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Creative Media Production (Journalism) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Harlow College

Course description

This is the first step in your career in one of the most exciting careers available. Led by a team of former journalists, this programme is designed to introduce learners to the fast-paced environment of print, broadcast and online journalism. You will learn how to improve your writing style, how to conduct interviews, what job roles are available, and how to improve your chances of getting your first foot in the door of this very competitive industry.

Course content

This course offers a combination of practical and theory-based work-related course. You will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities, and demands. You will also undertake work experience and develop the skills you need to start your career. The course is made up of a selection of units ranging from interview techniques, writing copy, broadcasting skills, and page layout and design. Successful completion of this course will allow you to achieve a qualification equivalent to three A-Levels.

Core modules

There are 18 modules, including:

  • Factual Writing for Print
  • Page Layout and Design
  • Photography
  • Working to a Brief
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Research Techniques
  • Video Production
  • Audio Books and Guides
  • Scriptwriting for Radio

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including grade C in English Language. Or Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media at minimum Merit. You will be invited to interview and asked to bring a portfolio of work that must include a selection of your best media, photography, art or written work.


All assessment is by coursework. There are no exams.

Financial information

For journalism classes you will need a reporter’s notebook, memory stick for use on PCs, a dictionary and a contacts (address) book. For shorthand classes and workshops you will need a shorthand notebook and a copy of Teeline Fast by Ann Dix and Teeline Gold Standard by Marie Cartwright.

Future opportunities

Careers such as Journalism, publishing, film and TV production, marketing and public relations. higher education in subjects such as Media or Journalism.

This course is an ideal stepping-stone on to the NCTJ course, currently offered at University Centre Harlow. This is an essential qualification for all aspiring journalists. The course will also prepare you for a career in the digital, marketing, and social media industries.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 April 2016
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