This joint package of qualifications is aimed at students who wish to pursue a specific career in the journalism sector, its related field or other related employment, such as public relations or political lobbying. Digital Publishing and Journalism form an important part of the creative industries in the UK and Ireland and it is clear that employment opportunities are set to increase in these areas, particularly with the development of online and social media formats and outlets. The overall package on offer over the two years is equivalent to three A levels. The specific Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Digital Publishing is equivalent in size to two A levels. At the same time, students will also complete during their two years the CCEA GCE Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry. This is equivalent to one A level. In the Digital Publishing part of the package, students produce content and design and develop websites. They learn to work together in teams, and also individually, to produce vocational projects in digital publishing. Students gain an understanding of the various roles and responsibilities in the industry, from copywriters to graphic designers to digital developers, and how these roles work together to produce digital content and platforms. This specific qualification includes four mandatory units, through which students learn to write proposals and pitches for a commission and to develop a treatment outlining their ideas and concepts, as well as developing their digital production skills. They learn how to produce websites and, through optional units, students develop their technical skills in copywriting, layout design and coding. As part of their course, students have to engage with employers from the sector; this could be through work experience or through employers contributing to teaching or assessment. In the GCE Journalism section of the package which students will take simultaneously to the Digital Publishing qualification, it is made up of two parts: AS and A2. To get the full GCE, students must complete both AS and A2. There are two units for each part. Unit AS 1 enables students to apply key media concepts to print journalism. Students apply their journalistic writing skills in tasks such as hard news, subediting and PR. They learn about how industry and technology have developed in print journalism, and about the main legal issues which concern journalists. This unit is externally assessed through a two hour examination paper. Unit AS 2 introduces students to the skills required in both written journalism and photojournalism. Students learn skills in writing techniques, news gathering and presentation. The unit is internally assessed. For their assessment, students create their own print portfolio in a local real world context. In Unit A2 1 students extend their study of the key media concepts to online and broadcast journalism. It includes additional and more advanced analysis of ideology, representation and values. The examination requires students to consider strategies that would apply in a real, cross-platform newsroom. This unit is externally assessed through the two hour examination paper. In Unit A2 2 students extend their skills to online print and broadcasting and further develop their ability to analyse and research. Students must produce a case study and a cross-platform feature portfolio with both written and audio or audiovisual outcomes. This unit is internally assessed. The overall programme of study is also likely to include enrichment units which are an additional component to enhance your employability.
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Requirements are pre-defined by the College’s admissions criteria which are outlined at the beginning of this document. Students must have a minimum of six GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English and Maths. Applicants will be required to attend a pre-entry guidance session, which may include a short written exercise.