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Your Course Handbook is where you can find vital information about submitting assignments, mitigation and a range of other important issues.

Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.

Bachelor of Science with Honours Digital Journalism , Level 4, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Bachelor of Science with Honours Digital Journalism
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Welcome to the Course

This handbook aims to give you information that may enable you to succeed on our course.

You should find it helpful when you first arrive at the University. I also hope that returning students find it a useful resource.

This Course Handbook will be handy for general information such as contacts and academic calendar dates when you are preparing for assessment, and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies. A module guide/handbook for each module you study on your course will also be made available to you.

The course team is looking forward to working with you this year and we hope that your studies with us at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful. As well as Anthony Walker (the DJ Course Leader) and myself, this year’s tutors will include Lizzie Coombes, Jenny Schofield, Alison Munn, Peter Defty and may also see you work with Ashley Dean & Andy Wood. You will also meet other tutors and guest lecturers from industry. We all want to help you achieve as much as possible while you are with us.

All our staff will try and assist you. However, it is you the students who make this a great course. Please try to work with and get to know your peers, help new students settle in and generate work and ideas that inspire you, your group, your level and the whole course to do better and better in all we attempt. Together we are making DJ a course that inspires others and builds towards a national reputation for producing creative, hard-working and employable graduates.

On behalf of our University and the whole course team I would like to wish you well in your studies this year. If you are happy here, share that happiness with us and your peers. If you find things difficult – either on the course or in your wider life – we are here to listen and we will try to help you. Just come and find me or your other tutors. We will do what we can.

Things may be more difficult this year than they used to be following covid-19. We may require more flexibility from you, and you may need different kinds of support from us. But we will still make every effort to make your student experience as good as possible. We are still a community. We are still DJ students and tutors. And we still care about one another. Let’s pull together, learn and create great content together and support one another towards great learning and a really enjoyable year.

Have a great year.

Hugo Smith

Course Director, Media Technologies Group of Courses (Digital Journalism, Creative Media Technology, Broadcast Media Technologies).

Welcome to The Leeds School of Arts.

With a history that spans over 170 years is united by a common goal: to encourage individuality, to inspire creativity, and to create impact. Arts at Leeds Beckett University is an inspired laboratory where ideas are piloted, risks are taken, and equal emphasis is placed on the navigation of nourishing creative journeys and the realisation of formidable art works. There are over 3000 students in the Leeds School of the Arts, spread across over 40 courses, in subjects ranging from Architecture and Landscape, Creative Technology, Art and Design, through to Fashion, Film, Music and Performing Arts. Our aim is to instil in you the confidence, curiosity and commitment to thrive at University and beyond, and to give you the freedom and independence to both think, and to make.

We have an exciting and experimental approach to contemporary, creative practice – set in the heart of a culturally energised city. We draw artistic inspiration from the innumerable sources of university culture, including the research of our extraordinary academics and the energy, open-mindedness and intellect of our students. This is more than a School, it is a community of creators and collaborators; a united, artistic family, pushing boundaries with a variety of courses.

Our School's principle of learning through theory and practice is enabled by deep and meaningful links with industry, community and the professions. We have Leeds based, national and international partnerships to enable students learning to be enriched by industry collaboration. Our investment in a £80m creative arts building, state-of-the-art technical equipment, workshop support and studio spaces will allow you to immerse yourself in live design and development projects, supported by a team of experienced staff on hand to challenge, listen and encourage. Our school is a place of experimentation in the creative arts and the work we undertake, not only transforms industry, but is industry.

I wish you well and hope you have a rewarding, enjoyable and highly creative year with us.

Dr Lisa Stansbie

Dr Lisa Stansbie, Dean of School

Welcome to Leeds Beckett Students’ Union!

Here in the SU we’re here to support, connect and represent you! Whether it’s gathering feedback on how you’re finding Uni, running in an election to become a full-time officer or joining a society, the SU’s got your back! Below you can find information on a few of our services including the advice service, student voice and how to be a course rep. If you’ve any questions on what the SU is, how it can support you or want to share feedback and have a rant, please feel free to message us. You can follow us on social media by searching LeedsBeckettSU on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the most up to date information.

My role as your Education officer is to support and represent you. If you have feedback you’d like to pass on, want to chat about a campaign idea or about the many things on Disney+, then you’ve found your one stop shop gal! I’m a student just like you and study Speech and Language Therapy, for a fun fact, drop me a message, you can find me on Facebook by searching ‘Sherry Iqbal’
I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU


This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. 

Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21.  We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.  

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. 

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block.  Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions. 

How we will communicate with you

We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices. 

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services.  The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.  It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. 

Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.

Course Fees 

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.

The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions.  If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost.  The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device. 

The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis. 

Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider. 

Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.   

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.   

In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances. 

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.  

Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities 

Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements.  Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.

The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.  

The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement. 

Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.  

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status. 

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff. 

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning. 

We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded. 

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.  

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online. 

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.

We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours.  However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat.  The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services. 

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services. 

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Course-specific information

In this academic year it is likely that the recent public health crisis will mean that many classes are completed in a blended manner, with lectures and other classes being taught online where possible, and face to face contact will be limited to essential contact, until the University sees that it is safe to return to standard delivery.

There will be some synchronous delivery of materials (live classes) but teaching and learning resources will be recorded and made available asynchronously for students who need access outside of standard teaching times or to assist with Reasonable Adjustment Plans.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

An academic advisor drawn from the Course Team will be allocated to you at induction.

Adnan Khanzada | or | 0113 812 7513 | Caedmon Hall, G14, Headingley Campus, LS6 3QR.

Elections to select course representatives will be held in Semester 1.

Enquiries about course representation can be taken at any time to the Course Director (Hugo Smith) or to Chloe Dickinson, Student Engagement Co-ordinator for Leeds School of Arts (0113 812 4178 or

The Academic Librarians for this course are Karen Fisher, Rob O'Brien and Catherine Parkin.

Please contact them at:

Or complete their online Get Help form for help with academic and research skills.

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Experience Team, Student Wellbeing, Disability Advice, Student Money, Library and Students’ Union Advice can be found on the Students web page:

Hugo Smith (Course Director) is always ready to help direct you to the service you need (email via:

as is Course Leader, Anthony Walker (email via:

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you.

It is important that you check this account regularly.

You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff.

Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (

Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations. This will normally be done via email to your student email address or via a VLE announcement but staff will often use a text message to notify you of late-notice alterations to classes. So, please keep your contact details up-to-date.

For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your course team will advise how Skype for Business will be used on your course and make guidance available as required. We will also use MS Teams for course contact and teaching and learning in the coming year.

Timetable Information

This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.

Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.

Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.

Course Overview

This course prepares students interested in the rapidly changing creative industries for a career in Digital journalism and related areas in the 21st Century.

With equal emphasis on the technical and aesthetic aspects of Digital journalism, the course takes you through the process of capturing, processing and publishing digital imagery. We look at advanced digital manipulation techniques of moving and still images, the theory behind the meaning of images and the way that new technologies are changing and challenging journalism. Taught using practical workshops and theoretical lectures, you’ll develop a large portfolio of visual imagery including sound and video, showing a broad but targeted range of technical and creative skills.

We aim to:

· Provide industrial level simulation and training

· Critically engage you with contemporary issues in the production of Digital journalism

· Equip you with the experience and skills to make informed career choices

· Become independent in your working outlook

· Develop an entrepreneurial approach to working

· Learn to walk, then learn to run, with the encouragement to innovate

You will work on case studies and tackle real world design briefs to develop practical skills and a professional portfolio. Assessment is integrated with these activities and is mostly based on your coursework. As you progress, your tutors will provide you with feedback and coach you towards achieving your full potential.

You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett for the extra activities you do on top of your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in University sports teams and being a student academic representative.

