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English and Journalism BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:

QP35

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

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Overview

Whether you want to write for print or online audiences, this English and Journalism course can show you how to communicate effectively.

This highly practical course is designed to give you an understanding of how media, cultural and creative organisations operate and are managed, helping to prepare you to critically engage with the world around you and investigate how events are examined and reported.

Coventry is ranked the 9th best university in the country for ‘Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations’ in the Guardian University Guide 2018. Here, you’ll learn from faculty passionate about the concept of a free, informed society; some of whom are writers and former journalists who’ve worked for national publications and news corporations, including the former Political Editor of the Irish Sunday Mirror and Editor in Chief of Classics car magazine.

With extensive professional links, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for industry placements and hear from expert guest lecturers, which have previously included Michael Binyon OBE, former Moscow Correspondent of The Times, for example.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our alumni say

Being encouraged to always think creatively and critically was what made studying English and Journalism at Coventry so dynamic. The real test wasn’t the coursework or exams; it was when I learnt how to use my studies to challenge myself and others. In doing so, my independent voice was able to flourish and as a result I’ve gained invaluable life skills which help me in my job today."

Eleysha Moffatt, BA (Hons) English and Journalism, graduated 2015, now Graduate Research Intern at Coventry University

Course information

As well as developing a range of skills and knowledge that constitute the world of journalism, this course analyses key concepts and theories of media systems, the structures of media ownership and interests of those who influence and shape the media. We explore the issues and debates relating to the concept of ethics and press freedom in local, national and global contexts.

Students begin to develop a portfolio of regular journalistic work across all years of study in a wide range of formats and subject areas – anything from sports writing to health reporting and features journalism.

86%

of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

During the first year, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of language, literature and stylistics, along with other English students, as well as the core areas of Journalism. Practical sessions and workshops will help develop the varying skills required to produce print and online publications, as well as general techniques for interviewing and assembling recorded information.

Modules

  • Introduction to Studying English and Language

  • Approaches to Language and Linguistics

  • Approaches to Literature

  • Introduction to Stylistics

  • Language of the Media

  • Introduction to Journalism: Features Writing

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In your second year, you’ll be introduced to the changing face of journalism. We focus on news reporting and various forms of niche and specialist journalism, such as lifestyle journalism, sports writing, health and politics reporting. We consider relative news values, how news is constructed and how online and social media markets are having a greater impact on the way news is presented to audiences.

Modules

  • Career and Project Planning

  • Language in the New Media Age

  • Contemporary Fiction

  • Newswriting and Genre Journalism

  • Democracy and the Media

  • English Language in Use 2

  • Optional modules

    1 of the following: 

    • Discourse in a Social Context
    • The Long Eighteenth Century
    • Shakespeare Today
    • Re-writing the American South
    • Style and Context
    • The Short Story Workshop

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement.

Overview

In the third year, your studies culminate in a dissertation through which you pursue and research an idea or phenomenon that fires up your own interests.

Modules

  • Project: Literature Review

  • Project: Dissertation or Professional Portfolio  

  • Journalism, Ethics and Society

  • Journalism as Literature

  • Optional modules

    2 of the following:

    • Languages in the World
    • Critical Discourse Analysis
    • Language and Society in Modern Britain
    • Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
    • Postcolonial Literatures in English
    • Contemporary African-American Literature
    • The Chicano Experience in Film and Literature
    • Writing for the Theatre and Radio
    • English Language in Use 3

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

9th

Our Journalism courses are ranked 9th in the UK by Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to join the English and Languages Society,
  • Enhance your critical thinking and judgment, developing some of the communication skills employers are looking for.
  • Opportunity to become part of the Student’s Union Source Media team contributing to its radio, TV and news platforms.
  • Option to volunteer in schools to gain experience as a teaching assistant or to present one-day courses to pupils from Years 11-13.
  • Chance to design and edit our student-run Creative Writing Magazine, Coventry Words, which is now available for sale at Waterstones.
  • Significant links with a wide variety of employers and media practitioners, such as the BBC, some of whom offer professional experience opportunities.
  • Opportunity to participate in an exciting range of educational and cultural field trips. A previous example is the opportunity to examine the media and culture of Paris.  

