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Practical Journalism (Without Shorthand) - January Start HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Media, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

5th Jan 2022, 1 year


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    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 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 and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

    • It would also strengthen your application to include details 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

    You will study 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.

    The course is taught through a mixture of online and in-college teaching, with Zoom the primary platform for online learning. This is delivered through a variety of approaches, from tutor delivery to breakout rooms and one to one delivery, incorporating a variety of presentations, quizzes and discussions.

    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:
      5th Jan 2022
      End Date:
      17th Jun 2022
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome