Get inside the story with the BA (Hons) Journalism course. Known for being as close to on-the-job learning as it gets, you'll gain specialist training in all aspects of print, online and television journalism. Work on the university newspaper, the Arts London News and put your skills straight into practice in our industry standard media centre and newsroom.
London College of Communication
Elephant & Castle
Study Level Undergraduate Study Mode Full time Course Length 3 years full time Home/EU Fee
Standard tuition fee for 2014/15: £9,000.
Standard tuition fee for 2014/15: £15,180.
Start Date September 2014 Autumn Term Dates Monday 29 September 2014 – Friday 12 December 2014 (Starting with Freshers Week) Spring Term Dates Monday 12 January 2015 – Friday 27 March 2015 Summer Term Dates Tuesday 27 April 2015 – Friday 26 June 2015 Application Route
Through UCAS. Please see the apply tab for more information.
UCAS Code P500 University Code UAL U65
Content and Structure
The BA (Hons) Journalism course at the London College of Communication is designed to equip students to succeed in the demanding and rapidly-evolving world of journalism.
It teaches the skills and techniques of multimedia journalism, spanning print, online, video and audio in a highly vocational environment based around the College’s multiplatform newsroom.
You will be taught by lecturers with extensive experience in newspapers, magazines, books, roadcasting and digital journalism, with strong links in the media industry, including a programme of guest lectures and a work placement in year 2.
There is a strong theoretical element to the course, placing journalism in its political, social, historical and commercial contexts and analysing the key ethical issues faced by journalists, to produce reflective practitioners.
Recent graduates have found work at Vogue UK, Daily Mail, Guardian, Sky,Sunday Times, Legal Week magazine, Grazia, CNBC, Vice magazine, International Herald Tribune, Metro online, TalkSport, Press Association, The BRICS Post, City Index, and in PR/marketing or content management for companies like Samsung, Transport for London, EasyJet, Donna Karan, Sainsbury's, Media Citizens and UAL itself. Many others have established themselves as freelance writers or have set up their own companies.
The aims of the course identify the rationale underlying the student’s educational experience and own personal achievement from studying on the course and its effect upon the student’s long term achievement and career.
The BA Journalism course aims to:
- Develop the practical skills of multimedia journalism underpinned by appropriate and wide knowledge of contextual subjects
- Enable you to develop critical and reasoning skills through analysis of the journalistic media and discussion of related political, ethical, legal and professional issues
- Develop your understanding of the theoretical, cultural and historical frameworks appropriate to the study of journalism
- Enable you to become a reflective practitioner of journalism and a selfdirected, independent learner
- Develop the communication and enterprise skills necessary for the effective exchange of ideas, information and team working essential to journalism
- Provide the structure in which you can develop and apply in practice a wide range of research methods and skills for journalistic purposes
- Prepare students for work in a range of jobs in journalism and the media
The programme enables the student to demonstrate the following subject knowledge and understanding, intellectual and academic skills, practical subject skills, key attributes and transferable skills. The outcomes that the student will have demonstrated upon completion of the programme, with their associated learning and assessment strategy are:
Having successfully completed the course, you will be able to:
- Communicate a range of ideas, problems and solutions to a range of audiences on multimedia platforms (Communication and Presentation)
- Demonstrate understanding and critical knowledge of key theoretical issues in journalism and the legal, political, cultural, economic and social contexts in which journalists work (Analysis, Subject Knowledge)
- Apply a range of practical journalistic skills – written, oral, audio and video - across multimedia platforms and build up a portfolio of work (Technical Competence)
- Work independently and collaboratively on presentations and journalistic projects (Collaborative and/or Independent Professional Working)
- Pursue a range of potential careers in journalism and the wider media (Personal and Professional Development)
- Apply research methods in journalistic and academic contexts (Research)
- Experiment with different media and storytelling styles to deliver effective and engaging narratives (Experimentation)
- Learning and Teaching Methods
The above programme outcomes are taught using the following learning and teaching methods:
- Directed reading
- Work placement
- Practical work in the College’s multimedia newsroom under the supervision of tutors with extensive journalistic experience
- Assessment Methods
The above programme outcomes are assessed using the following assessment methods:
- Reflective statements
- Portfolios of journalistic work
- Research papers and reports
- For more information, see the arts assessment pages
- Learning and teaching
Courses in UAL span a broad range of art, design, communication, business, media, science and communication subjects. So the ways in which you learn and how your time is used will vary according to the specific course you are studying; this may be in studios, labs, classes, involve working alone, learning from peers in pairs or groups, or with external partners. Most importantly, no matter which course you enrol on, you will learn not only about your subject but also about how you learn and how to increase your knowledge base.
