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HND in Practical Journalism SCQF Level 8

SCQF Level 8

Accredited by the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ), this course 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 this 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. 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.

Accredited in 2011, the NCTJ Diploma is recognised as the gold standard in journalism training. The NCTJ award is regarded by employers as an essential criterion for successful recruitment. This course is endorsed by the University of Sunderland for progression to their BA (Hons) Magazine Journalism (Stage 3) or BA (Hons) Journalism (Stage 3).

In 2015, our Journalism students won Student Publication of the Year in the Scottish Student Journalism of the Year awards.

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

External Candidates

One of the following:

  • Two Highers, including English, and two National 5s
  • NC Creative Industries or NC Media courses at SCQF Level 6
  • Mature students will be considered on an individual basis based on a portfolio of art and design work in your field of study and experience

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

Internal Candidates

  • NC Creative Industries: Broadcast Media
  • 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.

Funding Information

For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit our Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

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 04 Sep 2017 15 Jun 2018 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy apply online

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

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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