Year of entry2016
Two to three years part-time
One evening a week
Other entry years for this course2017
Approved by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), this highly practical Certificate of Higher Education in Journalism will develop your journalistic skills from day one. You will improve and hone your writing and interview skills, learn how to write for different audiences and specialist markets, and develop professional writing habits. You will be taught by practitioners with practical journalistic and teaching experience.
As well as developing your professional skills, you will also learn about the social and political context of your work and the cultural and ethical issues that accompany working as a journalist. You'll explore contemporary trends in British mainstream and alternative media, from print and radio to television and the Internet. Birkbeck is a leading centre for media and cultural studies, so you will learn about the key figures, theories and approaches within the academic field of cultural studies.
Option modules let you focus and you can choose to further strengthen your interview techniques, learn more about politics, media and technology, or develop useful production skills, such as sub-editing and layout and design.
Taking this course makes you eligible to apply for NUJ student membership.
- Become a journalist from your first day in the classroom, developing your professional skills and improving your future employment prospects. You will acquire up-to-date skills and knowledge from experienced practitioners at the heart of London's global media industry.
- Birkbeck's Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies fosters a research-intensive environment and offers an extensive portfolio of internationally respected courses that span a variety of academic disciplines and engage with the latest ideas and techniques in journalism, media and cultural theory, arts policy and management, film and television studies, creative marketing, digital culture, and cultural studies.
- The Department is also affiliated with a number of research centres and networks, including Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture (BIRMAC), the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI), the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology and Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC).
- Attend our dynamic programme of seminars, events and guest lecturers, organised by affiliated research centres and networks.
- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.
Progression to degrees at Birkbeck
Successfully completing this certificate offers a progression route onto related degrees at Birkbeck, including our:
Credits gained on this certificate can give you exemption from some modules on these courses. If you are offered a place on one of these degrees, you can apply for retrospective credit for Introduction to Journalism Practice and Journalism in British Life. You can also receive retrospective credit for your other Level 4 and Level 5 modules, at the discretion of the programme director for your degree.
To gain the certificate of higher education, you must successfully complete modules worth a total of 120 credit points.
You take three compulsory modules at Level 4 - Introduction to Journalism, Journalism in British Life, and Media Studies: Key Thinkers and Approaches (worth 90 credits in total) - and then choose another 30 credits from option modules at Level 5.
- Introduction to Journalism Practice
- Journalism in British Life
- Media Studies: Key Thinkers and Approaches
Option modules (Level 5)
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
None. However, all modules are taught at university level and you should be able to read, write and speak English fluently. If you need help, we offer a range of academic English and language development modules.
We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.
Fees are payable per module and vary depending on the course. Please view the Course Structure and then click on the title of individual modules to see the fees for each module. The overall cost of the certificate will depend on the modules you choose.
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
Teaching is in small, interactive groups.
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in journalism (newspapers and magazines, print, online and digital), public relations and the creative industries. This course can also provide transferable skills and knowledge to work across a broad range of professional communications roles and settings.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
This is a modular enrolment certificate, so you will need to enrol onto individual modules (rather than onto the entire programme of study). Please view the Course Structure and then click on the title of individual modules to see class dates and times and to enrol.
Fees and payment
With government loans for undergraduate and postgraduate study, fantastic financial support packages and flexible payment options, there’s never been a better time to study at Birkbeck.
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Discover more about our comprehensive range of student services, which offer all the support and assistance you need.
Birkbeck is committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies. Find out about what is available, how to apply and the advice and support we provide.
Evening study explained
Birkbeck is London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. With classes held 6pm-9pm, your days are free to study, work, volunteer, or just do your own thing.
There are lots of ways to come and visit us and meet our staff and former students, including Open Evenings, Open Days and guided campus tours. Discover more here.
Choosing your course
We can help you find the course that’s right for you, based on your previous educational achievements, qualifications and work experience.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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