BA (Hons) Journalism

Places available 2016/17

This course has places available. View the How to apply section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2016/17 entry, including others available at London College of Communication, visit the Places available page.

Get inside the story with BA (Hons) Journalism at LCC. Known for being as close to on-the-job learning as it gets, you'll gain the skills and knowledge in print, online and broadcast journalism. Work on Artefact, the College magazine, and put your skills straight into practice in our industry-standard, multimedia newsroom.

Reasons to Apply

  • London College of Communication is an established and highly-regarded institution for the teaching of journalism with long-standing links to the media industry.
  • The course runs a successful and popular guest lecture programme, recent speakers include: Joanna Montgomery, (Head of Digital Content, Bauer Media), Mary Hockaday (Head of the BBC Newsroom), Jennifer Selway (Assistant Editor, Daily Express), Peter Grunert (Editor, Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine) Simon McGregor-Wood (News Correspondent, Al Jazeera, Europe) and Bruno Bailey, (UK Editor of Vice Media). 
  • We have a strong focus on multi-platform journalism, teaching a wide range of skills and disciplines, culminating in a final-year project where you will work on the print and online magazine Artefact in a fully equipped newsroom.
  • In addition to acquiring the hands-on skills, you will gain a critical awareness of the political, social and economic contexts in which journalism operates.
  • You will also develop your understanding of the value and purpose of journalism by studying relevant areas of contemporary academic theory.
  • In year 2, we offer students a chance to study abroad for a term via our Erasmus Exchange Programme with the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Copenhagen and Aarhus.
  • Graduates have gone on to successful careers in leading media businesses including Vogue UK, Guardian, Sky, CNBC, Vice Media, International Herald Tribune, TalkSport and Press Association.

Funding opportunities

Find out about the range of funding options available for undergraduate study.


Course Leader

Vivienne Francis

Course Location

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
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Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17 fees)

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17 fees)

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September 2016 – Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January 2017 – Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April 2017 – Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for UK, EU and international applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeP500
University CodeUAL U65

Content and Structure


BA (Hons) Journalism at London College of Communication is designed to equip students to succeed as professional journalists in the demanding and rapidly-evolving world of journalism.

You will study the core journalism practices, including: researching, story-finding, newsgathering, interviewing, evaluating, story-telling and investigating as well as acquire the technical skills that will support your journalism: video, editing, audio, content management and web design.

You'll also have the opportunity to explore different genres of journalism from music, entertainment and travel, to politics, investigation and life-style.

What can you expect?

There is a strong theoretical element to the course, placing journalism in its political, social, historical and global contexts, and analysing the key ethical issues faced by journalists. For example, you will consider how gender is represented in the newspapers; the growth of immersive, investigative journalism; and how crowd-funding is impacting media ownership.

We will take your journalism out of the classroom with field trips, conferences and events. In the second year, you will go on a work placement and also get the chance to work collaboratively with students from other courses and creative disciplines in the College.

Students have a successful track record in securing work placements with media businesses such as The Independent, Shortlist Magazine, NME, FourFourTwo, Metro, Attitude, Woman’s Health, The Times, ID and Private Eye.


We see assessment as a very real part of learning, rather than just a means of looking back at past work and measuring achievement; we believe that assessment helps you plan future work and develop new ideas.

Your work will be assessed through projects or portfolios, with written papers or research journals, and, on some courses, examinations. You will be graded according to a set of marking criteria that relate to such things as research, subject knowledge, methodology, and your capacity to analyse and reflect on your achievements. So don’t be afraid of assessment - it is the way to progress.


In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Journalism qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Programme Summary

Year 1

Units Summary: 

  • Introduction to Study In Higher Education (20 credits)
  • Editorial Practice 1: Core Skills and Techniques (40 credits)
  • Journalism and Society 1 (40 credits)
  • Editorial Practice 2: Multimedia Journalism (20 credits)

Year 2

Units Summary:

  • Collaborative Project (20 credits)
  • Industry Placement (20 credits)
  • Multimedia Feature Writing (20 credits)
  • Creative Storytelling (20 credits)
  • Journalism, Representation and Popular Culture (20 credits)
  • Social Media and Data Journalism (20 credits)

Year 3

Units Summary: 

  • Final Major Project (60 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)


Course Leader: Vivienne Francis

Programme Director: Simon Hinde

Senior Lecturers: Russell Merryman, Rebecca Pearce, Ian Hoare and Lucia Vodanovic.


Graduates of the course have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of leading media businesses such as Vogue UK, Daily Mail, Guardian, Sky, Sunday Times, Legal Week magazine, Grazia, CNBC, Vice Media, International Herald Tribune, Metro online, TalkSport, Press Association, The BRICS Post, City Index. 

