University of the West of Scotland
Journalism /Journalism (Sport) (top-up) BA (Hons)
University of the West of Scotland

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 15 graduates of Journalism /Journalism (Sport) (top-up) BA (Hons) at University of the West of Scotland for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Journalism.

Overall student satisfaction
91 /100
15 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates in Journalism

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Journalism 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 £21000 £19000 £23000
25-75 percentile range £19000 - £24000 £17000 - £23500 £18500 - £26500


Salary of all UK Graduates of Journalism

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22011 £20901 £24871
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £25034 £16859 - £25435 £19876 - £30908

Course Description

OVERVIEW

UWS’s BA Journalism is a top-up degree which builds upon your previous studies and will teach you everything you need to know to become a savvy, multimedia-skilled journalist and reporter.

We have developed the curriculum that reflects what the actual experience of the rapidly changing newsrooms will be and the skills required to operate successfully in these environments at a practical and intellectual level. This will enable you to explore, analyse and critique Journalism in a forensic way to more fully understand why the news/ethics/managerial decisions being made in the newsroom are being made. The students will also develop a very firm grasp of the role of Journalism in the social, economic, civic and democratic life of our societies.

Underpinned by theoretical insight into ethical and effective journalism, you’ll study news reporting, develop interview techniques, and hone your writing skills to meet the practical demands of today’s fast-paced news environment.

You’ll also have the option to specialise in Sports Journalism.

Journalism pathway

Those opting for the straight Journalism pathway will continue to build on their previous knowledge with opportunities to undertake work placement, produce portfolio-based work in news, features, specialist magazine journalism across a range of digital and online formats.

Sports Journalism pathway

This opting for the Sports Journalism pathway will undertake some of the same modules as the Journalism pathway students, eg, research methods, newsroom practice, creative portfolios. However, the focus of their final two years will be in meeting the requirements of sports journalism, as well as their own aspirations. Modules will explore sports news production in a range of sports programmes, with news, features, commentary and live reporting being key (much of this will be focused around our involvement with a range of sports organisations & clubs).

  • PRACTICAL FOCUS

You will be expected to undertake either work-based learning in a newsroom environment or work-related learning as part of specific projects. For example, The Newsroom Practice module includes a requirement to undertake a placement which enables you to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained in a workplace setting and from which you will gain a valuable experience that is aimed at supporting both your learning and future employability.

  • CAREER PROSPECTS

Jobs

The BA Journalism equips you to work in newsrooms across the globe and provides you the essential skills to compete within a multimedia environment.

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 /Journalism (Sport) (top-up) BA (Hons) at University of the West of Scotland

60% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
10% Elementary occupations
10% Teaching Professionals
10% Media Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Learning, teaching and assessment in this degree will be aligned with professional practice through the amalgamation of assessments that meet the needs of the university and a range of graduate skills, yet also help prepare students for the demands of the working environment beyond university.  For example, aligned assessments are likely to include the production of a range of professionally produced news and journalistic artifacts that would be expected in industry and where effective communication, engagement and collaborative practice are key learning outcomes. The experiential learning opportunities in the programme will also students to learn how to work in teams co-operate with others in group projects, pose and resolve a range of problems both in the content and production of a range of journalism outputs, such as news, sports and magazine projects, and give and receive feedback through peer-review involving the whole class. Teaching will comprise practice-based workshops, simulated newsroom environments, production days, seminars and lectures. All modules are supported Moodle, an online VLE which enables staff and students to both communicate and share content on assessment, learning activities, information sources such as online broadcast and print materials, discussion forums and support for teaching and learning.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Media, Journalism and Communications

Qualification requirements

HND Legal Services: AAA in Graded Units. Other relevant HND qualifications will be considered on an individual basis; please contact us for advice.

Year 3 SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree / DipHE: Journalism; Practical Journalism; Communication with Media; or relevant discipline with B in graded unit.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6

IELTS 60 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.

Cambridge English Advanced

176 overall with no sub-test less than 169

Cambridge English Proficiency

176 overall with no sub-test less than 169

Trinity ISE

ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

PTE Academic 54

An overall score of 54 with no element below 51

TOEFL (iBT) 78

no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

IELTS (Academic) 6

IELTS 60 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.

Cambridge English Advanced

176 overall with no sub-test less than 169

Cambridge English Proficiency

176 overall with no sub-test less than 169

Trinity ISE

ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

PTE Academic 54

An overall score of 54 with no element below 51

TOEFL (iBT) 78

no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

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

Costs

Tuition Fees Journalism /Journalism (Sport) (top-up) BA (Hons)

Scotland £1820 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £16000 year 1
International £16000 year 1

Additional fee information

  • TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS:

Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS.

  • TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS:

Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years.

  • TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS:

These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details).

  • ADDITIONAL COSTS:

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory.

Check the course entry on our website for more more information

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 3
  • year 4

University Rankings

Positions of University of the West of Scotland in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of the West of Scotland in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #11 
    • #601 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 19 October, 2023]

See all 20 university rankings of University of the West of Scotland

About University of the West of Scotland

Located in the Scottish town of Paisley, we find the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). This institution also owns and operates three other secondary campuses in Ayr, Blantyre and Dumfries. Paisley campus is attended by a medium-sized student population of roughly 10,000 and provides the opportunity to study a selection of programmes related to Nursing, Engineering, Social Sciences, Business, and Computing.

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Where is this programme taught

Ayr Campus
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