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Higher Education Centre for Creative Industries, Victoria Yard This is a two-year, full-time or three year part time programme. PP35 FdA/JPM Click here for info

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This challenging programme will equip you with the broad range of practical and research skills needed to work in the journalism and media industry. It will help you develop the critical and analytical perspectives essential for a successful career in journalism. You will analyse a range of media genres and develop important practical skills in media production, communication, problem solving, group work and business organisation. The core of the programme is journalism for magazines, radio, television and the web, through features and news. Learning in the work place is important throughout the programme and recent work experience placements have included regional and national newspapers and magazines, including the NME, Look magazine, BBC Good Food, and local newspapers. Almost all students get their work published by the end of year 1 and continue to do so through our extensive contacts.

Please click here to view a short video about the course.

Teaching will focus on practical solutions to working as a journalist in print, tablet and the web. Modules will be delivered through lectures, seminars and workshops. Assessments will be through a mixture of practical work, presentations, coursework and work based projects.

What topics will I study?

Year 1 Modules

  • Journalism and Society
  • Newsroom
  • TV journalism
  • Continuous professional development
  • Feature journalism
  • Broadcast journalism

Year 2 Modules

  • Multimedia journalism
  • Work based learning
  • Research and employment skills
  • Independent study with a specialist module such as sports reporting or creative writing
  • News media
  • Magazine production

Click here to view the programme specification for this course.

What experiences will I get?

Recent work experience placements have included the Royal Navy media team, the local newspaper and Phonic FM, a radio station, online sites, national magazines and newspapers. This year we invited speakers from industry including an editor-in-chief of a leading media group, a radio broadcaster from California, and a regional news and PR business leader.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need 64 UCAS tariff points (minimum) from AS, A Level or AVCE programmes, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate - grades MPP/MM, GNVQ Advanced, an appropriate NVQ at Level 3, an Access qualification or other qualifications deemed equivalent to the above.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning centre, college cafes, gym, higher education study and social areas and also library services at Plymouth University.

What can the course lead on to?

You may be able to progress to the BA (Hons) Journalism degree at Plymouth Marjon University. Please note, there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Previous students have gone on to be freelance writers, a comedy writer, a newspaper staff reporter, a staff magazine writer, PR and marketing account managers, and work in radio.

Are there any additional costs?

None specified.

Course News

Journalism and Practical Media FdA students enjoyed a talk from BBC news reporter Hamish Marshall. 

What do our students think?

I have been published in local newspapers and websites; this gave me confidence in my abilities as a writer. You are constantly presented with opportunities to produce work, for college and your own personal portfolio. We are given free rein to concentrate on producing material on what interests us the most and what field of the media we hope to gain a career in. You really are encouraged to explore your passions."

As well as studying on this foundation degree, I conduct work experience for various publications and companies, some of which feeds into the course as well. I have had news stories published by the Express and Echo, Bristol Post, Crediton Courier, Plymouth Daily, to name a few.”

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