SQA announces changes to Practical Journalism HNC and HND

SQA has reviewed the requirement for all candidates to study shorthand as part of our HNC and HND in Practical Journalism.

As a result of this review, we have decided to offer two qualifications at HNC and HND level in Practical Journalism. 

These qualifications will be: Practical Journalism (with shorthand) and Practical Journalism (without shorthand).

This means that candidates who are unable to learn shorthand or do not wish to learn shorthand can achieve an SQA qualification at HNC and HND level in journalism.

Journalism students at HNC and HND level will be able to decide whether shorthand is relevant to the particular form of journalism that they intend to pursue.

The HNC and HND in Practical Journalism (with shorthand) will continue to reflect the requirement for shorthand set out by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) in its NJQ level 5 qualification.

These new SQA qualifications will available from spring 2018.

Arrangements will be made for learners for whom shorthand is not appropriate and who are already studying for the existing Practical Journalism HNC and HND to be transferred to this new framework.

This means that learners who are due to start HNC and HND SQA qualifications in Practical Journalism in the session 2017-18 can complete their awards without shorthand if they wish.

We will write to delivery centres to advise them of these changes.

In particular, we have contacted Glasgow Clyde College, where learner Kyle Gunn is enrolled on the Practical Journalism HNC/D to inform the college.

We wish Mr Gunn every success in his studies and his future career in journalism.