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Journalism Level 3 90 Credit Diploma or Extended Diploma at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

Course description

This course develops students in practical, creative and professional journalism and media skills. We aim to introduce students not only to a broad understanding of journalistic skills and the ability to utilise them to a professional standard, but to also understand the changing face of the industry and the legal and ethical issues. As well as journalistic writing, students will study elements of graphic and page layout and design, photography and film studies.

Course content

Year 1: A Mixture of Research Skills; Understanding the Journalism industry; Page layout and graphic design; Writing Techniques; Pre-production; Contextual and Film Studies.Year 2: Interview Skills; Social Action and Campaigning Journalism; Marketing and PR; Production Techniques (magazine production - writing/design/printing); Photography; Contextual studies and video/audio journalism.

Entry requirements

You will need four GCSEs (grade C or above) including English, or equivalent. Students must demonstrate a positive work ethic and attitude. We welcome applications from mature students.


You will be assessed several times in each individual module over the period of the programme. Classes are often practical, sometimes run as workshops and most staff are practitioners currently working in their subject area.

Financial information

Stationery, diary, access to a computer would be a significant advantage, but not necessary.

We offer a bursary that students can apply for help with costs that are associated with a course. This could be help with the cost of travel, books, materials, equipment, uniforms, childcare and examination and registration fees. To find out more about bursaries available at the College, please speak to Customer Services.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of the programme students have the necessary skills to enter university, further training or a career in the media and communication industries.

Further information

One year, full-time, progressing on to a second year, full-time.

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: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: U0280
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    • A whole campus dedicated to the arts, Hinckley is home to an enticing mix of all things creative and houses some of the best facilities in the local area.

      • Graphics studio
      • Photography studio (including infinity cove) and darkroom
      • Music recording studio
      • Woodwork studio
      • Raku kilns
      • Extensive learning and resource centre
      • Apple Mac suites
      • Theatre
      • Art/materials shop
      • Student Centre
      • Library
      • Refectory – serving Starbucks Coffee

      Subjects available to study at this campus include:

      • Art & Design
      • Computing
      • Fashion & Textiles
      • Graphic Design
      • Interior Design
      • Journalism
      • Media
      • Music Performance
      • Music Technology
      • Performing Arts

      To find out more about North Warwickshire & Hinckley College:

      024 7624 3000