Course Structure

The course structure outlines the modules that will be delivered on this course. Full details of the structure for this course can be found in the Course Specification or online via the Course Finder at:

  1. The ability to demonstrate a critical knowledge of the academic contexts relevant to Digital journalism as a media artefact.
  2. To show and apply appropriate ethical standards to your work.
  3. Demonstrate literacy in the manual use of digital capture and distribution techniques, lighting, post-production software and other techniques relevant to Digital journalism.
  4. Demonstrate technical skills in the creation and distribution of journalistic content using digital and traditional platforms.
  5. Evidence an understanding of the global opportunities presented by the dissemination of creative and journalistic content using digital platforms.
  6. Display an entrepreneurial approach to promoting your work.

Level 4:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental aspects of the theories, principles and practices of Digital journalist
  • Define the concept of professionalism in the context of the journalism industry.
  • Evaluate basic theories, processes and outcomes related to the domain of digital media.
  • Apply appropriate theory, techniques and relevant tools to the analysis and design of a simple portfolio.

Assessment & Feedback

Assessments are planned on an annual basis to mitigate against bunching and to ensure a mix of assessment types. The course is designed with strong themes that run through the levels, assessment on modules within these themes builds on and re-enforces previous study.

The assessment types reflect real world practice, where possible, therefore automatically implement a variety of methods. This ranges from group practical assignments to individual reports.

To develop students through the levels assessment progresses from descriptive reports at Level 4 through to analysis and practical implementation at Level 6.

Feedback is provided to students on a regular basis to allow for student to develop their abilities through reflection on feedback from staff. The overall scheme of assessment from level 4 to level 6 is designed in such a way as to maximise the opportunity for progression. This approach provides a strong context for learning. In addition, the student role in assessment is more likely to be participatory especially by level six.

Assessment will variously take the form of written reports, live demonstration, presentations, production of media artefacts, viva/demonstrations of work, peer assessment and portfolio/online materials including reflection and working to critical evaluation of work and process.

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett, on course noticeboards or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3 of the Academic Regulations at Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available here:

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments.

Some feedback will be offered as written and some as a recorded feedback monologue or dialogue, which students are expected to participate in. Feedback will sometimes be withheld until all marking is complete or students are available to engage with it (in the case of dialogues) and this can result in some delay between submission of work and receipt of summative feedback. It is hoped students can understand the reasons for this delay when staff have many pieces of work to mark before releasing marks and feedback.

Formative feedback is often available in class or in meetings with tutors outside of class. Tutors report that students who seek formative feedback on work before final submission are more successful than those who do not ask for this formative feedback. Please discuss and show your work while it is in-progress. Tutors are supportive of requests for formative feedback. If a tutor will not offer formative feedback on work prior to deadline please seek out the Course Director, Hugo Smith, who will take up your issue and find out why this is not possible and/or help you to receive formative feedback on your work.

Feedback is a two-way process. Students who engage with and reflect upon feedback, then use the feedback to feed forward into their future work are more successful on the course and in employment.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system:

Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator or Academic Advisor for any necessary clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

While lectures and tutor-lead presentations continue to have a place in our curriculum, the BSc (Hons) Digital Journalism award seeks to enable a student-centred approach to learning.

To this end, much of our provision is centred on guided workshops, tasks and challenges. Guided face-to-face workshops will be undertaken where possible and safe in the coming academic year in line with University Health and Safety policy and with due regard given to public health issues relating to covid-19. Where physical or Face-to-face work with industrial partners is not possible this contact will be completed online. Students are encouraged to acquire skills through practice, both in the supported environment of the workshop context and through independent development of assignment work.

One of the advantages of provision by practitioner tutors, and the award has a mix of academics and practitioners engaged in teaching activities, is that they can bring responsive teaching methods to workshop challenges and guide students in their problem solving in a context that simulates – and prepares well for – industrial practice.

