5 GCSEs grade 9-4 (grade A*- C) preferably including both English (GCSE minimum grade 4/C or equivalent) & maths or a relevant Level 2 qualification at merit or above. You will attend an interview at the College and if necessary references will be taken up. You will also be required to provide a piece of written work relating to journalism plus any prior qualifications or any work relating to journalism and creative writing.
This course is for those who are creative and wish to develop their interest in journalism and creative writing. The course is designed with a dual focus in mind to help you gain the necessary skills for both university and to enable you to work in the creative media industry.
As a future journalist or creative writer you have an incredible opportunity to inspire others through the stories you tell; both fact and fiction. The course covers all the essential elements of journalism including investigating and exposing news stories that raise awareness of important issues in society and the wider world. If your passion lies in fiction writing, we also work on short stories and learning script writing. You will develop a number of journalistic productions including article writing, broadcast journalism, photojournalism, factual documentaries, podcasting, blogging and vlogging. There is a focus on digital journalism that allows you to work in a changing industry that includes citizen and social media journalism and influencer culture in marketing and PR. In addition to this you will also study the theoretical and contextual aspects of journalism and creative writing, plus the process of producing journalistic productions that includes questioning and interrogation.
Students will be working in industry standard studios, on location and be given access to professional editing facilities. You will be working on productions in practical, theoretical and written ways, delivering a combination of production and written work for assessment.
This course contains no exams, and is assessed through coursework only.
Students completing the first year Diploma may continue onto the second year Extended Diploma. After completing the Extended Diploma students will have the equivalent of 3 A Levels, and enough UCAS points to apply for appropriate university courses. The majority of our students go on to study a media related course at university, but are not necessarily limited in subject choice.
Students will also be able to search and apply for a broad range of roles within the creative media industry; including apprenticeships.
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When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.