HNC Practical Journalism candidate information

HNC Practical JournalismThe HNC Practical Journalism is designed to prepare candidates for entry into 2nd or 3rd year degree programmes at higher education institutions, or for employment in 21st century journalism.

You will study news and feature writing, Scots law, research and interview skills, sub editing and social and ethical issues. You will have an opportunity to gain work experience within the journalism industry, and you will be introduced to shorthand. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in a particular area of journalism such as print, radio, television or the internet.

You will also develop a range of skills specific to the study of Practical Journalism including: your knowledge of the English language and skills in journalistic writing conventions; time management and planning skills; research, interview and presentations skills; digital and ICT systems and applications used in print media; specialist practical and technical skills in broadcast or online journalism; and knowledge of national, regional, legal requirements and protocols.

You will develop a range of general and transferable skills in, for example,  planning and analysing, problem solving, communication, working co-operatively with others, study and research, and writing.

Employment and Progression Opportunities

The HNC Practical Journalism is designed to prepare you for employment in print, radio and/or television.

You may be able to progress to a degree course. You should ask your centre for more information.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications for access to the proposed HNC Practical Journalism or first year HND Practical Journalism include:

  • Two Highers, one of which should be English or course component Units
  • Scottish Group Award: Communication and Media (Higher), Arts-Social Sciences (Higher)
  • Appropriate HNC or degree
  • Equivalent qualification or relevant work experience
  • Equivalent international qualifications, providing the competences can be identified and are appropriate.