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Junior Journalist

Course Code: AP3

Level: 3
Subject area: Media, Games & Computing
Awarding body: Edexcel
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One and a half years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Journalists bring people the news and information from their street, their community, their town or city and from around the world using a combination of words, pictures and moving images. They are able to work on their own competently and work without immediate supervision in generating and producing stories for publication and/or broadcast. At the successful completion of this apprenticeship, you will become a junior journalist.

What you'll learn

Journalists will use their knowledge and skills to produce news and information for TV, radio, print and digital publications. Core skills for a junior journalist include:

• knowing what a story is and how to carry out the necessary research and interviews
• creating quality stories that are accurate, clear, vigorous, fair and balanced, in a form that will engage an audience
• producing content for digital platforms, including video and photographic material
• using social media and digital platforms and techniques to source content, contacts and build an audience
• being able to gather, use and present data
• understanding how the law affects the work of a journalist
• understanding the ‘news business’ with a knowledge of emerging trends in the media industry.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship is via initial assessment. Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications, training, work experience or other criteria. Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.


This assessment will include the NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism, an existing end-of- programme assessment, which is well recognised and valued in the industry. The end-point assessment will cover the whole standard and will be graded pass, merit or distinction.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete and return an application form.