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What is Journalism?

Journalism is about far more than just writing news reports. It involves the collection of information, assessing the accuracy of that information and creating a format in which that information can be presented. Journalists work for newspapers, television, radio, magazines and websites. It is a competitive industry and requires a range of skills.

What does GCSE Journalism cover?

At GCSE level, this course offers a broad range of topics to allow students to familiarise themselves with the industry. Typically, you will study:

  • Journalistic conventions
  • Journalistic law
  • Public relations
  • Regulations within the industry
  • The ethics involved in journalism
  • How to work with sources
  • How to present information to different audiences using different media.
  • Statistical research
  • How to form persuasive arguments.

How will you learn?

Commonly, you will have the opportunity to practise “real-life” tasks. For example, you may:

  • Produce a radio script.
  • Produce a film review.
  • Use a variety of digital technologies.
  • Analyse presentational features of print and online news platforms
  • Write a newspaper article using source material
  • Produce an online news article
  • Format news pages

How is GCSE Journalism assessed?

Usually, the GCSE Journalism courses are divided into two assessment areas: examination and controlled assessment.

Why study GCSE Journalism?

The world of work is constantly evolving and employers are looking for students who have the capability to challenge, justify and communicate ideas clearly and effectively. You will gain many important transferable skills by studying GCSE Journalism. These skills will be essential when moving on to further study or employment.

  • Excellent communication
  • Independence
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Presentation skills
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Analysis
  • Understanding of current affairs
  • Use of digital technologies
  • Persuasion skills

These skills are important because universities and employers expect and appreciate a blend of academic and social skills. Having the opportunity to develop these skills allows for a wider range of future opportunities.

What other subjects complement Journalism?

GCSE Journalism combines well with English Language and also Sociology, Economics, and History. Remember, there are specialist journalists reporting on a wide variety of subjects so most GCSE subjects in which you have a specific interest will be beneficial.

What further study can I pursue after GCSE Journalism?

GCSE Journalism will give you the foundations to confidently move onto A Levels. If you want to further develop your knowledge of journalism, you can opt for A Level Journalism. But there are plenty of A Level courses that will build upon the skills you have been developing. These include:

  • Economics
  • Media Studies
  • English Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Film Studies
  • Politics
  • Languages
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • History

GCSE and A Level Journalism will also complement apprenticeships in:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Digital Journalism

What do Universities require?

Most universities don’t require previous qualifications in journalism, but if you have already achieved a GCSE or A Level in Journalism, you will be at an advantage. Remember that degrees in journalism are extremely competitive. You will need solid A Level results and excellent written communication and research skills.

With a journalism degree, people typically pursue careers in:

  • Writing
  • Broadcasting
  • Presenting
  • Copywriting
  • Editing
  • Web content management

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