Sixth Form Pathway

Curriculum Outline: Journalism Pathway

About the Course 

This two-year programme at the Global Academy Sixth Form is for students keen to take their first steps in journalism and digital content creation. They’ll learn to source, write and present their own news stories to broadcast standard, gain a firm grounding in essential media law and achieve a professional NCTJ qualification usually only obtained at University level.


Entry Requirements 

To be considered for this course – you will need to achieve 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (including GCSE English Language/Literature at Grade 5 or above).   Students will also need to demonstrate a passion, dedication and interest in journalism and newsgathering – for example, work experience at a community radio station, online blog or involvement in a school newspaper.


What I will study / do during the course? 

100% coursework across a range of topics including:





The type of projects which you’ll do during the course could include:

Radio/tv Reporting



Media Law



What qualification will I get? 

Students taking this course will receive a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production –  which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. The course offers up to 168 UCAS Points.

During the course students will also study for a Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism qualification accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists and delivered by News Associates and the Global Academy.


What partners are involved in the course? 

As part of the two-year course, News Associates’ expert tutors will be delivering all five of the mandatory modules of the Certificate in Foundation Journalism qualification and two optional modules.

These include ‘writing for digital media’, ‘legal and ethical considerations for journalists’, ‘how to tell a news story’ and ‘data journalism’


Where could this course take me? 


Thanks to our close professional partnerships with some of the UK’s leading newsrooms, students will have access to an exciting range of work experience and apprenticeship opportunities, as well as a professional standard qualification. This, combined with a diploma equal to 3 A-levels, would be a great asset to anyone considering a University degree.


Scheme of Work 

Journalism Curriculum 

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Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?

Ready to kickstart your career in media?