Level 7 Senior Journalist

The Senior Journalist degree apprenticeship (Level 7) is an exciting programme designed to specifically upskill existing journalists. The University of Kent are proud to be working with the BBC and are actively looking for other industry employers to partner with on this apprenticeship standard.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to inform the public – either through news and current events, or through the creation of authoritative features, opinion or analysis. An employee in this occupation will be responsible for researching and reporting, creating, as well as commissioning, content. This can include filming, recording and editing audio and video in a deadline driven environment; this could be to inform or entertain on TV, radio, online or in print. This could be across multiple genres – from crime to politics to technology to sport to fashion. An employee may also commission work, source material, speak to contacts, head assignments and in some cases, lead a team, where resources will have to be allocated and managed, and develop/mentor junior staff. They will talk directly and engage with the audience and be called upon to make strategic decisions, in what can be unpredictable or changing circumstances and understand the need for audience/readership engagement and analysis of audience analytics. They will have full responsibility for finding, researching and telling stories tailored to employer’s needs and target audience. alone, making decisions on content and publication, reporting to an editor (or similar figure).

Duration

This apprenticeship is taught over 18 months with three months to complete the End-point Assessment, plus a further 3 months with the employer.  

Delivery 

This apprenticeship is delivered through blended learning. Apprentices will study one day per week online, with two residential face-to-face blocks each year.  

Qualification

Upon successful completion, apprentices will gain the Level 7 Senior Journalist Apprenticeship Award and a National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) Level 6 (non-degree qualification).      

Assessment

The main method of assessment will be through coursework and the building of an online portfolio. There are also two NQJ examinations.

Entry Requirements

Apprentices must hold GCSE / Level 2 qualifications  in English Language and Maths prior to starting the course. All apprentices must be employed in a relevant role within journalism or News on a full-time basis. 

Fees and funding  

The maximum funding for this apprenticeship is £14,000, which can be covered by the Apprenticeship Levy or by government co-investment. 

Modules

YEAR 1  
Industry Contexts  
Digital, social and mobile journalism  
Advanced reporting skills  
Teamwork, leadership and communication  

Media law and ethics in practice

 

YEAR 2

 

Broadcast journalism

 

Data journalism and multimedia storytelling

 

End-point Assessment

 

Further Information

 Please contact our Business Development team: apprenticeships@kent.ac.uk to express interest, ask questions or request more information about our Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship.  

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