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HND in Practical Journalism SCQF Level 8

SCQF Level 8

Entry to Year 2 of the HND is possible for 2017-18 provided you have achieved HNC Practical Journalism at Fife College or another college.

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 HNC/D 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 by NCTJ in 2011 we deliver training and exams for the NCTJ Diploma which is recognised as the gold standard in journalism training. The NCTJ award is regarded by employers as an essential criterion for successful recruitment. The HND 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

HND Year 2 - 1 Year Full Time.

Entry Requirements

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

Further Study

The HNC/D was designed and approved for progression into 2 and or 3rd year of a related degree course, particularly the University of Sunderland.

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 Starts* Ends* Based at

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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