Why study Journalism with Foundation Year - currently closed for 2022 applications at Liverpool John Moores University?
- 90% of our students are in work or postgraduate studies 15 months after graduation - 2020 National Student Survey
- Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. These industry accreditations mean the course focuses closely on UK employer requirements
- Practical training in research and writing as well as broadcast, print and online production
- Opportunities to write for the highly-regarded MerseyNews Live website
- Teaching from journalists with many years experience and links to local national 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
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.
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."
Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. These industry accreditations mean 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
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
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)
- 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)
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.
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.
LJMU aims to make international opportunities available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree at one of our 100+ partner universities across the world. You could also complete a work placement or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. If you wanted to go abroad for a shorter amount of time, you could attend one of our 1-4 week long summer schools.
Our Go Citizen Scheme can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all of these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?
Find out more about the opportunities we have available via our Instagram @ljmuglobalopps or email us at: email@example.com.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will develop basic knowledge of key issues affecting the journalism industry including how it has evolved over time, looking at issues such as the changing economics of journalism and the influence of technology. You will gain awareness of the main organisations and employers in the industry, and of the wide range of potential job roles within and related to it. You will develop the news literacy skills that will help them analyse news and other digital content, reflecting on your own journalism consumption habits as well as on issues such as objectivity, verification and the impact of audience on journalistic treatments.
You will build the academic skills required to help them succeed throughout their studies, including knowledge of academic writing, use of the libraries and electronic resources, correct referencing and the avoidance of plagiarism. You will begin to develop social and professional skills such as time management and appropriate use of email and social media.
Introduction to Reporting
This module aims to develop your skills required to identify and source news stories, including finding contacts, effective interviewing and first-class research skills. You will be taught in seminars in which students will practice conducting different types of interviews and develop practical skills, using appropriate sources of information and identifying contacts. Lectures to critically analyse good practice and journalistic processes.
This module aims to hone sourcing, reporting and interview skills developed in semester one. You will apply these skills to the reporting of courts, councils and other such institutions, while developing an understanding of the importance of health and safety when working as a journalist.
Essential Law and Ethics
This module will prepare you for the NCTJ professional diploma examinations in Essential Media Law and Broadcast Regulation.
Introduction to Newswriting
This module introduces you to the fundamentals of writing news and the conventions of journalism practice.
Introduction to Broadcast
This module provides an introduction to broadcast. You will be taught current professional broadcast conventions and develop the basic technical skills necessary to produce material for radio and/or TV. You will learn how to write for broadcast and develop story treatments; you will become familiar with industry-standard software as you learn how to shoot and edit video and how to capture and edit audio.
Developing Broadcast Skills
You will learn how to research, write and produce high-quality, professional standard reports for radio and/or TV. You will develop research skills in sourcing original stories and producing them ethically and accurately for broadcast. Students will become familiar with the technology, techniques, language and conventions of broadcast newsrooms; using electronic newsroom systems, recording audio, filming and editing to produce material in line with current professional broadcast practice. You will be expected to demonstrate developing skills in writing for broadcast including structure, introductions, understanding story treatments and writing to pictures. This module is designed to reflect the best current practice in broadcast newsrooms in the UK.
Reporting UK Politics
This module will prepare students for the NCTJ professional diploma examinations in Public Affairs for Journalists.
Journalism for a Digital Audience
You will work as news teams and individually to learn how to write for the web and produce web content, including online text editing and headline writing with a view to effective SEO. Introduction to CMS and how to employ strategies to enhance audience experience, including use of analytics. Critique of how UGC is currently gathered and deployed. Professional practice of content moderation and issues of taste, decency and legality.
Multimedia News Production
You will develop and evaluate their journalistic and transferable skills to design and create multimedia products reflecting industry-standard journalistic practice. Newsdays will provide a real-time work-based learning environment for you to develop your understanding of professional requirements, deadlines, management and team working with the further acquisition and application of technical skills in the production of journalism artefacts. You will work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction to communicate effectively in team settings, and in a variety of media, showing an understanding of target audiences and a developing news sense.
