HND Practical Journalism

The HND Practical Journalism course produces students ready to thrive in the challenging world of multimedia journalism. The core focus of the course is on the practical skills journalists need and editors demand: news writing, online journalism, public affairs, law, shorthand, radio production, video recording and editing, sub-editing and feature writing.

The course is one of only two Scottish further education journalism courses accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). All students on the course work towards the prestigious NCTJ Diploma in Journalism during their second year. This is the UK’s most widely recognised professional qualification in journalism and provides enhanced employability for all those who are successful in it.

The college has an excellent relationship with the journalism industry, including particularly close links with the Daily Record, Herald and Times Group, The Sun , the Drum magazine and Clyde Broadcast, among others. Our students regularly progress from work experience with a range of media organisations to paid shifts or employment with those organisations. In recent years, this has included students working for Media Scotland the Herald and Times Group, and the Drum. Our students are also regular winners at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards and their work has been recognised at the NCTJ’s Awards for Excellence.

The first year students run the college’s digital news site, On The Button, and produce the college newspaper, The Clyde Insider, at regular points during the college year. From the beginning of the course, this gives them an insight into how a newsroom functions and the requirements of getting a publication into print.

The second year students work in a unique partnership with the Daily Record to provide content for the Student Record section of their website. This has been incredibly successful with a number of students having had their work published in the print edition of the Daily Record, the Paisley Daily Express and the Stirling Observer. Most of their stories are making the main news pages of the Record website with the most read article receiving more than 4,000 shares on social media.

GCR, Glasgow Clyde College’s own radio station, has also given greater scope for journalism students to practise their skills in real-life situations. There are opportunities for students to get involved with regular programmes on the station, whether in front of the microphone or behind it. 

Many of our students choose to go on to journalism degrees at university and we have strong relationships with Glasgow Caledonian, Stirling and Strathclyde Universities, as well as the University of the West of Scotland.

Course content

  • News writing
  • Feature writing
  • Radio production
  • Online journalism
  • Public affairs
  • Law
  • Shorthand
  • Video recording and editing
  • Sub editing

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two Highers at A or B level, one of which must be Higher English. Modern Studies Higher is recommended.
  • Candidates without these qualifications but with clear evidence of a commitment to journalism will also be considered
  • A portfolio of written material which demonstrates skills in written English. This may include articles or blog entries, along with any work which suggests an interest in journalism.
  • An interview and written exercise is part of the selection process
  • For those holding an HNC in Practical Journalism it may be possible to access year two of the HND. Please contact the Faculty directly.

Selection process information 

Progression routes

Journalism-related degree courses such as: 

Second or third year entry to BA Multimedia Journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University
Second or third year entry to BA/BA (Hons) Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University
Third year entry to BA Journalism and Sports Journalism at University of the West of Scotland 
BA/BA (Hons) Journalism Studies at Stirling University
BA/BA (Hons) Journalism Studies at University of Strathclyde
BA/BA (Hons) Journalism at Robert Gordon University

SCQF level


Start date

28 August 2017


2 Year(s), August to June

For courses starting in August 2017, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

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