Opportunity to become part of the Student's Union Source Media team contributing to its radio, TV and news platforms.

Our main study themes are:

  • Journalism: We cover the concepts, sources and methods of print and online journalism. You’ll learn and practise the skills associated with identifying, writing, fact-checking and illustrating a story successfully. We consider the wider public role and democratic function of journalism, ethical and legal issues, particularly the avoidance of libel and plagiarism.
  • Media: We explore a range of media texts as a vehicle for understanding the ways in which language articulates and gives meaning to a world beyond our immediate experience. We look at a range of genres – newspapers of various types – news stories and editorials, advertising, magazine features, song lyrics and sports commentaries. We also examine newer forms of communication, such as text messaging and online exchanges, and the ways written and visual texts combine in the media generally.
  • Language and linguistics: The analysis of the nature and structure of English Language, its meaning, form and context, including how words and sentences are formed, how we make and hear sounds, how languages change and vary, and how language is organised in the brain.
  • Literary genres: A study of the different genres in the study of literature, such as poetry, drama, prose fiction and film. You will develop an awareness of literary conventions, literary history and how both are related to social and cultural contexts. You’ll gain insights and opinions about different literary genres and be familiar with the analysis and interpretation of poetic, narrative and dramatic texts.
  • Stylistics: Analysing style involves looking closely and systematically at the formal features of a text and then considering how those features affect and contribute to the meaning and interpretation of the text in question. We will examine linguistic models and analytic techniques that can be used to describe, analyse and interpret a range of literary, as well as non-literary, texts.

The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time. You can start in September.

The emphasis of teaching is on language as discourse, an approach that significantly enhances both an awareness of language as an instrument for constructing meaning and also a range of ‘tools’ for the budding journalist and communicator.

Your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and you will be informed of times which are available  for you to ask advice.

Students successfully completing the first two years of the course can opt to spend a year out between the second and third years on placement or study abroad. Past students have spent a year studying in Lyon, France, and Milan in Italy.

Our excellent industry links enable us to host an exciting programme of guest speakers. There are also also opportunities to take part in educational and cultural visits at home and abroad, where you will be able to develop your knowledge and skills through fieldwork and group projects

Teaching methods include: lectures, with associated seminars and practical workshop classes.

Meet out staff

Jim Clarke

Jim Clarke is a course director of the English and Journalism degree, and module leader on all five Journalism modules on the degree. Previously, he lectured at Trinity College, Dublin in Modernism, Postcolonialism and in the Novel.

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Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which will be clearly set out on all project briefs. Assessment forms vary and include: essays, reports, presentations (individual and group), original creative writing, group and individual projects and the dissertation.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Coursework, tests, essays: 80%
  • Practical or project work: 10%
  • Presentations, posters: 10%

In order to qualify for the award of Bachelor of Arts, a student must satisfy the University requirements of 300 credits. A student who does not wish to progress to a subsequent year of study may apply for an intermediate award of Diploma of Higher Education if they pass a minimum of 240 credits. A Certificate of Higher Education may be awarded to a student with minimum of 120 credits.  

10% assessed by practical or project work

On successful completion, you should have progressed your knowledge of:

  • Descriptions, analyses and theories of the English language and a critical approach to discourse and the construction of meaning.
  • The ways in which the English language is applied in specific circumstances for different audiences and purposes.
  • The social, cultural, psychological and historical contexts in which the language exists, has developed and is used in the study of English Language and Literature.
  • The various processes and practices that are used in the production, circulation and consumption of journalism texts.
  • The ethical and legal frameworks which affect the production, circulation, and consumption of journalism artefacts.

