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Journalism (ABC Level 3) at New College Swindon

Course description

This vocational course aims to develop your skills in developing your response to the six great journalistic questions, identifying suitable stories, and sourcing and researching stories.  You will explore a variety of types of journalism and identify suitable writing styles and other treatments appropriate to those stories.  You will also be expected to write for a range of platforms and consider how online writing differs from print-based media.

You will be asked to demonstrate these skills through both practical tasks and written texts.  By the end of the course, you will have developed a portfolio of your writing and a reflective log.  You will also have evaluated your learning from visiting speakers.

Course content

You will study a range of journalistic techniques, for example:

  • writing features: news, human interest, business and technical, political and seasonal
  • newsworthiness of stories
  • writing podcasts
  • setting up and managing blogs
  • researching stories using, for example, the internet, press agencies, publicity agents, archives
  • interview skills and questioning techniques including celebrity interviews
  • writing for specific audiences and publications
  • styles of writing
  • writing for different interests, eg technology, science, politics for children
  • working with professional writers from local papers and websites, BBC, national media
  • telling a story well

With the emphasis on your own contribution, we aim to build your recognition of effective presentation, logical argument, persuasion, and lucid, fluent expression, and to encourage you to practise this in your own writing.  You will explore flexibility in writing and adapting writing to purpose.

Entry requirements

You should have at least a GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in both English Language and English Literature, and be on a Level 3 course of study.

You should be interested in the media, enjoy reading and writing, and have good communication skills.

You will very likely be studying an AS/A Level subject such as Communication and Culture, Government and Politics, Media Studies, English or Creative Writing.

You should also appreciate the challenge of developing a range of oral, editorial and interviewing skills.


Assessment is by a portfolio of evidence showing a variety of feature stories written in styles appropriate to subject and audience.

You will also be asked to keep a reflective diary with notes on your research and development of features and your proposed treatment of them.

Future opportunities

This course will be an exciting addition to any of your other subject choices, but it will be particularly useful if you are considering a career in journalism.

It is a very useful ‘eXtras’ course if you are studying AS/A Level Communication and Culture, Government and Politics, Media Studies, English  and Creative Writing.

Confident self-expression, the ability to organise material and thoughts, and effective, fluent writing styles and interviewing techniques are skills recognised by all employers.  Former students have gone on to publish their work, gain work experience, study journalism at university and manage PR for charity.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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