Journalism (Certificate of Higher Education)

Year of entry



Central London


Fully Approved


Two to three years part-time


One evening a week 

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

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Progression to degrees at Birkbeck

Successfully completing this certificate offers a progression route onto related degrees at Birkbeck, including our: 

  • BA Journalism and Media 
  • BA Film and Media 
  • BA Arts and Humanities
  • Foundation Degree Arts and Media Management

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. 

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Course structure

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. 

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