Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate Journalism

Students

Our Journalism course (Creative Media Production – Print Media) is designed as a first step into the world of news media. With a strong emphasis on reporting through words and images, you will produce a range of projects in different formats showcasing your research and interview skills, in addition to practical production abilities in print and audio.

Course type

Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate

Course length

BTEC Certificate: one year 
Extended Certificate: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*– C grades at GCSE, including English Language.

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • in-depth research skills
  • the development of journalistic writing skills
  • the journalism industry, including print, web and other online formats
  • media techniques of persuasion
  • digital photography and image manipulation
  • using industry standard design software including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator
  • using audio software such as Audacity and Soundtrack Pro

On the course you will:

  • design and produce various media products, including magazine spreads, newspaper stories, photojournalism articles, radio sequences and campaign materials
  • build a portfolio of journalism work
  • develop your creative, design and presentation skills

Method of assessment

You will be assessed by practical work and a collection of evidence from your portfolio. You will also carry out a final major project in the second year.

What will I be able to progress to?

The course will enable you to progress to university to study courses such as Journalism, Photojournalism, Media and Communications, as well as a variety of other Media-related subjects. Depending on your other advanced level courses, it will also prepare you for a range of other degree level courses or to move straight into employment.

Other information

The one-year Certificate is equivalent to an AS-level. The two-year Extended Certificate is equivalent to an A-level.