HNC/HND Practical Journalism without Shorthand

HNC/HND Practical Journalism without Shorthand

Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers.

The HNC in Practical Journalism without Shorthand (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge and skills in areas such as news and feature writing.

The HND in Practical Journalism without Shorthand (SCQF level 8) builds on the knowledge and skills of the HNC and also covers social and ethical issues and digital journalism.

This qualification covers areas such as public affairs, Scots Law, and sub editing.

This qualification is available through colleges. Typically, an HNC takes one year to complete and an HND takes two years.

Why deliver this qualification

Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities, and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The unit-based structure supports flexibility. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

There is a wide choice of optional units which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.

This HN provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The HNC and HND in Practical Journalism without Shorthand are suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • Two Highers, one of which must be English at A or B.
  • Another relevant Higher such as a social subject or modern foreign language.
  • Relevant National Certificate Group Awards at SCQF level 6 in the field of Communication and Media, Arts and Social Sciences, or a National Progression Award in Journalism at SCQF level 6.
  • An appropriate HNC or degree.

Or, relevant work experience.

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications, and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.

Centres delivering the HNC/D in Practical Journalism without Shorthand offer pre-entry guidance to ensure applicants have an appropriate level of English. This is achieved through tests and, in addition, applicants are asked to provide a folio of relevant samples of work. Applicants will also be interviewed in order to assess their suitability for, and commitment to, journalism. Furthermore, it is recommended that learners possess the following Core Skills profile on entry:

  • Communication SCQF level 6
  • Numeracy SCQF level 6
  • ICT SCQF level 6
  • Problem Solving SCQF level 6
  • Working with Others SCQF level 6

Progression

Learners who achieve an HNC in Practical Journalism without Shorthand can progress to the HND in Practical Journalism without Shorthand (GP2H 16).

HNCs and HNDs can provide progression to degree-level study. For example, the HNC in Practical Journalism without Shorthand may allow direct entry into the second year of most degree programmes, and the HND in Practical Journalism without Shorthand may allow direct entry to most third year programmes.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

How to assess

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

CURRENT

Qualification Structure

HNC in Practical Journalism without Shorthand

Group award code: GP2F 15 (96 SCQF credit points)

The HNC in Practical Journalism without Shorthand at SCQF level 7 consists of 7 mandatory units (80 SCQF credit points) and a number of optional units (16 SCQF credit points).

HND in Practical Journalism without Shorthand

Group award code: GP2H 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

The HND in Practical Journalism without Shorthand at SCQF level 8 consists of 14 mandatory units (152 SCQF credit points) and a number of optional units (88 SCQF points).

Group Award Specification

LAPSING

These group awards have been replaced and have entered into their lapsing period.

HNC Practical Journalism (without Shorthand) GN0W 15

HND Practical Journalism (without Shorthand) GN0X 16

The finishing date for these qualifications is 31/07/2022

Centres should note that when a group award is entered into its lapsing period, the following will apply:

  • The group award will be deleted from the relevant catalogue.
  • The group award Arrangement document will remain until the qualification reaches its finish date at which point it will be removed from SQA website and archived.
  • No new centres may be approved to offer the group award.

Centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the group award during the defined lapsing period of 3 years (HNC) and 4 years (HND).