This overall approach is supported by a number of technology based initiatives. We use tools like Google Docs to enable students to communicate and engage collaboratively. The team has developed a number of interactive training resources that are delivered electronically, including video and walkthrough guides. These are available to students centrally, via MyBeckett (VLE), throughout their module.

We also encourage students to chart their own learning through a blog that is created in week one, semester one of the first year. Though guidelines are offered at the beginning of delivery, students are expected to develop a creative approach to reflection as they progress.

Our main approach has been responsive, with formative feedback integral to delivery. The clearest implementation is in the provision of formative, ongoing feedback during workshops, adopting a Socratic approach.

We also use social media (at the time of writing, Skype, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to engage with students and to offer remote tutorials and advice where appropriate.

It is possible that some blended teaching may take place that will use online learning for lectures and tutorial groups in the coming academic year with socially-distanced Face-to-face learning only taking place where practical and necessary during 2020-2021.

Level 4

At level 4 …

Teaching Block 1

Core (Y/N)

Introduction to Digital Journalism


Impact of Journalism


Teaching Block 2

Core (Y/N)

Media & Culture


Create The Concept


Teaching Block 3

Core (Y/N)

Editing Skills


Introduction to Visual Communication


Level 5 Core Modules (2021/22 for FT students and 2022/23 and 2023/24 for standard PT students)


Writing for Multiplatforms

Photography Matters

Business of Journalism 1

Business of Journalism 2

Editorial Power

Indicative Level 5 Option Modules (delivery years as per Level 5 core modules above)


Level 6 Core Modules (2022/23 for FT students and 2024/25 and 2025/26 for standard PT students)

Production Project

Future of Journalism

Creative Media Practice


Indicative Level 6 Option Modules (delivery years as per Level 6 core modules above)

The following option modules are indicative of a typical year. There may be some variance in the availability of option modules. Students take one from:

Radio Production

Constructed Photography

Technology of Cameras

Portraiture: Identity and Representation

Overall Workload

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

294 hours

265 hours

216 hours

Independent Study

906 hours

935 hours

984 hours

Details of School academic staff can be found on the Leeds School of Arts Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.

Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.

For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages

International Students

Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.

For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website ( or contact the International Student Advice Centre on

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course




Sandwich Placement Information

Leeds Beckett is dedicated to improving the employability of our students and one of the ways in which we do this is to support our students to gain valuable work experience through work based placements. Our placement teams have developed strong links with companies, many of whom repeatedly recruit our students into excellent placement roles. Our teams are dedicated to supporting students through every stage of the placement process. For further information, contact our placement teams via our Placement Information web page.

A minimum of 30 weeks, undertaken with an employer between year 2 and year 3 (level 5 and Level 6). There may also be the opportunity for students to engage in a CEPS (Creative Entrepreneur Placement Scheme) placement during the same period if the experimental phase of this programme during 2019-2020 results in the scheme being offered in future years.

Students are responsible for obtaining their own placement, with assistance from the University. The locations will vary, dependant on the opportunity.

'In Year' Work Placement Information

There is not at present a formal ‘work placement’ programme on the Digital Journalism award but at all levels students are encouraged to take up volunteer and paid work placements outside their coursework and this experience can be fed into some modules to gain academic credit. Tutors may find and alert students to opportunities and students are encouraged to find their own clients and opportunities in addition to work found by tutors.

No formal length or activity is required at L4 or L5 outside of assessed activity. All practical work experience in the field of Digital Journalism is supported.

Students are responsible for obtaining their own placement, with assistance from the University. The locations will vary, dependant on the opportunity.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

The course team is comprised of experienced academic leaders and industrial practitioners who are able to deliver professional experience. We feel it is important that the course continues to offer students, as much as is possible, direct contact and tuition from practitioners who are professionally active in the fields of photography and journalism. This is essential in maintaining credible and contemporary provision.

