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HND Practical Journalism

SCQF Level 8

Accredited by the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ), HND Practical Journalism is designed to equip you with the essential skills required to develop your career and become a professional Journalist. The fundamental skills of high quality journalism in converged newsrooms are at the heart of the HND and the course is designed to equip you with the skills you need for multi-platform journalism. Working closely with local and national news organisations, we have constantly developed our HND to produce Journalists capable of working in the modern, multi-platform newsroom. Our students are equally at home working in print, video or online and we have always focused on a practical, hands-on approach, using the latest technology, designed to prepare

you for the real world of work.

In 2011, the Journalism team at Fife College became the only institution within 60 miles where trainee journalists can study towards the Diploma offered by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. The NCTJ Diploma is recognised as the Gold standard in journalism training. In 2015, our Journalism students won Student Publication of the Year in the Scottish Student Journalism of the Year awards.

On successful completion of HND Year 1, you will have achieved an HNC in Practical Journalism.

What You Study

  • News/Feature Writing
  • Research/Interview Skills
  • Law for Journalists
  • Public/Current Affairs
  • Workplace Experience
  • Shorthand
  • Sub Editing
  • Video Journalism
  • Online Reporting

Duration and Attendance

Two Years Full-time.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Two Highers, including English, and two National 5s
  • NC Creative Industries or NC Media at SCQF Level 6

Mature students will be considered on an individual basis based on portfolio of art and design work in your field of study and experience.

For direct entry to Year 2, applicants must have HNC Journalism (minimum 12 credits).

Internal Candidates

  • NC Creative Industries: Broadcast Production
  • Another appropriate Creative course at SCQF Level 6

Further Study

Fife College has defined Articulation Routes in place for this course.

Career Opportunities

  • News Correspondent (Radio/Regional TV)
  • Trainee Journalist
  • Newspaper
  • Magazine
  • Online
  • Self-Employment/Freelance Work
  • Corporate/PR

Application Process

Interview and written skills test.

This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts Ends Based at Apply
Full time 1st Year 29 Aug 2016 23 Jun 2017 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy course full
Full time 2nd Year 29 Aug 2016 23 Jun 2017 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy course full

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

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