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Social Media & Journalism

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  • Jounalism student Tayla Mead and Guardian Editor Alan-Rusbridger
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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.

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 Media Production – Sports Journalism

Learn how to create, shoot, and edit your own video and audio content, write articles and reports for print, TV and radio and explore what can be achieved using a variety of different mediums.

Your projects will coincide with many of the key events in the sporting calendar and you will be expected to research and produce content on a range of different sports on a variety of levels. 

Each year students will complete a final major project. This project will be chosen by you and you will enjoy a large amount of freedom to create a project that you are passionate about. The grade you receive for this project will determine the final grade for your qualification. 

Classes are taught though face-to-face in a classroom setting in one of our PC or Mac suites. You will have access to TV and video editing equipment, cameras, social media hardware, the greenscreen studio and radio suite. You will receive 1-2-1 tutorials to help nurture and develop your work. The projects will consist of a mix of independent and group work.

Creative Writing Level 2

The creative writing course has been designed to harness your creativity and develop your English language and writing skills. You will work within a range of mediums and develop stories to be told on a number of different formats, including print, TV, radio, and stage. The course will develop your appreciation of existing works and develop your skills as a writer and storyteller. 

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. 

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.

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.