To this end, the practical assessment of the course is designed to reflect current industrial structure and demands, with challenges and briefs that match the experience of professional practice. This embeds employability skills across all elements of all modules

To meet these demands, the journalism and photography strands of the course are highly practical, innovative (as they reflect contemporary practice) and student-centred (requiring students to work independently, under tutorial guidance). These consist of:

· Expert presentations

· Tasks that embed learning in presentations

· Challenge based workshops that layer skills

· Student research tasks that are inclusive and empowering

Both simulated activities and assessment are authentic to the experience of industry. We have a commitment to horizontal integration of modules, so that all modules on a level in a given semester, share common materials and outputs. We monitor this through team development of module curricula.

Finally, the team are committed to an approach that encourages digital modes of delivery and communication. This enables students to adopt entrepreneurial, globally aware strategies to their work – but also to learn from the work of their peers as access to work-in-progress is public. This is an age where network communications enables stringers and freelancers to telework, teleconference and deliver content across nation state boundaries in seconds. These methods are central to our provision and further enhance employability.

You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.

There are three Graduate Attributes for Leeds Beckett University and these are tailored to suit your course. The three attributes you should achieve by the end of the course are for you to be digitally literate, have a global outlook and for you to be enterprising. Learning about these attributes and being assessed on them as part of your modules will provide you with capabilities which are essential for your future career and wider life as you move on from your studies here. You will be formally assessed on all the attributes in some of your modules at each academic level in each year of your course. For more information on graduate attributes please visit

Information on your assessment is included in your Module Handbooks.

The broad mission statement for our graduates is that they should:

  • Be equipped with the technical and digital skills to compete in industrial and enterprise contexts with their contemporaries.
  • Have critical skills that will enhance and elevate their work above other competing graduates
  • Be entrepreneurial in their approach to work, with a willingness to build a career either as an employee or as a self-employed practitioner
  • Have appropriate planning, research and development capabilities to self-manage.
  • Not be confined by bricks and mortar, institutional approaches to employment, business or enterprise – to have a networked mentality that recognises that the virtual world encompasses the entire world.
  • This redevelopment exercise asks that we evidence digital literacy, enterprise and a global outlook in the design of our course. We believe that these attributes are built in to our subject and our delivery of it.

Digital Literacy:

Journalism operates within a market that is seeing a rapid transition from linear and print based media to digital delivery methods. We are attempting to build provision that is not only responsive to these changes, but that tracks the moments of change and predicts the future of change. Of necessity, this means that some of the provision we describe here is subject to change. The area is in flux and it is our responsibility to students to remain flexible and responsive.

Our students undertake several keys steps towards digital literacy within the prescribed definitions.

  • Computer Literacy – students use software tools in post-production, production, publishing, design and dissemination of content and receive training in all our practical module provision.
  • Information Literacy – Journalism is an investigative activity, requiring students to research, record, evaluate and use found and primarily sourced information. We embed investigative, digital research methods in our Digital Journalism modules and in our project based provision.
  • Media Literacy – The modules Impact of Journalism and Ethics specifically address the histories of technology and encourage an analytic approach to the construction and deconstruction of visual materials.
  • Communication and collaboration – Our students use digital tools to collaborate in group work and project based modules, including Facebook, Trello, Wix, Prezi, Wordpress and others platforms. The team is dedicated to identifying suitable communication platforms as they emerge.
  • Digital Scholarship and Academic Practice – embedded in the course from the foundation stages, we use Student Skills services to deliver provision in digital learning resource use. These skills are reiterated throughout the theory stream of the course design and embedded once again at L6, in the Future of Journalism module.
  • Professional Development Planning – In Creative Media Practice, the Production Project and the Showcase module, students produce electronic portfolios, use tools to project manage and collaborate.

The course also goes beyond the digital literacy definitions outlined at University level to enable students to become familiar with emerging platforms, tools and services.

Global Outlook:

The key way in which the course seeks to enable a global outlook in our graduates, is through engagement with digital technologies. Using online platforms is central to our provision and is the nexus through which our commitments to digital literacy, enterprise and global outlook meet.

