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Social Media & Journalism

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  • Jounalism student Tayla Mead and Guardian Editor Alan-Rusbridger
  • Tayla Mead receiving her AoC Rising Star Award at the House of Commons


Journalism is among one of the fastest growing industries in the world. In TV, radio and print there are endless opportunities for career progression. Our Journalism Centre has produced successful journalists for over 50 years, whose alumni include Piers Morgan, Richard Madeley and Sophy Ridge. The courses use industry-standard equipment and will challenge your creativity with projects and realistic workplace scenarios.


You will study a range of journalism related subjects, including print and online, magazine and website design, social media, TV, radio, journalism and public relations. Our NCTJ course is considered by journalism professionals to be the ‘gold standard’ qualification. Students on the NCTJ course work, in addition to their college days, one day a week in professional settings such as newspapers, magazines and broadcast companies.


There are many opportunities for talented and creative individuals within the media and journalism industry. Previous students have gone on to become journalists, news editors, radio and TV presenters, researchers, TV producers, TV directors in the areas of sport, news, fashion and many more. You could also progress to university or onto an Apprenticeship in a related subject.

NCTJ Journalism – News & Magazine (1 year)

NCTJ Journalism – News & Magazine (1 year)

This one-year course, regarded by many editors as the gold standard in training, helps to open doors into the industry. The course is intensive and the pressure to meet deadlines is real. You need to be committed but there will be plenty of fun on the way. You will meet lots of like-minded people who could be good contacts in the future. The course offers pathways in news and magazine journalism and modules comprises: news reporting, public affairs, press law, shorthand, video journalism, online, and production. Final assessment is conducted via examination and portfolio to help prepare you for the pressures of a newsroom, where you will be asked to draw on knowledge of press law and public affairs and be able to produce concise and accurate stories to meet deadlines.

Creative Enterprise Professional Diploma

The UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Creative Enterprise has been designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to develop their careers as creative professionals. This qualification will provide students with an opportunity to cultivate their employability by developing their creative enterprise skills, expanding their industry contact base while developing their start-up projects and professional practice.

The objectives of this qualification are to give students the opportunity to:

  • Develop and demonstrate enterprise and entrepreneurial skills necessary to the creative industries
  • Develop and define their artistic ambitions and creative ideas
  • Build up their professional practice and independently initiate their creative projects
  • Achieve a nationally recognised Level 4 qualification

Creative Media Production – Factual TV Production

This course has been designed for anyone who has a passion for TV. Written by an Emmy award-winning TV producer, whose credits include shows such as Big Brother, Don’t Tell the Bride, Dating in the Dark, and the Wright Stuff (to name but a few), the course includes all of the key skills that you will need to get into the industry. Whilst on the course you will learn presenting skills, how to pitch new programme ideas, programme development, camera and editing skills, studio work, and of course, shooting and directing your own chat shows, documentaries and reality TV shows.

Creative Media Production – Journalism

This is the first step in your career in one of the most exciting careers available. Led by a team of former journalists, this programme is designed to introduce learners to the fast-paced environment of print, broadcast and online journalism. You will learn how to improve your writing style, how to conduct interviews, what job roles are available, and how to improve your chances of getting your first foot in the door of this very competitive industry.

Creative Writing Level 2

This one year course has been designed to tap into your creativity and your love for story telling. On this programme you will take on a number of fact and fiction based projects across several different mediums. The course will concentrate on developing your English skills, your ability to research and develop engaging content for a number of different audiences, and your confidence as a storyteller. Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress onto the Level 3 course in Creative Writing, or any one of our other Level 3 courses.

Creative Writing Level 3

This course has been designed to nurture budding authors, to build their confidence and develop their writing skills, to expose them to a range of different genre and writing medium, help them to hone their craft, and most importantly, build their confidence. In year 1 you will concentrate on creative projects, writing material for a range of different audiences, and developing original content for a number of different mediums, including film, TV, radio, and stage. In the second year the focus switches towards factual writing, examples that you might like to explore might include travel, reference, history, or biographical, to name a few. 

Public Relations Level 3

This course is designed to take advantage of the growing number of jobs in PR. The course relies heavily on the use of smartphone and digital technology as you develop your communication skills to generate media campaigns, press kits, and social media content. You will learn a range of skills including how to rebrand products, write press releases, shoot media campaign videos, manage public perception, develop advertising campaigns, generate original content ideas, work with clients and crisis manage situations. So, if you want to work in a job where you get to travel, and meet interesting people, work with a range of exciting clients, including household brands, political parties, production companies, and celebrities, and influence the public then this is the course for you.

Social Media Level 2

This course has been designed for anyone who wants to work in social media. You will develop the video and technical skills required to shoot and edit your own interactive content. You will learn about branding, develop new and original content, and explore ways to make money from your material. You may choose to develop your own profile as an original content producer, or work for any number of companies where the value of good social media skills has never been in such high demand. Those who complete this course can expect to graduate onto any one of our UAL Level 3 programmes.

Social Media Level 3

This course has been designed for anyone who wants to earn their living working in social media. Whilst on this course you will learn how to shoot, edit and package your own content, explore your creativity working within a range of genre, build a portfolio of content across a variety of platforms, develop your entrepreneurial skills, and explore the ways in which you can monetise your content. So, whether you want to develop your own profile as an original content producer, become a social media influencer, or work in PR and marketing managing social media accounts for celebrities or household companies, then this is the course for you.