Accredited by: BJTC NCTJ
Our programme has been designed for individuals with a passion for journalism and current affairs and covers print, radio, television and the web. It is the only undergraduate programme in Scotland accredited by both the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), the two most respected industry benchmarks.
You'll gain the practical skill's key to success in this competitive industry such as shorthand, news reporting, and page layout, use sophisticated video, audio recording and editing equipment and write for online and social media. You will also study media law, government, ethics, and the media industries.
Our academic staff is all experienced journalists with excellent industry contacts. Guests from the BBC, STV, Newsquest and The Scotsman Publications frequently deliver guest lectures, mentor students and facilitate a wide range of placements and extracurricular opportunities to boost your CV and career prospects.
This programme offers Erasmus+ funded exchange and non-European exchange opportunities.
Graduates have embarked on careers with national and local organizations including the BBC, STV, The Herald, Daily Record, The Drum, news agency Deadline and local newspapers.
What you will study
News writing and Journalism, Shorthand Theory, Broadcast and Online Production1, Media Industries 1, Introduction to Media Analysis, The Business of Social Science, Introduction to Public Relations
Reporting and Newspaper Journalism, Feature Writing and Magazine Journalism, Shorthand Speed Development (additional credit), Media Industries 2: Enterprise and Employability, Multi-level Governance, Broadcast & Online Production 2, option module
Newsday, Specialist Reporting, Communications Law and Regulation, Research Methods: Theory and Practice, Media Analysis 2: Discourse, Ideology and the Media, The Enterprise Value Challenge
Honours Dissertation, Media Project, Media Ethics, option module
All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.
AABB including English
BCC PLUS GCSE English B/6
H1, H2, H2, H3 including English at H2 or above
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DMM plus GCSE requirements
Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at DMM PLUS GCSE English B/6
HND Practical Journalism or HND Creative Industries: Media and Communication with an AB/BA in the Graded Units
Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.
Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.
This is a very competitive course with a high ratio of applications to places. To gain a place the following details are the really important things your application needs to include (You will probably need a couple of paragraphs at least on the UCAS form to cover all of this)
- a clear statement in your UCAS application that you want to be a Journalist,
- supported by...some evidence of that commitment: work experience in a newsroom; editing the school magazine; any articles published. Anyone of these may suffice.
- Say as much as you can in your UCAS statement about your journalism experiences, achievements, and ambitions.
Interview and test information
Selected applicants are required to attend an interview and test. Final admission to year 1 is by interview and test - a requirement for NCTJ and BJTC accreditation. We need to see if you really do have the human qualities journalists need (eg curiosity, resilience, persistence, politeness); whether you really know what's going on in current affairs, the press and broadcasting; and have an eye for precision in written English.
The test includes current affairs questions as well as assessing your written English. We will also ask you to sit a voice test in our digital radio studio, and bring along to the interview at least one (and no more than three) examples of your own original journalistic work. Ideally, these should be published pieces - from the school magazine, local paper, a website, for example - but if you do not have any such examples, do not worry: we will give you a precise brief to write something especially for the day.
Other academic and vocational qualifications
Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognized professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.
Fees and Funding
The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?
Tuition fees 2018/19
- Home: £1820
- RUK: £9250*
- EU: £1820
- International: £11,500
*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.
In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.
NCTJ Diploma exam fees
As part of the NCTJ accreditation of the programme, students are required to take the NCTJ's own Diploma preliminary exams in seven subjects. You are not charged by the university for your first sittings of these professional exams. Additional fees are changed for re-sits of these exams. NCTJ Fees (2015/16) for re-sit sittings ranged from £14.70 (Shorthand) to £54.90 (Reporting, Media Law, Public Affairs, Portfolio).
We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.
If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student inquiries team.
This programme is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).
You will have access to modern, industry-standard facilities including our purpose-built multimedia newsroom to produce television and radio news packages, HD TV studio, and two digital radio presentation studios.
Technical facilities for Practical Journalism:
22 Dell PCs with: Adobe In Design CS6 & In Copy page production & copy editing software, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, MS Internet Explorer, Dreamweaver web creation software, Wordpress blog/WCMS, Photoshop Elements, Burli radio news network editing system, PA newswire feed, Newslink feed, Sky News radio feed, ENPS broadcast news production system; DVD, 2 Avid HD networked digital video edit suites, Digital TV and radio monitors with playout link from adjacent TV and radio studios, player, freeview box, phone books, reference directories, daily newspapers and weekly magazines; 4 phones; 10 iPhone-based mobile journalism kits including mic and multiple apps.
Radio Presentation & Production Suites
2 x Clyde Broadcast Synergy Bronze digital radio studios with hard-disk playout system, Burli radio news network editing system monitor/access, in audio soundproof studios (each accommodating 4), plus separate control booths & Audition v2 control/edit system. 20 x Adobe Audition digital audio edit suites (M318/M321A). 23 Tascam DR-40 Linear digital audio recorders.
TV Production Studio
2 x Clyde Broadcast Synergy Bronze digital radio studio & hard-disk playout system, in 2 audio soundproof studios (accommodates 4), plus control booth & Audition v2 control/edit system. 50 x Adobe Audition digital audio edit suites (20 in the newsroom), 8 x Marantz PMD661 memory card reporter-recorders. 23 x Tascam audio recorder kits. 10 x iPhone recorder kits.
Extra Editorial / Radio Production Suites
2 x additional computer/production labs – 1 room x 10 PCs, plus 1 room x 20 PCs – all 30 machines with: Adobe In Design CS6 & In Copy page production & copy editing software, MS Office, Adobe Acrobat, MS Internet Explorer, Dreamweaver web creation software, Wordpress blog/WCMS, Photoshop Elements, Burli radio news network editing system, ENPS broadcast news production system.
A language option at an appropriate level assuming some prior study can be taken in 2nd or 4th year.GCU offers French, Spanish and German and Italian from beginners to professional level.
In the third year, you have the opportunity to study abroad through our successful international exchange programmes. University journalism courses taught in English are currently available with partners institutions in Barcelona, Melbourne, New York, Ottawa, and Tennessee.
You will be taught print and broadcast skills to the standards of our accrediting bodies the NCTJ and BJTC, using the same criteria and marking schemes. Guest tutors from industry are frequently involved in teaching and contribute to your assessment. All practical journalism assessments are submitted and assessed electronically online or produced and marked live if broadcast productions. In the final year, you will complete a double-module professional project or portfolio of your best journalism, which counts the same as your Dissertation towards your Honours marks.
Our students consistently win more nominations and awards in the Scottish Student Journalism Awards than other courses at Scottish universities.
You will be writing and submitting electronically practical journalism items not less than fortnightly, and weekly in some subjects. You will normally get detailed online feedback on your stories within three weeks. Blogs and wikis are also used, which allow you to build your knowledge and understanding step-by-step, as well as pooling ideas with classmates and learning collaboratively.
In the third year, you produce live 'Newsday' weekly. Working in teams, you'll originate, produce and present radio and TV news bulletins, newspapers and online news pages.
Your practical workshops take place in industry-standard equipped radio & TV studios, newsrooms, and edit suites, with full time and guest industry tutors overseeing your work.
International exchanges are currently available for the study of journalism in English for half of the third year at universities in Canada, the USA, Spain or Australia.
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