English Language, English Literature, History, Politics, Sociology, Media Studies).

In particular, you will need to possess the following qualities: Good communication skills, as you will be expected to contribute to tutorials and host presentations. Time management, as you will have to work to deadlines on a regular basis - essential for a journalist. Good IT skills, as you will be expected to submit work that has been word processed. Good analytical skills, so that you can critically assess news sources.Information retrieval techniques, as you will be expected to read around the subject and draw upon your findings for news and feature writing, essays, reports and projects. Teamwork, as you may have to work closely with others which is essential in journalism.

You should ensure that your UCAS application shows that you meet the following essential criteria: The ability to communicate ideas logically and in an easy-to-read, error-free style is vital and will be measured by your personal statement. Evidence of an interest in news-orientated media, including activities such as student newspapers/magazines, hospital radio or work placements. Evidence of an interest in the world around you: politics, science, history, finance, business, art, theatre, sports are among the areas for which we would expect you to have enthusiasm. Evidence of additional skills or knowledge in one of these areas: knowledge of current affairs, a foreign language (GCSE level or above), knowledge of different countries and cultures, or relevant work experience.

It would also be helpful if you are able to show the following in your UCAS application:

  • An enthusiasm for IT and the new communication tools available on the internet and on mobile communication
  • Evidence of personal development such as art, music, creative writing, sport, outdoor activities, D of E award scheme
  • Involvement in social, community, political or charitable activities.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.