You will gain knowledge of key contemporary issues within the journalism industry and explore questions about the media's role in a modern, democratic society. This will include questions of diversity and inclusion such as changing attitudes towards the representation of different demographic groups and questions of inclusion within the media workforce. The module will include an examination of the international context of UK journalism and consideration of issues around decolonising journalism, for example questions of stereotyping in reporting of the developing world, and questions of universal news values. Students will develop an understanding of the ways in which the historical development of journalism continues to shape and influence the modern industry (for example through regulation, ownership, economic and technological factors).
You will be introduced to the major theoretical ideas that have influenced thinking about journalism and the key debates about its purpose and impact. Students will learn to apply these theories and ideas to real-world contexts, analysing the forces that continue to shape journalism and debating the validity of competing narratives about the industry.
This module prepares you for the weekly production of magazines/newspapers in Level 6. It also introduces students to long-form writing for the web and print.
Advanced Journalism Practice
You will develop and reflect on their journalistic and transferable skills to design and create multimedia products reflecting industry-standard practice. Newsdays will provide a real-time work-based learning environment for students to deepen your understanding of professional requirements, and the acquisition and application of technical skills in the production of journalism artefacts.
This module enables you to apply and evaluate their skills in a professional setting. It also provides you with the means to identify your skills and match them to the employment market. You are expected to provide evidence of a work placement or comparable work-based learning.
This module allows you to carry out a major project of private study and research. The dissertation is student led but supported by a series of lectures on methods and techniques followed by one-to-one supervision with a suitably qualified supervisor.
The Journalism Final Project gives you an opportunity to design and create individual innovative journalism products for a defined audience. You will build on skills developed at Level 4 and 5 to identify a suitable topic and market for your project and to produce an artefact matching professional standards. Examples include a magazine, website, video or audio documentary or a portfolio of professional journalism produced as part of an extended work placement to be agreed by the project supervisor. You will also reflect on the production of the project and their personal skills development.
You will develop a critical understanding of the purpose of features and associated forms of writing such as reviews and opinion.
You will construct and develop features/review ideas and write original material in a variety of specialist areas such as arts, lifestyle and culture. You will also analyse the impact of audience, market, available sources and other constraints on magazine production.
This module is designed to equip a student journalist with the photography skills required to produce images of publishable quality that meet news industry standards. It is an option which aims to build on the essential skills learned in L4 and L5 with more advanced techniques in producing professional still news and sports images.
The way a photojournalist behaves is also central to their skills base. It is designed to equip candidates with an understanding of the legal and ethical issues which confront journalists in their day-to-day work when taking photographs. You will learn skills using more advanced photographic kit, producing imagery for digital and print platforms, various forms of photography including live action, photo-calls, location work, creative lighting, and multiple imagery for slideshows. And you will learn about the commercial importance of stills photography within industry and roles of freelance and staff photographers.
Public Interest Journalism
This module will prepare you for the NCTJ professional diploma examinations in Court Reporting and Public Affairs.
Public Relations for Journalists
This module will prepare you for the NCTJ professional diploma examinations in Introduction to PR and Communications.
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.
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 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.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Fran runs the journalism department at LJMU and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level across our courses. She holds a British Academy grant for her research into news literacy, on which she has worked with stakeholders including Ofcom, DCMS and the News Literacy Network. Before joining LJMU, she spent over a decade on national newspapers, most recently as Assistant Editor of i, where she oversaw the paper’s news output, as well as The Times and Independent.
This course will see you working as a trainee journalist in a realistic newsroom environment, taught by industry experts and gathering your own stories for our live websites, TV and radio bulletins. Our extensive links across journalism, including with newspapers, TV and multimedia platforms, create fantastic opportunities for work experience and help our industry-ready graduates go on to secure jobs across the sector.
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.
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
- Welsh GCSE in Maths or Numeracy
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- 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
- T Level requirements: 72 UCAS Tariff points in a related subject
- 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: 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 Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 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
OCR National acceptability
- National Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Are Level 3 NVQs acceptable? Acceptable when combined with other qualifications
Reduced Offer Scheme
As part of LJMU’s commitment to widening access we offer eligible students entry to their chosen course at a reduced threshold of up to 16/8 UCAS points. This applies if you are a student who has been in local authority care or if you have participated in one of LJMU’s sustained outreach initiatives, e.g. Summer University. Please contact the admission office for further details.
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
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.
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