Why is this course interesting and engaging?

Smart, fair, independent journalism is essential for a democracy to function well.  “The primary purpose of journalism is to provide citizens with the information they need to be free and self-governing,” write journalists Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach.

By reporting what government, businesses and other powerful institutions do, journalists give the public information they need to decide everything from which school to attend to who they should vote for.

Learning about journalism  gives students a chance to build important skills like researching, writing, interviewing and thinking critically. They learn about their community and themselves. Students will learn about effective communication, PR, how to build up rapport with interviewees and write engaging copy. 

What skills will I learn?

The course will equip you with the knowledge and skills for professional entry level journalism.
The qualification has four under-pinning values:

to focus on the vital skills of finding and telling stories accurately and to deadline
to reflect that most journalists work in a multimedia environment and that digital and ‘traditional’ skills should be fully integrated and embedded in training and assessments

What will I study?

To gain the qualification, candidates will complete mandatory subjects: essential journalism and writing copy (or reporting); interview techniques, digital media skills, responding to a brief, page layout and design and much more.

You will develop an essential journalism portfolio and get to work first hand with different publications.  Students this year are working with The Bath & Wiltshire Parent by writing reviews for shows at Bath and Bristol theatres. They have also been asked to cover local events. They have gained further skills by interviewing a variety of guests, such as Michael Pitts, EMMY award winning Blue Planet camerman.


Trips will include visits to theatre productions to review work, production studios and the BBC. There will also be the oppertunity to go out and investigate and cover stories.

What will this lead to:

University courses such as Broadcast Journalism, PR, Marketing and Media. Appretiships and industry placements within media organisations.

Who should I contact if I have any questions?