Creative Media Production & Technology – Journalism & Digital Communications

UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Journalism and Digital Communications - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma SF-CMMJ3E-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2022-23 (2 years)

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Whether your sights are set on journalism, photojournalism, mass media writing, graphic and web design, production management or marketing, this is the course for you.

You’ll learn by focusing on journalism in newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online.  You’ll also study photojournalism, page layout, media theory, media law and technical skills. Importantly, you’ll gain experience by working on live journalistic assignments that comprise a wide range of challenging elements.

To be successful you’ll need to demonstrate initiative, creativity and determination, as well as an aptitude for newsgathering and writing.




Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language or successful completion of a BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Distinction level, with English Language GCSE grade 4–9. (Relevant work experience and/or prior learning will be considered for mature entry on to the course). Desirable subjects: Media Studies, ICT, English Literature. Applicants should be able to demonstrate ability and interest in writing and provide a portfolio of relevant stories (digital or paper). Students will be expected to try and secure work experience as part of their development.

Over two years you will study units involving practical and theoretical approaches to the contemporary media industries. With a focus on journalism, photojournalism, page layout, media theory, media law and technical skills, the course will deliver comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Creative Media industries.

You will work on live practical journalism assignments and a wide range of challenging creative briefs, with the aim of gaining professional experience, developing skills and making links with local and national industries.

Typical projects include visual narrative, audio news packages and blogging for audiences, you will then combine all your skills into creating an independent final major project.

The units are delivered by a mix of theory lessons and practical workshops taught by lecturers with industry experience and using industry-standard equipment and software. The first year of the course covers the essentials in written and production skills, along with an understanding of industry structure and regulation with the second year focusing on identifying and developing specific pathways into industry. The second year is taught and assessed with a real live brief, working with the local community and businesses to manage the promotion of an exciting live event and allows students to work on their areas of strength, whilst building contacts and working as a team.

This course offers highly transferable skills and aims to develop your employability possibilities and demonstrate the opportunities that are available to them. With regular guest speakers and industry based trips and visits, we offer you a real insight into what it takes to succeed in industry and help you to develop the skills you need towards getting a step on your career ladder.

You have access to a wide range of support through tutorial based activities, assignment workshop sessions and online resources to a dedicated study centre.



A carefully structured process of continuous assessment will evidence and grade your progress and achievements. A combination of written/theoretical and creative/practical assignments will be undertaken as part of the process of knowledge and skills acquisition and completed to given deadlines. As far as is possible, these assignment briefs will be based on, or closely reflect, professional practice and live scenarios.

The Extended Diploma will provide a high level of theoretical knowledge and a range of creative, visual literacy and writing skills, required for learners seeking a career in the creative media/journalism industries. The course will also prepare individuals for progression into Higher Education or Vocational qualification courses, as part of a chosen career path.

Wanting to pursue a career in media but not sure what specifically, this course was perfect. With a broad range of topics covered it allowed me to explore different branches of writing and creativity. It is thanks to this course and its brilliant lecturers that I am currently in my 3rd year at university studying journalism.

Former Student Liam Parker

After leaving College I studied at Middlesex University where I achieved a BA in Media. I have worked in Music Events and Promotion and hosted my own prime time radio show at TotalRock in London. With TotalRock I was able to publish my music reviews online, as well as interviewing bands and artists from all over the globe. I have now lived in London for 5 years and currently work at Uber's UK head office. I am looking to move into Marketing in the future and progress my career within the tech world. The College gave me so many valuable skills for my career as well as understanding how the media industry works.