Creative and Digital Media (Journalism) Level 3 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This programme has various start dates throughout the year and will take a minimum of 12 months to complete.

Entry requirements
You will achieve

You will achieve a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Creative and Digital Media and a Level 3 Certificate in Creative and Digital Media.

Last updated: 12th March 2018

Course overview

This Journalism Apprenticeship will get you straight out there into the world of work, doing real journalism jobs straight away.

Apprenticeships are ideal for those of you who are looking for jobs that can kickstart a rewarding career in a field that you have a passion for. As well as excellent writing skills and creativity, journalism jobs need you to be right out there, in the thick of the action, finding stories and working on your own initiative. This requires excellent communication skills where you can network and build relationships with people. Some journalism jobs will require you to use your natural curiosity to find out that little bit of extra information that will make your story stand out above those of other journalists. You will need to be a persistent and organised person, getting in touch with people for interviews, and trying again if you don’t succeed at first attempt.

Course content

You will study all of the units listed below which relate to your job role.
Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Creative & Digital Media. Examples of Mandatory & Optional Units:

  • Awareness of converging digital technology in the creative media sector
  • Professional behaviour in the creative media sector
  • Produce copy for interactive media products
  • Contribute ideas for productions
  • Contribute to office based pre-production
  • Understand legal and ethical requirements relating to photo imaging
  • Media audiences and products
  • Creative media production management project
  • Record audiovisual Journalistic material
  • Shorthand techniques
  • Clear copyright materials
  • Identify source of information and present findings
  • Print production

Level 3 Certificate in Creative & Digital Media. Mandatory Units:

  • Media audiences and products
  • Communication skills for Creative Media Production
  • Creative Media Production Management Project

You will also study:

  • Employment, Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Booklet
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT (if required)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by your assessor using a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments. You will be assessed both in College and in your place of work.

What equipment will I need?

You will need a folder, plastic wallets, dividers and a USB device.

Where will I study?

You will study within the workplace and may have to attend classes at Barnsley College’s Old Mill Lane Campus, Church Street, Barnsley S70 2YW.

What can I do next?

Upon completion you could progress onto a Higher Level Apprenticeship in Advertising and Marketing or apply for job roles including:

  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Feature writing
  • Radio

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Extra information

Contact the Apprenticeship Team

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Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

English and Maths

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths or a higher level maths qualification we can help you do that too.

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Creative and Digital Media (Journalism) Level 3 Apprenticeship