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Journalism Level 3 at Leeds City College

Course description

Explore the many aspects of journalism from broadcasting attention-grabbing bulletins of writing sparkling, professional copy for news, magazines and websites.

Develop your skills in carrying out revealing interviews, shooting engaging factual programmes, recording radio news and designing eye-catching pages for magazines and websites. Develops your digital media skills and carry out a specialist subject investigation.

Previous students have progressed on to university to study subjects such as multimedia, sport journalism, digital media, and fashion communications. Alternative progression routes include a media based apprenticeship or employment.

Course themes:

  • News production in TV, radio and print
  • Producing a media campaign across print, film and social media
  • Factual programming on TV, radio, cinema and online
  • Produce a website

Course content

You will explore many aspects of journalism and develop your own skills in interviewing, news production on radio and TV, writing and page design. Using industry-standard software, we will teach you how to write sparkling, professional copy for magazines and websites, film and edit footage into engaging documentaries, design eye-catching pages and create attention-grabbing news bulletins.

You will also develop your digital media skills and carry out a specialist subject investigation as part of the course.

We seek opportunities to work with industry professionals and have developed links with universities to introduce students to related higher education courses.

Entry requirements

If you are part of the new grading system for GCSE we would see a Grade 4 or above as the equivalent of a Grade C in this offer.

5 GCSEs graded C or above or equivalent BTEC First Diploma at Merit plus English Language at C or above.


Throughout the two-year course you will complete a variety of practical assessments including writing articles, designing pages, making a documentary film and writing and delivering news bulletins. You will also complete written assignments.

Some of your assignments are marked by your tutors and some are marked externally by BTEC, the examination board.

You will also explore how media expresses messages through representations that shape perceptions and beliefs about what is valued and undervalued in society. Your knowledge will be tested in an on-screen exam consisting of short and long answer questions.

You will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit which will then aggregate into a final grade. The grades are awarded UCAS points as are A level grades.

Future opportunities

This course prepares you either to go into higher education at university or to go directly into employment as the skills you learn will be useful to many employers.

Further information

English and Maths will be built into your course if your grades are below 4/5

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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