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Practical Journalism HND

(SCQF level 8)

Media, Faculty of Creative Industries

Apply for year one entry Apply for year two entry

Mode of Study

Full-time

Start Date

27th Aug 2018, 2 years

27th Aug 2018, 2 years

Location

City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome

Overview

This is vocational and skills specific course suitable only for those who have a desire 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 students are well versed and practiced in the digital skills which are the future of Journalism.

You'll acquire these skills on this course to enable you to position yourself for the world of work, or university.

There will be an opportunity to specialise in the area of journalism you are most interested in.

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You'll be awarded an HND Practical Journalism on successful completion of this course. This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit: www.scqf.org.uk/the-framework/.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above including English or Modern Studies; OR
  • NC Media or related subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience AND
  • Some practical skills in IT, including word processing, email and internet.

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.

 

What you study

Year one:
  • News and Feature Writing.
  • Research and Interview Skills.
  • Sub-editing.
  • Scots Law.
  • Radio News.
  • Radio Interviewing.
  • Public Affairs (politics).
  • Throughout the course you’ll have access to radio and television studios.
Year two:
  • Feature Writing.
  • Public Affairs.
  • Scots Law.
  • Sub-editing at an advanced level.
  • Added to these will be video skills, online reporting, social and ethical issues and work experience.

After the course

Careers

Continuing Study

After you complete your HND you may progress to:

  • Second, or the third year of BA (Hons) Journalism or Sports Journalism at UWS.
  • Second, or the third year of BA (Hons) Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University.

Students also continue onto courses at the University of Stirling and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Continuing study

Successful students can progress on to:

Following this course, you can either apply for jobs in the industry or for a place at university.

Teaching

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.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment is employed on the course with a variety of assessments from practical tasks to open and closed book assessments.

  • Mode of Study:
    Full-time
  • Start Date:
    27th Aug 2018, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome