We combine the rigour of industry accreditation with a distinctive emphasis on creative digital storytelling, and a passion for unearthing the many untold stories in this fascinating part of the country.
|Course Duration||3 years|
You’ll be able to develop an eye-catching portfolio and become an engaged, mobile journalist. Our academic team place employability at the heart of teaching, so work placements, professional mentors and real-world opportunities to broadcast or publish directly are embedded within your learning experience.
- Complete 15 days of work placement in your third year with organisations like the BBC and Reuters.
- Have the option to create a mini-documentary as your third year project.
- Have the opportunity to go on regular trips, have a mentor in your third year and attend our guest lecture series, Talking Shop, which has included speakers such as Kate Adie and George Monbiot.
- Benefit from our working relationships with national and regional media, including BBC Cornwall, Pirate FM and Source FM, and partnerships with PR and marketing firms.
- Graduate from a course acreddited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the Professional Publishers Association (PPA).
What our students do
Journalism Student Up for International Award
A magazine founded by third year Journalism student Ellen O'Rourke has been shortlisted for...
Student Journalist Gets National Press Attention
When parliament voted for an extension to the Brexit process on 3 April, Kira Taylor, second-...
Journalism Courses to Pilot BBC Gender Equality Project
Falmouth has joined the BBC's 50:50 project, which aims to get an equal split of male and female...
Bright Future for Sports Journalism Star
With positions at global powerhouses ESPN and Reuters already under his belt and Match of the...
Third Year Writing Collaboration with National Trust
Industry connections and real-world experience are an important part of the courses at Falmouth...
What our graduates do
Our students have turned their degrees into roles like Nickelodeon Television Producer, Supedry Social Media Editor, BBC News Environment Reporter, Restaurant Magazine Senior Reporter, and Virgin EMI Records Creative Assistant.
Graduate Shortlisted for Journalism Award
Recent Journalism graduate Lexi Goodland has had her mini-documentary shortlisted for this year'...
What you'll learn
This course teaches essential and specialist skills through industry-based training and academic study. Combining visual awareness with writing techniques, you’ll cover topics like multimedia, print and broadcast journalism.
We’ll address all the journalism basics, from the language of news and opinion writing to politics and media law. You’ll visit a working newsroom, start using video and audio recording equipment, and learn shorthand - a skill as useful as ever in the digital age.
News Reporting 1
Journalism & Communications in Context
Blogging & the Personal Voice
Politics & Law for Journalists
We’ll challenge you to apply your knowledge and skills to deadline-driven processes, in line with media law and regulation. You’ll also push your creativity by writing features and other long-form copy, and producing multimedia magazines.
Magazine Content & Creation
Applied Media Law & Public Affairs
Features & Long Form
News Reporting 2
Journalism & Communications Research
Advanced Multimedia Methods
As well as taking on industry placements, you’ll pitch for freelance commissions to in-house and external editors. You’ll also get the chance to specialise in everything from crime to culture, and fashion to foreign news. And by producing a dissertation, you’ll create another opportunity to network with potential employers.
Dissertation or Mini Documentary
Multimedia Enterprise 1
Multimedia Enterprise 2
Literature & Journalism
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
You’ll learn by doing - and critically reflecting - through practical workshops, news days, lectures, seminars, and group and one-to-one tutorials. Each week involves at least 12 hours on campus, and at least 24 hours on assignments and self-directed study.
We’ll push you to gain hands-on experience through work placements and course trips, and source extra-curricular projects to make the most of our facilities and support.
How you'll spend your time
and learning activity
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
- Continuous assessment via practical assignments, portfolios, and academic essays and presentations.
- One exam on politics & law for journalists.
- Deadline-driven, in-class tests set by the NCTJ and concentrated in the second year of your studies.
- Final year freelance portfolio, as well as an extended critical dissertation.
You’ll be taught by industry professionals with experience in roles like field producer for the BBC and deputy editor for the Oxford Mail. They also provide expertise in everything from ethics and regulation, to media law and public affairs, to blogging and digital media.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Andy is a former deputy editor of the Oxford Mail, who worked in the newspaper industry for 20...
Kevin Bishop is an broadcast news producer with over 30 years experience in newsgathering....
Graduating as a mature student with an English and media studies degree in 2001 (...
Dr Abigail Wincott
Abigail Wincott has over 20 years' experience as a journalist in print, broadcast and online,...
I have been involved with performance and media technologies over many years - playing/singing...
- A well-equipped digital newsroom with news feed.
- 25 workstations with professional scriptwriting and editing software.
- The Soundhouse, our dedicated radio studio.
- A wide range of DV cameras and audio recording devices.
- Exclusive use of The Lighthouse, the School’s new study and meeting space.
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: P500
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Interview information & application advice
How to Apply
Get application information including personal statement advice, interview tips and what to include in your portfolio.
What is a portfolio and how do you make one? Read our guide.
Personal Statement Guide
How do you write a personal statement and what should you include? Read our advice.
Interview Information: Journalism BA(Hons)
Find out what to expect from your Journalism interview.
After You Apply
Find out what happens after you apply to Falmouth and what you'll need to do.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Is enthusiastic and committed, with experience in relevant subjects.
- Has been involved in a school magazine, personal blog or similar.
- Knows about world affairs, politics and popular culture.
- Makes informed references to current developments across a range of subjects.
- Has analytical skills, and can comment intelligently and incisively on recent news events and campaigns by various causes.
- Shows independence and initiative.
- Has extra-curricular interests, part-time jobs or hobbies.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - full-time international
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
Typical course costs
- £100-£200 - Recurring annual costs
- £600 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living cost
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page
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