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Journalism and Public Relations Level 3 at Northampton College

Course description

This course aims to introduce you to the exciting world of journalism and public relations by studying a variety of digital and broadcast journalism practices as well as learning about the functions of public relations in modern society. The course will include a range of practical activities including tradional and modern print and broadcast journalism methods, digital and online research techniques, interview and communication skills, and projects involving clients and real-life work situations. This 2-year programme develops your understanding of the media industries and the practical techniques required to work in the rapidly changing media environment, specialising in journalism and public relations; a fast paced world that requires employees to be innovative, creative, quick thinking and knowledgeable. At the start of the course, you will work with the basic skills of journalism and public relations, developing your skills in sound and television, print layout, interviewing and writing. As your level of proficiency increases the tasks will become more challenging; engaging and unlocking your creativity. The course is taught through a range of approaches designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop technical skills for practical applications and real vocational experience or support with progression to university. The aim is for all students to enjoy the course and achieve deep learning through which knowledge is developed, as well as gaining transferable skills including research techniques, presentations/pitches, projects and problem based scenarios and the skills of working in a team. Delivery methods will include practical workshop sessions in our TV studio, media editing suites, radio and sound rooms. Classroom-based theory sessions are supported by IT and computer-based research, real-world media industry situations (including live broadcasts, video editing sessions, production company meetings) and educational visits to industry trade fairs and other media industry-related events. There may also be the opportunity to get a better understanding of the world of work through work experience opportunities and commissions. Studying BTEC Level 3 Journalism and Public Relations at Northampton College will give you the opportunity to further your aspirations by progressing on to university or into the work place.

Course content

This course is for students who are thinking of working in the journalism or public relations sectors. The course will enable you to progress to higher study at University or to look at Higher Apprenticeships as a way into the industry.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language or a Level 2 Diploma in Media at Merit level with English Language at Grade C or above (please note that students who do not have GCSE Mathematics at C Grade will be required to study this subject).


Most of the assessment will be by both practical and written assignments throughout the programme, which are internally assessed. From 2016, the new Extended Diploma will have a number of externally assessed units. These will be in the form of online exams, externally set tasks carried out over a set time period and performance assessed by an external examiner.

Future opportunities

Progression routes include:- University- Journalism- Public relations

Further information

We ask you to be prepared to pay for the materials you will use and any trips we organise at enrolment at the beginning of September. The fee is currently £50 to cover trips and £175 for a basic kit which includes 1 TB external hard-drive, 16gb SD card, Btec course handbook, card reader, headphones and the use of an online portfolio for storing your work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton College directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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