Get real experience by producing compelling content to demanding deadlines for our news and magazine enterprises under the guidance of experienced editors and producers. Falmouth has been famous for producing top-flight journalists for almost 40 years.
|Course Duration||3 years|
Our curriculum is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and the Professional Publishers Association (PPA). You'll explore everything from the fundamentals of journalism to meeting industry standards. You'll have the opportunity to undertake industry placements and pitch for freelance commissions to in-house and external editors, and get the chance to specialise in everything from crime to culture, fashion to foreign news.
What our students do
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.
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
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
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
- 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.
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- 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
104 - 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications like A-Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, or a Foundation Diploma.
We’ll also consider you based on your individual merit and potential. So get in touch if:
- You’re predicted points below our requirements
- You’re thinking about transferring from another institution
- You have other qualifications or professional experience
GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
We also accept qualifications equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
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).
Apply via UCAS
Enter these codes at UCAS Apply and Track
University code F33
Course code P500
UK/EU applications: 15 January
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply after the deadline. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
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 2019-20
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
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 costs
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page