Bath Spa University
Journalism and Publishing BA (Hons)
Bath Spa University

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews of 20 graduates of Journalism and Publishing BA (Hons) and other courses in Publishing at Bath Spa University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Publishing.

Overall student satisfaction
89 /100
20 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Media, Journalism and Communications

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Publishing at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22000 £19500 £23000
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £24000 £15500 - £23500 £19000 - £29000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Media, Journalism and Communications

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22000 £22636 £26227
25-75 percentile range £19000 - £25000 £17205 - £27170 £19875 - £33216

Course Description

Become a journalist for the twenty-first century and tell the stories that matter with our publishing and journalism degree.

  • Develop a stunning portfolio of digital journalistic writing from environmental campaigning to lifestyle features.
  • Gain high-quality work experience with major media companies and student magazine Milk.
  • Build skills for a career in the creative sector, including digital marketing, audience analysis and compelling copywriting.

This is an exciting time to be a journalist. With digital storytelling at the heart of contemporary reporting, stories are now told across a range of platforms and the industry is being transformed to meet the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.

We aim to develop a new generation of highly-skilled, pro-active and agile creatives with a nose for a story. You’ll understand the power of image and video content. You’ll develop a range of research approaches to give your work originality and depth.

You’ll have opportunities to work on journalistic briefs and digital social campaigns for a wide range of organisations, as well as live reporting at events such as TEDx and the Historical Writers’ Association Awards. You’ll enjoy our unique campus, surrounded by wildlife and a beautiful 18th-century landscape, perfect for social media nature stories or collaborations with our wildlife conservation students to share environmental stories.

This flexible journalism course is designed to let you focus on your interests and passions across a range of areas including fashion, environment, science, entertainment, sports and politics. You’ll play to your strengths, whether in news and investigative features, consumer and independent magazines, or creative campaigns across social platforms.

With industry-standard facilities and specialist workshops in print, digital and live content, we aim to ensure that you graduate as an expert in publishing software and digital production techniques, along with a strategic approach to creative content development.

You'll also get specialist journalistic insights through the CORQ Brand Briefings, access to key industry resources such as Nielsen Bookscan sales data, the BookMachine online industry community and Society of Young Publishers South West events, some of which are hosted at the University.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Journalism and Publishing BA (Hons) at Bath Spa University

35% Administrative occupations
10% Welfare and housing associate professionals
10% Caring personal services
5% Media Professionals
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
5% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
5% Sales occupations
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Elementary occupations

You’ll be assessed by practical and creative coursework, including portfolios of your writing, multiplatform journalism and publications, essays, reflective commentaries and reports. In some modules you’ll share your work through short, informal presentations.

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants. - IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

IELTS (Academic) 6

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants. - IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Journalism and Publishing, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Journalism and Publishing BA (Hons)

Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
EU £16905 year 1
International £16905 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2025

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Bath Spa University in top UK and global rankings.

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About Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is located in the rural outskirts of the English city of the same name, Bath. This institution of higher education takes pride in that they have the faculty resources and initiative to treat students as individuals, by learning their strengths and weaknesses, and thus being able to help them find work placements that align with their goals. In your free time, you can find academic and social experiences through Bath Spa’s more than 70 student clubs and societies.

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