Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

Mid-year intake?

No mid-year intake for this qualification.

Qualification duration

Minimum: 3 years

Maximum: 5 years Full-time

Qualification start date

Semester 1: February

Semester 2: None

Qualification description

The BA (Journalism) prepares you for work in the fast-paced and exciting world of journalism, communication and media.

You will develop a broad theoretical foundation and practical skills in gathering, verifying and presenting news and information for media such as newspapers, magazines, television, radio and the internet. You will cover the core areas of journalism including Broadcast Journalism, Journalism Writing, Media Theory, English and a choice of Communication Science or Public Relations (PR). You will also cover subject areas such as Political Science, New Media, Photojournalism, Media Ethics and Webpage Design.

The success of our BA (Journalism) degree is due largely to our inspired teaching staff, a curriculum that is relevant and ahead of trends, and state- of-the-art media facilities. Most importantly, our focus is on real-world application, completing projects, and on practising essential journalism skills like writing, editing and communicating verbally. This blended approach ensures that you gain essential skills and journalism-specific abilities such as critical thinking, being objective, meeting deadlines, self-management, collaborating in teams and communicating effectively.

Entry requirements

  • You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor degree entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level with Bachelor degree entry approved by Universities South Africa (USAF).

Or

  • If you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to provide a certificate of exemption issued by Universities South Africa (USAF).

Or

  • You should have successfully completed the relevant Pearson Institute foundation programme. On successful completion of the foundation programme, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAF) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.

Or

  • You should have successfully completed a relevant higher certificate qualification. On successful completion of the higher certificate, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAF) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.

And

  • You need 25 or more Pearson Institute points.
  • You need 50% or above for Grade 12 English.
     

Qualification accreditation

  • Accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).
  • Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Possible career options

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The career choices for you, as a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism graduate, are varied and employment options include:

  • Community media management 
  • Corporate communications 
  • Editorial work for magazines and newspapers
  • Journalism
  • Presenting on television
  • Social media research and analysis

Qualification structure

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3