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Digital Journalism HNC (Level 4) - Full-time

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Course outline

This new course has been developed in consultation with national companies and freelance professionals and is aimed at people who have a story to tell: potential reporters, investigators, influencers and marketeers are all welcome.

The course is informed by professional practitioners and you will investigate all of the growing and changing outlets for dynamic global contemporary journalism: including sound, video and podcasts.

You will be encouraged to identify the medium that suits you best in the context of traditional journalism, up-to-the-minute technology and contemporary ethical issues.

Modules may include:

  • Journalism practice
  • Journalism and society
  • Digital page production
  • Investigative journalism
  • Reportage

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: DJL1

Use the UCAS code above when applying through the UCAS website.

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Start: 28th September 2021

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C031520


Higher National Certificate in Creative Media Production (Journalism)


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You’ll need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

As part of the admissions process, you’ll be asked to provide an online portfolio.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.


Assessment is continuous, being a combination of individual and group presentations, compiling research portfolios and online journals. There are no examinations.


After successfully completing the HNC, you could progress to the HND in Digital Journalism (to be offered from September 2021).

After this you could top-up to our BA (Hons) Digital Media Design, awarded by Nottingham Trent University or a similar course at another provider (subject to entry requirements) or enter into employment.

Digital Journalists work in many spheres of news or content gathering. You could be a reporter, editor, picture editor or photographer. Your knowledge of writing for the web will make a career in marketing a great option. Digital journalism has a global reach – you could be sending a story from your laptop around the world in seconds!

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