I feel that I could not have been better prepared for applying for jobs. I particularly enjoyed the hands-on experience that this course provided, such as news days, placements and having camera and radio equipment at my disposal.


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    A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

    You’ll embark on a challenging, exciting and engaging three-year journey from news novice to a multi-skilled, multi-platform, social media-savvy, 21st Century journalist.

    Experienced professionals will teach you how to generate journalism across TV, radio and online.

    We'll regard you as a student journalist, constantly seeking out your latest exclusive – fizzing with engaging multimedia content – to add to your ever-growing online portfolio. We also have an award-winning online student news outlet that will allow you to flex your news muscle outside of your classes and work with students across all three year groups.

    Our course is fully accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).

    Why Study Multimedia Journalism with Foundation Year?

    Journalists have the exciting and challenging task of delivering engaging content to audiences 24/7. In this digital era, demand for quality content is higher than ever, and our course will equip you with the tools and skills you need to tell your stories across a range of media platforms.

    During the foundation year, you'll learn about core aspects of multimedia journalism and you'll gain skills to prepare you to study at degree level. 

    You'll master both traditional and contemporary methods of journalism. From timeless news gathering and production skills to social media monitoring and mobile journalism, you'll develop a broad set of skills to help you stand out as dynamic, professional journalism graduate.

    The Guardian University League Tables 2022

    6th in the UK for student satisfaction for the quality of feedback and assessment in the subject area of Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.

      All about the course

      During the foundation year, you'll gain an introduction to multimedia journalism and study at University. 

      Our highly supportive environment will allow you to develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for study at degree level.

      Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year may give you a way of accessing higher education.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week in a standard teaching week. 

      Throughout the course you will take part in news days. Year 1 students do eight news days (contact time 60 hours), Year 2 and 3 students do sixteen news days (contact time 120 hours).

      You'll use industry-standard software and you'll have access to specialist facilities throughout your course.

      In the summer after Year 2, you'll spend at least 15 days in a work placement with an external organisation.

      In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor and project supervisors for guidance and support.

      Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves doing practical journalism in your own time through activities such as carrying out interviews, editing video footage or gathering background research. You'll also carry out independent study by reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

      Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

      For the dissertation in Year 3, you will undertake independent research, working under the supervision of a member of the course team who you will meet with regularly.

      For the Multimedia Project and Specialist Production Project you will undertake independent practical work under the supervision of a member of the course team who you will meet with regularly.

      Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours per week.

      For each 20 credit module, your independent study time is about 10 hours a week.

      The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and all have experience working at senior levels in the journalism industry. You will also be taught by sessional lecturers who are active journalists.

      You should note that members of the teaching team might change. 

      Multimedia journalism is without a doubt the best job in the world and we take great pride in preparing our students for a challenging, but extremely rewarding career in a changing media landscape.

      Aletta HarrisonMultimedia Journalism Programme Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      The course is assessed through a mixture of practical and academic workIn the practical modules, you will put together an individual portfolio of work but also take part in team newsday assessments. In the more theoretical modules, there are a range of assessment methods; including analysis, individual and group presentations, essays, research reports and examinations.

      Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

      There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module.

      Your future career

      By the end of three years you will be able to identify and understand key issues in the media, but equally important be able to write news stories and features, make radio and TV packages, work in TV and radio studios, manufacture your own website and populate it with rich multimedia content. These are the skills demanded by the industry. But not just in journalism. Whether it’s a press office, PR, advertising, social media, marketing the arts or international development – these are the talents everyone now needs to succeed in an era of global communication.

      A foundation year provides an introduction to academic study and life at university, supporting every student to achieve their full potential.

      Martin WattsFoundation Year Programme Director


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

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