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Key Facts

Level:
Level 3
Subject Sector:
9.4 Publishing and Information Services
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
QAAQ002544
Price:
£130.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+

Qualification Summary

This Diploma prepares students for entry to HEI undergraduate courses in Journalism and/or Media and related disciplines. It provides an introduction to and development of multi-media practices and skills, as well as journalistic planning, research and writing skills and an understanding of news selection, news writing and target audience.

The qualification also develops a knowledge and experience of sourcing stories and features. Units where a knowledge and understanding of government and politics, both national and local, and how to use statistics and data responsibly and with skill, are designed to widen students’ view of the world and so help develop some of the interests and understanding a journalist requires. Just as importantly, the Diploma contextualises the study of journalism and the media industry in terms of its role and place in wider society and establishes an understanding of legal and ethical considerations for those wanting to pursue careers in journalism and related fields.

Ungraded units have been selected to help provide students with skills to support the study of journalism and media, as well as preparing them well for their HEI career.

Optional units allow the Diploma to be tailored to the interests of individual students in this diverse field of study, which offers a wide variety of specialist options


Why choose this qualification?

This Diploma prepares students for entry to HEI undergraduate courses in Journalism and/or Media and related disciplines. It provides an introduction to and development of multi-media practices and skills, as well as journalistic planning, research and writing skills and an understanding of news selection, news writing and target audience.

The qualification also develops a knowledge and experience of sourcing stories and features. Units where a knowledge and understanding of government and politics, both national and local, and how to use statistics and data responsibly and with skill, are designed to widen students’ view of the world and so help develop some of the interests and understanding a journalist requires. Just as importantly, the diploma contextualises the study of journalism and the media industry in terms of its role and place in wider society and establishes an understanding of legal and ethical considerations for those wanting to pursue careers in journalism and related fields.

Ungraded units have been selected to help provide students with skills to support the study of journalism and media, as well as preparing them well for their HEI career.

Optional units allow the Diploma to be tailored to the interests of individual students in this diverse field of study, which offers a wide variety of specialist options.

Rules of Combination

Learners must complete 45 credits from this group - 33 credits from the Mandatory Graded group and 12 credits from the Optional Graded unit group.


Units

Graded Research Units

Learners must complete 6 credits from this group.

Journalism - Research Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026398
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Research Project for Journalism - Methodology

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026162
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Mandatory Units: Graded Academic Subject Content

Learners must complete 27 credits from this group.

Ethical Considerations for Journalists

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026196
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Introduction to News Journalism

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026232
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Legal Considerations for Journalists

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026206
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Multimedia Practice

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026225
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The Use of Statistics in Journalism

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026236
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Writing for Magazines

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026234
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Optional Units: Journalism

Learners must complete 12 credits from this group.

Exploring Different Journalistic Genres

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026246
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Government and Politics for Journalists

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026220
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Journalism and Society

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026244
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Local News Journalism

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
6
Unit No:
QU026223
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Media and Society

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026240
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Ungraded Units

Learners must complete 12 credits from the Mandatory Ungraded Group and 3 credits from the Optional Ungraded Group.

Mandatory Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 12 credits from this group.

Academic Writing Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025276
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Optimising Examination Performance

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025280
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Preparation for Higher Education

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025532
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References and Reliability of Sources

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU026344
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Optional Units: Ungraded

Learners must complete 3 credits from this group.

Academic Reading Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018346
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Communication - Speaking and Listening

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU007560
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Developing Professional Attributes

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025278
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Promoting Wellbeing and Building Resilience

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU028487
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Study Skills

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU018318
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Work Placement

Level:
Level 3
Guided Learning Hours:
Not available
Credits:
3
Unit No:
QU025609
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QAA aim code

40008745

Target Groups

a) Adults who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE.
b) Adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.
c) Adults who, for whatever reason, need or want to study at a higher level in a subject area that is new to them, for either purely educational or career-related aims.


Progression & Entry Requirements

There are no specific learner entry requirements for the proposed Diploma.

Provider approval criteria

Staff will be required to have qualifications in journalism and/or media or media-related fields to at least level 3 and/or relevant industry experience.
Students of this Access to HE Diploma will require access to IT equipment and facilities, including computers and internet access. It is suggested that cheap software solutions for audio/video recordings, such as Audacity, are explored/provided. A selection of recent newspapers and magazines will also need to be available to students.

There are no other requirements for specialist resources for the delivery or provider approval of the Access to HE Diploma, though students will be required to have access to mobile phones with the capacity to take photographs and record videos.


Progression Routes

BA (Hons) Journalism, BA (Hons) Media and numerous related undergraduate courses at numerous UK universities, including degree programmes with mixed honours that include Journalism.


Funding information

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Additional funding information for Access to HE

  • Access to HE is eligible for funding as part of the legal entitlement offer.
  • Access to HE is eligible for funding via Advanced Learner Loans and appears on the Advanced Learner Loans catalogues published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

The following support materials will help you deliver this qualification.

Access to HE Quick Guides

Information for Access Centres

Access to HE Administration

Assignment briefs

Centres approved to deliver our Access to HE Diplomas can download assignment briefs for a selection of units in this Diploma. Assignment briefs can be downloaded by logging to Prism and locating the relevant unit. More assignment briefs are being added not all units currently have assignment briefs available.

The assignment briefs can be easily adapted to suit your needs. We recommend checking the rules of combination for the Diploma and adapting the brief accordingly.

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