• Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    10 September 2018 to 21 June 2019
    UCAS Code

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC

Qualifications on offer: Level 5 HND Diploma in Creative Media Production on the Journalism Pathway

Summary of course

The HND Journalism course is a hands on practical experience which will prepare you for the demands of a challenging yet hugely rewarding industry.

Journalists are no longer expected to just be able to write copy, nowadays they are required to write, film, edit and present their pieces across a range of platforms including print, TV, radio and web.

The course is designed to provide you with the practical skills which will enable you to become an asset to any news outlet.

The college has excellent links with local media providers such as the BBC as well as a strong working relationship with the University of Northampton who deliver the degree in Journalism. The college has a full working TV studio including Green Screen, as well as a fully functioning soundproofed radio studio. In addition we also have a large number of Mac suites which include all the software that is used within the industry today.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Specialist Units:

  • News writing
  • Feature writing
  • Radio production
  • Online journalism
  • Media Law
  • Video/Sound production
  • Page Layout

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

Through the submission of both:

  • practical work
  • written work You will be assessed on an A-E basis.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you are interested in moving in to Broadcast, Print or Web-based journalism and have already started publishing your own work, whether that be on-line or in print and you wish to gain a Level 5 qualification in creative media.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the course can either progress directly in to the industry through contacts made from work placements on the course. Some students choose to complete the one year Top Up course at the University of Northampton whereby your HND will contribute to a full BA Degree in Journalism. Although Journalism is the main focus, some students choose to move in to careers in Advertising and Marketing as well as video production and page design.

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 4/5 entry requirements including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 (C); applicants should be aged 18 or over

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications

Those who do not have English as their first language will need to provide NARIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS points and will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component(or equivalent).

We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience through Accreditation of Prior Learning.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate a level of interest and/or experience in the subject.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

You will be expected to bring along with you samples of your work completed on your previous courses as well as any work that you have had published. A digital portfolio of your work will be considered.

General Info (materials required for the course)

Students enrolling on the course will be able to subscribe to the Adobe Creative Suite at a vastly reduced cost which will enable you to practice your skills at home. Whilst this is not a direct requirement of the course, being able to access the software packages at home and practice the skills you have learnt in class will have a huge impact on your grades.

Course fee information

The course fee is £6,165 per annum which can be paid through a Student Loan.


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Josh Webb

Josh Webb

The pace of change in the world of media means it is one of the most exciting industries to work in, taking advantage of new technology to present information and...

We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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