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Journalism Foundation Degree

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Course outline

The course has been developed in consultation with media industry experts and gives you the chance to become involved in community projects, external commissions, live briefs, and competitions. 

You’ll be using our television production studio, editing suites and multi-studio radio station to get hands-on experience.

You’ll gain confidence as an industry professional, work with increasing autonomy and independence, and gain an insight into media cultures and employment opportunities.

You’ll cover journalism theory, practice, and critical texts throughout the course.

In Year 1, you’ll study core production skills and practices for a range of generic journalistic approaches. You’ll produce content across a range of media, such as video, audio, still image, online and print.

In Year 2 you’ll focus on specific media journalism formats, and create a range of products relevant to various areas of news and journalism practice. You’ll focus on guided industry modules within media, photojournalism and documentary, leading towards a final major journalism project for exhibition in the final year show.

Year 1 core modules include:
  • foundation journalism studies
  • foundation video
  • foundation audio
  • foundation photojournalism
  • prints and journals
  • future-casting
Year 2 core modules include:
  • online journalism
  • current affairs documentary
  • media investigation
  • final major project

If you choose to study this programme on a three-year part-time basis, we’ll arrange an appropriate study plan for you. 

Next steps

Applications for this course open in September 2017.

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Location Date(s) Course code Fees / reductions


City (Adams)
Adams Building, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1NG


25 September 2018 - 26 June 2020

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

2018/19 fees are yet to be confirmed.


City (Adams)
Adams Building, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1NG


25 September 2018 - 25 June 2021

Course code:


Fees / reductions:

2018/19 fees are yet to be confirmed.


Journalism Foundation Degree


2 years full-time

3 years part-time

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • at least two A Levels at ‘A2’ 
  • a BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma in a media-related subject
  • International Baccalaureate

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at Level 2 or above in English Language and Maths.

Mature students with relevant experience and/or qualifications, including an Access to HE Diploma within a relevant area, are welcome to apply. 

You may be invited to attend an interview and to submit a portfolio of your recent work.

Teaching & assessment

Assessments take place at the end of each semester and will be based on your productions, as well as your pre-production research and paperwork.


After the course, you can expect to pursue a career in any area of the communications industry, including traditional journalism platforms as well as social media, search engine-optimisation, public relations and a range of other digital media jobs.

We offer a BA (Hons) Digital Media Design Top-up Degree, validated by Nottingham Trent University, which allows you to specialise further. There are also other top-up degrees available here and throughout the country.

We have great links with local, national and international companies who regularly look for graduates to join their organisations. Our annual end of
year show is an ideal opportunity to showcase your work to talent scouts from the industry.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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