University of Sunderland

Edinburgh Building, Chester Road, Sunderland, County Durham, SR1 3SD, United Kingdom

Journalism with Integrated Foundation Year

This is a four-year version of our popular BA (Hons) Journalism course, with an integrated foundation year. Get a solid grounding in journalism practices before specialising if you wish to. Look at the history of journalism and explore some of the hot topics within today’s journalism industry. Gain a real taste of life as a working journalist, work alongside a team of BBC Newcastle Journalists in our mediaHUB and get your work published on our award winning platforms from day one. In the first year – the foundation year – you will study 4 modules; a subject-related module, a numeracy skills module, a study skills-related module called 'Succeeding at University and Beyond' and a foundation project module. After completion of this foundation year, you will then move onto the Journalism honours degree course. This degree programme is the broadest of our comprehensive suite of specialist journalism courses that lead to both an honours degree and the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, the nationally recognised industry entry qualification. The combination of qualifications will significantly boost your employability as a journalist. During the first year, we will introduce you to different types of journalism. This is common to most of our journalism courses – it’s a great chance to see what kind of journalism suits you best. During the second and third years, you will study topics in more depth, among them Multi-Platform News, Media Law and Media Ethics. You can also choose an option in a specific genre such as Magazine Writing, Sports Writing, Investigative Journalism, or Entertainments and Games Journalism. In your final year, you will go on a placement to a newspaper or online news organisation and you will undertake a project, a large-scale piece of journalism which will add significantly to the portfolio of work you can present to prospective employers.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
    Full-time including foundation year
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Sir Tom Cowie Campus,Sunderland
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £4,000
  • England Year 1 £4,000
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £4,000
  • Scotland Year 1 £4,000
  • Wales Year 1 £4,000