Reasons to study this course

  • You are interested in an introduction to journalism and are considering a career in journalism
  • You want to develop your journalistic skills for a specific purpose – perhaps to improve your communication skills for entering the workforce
  • To gain experience writing journalistic articles across different genres which are suitable for publication
  • To explore the role of a journalist in the twenty-first Century through the use of digital media, video journalism and other technologies

What you will need to study this course

  • Minimum grade 4 in GCSE English Language
  • Willingness to read newspapers and articles from a range of publications
  • Enthusiasm to independently research story ideas and preparedness to interview sources

What you will study

Core units of study on the course include: how to research and report news stories; legal and ethical considerations for journalists; how to write in various journalistic forms including feature writing, sports reporting and digital journalism; video journalism and taking images suitable for publication. Opportunities to write articles across the entire range of formats studied.

How you will be assessed

The total qualification time for the course is 250 hours. Approximately 150 hours will be guided learning time. The qualification has a total of 25 credits. You will be set coursework in each module of study. The coursework will incorporate practical tasks based in the classroom and/or in the real world. Learners will be provided with the assessment standards for each module during the course of study.

Priestley Extra

Opportunities to attend industry conferences, events and residential experiences. Access to guest speakers with industry experience.


This qualification has been designed to broaden a potential career path towards journalism. This qualification will prepare you for further learning or training at the university level. This course also could provide you with a progression pathway towards the industry standard NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism.

Recommended reading

The Elements of Journalism by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel

On Writing by Stephen King

Waterhouse on Newspaper Style by Keith Waterhouse

Aim to read a broadsheet newspaper regularly (at least once a week, although as an aspiring journalist you should always keep up with the headlines) – many of them make (some) content freely available on-line: The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent. Regularly read digital media from sites such as Vox and Huffington Post.

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