 

On successful completion, you should have progressed your ability to:

  • Contextualise the process and product of writing historically, culturally and stylistically, and to reflect constructively upon your own writing process and the end product.
  • Write in a range of styles and registers, adapting this accordingly for different audiences. 
  • Recognise and adapt to the shifting opportunities for publishing.
  • Analyse and interpret texts from a descriptive and theoretical position.
  • Critically examine and also construct a range of opinions and ideas.
  • Locate and select appropriate information from a variety of sources, referencing academic essays appropriately.
  • Analyse problems, identify solutions, think creatively and use their own initiative.
  • Communicate effectively in spoken and written English.

85%

Between 85-90% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching.

This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1-hour session up to 3 times each semester (as individuals or in small groups), as well as individual project supervision in your final year.
  • Medium group teaching: 7 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 27 hours of self-directed studying per week, including guided study using handouts, online activities in your own time.

Our course is designed to reflect the increasingly international context of media and culture; this is reflected strongly in the course curriculum in the collaborative projects conducted with European universities in second year and an entire module on contemporary global journalism in your final year.

You will be given opportunities to engage with international students at home and abroad. For example, first year students collaborated online with students from Mexico to discuss shared intercultural interests, create joint assessed digital projects and reflect on their international experience.

We strongly encourage you to broaden your theoretical, cultural and practical references during study, providing opportunities to broaden your horizons by living, studying or working abroad on a sandwich year. For example, you could study English at Limoges in France or teach English in Malta or China. There are volunteering opportunities to mentor overseas students in Coventry as ‘English buddies’ and invitations to attend scholarly talks by overseas visitors. We also offer a range of short visits and field trips abroad, which are reviewed annually.

At Coventry University, you can enjoy a whole host of multicultural and multilingual activities, such as the international film club and the French and Spanish conversation clubs. You can learn another language with the university-wide Add+vantage Scheme or the Linguae Mundi programme.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our alumni say

Being encouraged to always think creatively and critically was what made studying English and Journalism at Coventry so dynamic. The real test wasn’t the coursework or exams; it was when I learnt how to use my studies to challenge myself and others. In doing so, my independent voice was able to flourish and as a result I’ve gained invaluable life skills which help me in my job today."

Eleysha Moffatt, BA (Hons) English and Journalism, graduated 2015, now Graduate Research Intern at Coventry University

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

Know your results? See if we could offer you a place

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What our alumni say

Being encouraged to always think creatively and critically was what made studying English and Journalism at Coventry so dynamic. The real test wasn’t the coursework or exams; it was when I learnt how to use my studies to challenge myself and others. In doing so, my independent voice was able to flourish and as a result I’ve gained invaluable life skills which help me in my job today."

Eleysha Moffatt, BA (Hons) English and Journalism, graduated 2015, now Graduate Research Intern at Coventry University

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£11,927 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

What our alumni say

Being encouraged to always think creatively and critically was what made studying English and Journalism at Coventry so dynamic. The real test wasn’t the coursework or exams; it was when I learnt how to use my studies to challenge myself and others. In doing so, my independent voice was able to flourish and as a result I’ve gained invaluable life skills which help me in my job today."

Eleysha Moffatt, BA (Hons) English and Journalism, graduated 2015, now Graduate Research Intern at Coventry University

Career prospects

This course is designed to help prepare you for a variety of careers that involve the use of language and particularly those professions where communication dominates such as: the media and cultural industries, primary and secondary education, public relations, marketing and advertising.

Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise advice in gaining employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

85%

Between 85-90% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Some of our 2016 graduates have found employment within teaching, public relations and journalism. Some have also go on to pursue Master’s level degrees at Coventry and also elsewhere in the UK and the USA. Because the course also develops other abilities, such as thinking critically and analytically and researching, collating and organising data, a number of previous students have gone on to take responsible positions as financial specialists, HR managers or press officers in companies such as Air Products, Tesco or Deutsche Bank.

£16K+

Our graduates earn average salaries between £16,000 and £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our alumni say

This course gave me an insight into all of the areas of English and Journalism and offered a varied range of potential career destinations."

Jen Smith, BA (Hons) English and Journalism, graduated 2014, now Customer Communications Officer for Arden & GEM
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.