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Practical Journalism (Without Shorthand) HND

(SCQF level 7)

Media, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This is a 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 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 apply for 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 the 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:

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 the 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.
  • You will also be asked to participate in a group exercise to allow us to review your communications skills

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

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


You can either apply for jobs in the industry or for a place at university.

Continuing Study

After you complete your HND you may progress to:

  • 2nd or 3rd year of BA (Hons) Journalism or Sports Journalism at UWS.
  • 2nd or 3rd year of BA (Hons) Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University.

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

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment is employed 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.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome