Diploma in Journalism


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Diploma in Journalism

 Why Oxford Learning College


 Welcome to Oxford College. We are please to offer this quality assured Level 3 Diploma course in Journalism. The course consists of 12 units covering all of the main aspects of print-based and audio-visual Journalism; from key concepts such as communication processes and press ethics, to the practical aspects of crafting and editing journalism for a range of media . This online journalism course provides a complete foundation in the subject area for those wishing to pursue a career in journalism, or for those wishing to undertake graduate studies in the field of journalism.


Course Content

 Unit 1: Communication: Concepts and Process

 This introductory module covers four key areas of mass communication; namely concept and process, communication research, language and communication and international communications. This unit outlines the broader nature of mass communication and its role in the development of journalism.


Unit 2: Communication and Development

 This unit deals considers the role of communication in developmental issues, across a range of global contexts. The model is divided into two sections; theoretical concepts, followed by assigned project work to test and expand the students' knowledge base of general communications theories in practice.


Unit 3: History of Press, Laws and Ethics

 This module provides a theoretical and historical overview of the development of journalism, and the issues that it has faced. It traces the early history of the press, the implication of legislation on journalism, and the ethical guidelines that govern and regulate the functioning of various media and media organizations. It also considers the challenges emerging from producing information on various platforms.


Unit 4: Reporting - Concepts and Process

 Reporting is an integral part of mass communication and a key skill for the journalist. In this module, the student will develop their understanding of the reporting process, reporting beats, features and interviews, and opinion writing.


Unit 5: Reporting: Practical Assignments

 This module is designed to provide students with opportunities to experience aspects of the journalist's practical job. The students are required to demonstrate reporting skills and to produce written assignments covering all beats, in addition to completing tasks such as edits, crafting middles, letters to the editors and special articles.


Unit 6: Editing: Concepts and Process

 This unit provides resources to support the student in developing their editing skills. It begins with a focus on the principles of news gathering and how presentational features can enhance the content. Areas covered include planning and visualisation of news, news flow and copy editing. The module also considers the organisational structures of editorial departments in various media organisations.


Unit 7: Editing Practicals

 Divided in two parts, this unit requires the student to undertake specific and detailed tasks according to briefs which develop skills involved with news editing. The unit also provides further examination of the role and function of editing within journalism.


Unit 8: Audio-Visual Production and Cyber Media

 This module considers journalism across a range of visual and new media platforms. It outlines issues relating to lay-out, design and production, photo journalism and graphics. The role of new technologies and social media in news gathering. The unit extensively deals with the creative as well as technological aspects of print media/production.


Unit 9: Electronic Journalism

 The module explores areas of journalism beyond print in further detail. It examines aspects of radio and television journalism through practical exercises in news reading, interviewing and news anchoring, as well as radio and television news production.


Unit 10: PR, Advertising and Newspaper Management

 The final unit considers the opportunities and threats posed by the wider media, in particular the inter-relationships between journalism and other fields of mass communication such as advertising and public relations. The interconnection between public relations, advertising and newspaper management is thoroughly explored and techniques of aggressive marketing to retain subscribers in today's highly competitive business environment are taught to the students to make them understand the complex web of newspaper management advertisement economics.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Journalism

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

To view the differences between our qualifications, please click HERE

What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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