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Access to High­er Edu­ca­tion: Media and Jour­nal­ism (19+) — Full-time

Course outline

This course is perfect if you are aged 19+ and would like to prepare for university-level study in the exciting and ever-changing world of media and journalism.

You’ll learn a whole range of media and digital technologies and their application in the workplace, including:

  • Animation
  • Graphics
  • Journalism and Creative Writing
  • Video production
  • Writing for TV and film

You can expect to develop your writing skills and expand your computer software knowledge including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere and InDesign. You’ll get lots of practical training combined with both practical and written assignments.

At the end of the year you’ll have the opportunity to exhibit your work to the public at one of our end of year showcases.

You can view some of the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.

View showcase

How to apply for this course

Apply online now to start in this academic year (2022/2023).

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Location Date
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 26th September 2022

Course code: C000302 / Q001830


CAVA Access to HE Diploma


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You must be aged 19 or over to apply for this course.

As the majority of our Access students are returning to learning as adults, we consider a range of experience when accepting students onto an Access programme. All students will be assessed to see what level they are learning at, particularly the level of English and maths skills, as these will be key to success whilst on a programme at Nottingham College. Your experience and level of study will be assessed at interview and this will determine your offer of a place at College.

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 –4 (A*–C) including English and Maths (equivalents may be considered), or Level 2 BTEC Diploma in related area at Merit. A GCSE in English and Maths is preferable, but Functional Skills may be acceptable instead. You’ll be asked to showcase a portfolio of work or demonstrate a passion for a particular subject area.

It is not possible to study both GCSE English and Maths on this course.

Teaching & assessment

Learning is assessed in a variety of methods to prepare you to study at university. This may include an extended essay, timed assessments under controlled conditions and report writing.


Choose to follow with degree-level study in:

  • Journalism
  • TV and Film
  • Media Production
  • Broadcasting
  • Graphic Design
  • Animation
  • Creative Writing

Here at Nottingham College we offer foundation degrees in Digital Design and TV & Film Production, and a top-up degree in Digital Media Design

Additional information

You may be eligible for funding for this course. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.