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About the course

This specialist course is for individuals who have a love for Media, specifically relating to Journalism and Broadcasting.
It will give an introduction to the many roles required in Broadcast; TV, radio, online media and journalism including Producer, TV editor, online editor, camera operator, Audio Technician, Floor manager, Live and Outside Broadcasting, News/sports reporter, TV/Radio presenter.

Entry requirements

Entry is by interview (informal). Candidates will need either a minimum of five GCSE's Grade C/4 or above, or an equivalent Level 2 qualification. One of these must be in English. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss the course content and requirements during their interview. Applicants will need to be able to be motivated, manage their own time, have a mature outlook and have the enthusiasm to work in a high paced pressurised industry.


Successful students will achieve the UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology (Journalism and Broadcast)

What you'll learn (core modules)

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to explore dynamic disciplines through learning and practice, industry briefs and competitions. Students work with industry standard equipment, software and practises throughout the duration of the course.

The multi-camera studio replicates the most common setup for TV studios and enables students to practice techniques covering all of the areas of studio work including presenting, camera work, direction, lighting, sound, single and multi-camera projects, live and outside broadcast, Journalism and scriptwriting for news, documentaries and tv production and motion graphic overlays for News, Sports, Magazine and Chat show environments. 

Professional broadcasters and Journalist from the industry visit the course to deliver live assignments and to support work related experience and skills. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. 

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

We have a culture of outstanding standards. All courses require resilience, determination to succeed and professional conduct. Full attendance and meeting assignment deadlines is critical to success. We are preparing individuals for university education and employment. Building character strengths and ambition underpins everything we do.

How will I be assessed?

There are no 'exams' for any of our qualifications. Assessment is primarily through coursework comprising of presentations, short films, audio content, essays and reports. 1-1 recorded feedback and targets are given at key milestones. All work is assessed and verified internally. The Final Major Project in term 3 is moderated externally. Final qualifications are awarded at either a Pass, Merit or Distinction level. At Level 3 all qualifications provide relevant UCAS points for university entry.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

West Suffolk College's Main Campus in Bury St Edmunds. Lessons are within specialist studio environments and workshops and include the use of Apple iMac suites using the latest Adobe Production Suites and relative industry standard software.

Where will the course take me?

Students on this course have a great record of progressing to university degree courses and employment. The UAL Level 3 qualifications all carry the same UCAS points as equivalent A-levels. We have an outstanding track record of our students having amazing careers and fulfilling their dreams. 


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Starting September 2020

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