In addition, graduates have secured PR, marketing or content management roles for companies like Samsung, Transport for London, EasyJet, Donna Karan, Sainsbury's, Media Citizens and the University itself. 

Many others have established themselves as freelance writers or have set up their own companies.

Student Jobs and Careers at UAL

We know what it takes to be successful in your chosen field. Your tutors are professionals in their own right and understand what you need to help you establish your career. 

Careers and Employability is dedicated to helping students build up work-relevant skills, knowledge, experience and networks throughout your time here. 

Creative Opportunities is the UAL job and work placement website for students and graduates, advertising hundreds of creative opportunities each month. This includes ArtsTemps in-house recruitment agency, placing students and graduates in paid temping roles within the University.

UAL houses a number of organisations which promote aspects of career development in the arts and media, and which hold regular workshops and careers fairs. These include:

  • Own-It (intellectual property issues)
  • ArtQuest (career development resource for artists and designers)

Entry Requirements

Recruitment and Admissions

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds from all over the world. The course attracts students who apply direct from A Level (or equivalent) or from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other art and design courses, as well as mature students who may have previously worked in industry.

Entry Requirements (Home/International/EU)

For admission to BA (Hons) Journalism, applicants need:

200 UCAS tariff points gained at GCE Advanced (A) Level (preferably at Grade B or above), plus passes in five other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above. The subjects the course team will be looking for in your application are wide ranging: your A levels (or equivalents) would ideally have two B's at Advanced level, achieved at Grade B or above and may include Arts and Humanities and other subjects within Social Sciences.

Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved: 

  • One subject at GCE A Level, plus a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, plus passes in three other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.

Applicants might also have overseas qualifications, or others:

  • International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate. 
  • UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
  • National Diploma, Access, or NVQ.
  • Relevant professional and vocational qualifications.

Alternative Entry Routes

We welcome applicants with relevant professional and vocational qualifications, or from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience in industry. 

Students applying on the basis of their previous experience should apply as normal via UCAS and will then be guided by the admissions team on next steps, through either of the Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or the Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes.

Language requirements (International/EU)

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability at enrolment.

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.
  • You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level on our language requirements page.

Admission Procedures

The selection procedures for the course adhere to the Equal Opportunities Policy of the University of the Arts London. 

Applications are normally made through UCAS and are assessed on the basis of qualifications and the personal statement. 

If more information is required, a member of the course team may contact the applicant and in some cases, request the candidate to attend an interview and bring a piece of work (500 Words) that highlights their abilities as a journalist.

Student Selection Criteria - What do we look for?

All applications will be considered by the course team and offers will be made based upon the following selection criteria. The team will consider three key elements when making a decision on your suitability to join the course:

  • Most improtantly they will review your personal statement.
  • They will consider your qualifications (or projected results).
  • They will also review your academic or personal reference.

Personal Statement 

This is an important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in journalism and that you have thought carefully about why you want to study on this course.

You should ensure it is written clearly, and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your chance to impress the team by demonstrating you appreciate what the course can offer you and how you feel it will help you in the future.

State what you personally would bring to the course, and that you are motivated and have a willingness to learn, explore and experiment. You can demonstrate this through your previous work experience or study, personal experience and your ambitions for personal development as a student at LCC.

Portfolio Advice

There is no requirement for a portfolio for entry onto this course.

Interview Advice

Occasionally an applicant will be invited for interview who has either requested to discuss their application or who the Course Leader feels would benefit from discussing their application prior to final consideration.

You can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions to ask the Course Leader and also re-familiarising yourself with your UCAS personal statement, from which the Course Leader's questions to you will probably arise. 

You should also bring a piece of work (500 words) that highlights your abilities as a journalist. The course team will be looking for applicants who are outgoing, show a keen interest in current and world affairs and have good communication and people skills.

The interview will be a relatively informal and take place at LCC.

Students are admitted to the course having fulfilled the necessary entry requirements and on the basis of their potential to benefit from the programme and their potential to succeed on the course.

How to Apply

UK/EU Applicants

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

Go to 'Apply' from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form. London College of Communication (LCC) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: P500
  • There is no 'campus code' for LCC.

International Applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at LCC:

Follow the steps on the UAL International Application page for advice of how to apply.

Study Abroad Applicants

International undergraduate students can apply to join BA (Hons) Journalism for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student. Please visit the LCC Study Abroad pages for details of how to apply to one of our courses or contact the UAL Study Abroad Team central offices for more information:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
W: UAL Study Abroad

Deferred entry

For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader determines whether deferred places are available for the course. If you wish to defer your place, it is advisable to indicate this on your application form and/or discuss this with the admissions team and Course Leader before applying or after at the earliest opportunity. In all cases, deferred places will only be held for one year.

International applicants are normally permitted to defer entry to any programme of study for one year only, after which they will be asked to re-apply.

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