University of East London

BA (Hons) Journalism

On our increasingly well-regarded journalism course we develop enquiring minds so that you will be the ones to report tomorrow’s stories and find the answers to today’s questions.

If you want to become a journalist and explore what journalism is and where it's heading, this is the perfect course for you.

Guided by staff with 100 years of combined journalistic expertise between them, you'll be given a practical grounding in print, radio, photo and online journalism.

You'll learn how to produce authoritative, incisive and imaginative work. As you search for the inside track on the vibrant, important living story that is east London, you'll find no better place to practice your journalistic skills.

You'll look at the problems, pitfalls and potential for today's journalism, studying its past and debating its future.

We're hosting a major annual conference that examines the future of journalism. Alongside papers from senior media figures, our students' work will feature at the conference's heart.

Foundation year

If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an extended, four-year programme. You'll begin by taking a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree. This means it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.

Entry Requirements


Without Foundation Year

 112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects. Must include an art and design-related subject.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
With Foundation Year

 64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least one subject.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths,
  • Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

We're determined to prepare you in the best way possible for a career in journalism after your studies.

That's why we think it's important that the University of East London should be the only UK university currently enabling you to complement your degree with a professional qualification.

So, in your final year, you can take a course of assessments which will lead to the Professional Certificate in Journalism, awarded by the trade body for Britain's magazine industry - the Professional Publishers Association.

Journalism is, of course, a competitive world to enter. You have a head start at UEL, though, thanks to teachers with exceptional contacts who know exactly what newspapers, radio stations and other media outlets are looking for.

Indeed, the track record of our graduates demonstrates that anything is possible.

Sam Wostear, one of our first journalism graduates, is now Woman Editor of The Sun, Britain’s biggest-selling daily newspaper. Siobhan Breatnach, who earned an MA in Journalism at UEL in 2009, became the editor of the Irish Post within three years of leaving us.

Some of our graduates have gone into local or online journalism, contract publishing or public relations. Others have chosen to continue their studies, taking an MA in Creative Writing or a PhD in Journalism.

Course Details

Our three-year course offers the complete journalistic education, covering a broad spectrum of subjects.

Sometimes you may find yourself as the working journalist, maybe on one of our own student publications or perhaps on a work placement assignment at a national media organisation.

At other times, you'll be the entrepreneur, devising original stories and formulating ideas with business potential before pitching them to commissioning editors.

Or you could be the academic, researching subjects such as the history of journalism, its new role in society, media law, ethics and regulation.

You can choose portfolio modules from which you gain credits towards your degree by getting your journalistic work published.

For your major project work, you can work on the development of a new publication, from the idea stage all the way through to its production - and, of course, the launch party! Or, instead, you could originate and complete a major academic research project of your choice.

Foundation Year

Academic Development
The Creative Portfolio
Journalism Portfolio
Narrative and Creativity
Group Film Project
Professional Development (Mental Wealth)

Year 1

Essential Journalism
Photo, Audio and Video
Media Law, Ethics and Regulation
Production Journalism
Broadcast Journalism
Mental Wealth: Professional Life 1 (Rising East)

Year 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life 2 (Rising East 2)
Employment and Enterprise (Journalism)
Features (1): Interviews
Brands and the Magazines Business
Documentary: Publications (1)
Reporting Politics and Society

Year 3

Mental Wealth: Professional Life 3 (Rising East)
Final Project: Development
Final Project Completion
Aesthetics and Technologies: Publications (2)
Features (2): Data and Visualisation
The Long Read

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