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Practical Journalism (Without Shorthand) HND

(SCQF level 7)

Media, Creative Industries

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

30th Aug 2021, 2 years


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    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

    • Higher English at Grade C or above; 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 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 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 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:
      30th Aug 2021, 2 years
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome