Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices, liaising with the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. Applicants might be expected to have either: gained a regulated Diploma in Journalism qualification; achieved a degree (any subject); or completed the Junior Journalist Apprenticeship. Individual employers will identify any relevant entry requirements in terms of previous qualifications, training, work experience or other criteria. Some employers will seek candidates who have previously worked as a journalist.
All applicants will be required to complete a Skills Gap Analysis before completing an application form.
All applicants will be invited to attend an academic interview and may be asked to submit a portfolio of work or undertake additional assessment.
All applicants to the Degree Apprenticeship courses must have an acceptable Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics. Acceptable qualifications include GCSE with grade C/4 or above and Functional Skills with Pass. Please note that we are not able to accept all kinds of Level 2 qualifications, so if you are unsure whether you have a suitable qualification, please get in touch. If you do not have an acceptable qualification you may be required to take an additional assessment during the application process.
Months of entry
Gain a Master's in Journalism while you earn a salary on this distance learning Senior Journalist Master’s Degree Apprenticeship – developed with the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) and employers including the BBC, Guardian News and Media, Haymarket Media Group, Reach Plc and Sky News.
- Learn advanced journalism skills as you build on your degree, journalism diploma or journalism apprenticeship
- Develop the abilities you need to be a senior leader in a newsroom or communications team
- Master the technical skills you need to deliver reports using different types of media including video
- Get bespoke support from a workplace mentor and your course tutor
- Use the latest professional software including Photoshop, Indesign and Premier Pro
- Spend at least 20% of your time studying towards your Master's, even out of term time
- Get tuition fees paid by the Government or your employer pay your tuition fees
During your course you'll have expert career support from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Business and Law Career-Ready Programme. This support will continue for 5 years after you graduate.
You'll benefit from:
- Networking events
- Regular emails from the Career Ready Programme sharing job opportunities, application tips and events
- Applied projects with companies such as IBM, Boeing and Hampshire County Council
- Workshops to enhance your employability skills
- Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
- 1-to-1 appointments
- CV and cover letter advice
- Interview preparation and practice
- Support starting your own business
- chief reporter
- specialist journalists
- news editor
- press officer
- communications manager
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- flexible24 months
- Distance learningis available for this qualification
2 years part-time by distance learning
Course contact details
- University Admissions Centre
- 02392 848599