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Practical Journalism (Without Shorthand) - January Start HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Media, Creative Industries

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

6th Jan 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This is a vocational and skills-specific course suitable if you want to pursue Journalism as a career.

Journalists must have the essential skills of writing and research but are now expected to record sound, shoot video and edit on digital systems. They are also increasingly expected to produce their own web content. This course has been developed to ensure that you are well versed and practiced in digital skills which are the future of Journalism.

You will acquire skills on this course to enable you to position yourself for the world of work, or further study. On successful completion of the course, you will have an opportunity to continue into the second year of the HND Practical Journalism course, subject to successfully completing all units, having acceptable attendance, successful tutor review and the availability of places.

You will have the opportunity to specialise in the area of Journalism in which you are most interested.

Why not connect with the International Journalism Network and keep up to date with news and opportunities from journalists worldwide?

You can view our current student website here to see some of the work that has been produced so far this year

On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an HNC Practical Journalism (Without Shorthand).

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • 1 Higher pass at Grade C or above in English OR
  • NC Media or related subject OR
  • other equivalent qualifications or experience

Additional selection requirements

You'll be invited for a group pre-entry guidance session and individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject. At your interview you will have to:

  • Write a 200-word article according to the brief given on the day.
  • Correct the spelling, grammar and punctuation in a 300-word article.
  • Discuss the importance of Journalism.
  • It would also strengthen your application to provide evidence of relevant experience in the area, e.g. blogging, podcasting, published articles, involvement in school newspapers, magazines or radio stations, relevant volunteering or work experience.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

This course will offer the following nine units to make up the HNC qualification and provide possible progression to the second year of an HND, university or industry.

  • News Writing.
  • Feature Writing.
  • Research and Interview Skills.
  • Sub-editing.
  • Scots Law.
  • Radio News.
  • Radio Interviewing.
  • Public Affairs (politics).
  • Graded Unit.

Throughout the course, you’ll have access to radio and television studios

After the course


Every year more of our students are leaving to work in the industry in newspapers, websites, magazines, radio or television.

Continuing Study

On successful completion, you can apply for 

  • HND Digital Journalism (second year) at the college.
  • Related degree level courses at Glasgow Caledonian University, Napier University, UWS, Robert Gordon University or Stirling University.


How the course is taught

The course is taught through a variety of methods, from tutor led lectures to more practical elements such as radio, video, online and work experience. We have a very experienced staff with a variety of industry experience.

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed on the course with a variety of assessments from practical tasks to open and closed book assessments. This means there will be several assessments per week at busy times in the year.

Additional Information


All materials for course work will be supplied but it is advised that you have something with you to take notes - a notebook, pen/pencil, tablet etc.

Dress code

We do not allow football colours in any of our classes. You will be expected to dress appropriately for a mixed class of students.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    6th Jan 2020
    End Date:
    30th Jun 2020
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome