Harlow College has been producing journalists like these for half a century – in fact, we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year – and we remain cutting edge, with the latest technology in publishing and broadcasting, including state-of-the-art radio and TV studios.
We offer the prestigious National Council for the Training of Journalists’ Diploma in Journalism which is your passport into the media world: be it newspapers, magazines, online or broadcast.
Our award-winning course is offered in two formats: over six months, which is ideal for graduates, and across a year, which suits school leavers, and those who have other commitments or just need a little more time.
We have also launched a BA Multimedia Journalism degree that reflects the reality of digital media today. It ensures that undergraduates are multi-skilled and can confidently operate across print, digital and broadcast platforms. We deliver journalism graduates who have employable skills that are future-proof, and are ready to enter a highly-competitive marketplace.
Our degrees are accredited by Anglia Ruskin University, and if your aim is to specialise in sport journalism, our FdA Sports Journalism degree offers the perfect framework within which to study and learn your trade. The opportunity also exists to move onto the third year of the BA Multimedia Journalism degree after completing this two-year course.
Our lecturers include national newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalists. Classes are small so there is plenty of one-to-one tuition, and we have a dazzling array of industry speakers. You will visit Parliament, the courts and national newspapers and be encouraged to blog and tweet the news as well as writing it for our web site, www.harlowharrier.co.uk
Our fees are among the most reasonable in the country and we have the added bonus of being close to London, where many national media companies are based. We encourage students to make the most of this opportunity and develop strong contacts with potential employers through regular work experience.
The reputation of Harlow College’s journalism department reaches far and wide, and it’s the ideal place to start your journey into the profession.
Amina Ahmed, 19, is on the NCTJ one-year diploma. She says: “I enjoy studying here because the tutors are really friendly. They give us the confidence to deal with work experience and trying to get jobs in journalism, because they were in the same position themselves once. They can pass on good advice.
“The best skill I’ve learnt is shorthand. It will help me become a journalist, and it feels like I’m communicating in a secret language. I also like the practical side of the course; for example, using the radio studio and the TV studio. This helps me understand what it will be like when I’m in the workplace.”
Dan Barnard, 21, second-year student on the FdA Sports Journalism degree, says: “The hands-on experience of tutors and their contacts within industry have definitely helped me. I’ve been able to write match reports for the local newspaper and put into practice what I’ve learnt in tutorials.
“I now have a range of skills; not just writing sport stories but also sport broadcasting, photography and online journalism, as well as shorthand and law. So when I finish the course, I’ll be ready for what lies ahead.”
Becky Bird, 20, is a third-year student on the BA Journalism degree. She says: “I feel prepared for what comes next. I haven’t just improved my writing; I’ve also got lots of valuable experience and a good understanding of how the media works. I’ve found law and politics very useful, and I’m now itching to get out there and find a job.
“I’d recommend the degree to anyone who wants to get into journalism. It puts everything into context. You learn practical skills – like television, radio and writing for magazines – and the course makes you feel confident that you will be successful when you do it for real.”