Journalism with English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons)

Journalism with English Language student reports on camera
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2020


If you want to learn the skills for a career in journalism while exploring how we use the English language in literature and the media, this BA (Hons) Journalism with English Language and Linguistics degree is ideal.

From learning how to webcast, produce apps, layout magazine spreads and create video reports to the important skills of uncovering and writing breaking stories to deadline, you'll learn how to make the most of everything today's 24-hour rolling news culture throws at you.

You'll also build on your interest in the English language, by examining forensic linguistics and learning how language is applied in literature and digital communication.

Whether your interests lie in news reporting, coverage of sport or reviewing the latest films and music, you'll develop the essential skills and experience to stand out from the crowd when you start your journalistic career. You could work in areas such as publishing, teaching, advertising and marketing.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Put your skills into practice in our newsroom equipped with the latest hardware and software used by the press
  • Explore English language in social media, TV, advertising and literature
  • Learn how English relates to issues such as gender, education, forensics and clinical applications
  • Work as an editorial team with other students to produce magazines, newspapers and Web articles to deadline
  • Learn from expert journalists who have experience working on international, national, regional and online publications
  • Expand your network by meeting visiting professionals from industry bodies such as The Daily Mail, Dream Team FC, The Times, Novara Media, Sky News and the Cabinet Office

You can also:

  • Get the Trinity Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Take shorthand training – you'll aim to reach writing speeds of 100 words per minute

Work experience and career planning

10-day work placement

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, you'll do a 10-day work placement in your final year. We have links with many well-known media organisations. Previous students have done placements at locations such as:

  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Daily Mirror
  • The Sun
  • The Daily Mail
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Vogue
  • Heat
  • Reveal
  • BBC

You'll get support from specialist staff before and throughout your placement to make sure you get the most out of your time in the workplace.

Other work experience

Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies, build your portfolio, develop your professional network and get your work seen by a wider audience.

Credits towards your degree

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Students have completed work placements at:

  • Vogue
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • Sky Sports
  • 7 Stars – a media company in London
  • Babylangues Paris – an English-speaking childcare company

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Journalism degree?

Previous students have gone on to in areas such as:

  • national, regional and local newspapers
  • magazine journalism
  • radio and television stations
  • online publications
  • public relations
  • corporate communications and marketing
  • digital marketing and social media
  • technical writing

What jobs can you do with a Journalism degree?

Roles they've gone on to include:

  • trainee reporter
  • social media editor
  • campaign assistant
  • public relations account executive
  • digital marketing executive
  • sports reporter

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Entry requirements​

To do this degree, you need to apply for the BA (Hons) Journalism course. This is because it's a 'pathway' degree.

You’ll study Journalism in depth and add English Language and Linguistics as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll graduate with a BA (Hons) Journalism with English Language and Linguistics degree when you finish the course.

These are the entry requirements for the BA (Hons) Journalism course.

BA (Hons) Journalism degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Selection process
  • Evidence of interest and some relevant experience in Journalism will be required. All applicants will be invited to attend a workshop, which will include an NCTJ story writing task.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £14,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 module a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll do a placement module on this course, the cost of which is included in your course fees. But you’ll have to cover travel costs yourself. These will vary from £50–£500 depending on the location and duration of the placement.

You’ll need to contribute towards the cost of any exams you repeat to get professional accreditation during the course. These costs range from £25–£55.

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Journalism and Linguistics degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Academic And Professional Skills
  • Current Affairs
  • Digital Skills For Journalists
  • Government In Britain
  • Journalism In Context
  • Reporting

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Newsbeat
  • Law for Journalists
  • Feature Writing And News Analysis

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Mobile And Social Journalism
  • Radio Production And Presentation Skills
  • Press And PR
  • Ethical Issues In Modern Journalism
  • Musical Journalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Learning From Experience (LiFE)
  • English Forms And Functions
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • The Language Of Literature
  • Analysing Media Discourse

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Journalism Dissertation or Journalism Special Investigation

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Global Journalism And Human Rights
  • Placement
  • Money, Government And Power
  • Digital Media And Democracy
  • Writing And Producing Magazines
  • Learning From Experience (LiFE)
  • Learning From Experience Plus (LiFE+)
  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing To Persuade
  • Digital Communication
  • Gender, Language And Sexuality

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical workshops
  • group-based activities, including magazine, newspaper and Web page production
  • work placements
  • online activities

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to course events in the evenings and at weekends.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays and close textual analysis
  • examinations
  • reports
  • case studies
  • book reviews
  • in-class tests
  • media artefacts
  • seminar presentations
  • a 10,000-word dissertation
  • post-placement assessment

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.


You need to choose BA (Hons) Journalism when you apply for this course, because this is a ‘pathway’ course. This is where you study Journalism in depth and add English Language and Linguistics as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll then graduate with a Journalism with English Language and Linguistics degree when you complete the course. 

If you change your mind after you apply, you can choose not to study English Language and Linguistics in years 2 and 3. You’ll then graduate with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree when you complete the course. 

How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – P500
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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