Our courses will guide you to take increasing responsibility and ownership of your work and your learning. We do this so that you will be ready and able to take full advantage of the full range of opportunities offered by the creative industries in the global economy.
Assessment always sounds austere and foreboding, but it is not. 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.
- Introduction to Study In Higher Education: 20
- Editorial Practice 1: Core Skills, Principles and Techniques: 40 Credits
- Journalism Studies 1: Origins and Contexts: 40 Credits
- Editorial Practice 2: Multimedia Journalism: 20
- Collaborative Project: 20
- Industry Work Placement: 20
- Editorial Practice 3: Multimedia Journalism: 40 Credits
- Journalism Studies 2: Today’s Media: 40 Credits
- Editorial Practice 4: Final Major Project: 60 Credits
- Journalism Studies 3: Dissertation: 60 Credits
Distinctive Features of the programme Special features of this course include:
- Located in central London close to many major global media, technologyand creative businesses
- The London College of Communication is an established and highlyregardedinstitution for the teaching of journalism with long-standing links with the media industry
- A focus on multimedia skills and techniques, aligned to current anddeveloping practices in newspapers, broadcasters and other media businesses
- Emphasis on the integration of practice and theory.
- You will develop a critical awareness of issues in contemporary journalism,including ethics, history, and its relationship to government and society.
- You will work in the college’s fully-equipped multimedia newsroom, under the guidance of experienced professional journalists. The course is distinct among competitors in publishing a regular newspaper, Arts London News, edited and produced by students
- You will collaborate with students from other courses and creativedisciplines, many of which are closely related to journalism and the media
- You will be taught by lecturers with extensive experience in newspapers, magazines, books, broadcasting and digital journalism
- You will benefit from the course’s close links with industry, including a programme of guest lectures and masterclasses given by practising journalists and a work placement in your second year as part of a programme with links to newspapers, broadcasters and multimedia publishers
- You will be studying in a world-leading design and media college with the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in disciplines such as photography, information design and magazine publishing and to explore the relationship between word and image
- There will be a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, screenings, visits, individual and group work supported by tutorials.
Course Leader: Simon Hinde
Senior Lecturer, Year 2 Leader: Russell Merryman
Recent graduates have found work in journalism in either print, broadcast or new media such as: Vogue UK, Daily Mail, Guardian, Sky,Sunday Times, Legal Week magazine, Grazia, CNBC, Vice magazine, International Herald Tribune, Metro online, TalkSport, Press Association, The BRICS Post, City Index, and in PR/marketing or content management 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.
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Recruitment and Admissions
The BA Journalism Course team recognise applicants come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds from across the world. The course in the main attracts students who apply direct from A level or other equivalent qualifications but it also welcomes students from Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Media Pathway) and other art courses as well as mature students who may have worked in industry.
Entry Requirements (Home/International/EU)
For admission to the BA Journalism course applicants normally need:
- 200 UCAS tariff points (gained at GCE Advanced level, preferably two Bs at grade B or above) will be considered, supported by passes in five other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above.
- Alternatively, you will be considered if you have achieved 1 subject at GCE Advanced level and Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, supported by passes in three other subjects at GCSE Grade C or above. In addition, the University of the Arts London Awarding Body Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design will be considered.
