Journalism Student In Radio Studio
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

Course now closed. Applications will reopen in January 2022.

The HND Practical Journalism (without shorthand) course produces students ready to thrive in the challenging world of multimedia journalism.

What will I learn?

You will cover a wide range of practical skills – from news writing to mobile journalism.  The core focus of the course is on the practical skills journalists need
and editors demand:

  • News Writing
  • Feature Writing
  • Digital Journalism (mobile journalism, data journalism and the use of social media within journalism)
  • Video Recording and Editing
  • Radio Production
  • Public Affairs
  • Law

Students run the college’s newspaper, The Clyde Insider, which allows them to publish written stories as well as mobile journalism pieces and podcasts. From the beginning of the course, students will be given an insight into how a newsroom functions and the requirements of getting a publication into print and online.

First year students work in a unique partnership with the Scottish Sun to provide content for the paper’s website. To view these stories click here. Journalists at the paper also provide training opportunities at the Scottish Sun offices.

In second year, students work with the Herald and Glasgow Evening Times and also produce a magazine with the Paisley Gazette as part of their Graded Unit.

Our students regularly progress from work experience with a range of media organisations to paid shifts or employment with those organisations. 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 college has its own radio studio where students can create their own podcast programmes, create news bulletins or feature radio programmes. These can be shared across many external and internal platforms.

To see some of the work our students have produced and pictures of the trips visit @GCC_Journalism and journoglasgowclyde 

Hear from Journalism alumni Darren McGarvey and Dani Gibson.

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Higher English at C level or above.
  • Candidates without this qualification but with clear evidence of a commitment to journalism will also be considered. This includes studying a course such as NQ Media. 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.
  • Diploma in Creative and Digital Media (SCQF level 7) (Modern Apprentice)
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

The course 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.

You will be able to take part in visits to industry organisations such as The Sun, STV and Radio Clyde. First year students partake in an exclusive workshop at the Scottish Parliament, where you will be able to interview MSPs and speak to journalists who are based at Holyrood. You will also visit the various Glasgow courts to report from there.

As well as these visits, we have a number of distinguished guest speakers over the course of the year including Sally Hampton, Consumer Magazines Publisher at DC Thomson; Donald Martin, Editor-in-Chief of Newsquest Scotland; Paul McNamee, Editor of the Big Issue and Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Justice for the Scottish Government and local MSP.

Articulation Routes

An articulation agreement is in place with Glasgow Caledonian University and Stirling University.

Entry into year three of the BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism course at Glasgow Caledonian University will be dependent on…

  • Satisfactory completion of the above HND
  • Grades AB/BA from the Graded Units in first and second year
  • Interview
  • Portfolio review

Entry into year two of the BA (Hons) Journalism Studies course at Stirling University will be dependent on…

  • Satisfactory completion of the above HND
  • Grade A in both the Graded Units from the HNC and HND years
  • Interview
  • Portfolio review

Jobs and further study

Some of our previous students have gone straight into employment, gaining jobs at DC Thomson, the Drum, the Herald and Times Group (Newsquest Scotland), JPI Media and Reach PLC.

Students who have completed the HND have been successful in gaining entry into year three of the following courses…

  • BA (Hons) Journalism / Journalism (Sport) at the University of the West of Scotland
  • BA (Hons) Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University

Other destinations: University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, 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.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply, you will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • You will be asked to take part in an interview (during the pandemic, this interview may take place via Zoom), complete a personal statement, written test and news quiz.
  • Two references, at least one of which must be academic, must be provided at interview, along with a personal statement, proof of qualifications, a completed written test and a portfolio of work.
  • Interviews will take place on a regular basis between February and June.
  • Information on decisions will be provided within 10 working days of the interview.
  • Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.
  • Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information e.g. student funding and induction date. You will be sent joining instructions in July or early August.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3267