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About the course

This course is designed to take advantage of the growing number of jobs in social media and PR. The course heavily relies on the use of smartphone and digital technology as students develop their communication skills to generate media campaigns, press kits, and YouTube and social media content. Students will learn a range of skills including how to rebrand products, writing press releases, shooting media campaign videos, and how to generate their own content for YouTube. Whether you want to become a press officer, PR executive, YouTuber or social media influencer then this is the course for you!

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs Level 4 and above

Awarding Body

UAL (University of the Arts London)

Why study?

Rebranding products

  • Creating PR campaigns
  • Generating material for YouTube
  • Working with social media
  • Advertising
  • Writing press releases
  • Working with the press and public
  • Shooting and editing video
  • Generating ideas, brands and slogans
  • Using smartphones and digital technology

Where will this course take me?


  • YouTuber
  • Press Officer
  • Advertising / Marketing Executive
  • Social Media Manager
  • Content Producer

Key Facts or Statistics about course/area:

  • The Harlow School of Journalism is the oldest journalism school in the country.
  • The school has many household names among its alumni including Piers Morgan, Richard Madeley, Sophie Ridge, Alan Rusbridger, John Stapleton, Charlie Hedges, Steve Lamacq, Kelvin Mackenzie, and Phil Hall.
  • 100% success rate for Year 2 UAL students in 2017 and 2018.
  • 100% of Year 2 students graduated with a merit or distinction in 2018.
  • 87% of students achieved a merit or distinction in 2017.
  • 100% of Year 2s completed work experience.
  • Recent guest speakers included Trisha Goddard, and Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce.
  • Appointment of John Stapleton and Alan Rusbridger as Patrons for the Harlow College School of Journalism. 

Core modules

There are 13 units of study on the 2-year Extended Diploma, and 8 units on the 1-year Diploma. Both courses culminate in a final major project.

How will I be assessed?

Coursework (designed to replicate work-like tasks and environment).

Attendance mode / pattern:

  • Harlow College - UCH / with attendance
  • Daytime / working hours

I'm interested. What should I do now?

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