Journalism and Communications BA(Hons)

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Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Build on your talents as a natural communicator to start a career in journalism, broadcasting, digital content or social media - working for a company or cause you truly believe in, anywhere in the world.

Adopting a global perspective with a focus on communications for the non-profit sector, this course prepares you for meaningful employment. You'll have a chance to specialise in health, tourism, events or sport communications, and can link up with the creative and technology start-ups on our Penryn Campus. After establishing strong foundations in journalism, communications and multimedia, you'll go on to communicate causes and devise campaigns. In your final year you'll refine your practical and academic skills and undertake work placements to test or develop your skills.


  • Guaranteed placements in newsrooms or public sector communications departments
  • Regular guest speakers from a wide range of media companies
  • Class trips to councils, courts and other news-making organisations
  • Opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad

How the course is taught

A distinguishing feature of this degree is that it isn't only lectures and seminars. There is also an abundance of practical workshops plus lectures and seminars. You learn by doing - and critically reflecting on what you do. The modes of teaching, learning and assessment provide a flexible student-centered approach that will enable you to achieve success in your three years of study with us.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
123%77% 0% 
226%74% 0% 
319%81% 0% 

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
115%13% 72% 
20%20% 80% 
30%15% 85% 

What you’ll do

Year One

The first year is foundational. You will be eased into what is recognised as a challenging transition to trainee journalist/communicator. You will be taught all the fundamentals of critical thinking in both these closely related spheres. Crucially, you will acquire a multimedia toolkit.

  • Persuasion & publicity
  • Multimedia methods
  • Journalism & communications in context
  • Informing & influencing
  • Politics & law for journalists
  • Journalism & communications ethics

Year Two

Your second year allows you to start specialising in areas such as crime, culture, or the political sphere plus extend your multimedia skills into broadcasting. At this stage you will also have a lot of creative fun by focusing on the production of multimedia magazines and news sites. You will continue to engage with the contextual issues that affect journalists and communicators today.

  • Magazine content & creation
  • Advanced multimedia methods
  • Journalism & communications research
  • Campaign communications
  • Censorship & regulation

Year Three

Having been intensively trained in the previous two years, the final year allows you to refine your skills and specialise further. On the journalism front we finish with a flourish at Falmouth, giving you the opportunity to specialise in everything from crime to culture, fashion to foreign news. You can also go global by studying strategic communications for development and intercultural communications. Gaining real experience in newsrooms and public communications departments - at local, national and international levels - will prepare you to compete for employment and freelance commissions. Valuable industry insight and contacts can also be developed by completing a dissertation.

  • Dissertation or mini-documentary
  • Events tourism & events communications
  • Health & medical communications
  • Sports PR & communications
  • Specialist correspondent (students pick a specialism such as crime & courts or global affairs)


Our facilities include a well-equipped digital newsroom with news feeds and 25 workstations with professional scriptwriting and editing software. These are supplemented by TV and radio studios and a comprehensive range of DV cameras and audio recording devices. Students are encouraged to make the most of all these over the three years by working not only on course assignments but also on extra-curricular and externally sourced projects.


Head of Journalism Rob Brown has taught journalism and communication across the UK, Ireland and India and he is a former media editor of the Independent and TV reporter.

Kevin Bishop was a field producer with the BBC for over two decades, covering seismic world events with famous foreign correspondents such as John Simpson, and retains a strong connection with the corporation.

Steve Bough has a wealth of experience editing and contributing to magazines, including the surfing glossy Wavelength, now a sophisticated multimedia brand based in Cornwall.

Andy Chatfield is a former deputy editor of the Oxford Mail who teaches media law and public affairs along with spearheading production of the journalism department's output.

Linda Jackson is a seasoned freelance feature writer who teaches our students how to pitch story ideas successfully and produce copy which meets the expectations of commissioning editors.

Dr Julia Kennedy lectures in media ethics and regulation, blogging and literary journalism and completed her doctorate on medical communications in the digital age.

Dr Hayes Mabweazara is an internationally recognised researcher, specialising in digital media and journalism practice in the developing world and is on the editorial boards of three academic journals.

Greg McKinney is the School of Writing & Journalism's dedicated technician, playing a key supportive role in the teaching of digital technologies and techniques.


  • Continuous assessment
  • One exam on politics & law for journalists
  • Freelance portfolio
  • Extended critical dissertation in the final year


  • Journalism
  • Broadcasting
  • Media relations
  • Web content management
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Magazine Production

Student mentor scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet.

Our mentors can be reached on the journalism courses Facebook group

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for disabled students, LGBTQ+ studentsmature students, international students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to