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  • Start date:   August 2019
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
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    SCQF Level:   07


This course is for anyone wanting to learn about communication disciplines including journalism, TV and radio broadcasting, film and advertising. It will help you decide where your strengths lie before moving into employment or further study in the creative industries sector.

Read about Grant Cassidy's West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

    The course covers communicating effectively using different media, and includes writing creatively for the media, developing content for audio-visual communication and effective use of digital platforms. Subjects include:

    • Radio production
    • Video production
    • Media features and trends
    • Law and the media
    • Freelance working skills
    • Film studies for new media

Why choose this course

It will prepare you for further study at degree-level or work by giving you technical skills and experience of the media. The course includes a graded project to showcase your skills; you can use up-to-date resources, such as our new digital platform; and you can become an associate student of Queen Margaret University.

Entry requirements

  • Two Highers are desirable, one of which must be English or
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject
  • Commitment to learning and self-motivation

We encourage students with relevant work experience or other qualifications to apply.

  • Where it leads

    Education: progression to level 8 courses at university. We partner with Queen Margaret University and with Forth Valley College for a degree with the University of Stirling.

    Employment: in many sectors in creative roles.

Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview, plan to be in college for around three hours. The interview involves:

  • A short presentation from the course lecturer
  • Written task (because writing effectively is central to this course)
  • Individual interview with the lecturer and another course tutor

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.