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Journalism BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at New College Nottingham

Course description

Fancy a chance of getting into one of the most exciting and dynamic industries?

Would you like the opportunity to report on dramatic events?

Tell stories to an online audience?

In today’s society the role of a journalist is crucial. With new technologies allowing a wide range of people to post their thoughts on YouTube or Wordpress you need to have a special set of skills to stand out.

By studying journalism you will have the opportunity to develop your skills towards professional standards. Find out how to structure a story, reframe it for a video piece, grab your readers’ attention and make sure they come back to your articles.

On this course you will have the opportunity to study and experience a range of journalistic styles and techniques so you can find out what ignites your passion.

Course content

To give you the best chance of succeeding in this competitive industry our course has been developed to provide you with a wide range of practical production skills.

As you would expect, writing and structuring stories is a big part of this, but as any current journalist will tell you, it is the wider skills we teach that will get you job opportunities. 

We teach our journalists multi-platform skills. That means you will be able to present your ideas in the following forms:

Alongside these practical skills, you will develop an understanding of some of the legal frameworks that underpin a journalists work, study the way that the industry is structured and begin developing your own personal career plan.
Many of our projects are written in way that allows you to explore a particular interest, whether that is sport, music or current affairs, you will be able to produce journalistic pieces that explore your likes.

To inspire you there will also be opportunities to go on international trips, visits to the BBC, film screenings, gallery based events and the chance to hear from special guest speakers.   

Our course is assessed through portfolio work over the two years that you study with us. You will produce evidence that demonstrates your skills as they develop and have the opportunity to produce material for our online college news site. At the end of two years you will have a BTEC Extended Diploma allowing you to move onto your next step in the subject.

To help you make your next step after the course we will guide you with your university applications, give you the chance to attend our careers and industry weeks and offer you work experience opportunities.  

Entry requirements

Students must have ONE of the following:  

  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and maths  
  • Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Media at merit, plus GCSE English or maths at grades A*-C  
  • Equivalent qualifications - Functional Skills may be accepted in place of GCSE maths and/or English
  • Adults 19+ who have industry experience BUT do not have the necessary qualifications can be invited in for interview.


Assessment is continuous and will consist of a portfolio of reports, presentations and creative projects plus a final major project at the end of the year.

Future opportunities

After you have completed this course there are a wide range of opportunities available for you for further progression. Many of our students go on to study at university level. This could be our own FDA Journalism course or a BA course at another university. You may wish to continue studying Journalism or broaden your choices into broadcast production or marketing. Some of our students have gone on to study a range of degrees including fashion, politics and event production.  

If you would like to find out more about how this could unfold for you, our advisors are on hand to help – just click the Contact an Advisor option to the right.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 April 2016

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