Digital Media: Journalism Level 3 Certificate

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The news industry has changed rapidly over recent years with advances in online technology allowing the distribution of news to become instant and global. You will learn about journalism for magazines, newspapers and blogs. Audiences now
receive multimedia news broadcasts from established news providers along with content produced by committed citizen journalists and independent providers that harness the power of social media to distribute news.

This course offers learners the opportunity to understand the importance of journalism and news within the larger Media Industry, they will work on a number of their own articles and stories across the year, culminating in producing a digital double page magazine article. There are also opportunities to work on the College magazine as well as being part of the new College TV station.

What will I study in Digital Media: Journalism Level 3 Certificate?

The examined unit is on the current Media Industry as a whole, including how media products are created to meet the needs of a specific target audience.

The two remaining units require students to investigate Journalism and the news industry and write a series of articles for a specific purpose and audience. They will also create their own media product by producing a double page magazine article on a subject of their choice.

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4.

How will I learn?

A range of activities will include research and analysis of current news including newspapers and online sources, class and group discussions, presentations, development of key writing skills and techniques including writing for a variety of purposes and audiences.

Students will also produce a double page magazine article using Photoshop and InDesign publishing programmes.

How will I be assessed?

To be awarded a full qualification, a learner must achieve at least a Pass grade for all units required for the qualification.

Learners will be awarded a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* qualification grade determined by the aggregation of points gained through the successful achievement of individual units.

Depending on the optional units achieved, it is possible for learners to achieve more GLH than is needed for the qualification. Where this happens, in order to calculate the overall qualification grade, the ‘surplus’ GLH is adjusted from the optional unit with the weakest grade. This has no effect on the unit achievement.

FAQs

How long is the course?

This is a one year course in Journalism.


Does this course earn UCAS points?

This course is the equivalent of a single AS Level.  It can be used to gain UCAS points for university entry, or as a training qualification for those wanting to go into work.


Are there any restrictions if I choose this course?

Yes, this course cannot be studied along side either the Digital interactive Graphics and Game Design course or the Digital Interative Media Course.


Awarding Body

OCR Cambridge Technical

Available As

Level 3 Technical Certificate
[56 UCAS pts. available]

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