• Journalism and News Practice (Top-up)

BA (Hons) Journalism and News Practice (Top-up)

UCAS code: P590 BA/JNP

Have you got a HND or degree in a journalism or related subject? Have you thought about topping it up to a full degree?

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    What do students do all day? If you study journalism at Teesside University, this is what you do.

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    Studying at Teesside is the perfect route into the media profession.

With an extra year of study, you gain a BA (Hons) Journalism and News Practice Top-up and advance your communication, writing, technical and related contemporary journalism skills to develop a higher level of professional competence in journalism practice.

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Year 1 core modules

Broadcast Journalism

Would you like to make your own broadcast television or radio feature? Would you be interested in learning how to carry out interviews like a professional broadcaster, develop your ideas so they are suitable for broadcast and then turn them into TV or radio features? This hands on module teaches practical programme making skills. It aims to develop your ability in writing scripts and recording voice over commentary. You will use broadcast standard recording equipment to produce broadcast standard features. You will have the opportunity to film interviews and sequences and understand the nuts and bolts of programme making.

Journalism Project

The journalism project is a self managed exercise of professional practice and reflective consideration. In consultation with a supervisor, you will produce a portfolio of journalistic pieces which address a form, mode or style of contemporary journalism.

You will produce this creative work as a finished double page spread demonstrating skills in layout, typography and newspaper design. You’ll also produce a critical essay, which will examine in depth a key issue of professional practice raised in the creative process.

A taught element of the programme will address key themes in professional practice including; technology, law, ethics, culture, economics and politics.

Journalism Project: Research and Preparation

This module allows you to develop and embed advanced research skills and knowledge of both an academic and professional nature. You will negotiate a research topic which will become the foundation for your portfolio of journalistic practice. This constitutes the substantive creative and professional element of the Journalism project module.

In particular, you will be expected to interrogate and reflect upon the ethical issues of different modes of research and consider the implications of commercial concerns on professional practice.

Media Futures

What will our media look like in five years’ time? Or even 5 months’ time? Mobile digital technology is revolutionising cinema, TV, radio & advertising, not to mention the creation of a new animal...social media. This modules dares to look forward and guess what the future may be like, with students taking part in a debate over a media development of their choice.

Rockin' the Screen: Popular Music on Film

For over 50 years, pop music has had a major effect on our culture, language and history, and on film, there have been some memorable moments, from early Elvis bursting into 50’s Hollywood, the Beatles bizarre TV experiment MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR, and the birth of the `mockumentary’ with SPINAL TAP. These films and more are examined in this module, combining film studies approaches with elements of musicology.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

As level 3 of an honours degree, there is a significant amount of self-managed learning in this programme. You have a variety of opportunities to choose areas of study and practical journalism for yourself.

How you are assessed

You are assessed in a variety of ways including written journalism, deadline news stories, essays, presentations and reflective evaluations.

Career opportunities

This programme aims to develop a range of skills to enable you to develop your career and employability options within a range of communications industries and organisations associated with journalism.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is based on you successfully completing an appropriate foundation degree (or equivalent).

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

Course information


  • Length: 1 year

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2015 entry

  • Fee for UK/EU students: £9,000
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  • Typical offer: Based on successful completion of an appropriate foundation degree or equivalent.


  • 2 years

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  • Delivered at Darlington College
  • Enrolment date: September
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