However, the theory modules, Editorial Power, Media and Culture and History of Digital journalism also speak to this attribute, with content and delivery that encourages an international perspective on theory and history, ask students to look at images in socio- political terms and critically consider cultural perspectives. International themes are also explored through challenge tasks in our Digital Journalism modules, which look at the way news is mediated across nation state boundaries via social media and digital platforms.


The issues of entrepreneurial approaches to work, employment and business building are quite central to the issues the course explores – in two areas in particular; Digital Journalism and Showcase. At levels 4 and 5 students study Digital Journalism. At level 6 students undertake a project module which is aimed at developing professional practice and a further module, Showcase, which explicitly deals with the ways that students can and may turn their creative practice into a business practice. It, for example, has provision on pitching to industry, looking for funding, methods of digital branding, budgeting, production management and so on.

We feel enterprise is further embedded in our suite of visual imaging modules too, where students acquire industry standard skills (camera control, editorial photography, documentary practice) chosen to layer into a professional skillset, with their final expression during the L6 project.

However, the approach to enterprise acknowledges the market that graduates will emerge into and is designed to foreground creativity, self-reliance and entrepreneurial practices.

All activities on the course are designed to embed solid professional practice and skills that will enhance your employability. Assessment and feedback practice mirror industry and students will be encouraged to engage in extra-curricular and assessed activities that will promote their skills and understanding of employability in journalism and the creative industries and best practice in UK media, design and creative industries workplaces.

For those who wish to further their education through postgraduate study the course will provide a solid foundation on which graduates may continue to study. Previous graduates have gone on to Masters study in film and TV around the UK or studied for the Creative Technologies MSc here at Leeds Beckett. Other postgraduate study (MRes, PhD etc) would also be appropriate.

Most students go on direct into the graduate workplace and students have worked for magazines, as photographers and freelance journalists, in digital marketing and media production/across the creative industries sector more broadly.

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area.  These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments.  The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)

They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.


Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g.,
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.


OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.

The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.


Tel: 0113 812 8400

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:


Tel: 0113 812 8400


MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:

• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

In order to facilitate student choice and accessibility the School adopts the policy of making available specialised software to a wide range of laboratories through the use of facilities such as the virtual learning environment/portal, university wide computing labs and other Information Technical Services (IMTS) resources. This includes Adobe’s Creative Suite and Cinema 4D programmes as well as other specialist software.

Computer labs (Mac and PC) are normally open 24 hours a day and usually have open access during the evenings via the main library entrance. There may be adjustments to this access in the year ahead as a result of the covid-19 public health crisis and software should be made available off-campus if campus access is not possible. The University is also looking to set-up a Digital Access Fund (TBC) to support students with connectivity/hardware/software issues and details of this will be made available to students as they are known.

A wide variety of filming equipment and other hardware to support your course learning activities is available to loan for free from the JG212 Helpdesk team. This equipment can be booked online in advance and loaned for specific time periods (subject to adjustment due to covid-19) on completion of an appropriate risk assessment document.

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages

General Information

Bachelor of Science with Honours Digital Journalism

Certificate of Higher Education in Digital Journalism

Diploma of Higher Education in Digital Journalism

Bachelor of Science in Digital Journalism

Leeds Beckett University

Level 6 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 120 credit points at each of Levels 4, 5 and 6 of the UK Credit Framework for Higher Education (360 credits in total)

Part-time delivery is usually at half the intensity of the FT equivalent course, although there may be flexibility to increase your pace of study to shorten the overall course duration. Some modules may be delivered in a different sequence to that defined within this information set, but the modules offered within each level are consistent.

Headingley Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)

Headingley Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable). It is possible that some modules may be also delivered at our City Campus site during the time you are with us.

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

There are no additional or non-standard regulations which relate to your course

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

The details of the External Examiner for this course are as follows:

• Rachel Lamb (until October 2020)

• Course Leader

• Southampton Solent University

Dr Rebecca Whittington, (TBC from October 2020)

Programme Leader

Leeds Trinity University

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett

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