The HND Practical Journalism 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
First year students run the college’s newspaper, The Clyde Insider, which has a print edition twice a year. From the beginning of the course, can give you an insight into how a newsroom functions and the requirements of getting a publication into print and online.
First and second year students work in a unique partnership with the Daily Record to provide content for the Student Record section of their website. Second year students go on to maintain the Clyde Outside website to keeping the community of Paisley up to date with local news.
Most of their stories are making the main news pages of the Record website with some articles receiving more than 10,000 views.
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. 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.
Gordon Robertson, Assistant News Editor at the Daily Record, has said of our students: “The hallmark of most Glasgow Clyde students is enthusiasm and passion.”
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.
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, No.1 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.
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. In 2018, we received the following awards:
Student Publication of the Year
Winner – The Pattern, Glasgow Clyde College
The Calum Macdonald Memorial Award
Winner – Sara Lovallo and David King, Glasgow Clyde College
Arts and Entertainment Story of the Year
Winner – Iain Galbraith, Glasgow Clyde College
News Story of the Year
Commended – Stephen McCabe, Glasgow Clyde College
Column of the Year
Commended – Valentina Servera, Glasgow Clyde College
Jobs and further study
Many of our students choose to go on to journalism degrees at university and we have strong relationships with Glasgow Caledonian, and Stirling Universities, as well as the University of the West of Scotland.
Other students have gone straight into employment, gaining jobs at Media Scotland, the Herald and Times Group, DC Thomson and the Drum.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- Two Highers at C or above, one of which must be Higher English. Modern Studies Higher is recommended but other relevant Highers will be considered, such as History, Psychology or a modern language.
- Candidates without these qualifications 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)
- Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media
- If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
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.
- 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 ot take part in an interview, 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.