• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge | Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2020 and February 2021

Course Overview

Wrongful convictions. Hacking of elections. War crimes. When the usual systems fail, journalists are there to uncover injustices and enlighten the world. But whether you have big ambitions to preserve society’s freedom, or simply want to update people on local events, you’ll need to learn the skills to get your message across.

We developed this course to give you a wide range of practical skills in researching, writing and producing content for print, online and broadcast. With real-life scenarios and industry-standard equipment, you’ll learn how to apply your new knowledge to the working world.

  • Learn about politics, business, economics, fashion, health, entertainment, sport – and plenty more
  • Explore a range of specialisms to help you find the right career path
  • A very practical curriculum means you can build up your portfolio to boost your chances of finding your dream job
  • Study journalism from an academic point of view to really understand its place in society

The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

While the Foundation Year is taught at High Wycombe or our Aylesbury Campus all subsequent years will be taught at our High Wycombe Campus.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details


Newspapers, magazines, websites, radio and video – you’ll do it all during your time at Bucks. Research, write and produce content for publication and broadcast and discover the breadth of journalism practice as you progress through the course.

A collection of skills

We’ve developed modules covering a broad range of journalism topics and you’ll develop skills in everything from editing to presenting. On the more theoretical side, we help you understand your work from ethical and legal perspectives, and you can explore a challenging topic in more depth with your dissertation.

Our tutors are all working journalists or experienced industry professionals. They’ll help you really understand what it takes to succeed.

Experience the working world

As well as your expert teaching team, you’ll also learn from guest lecturers and work with your fellow students on group projects. The course includes news days and live briefs to give you the most realistic experience possible.

With our links to industry, we will also support you to secure and undertake work placements.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to admissions@bucks.ac.uk

Course Modules

Foundation Year Modules

  • Preparing for Success: Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success: Self Development & Responsibility
  • Enquiry-Based Learning
  • Introduction to Journalism

Year 1 Modules

  • The World of Journalism
  • Research and Writing for Journalists
  • Introduction to Broadcasting
  • Media Contexts

Year 2 Modules

  • Editing Print and Online Content
  • Presentation for Broadcast Journalism
  • News, Truth and Power
  • Media, Lifestyle and Culture

Year 3 Modules

  • Advanced Production
  • Media Dissertation
  • Law and Ethics for Journalists
  • Public Administration for Journalists


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

You don’t have to be a journalist to work in the media. Your skills will be directly relevant in a range of related careers, including:

  • Audio visual editor
  • Blogger
  • Camera operator
  • Copywriter
  • Production manager
  • Researcher
  • Sub-editor

You could also carry on your studies at postgraduate level. Or move into a different field where your creativity, research ability and communication skills will be a valuable asset.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2019). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.