- We also accept people with the equivalent qualifications obtained through a National Diploma, Access, NVQ and a variety of other pre-University level qualifications including International and European Baccalaureate. Other qualifications, including overseas, may be considered.
- We also accept those with relevant professional and vocational qualifications.
- The subjects the Course Team will be looking for in your application are wide ranging: your A levels (or equivalents) would ideally have two Bs at Advanced level, achieved at grade B or above and may include Arts and Humanities and other Social Science subjects.
Other entry routes
We also welcome applicants such as mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience. In such cases students applying on the basis of their previous experience or who wish to enter the course with through Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes should apply via UCAS and will be guided by the admissions staff on the AP(E)L processes.
Students applying to this course will be expected to demonstrate a specific interest in this area of study and should have a commitment to engaging with Journalism Theory and practice.
Language requirements (International/EU)
International and EU students: In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. If your first language is not English you should check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English. Further information is available on our International Applications page.
International Applicants – please go to the Internation Applicants web pages for contact details for International Admissions,
Study Abroad Applicants:
International undergraduate students can apply to join this BA course for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student.
Please visit the Study Abroad website details on how to apply or contact the Study Abroad office:
T: +44 (0) 207 514 2249
For Home/EU applicants, the Course Leader will determine 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/after applying 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 reapply.
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. Applications for this course 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, may request the candidate to attend an interview and bring a piece of work (500 Words) that highlights your 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:
- Firstly they will look at your qualifications (or projected results).
- Secondly, they will review your academic or personal reference.
- Then they will scrutinise your personal statement.
The personal statement is a very important part of your application and should demonstrate to the team that you are interested in advertising and that you have thought very carefully about why you want to study on this course.
You should take great care when writing your personal statement to ensure that it is well written, clear and free of any spelling mistakes. It is your biggest chance to impress the team by demonstrating your appreciation of what the course can offer you and how you feel it might help you in the future. It is also an opportunity for you to state what you feel you would bring to the course.
Through their personal statement, applicants should show a strong interest in Journalism. This can be demonstrated through work experience, studying and personal experience and their ambitions for personal development as a student at the LCC.
There is no requirement for a portfolio for entry onto this programme.
Occasionally an applicant will be invited for interview who has either requested to discuss their application with the course director or who the course director feels would benefit from discussing their application prior to
If you are invited for interview you can prepare yourself in advance by thinking of questions that you may have for the course director and also refamiliarising yourself with your UCAS personal tatement- from which the course director’s questions will probably arise. You should bring a piece of work (500 words) that highlights your abilities as a journalist.
The course team will be looking for students who are outgoing, show a keen interest in current and world affairs and for students that have good communication and people skills.
The interview will be relatively informal and will take place, normally, at the 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.
Minimum UAL Entry Requirements
To see the University’s Regulations on Admissions, please go to the admissions webpages
How to Apply
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.
You can find London College of Communication (LCC) courses listed under University of the Arts London.
The University code is U65. The UCAS course code is P500. There is no 'campus code' for LCC.
If you have an admissions enquiry please contact us:
T: +44(0)20 7514 6599
Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form and select LCC along with your question.
There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at LCC:
The LCC International Admissions Team look after all non-EU international applicants who want to study a full-time course at LCC. They can provide admissions advice, help with processing applications and enrol international students once they arrive at the University.
If you have any questions please contact the LCC International Admissions Team:
T: +44 (0)20 7514 8138
Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form
Study Abroad Applicants
International undergraduate students can apply to join this BA course for a period of up to three terms as a Study Abroad student. Please visit the Study Abroad page for details of how to apply.
Deferred entry is normally only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before you submit your application if you are considering applying for deferred entry.
What happens next?
All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed under "What we look for".
Depending on the quality of your application, you may then be invited to the next stage of selection.
Please note that if you are unable to attend the College may not be able to re-schedule.
If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through ucastrack. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information