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Journalism 1200 Hours Higher Advanced Diploma
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Higher Advanced Diploma in Journalism Online: Acquire the writing skills needed to become both an employed and freelance Journalist. To become a successful journalist, you will need a number of key attributes to call upon during your journalistic career. These would normally include:
- A real passion for journalism
- An ability to make a story interesting to readers through creative writing techniques
- Being able to use words efficiently, conveying all the relevant information within an set number of words
- Excellent knowledge of Journalism practices
- Freelance writing skills because many journalists start off as independent reporters, or will work as a Freelance Journalist at some stage of their careers
By taking this Higher Advanced Diploma, you will acquire these attributes plus more.
Times are changing and the old reliance on regulated courses using memory and repetition teaching techniques are rapidly being replaced. Today’s journalist needs to be an imaginative and talented writer, have a strong sense of independence, plus a good grasp of all aspects of IT including social media(1).
Many courses may not prepare you for this, but ours will. The compulsory modules in this course can also be found in our Advanced Diploma in Journalism.
Higher Advanced Diploma in Journalism: VWR013
There are 12 modules to complete: 7 compulsory and 5 elective:
Compulsory Modules: Higher Advanced Diploma in Journalism: VWR013
- Gain practical journalism experience. Develop your ability to write articles to specification and submit those articles for publication in a periodical (ie. Newspaper, Magazine or Ezine). By the end of this course, you will actually have something published More….
- Expand your practical journalism opportunities. Like Journalism Practice 1, this module gives you valuable experience in writing for a student publication, which will greatly enhance your resume. Publishers are more likely to employ writers who have already been published. More….
- If you love writing and want to improve your skills, network with other writers, and get personal guidance, then, this course is for you. Tutors are exceptionally well qualified, with university degrees and more than five years experience in writing and publishing. More….
- Learn the basics of editing Editors work for publications both in house, and outside, as contractors. A good editor is always in demand; and with the internet, today’s editors can often work from virtually anywhere in the world. Alone, this course does not make you into a professional editor, but it can lead to valuable career opportunities when combined with other courses that develop your knowledge and skills in journalism. More….
- Learn to write effectively. This course is particularly useful for people who wish to brush up on their writing skills, or to obtain basic skills which they should have, but did not develop properly while at school. It aims to provide an understanding of how to write clearly and efficiently, and to communicate thoughts in the minimum number of words, and without any ambiguity. More….
Understand how to write as a freelancer and how publishers buy from freelance writers. Learn everything from good grammar, to planning and writing newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements, books and more. Emphasis is placed on things which are important to publishers who might buy your work. Tutors concentrate on your ability to properly structure an article, and to be both concise and clear in your use of words. More….
- Study Research online and learn to plan and conduct research relating to Journalism. Develop your ability to collect, collate and interpret data and prepare reports in ways relevant to the work environment. Monitor and evaluate your own work in order to develop a responsible attitude to workplace performance and quality assurance. Learn to explain research methods, including experimental techniques, commonly used in your discipline. More….
Elective Modules: Higher Advanced Diploma in Journalism: VWR013 – Choose 5
- Enhance your freelance writing skills! This is a course for people who already have skills in freelance writing, who have perhaps had some minor work published, but need to improve their overall technique and develop a more “efficient” approach to their work. More….
- A biography is neither a diary nor a journal. It’s more than a collection of ‘she did this’ and ‘he did that’. Although biographies are writing about life, it’s more useful to think of them as a collection of writings about life events. i.e. What are the key events in your subject’s life? How do these tie around a central theme or purpose? More….
- Write drama like a professional! There are many different types of writing – short stories, poems, novels, screen plays etc. Dramatic writing can fall into all of these. A short story usually takes place over a shorter period of time. Choose this course if you would like to report on the theatre or movies etc, to convey the excitement of the play or film to your audience. More….
- Develop your editing skills. This course is designed for self-editors, aspiring professional editors and desktop publishers. Its aim is to develop the students understanding of the editing processes and acquire the capacity to edit a broad range of publishing material including both print and electronic media, text and graphics, commercial and non commercial material. More….
- This senior editing distance learning course is designed for editors who are already happy that they have advanced proofreading and copy editing skills and techniques and who want to move up to more senior or specialised roles. Senior editors are upper-level executives working in the publishing field and he or she will often oversee lower-level editors. More….
- Ethics might simply be described as the study of “What is right and what is wrong”. Another way of defining ethics is “those norms and rules of conduct that distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable behaviour”. Ethics is commonly thought of as a subdivision within the broader discipline of “philosophy” (Philosophy is the study of human thoughts.) More….
- Understand Legal Language. Legal terminology is the collection of words and phrases that have a precise or peculiar use in the law profession. Legal Terminology is not only used by Lawyers; but is also used in a wide range of associated legal professions. Choose this course if you would like to report on legal matters. More….
- Do you need to communicate with doctors and patients? A special course designed for people working or wishing to work in medical environments, with no medical training, to develop skills to communicate clearly and effectively using medical terminology. Choose this course if you would like to report om medical matters. More….
- Learn to write successfully in your specialist area. Develop skills to write technical information for a variety of different purposes. Students taking this course should have a basic understanding of technical writing including referencing procedures. If the subject is totally new, you may need to undertake some additional reading before progressing beyond the first lesson. More….
- If you work in the industry that you have been studying; you may submit a reference from your employer, in an effort to satisfy this industry (ie. workplace project) requirement; on the basis of RPL (ie. recognition for prior learning.) This can be achieved through your current and past work experience. The reference must indicate that you have skills and an awareness of your industry, which is sufficient for you to work in a position of responsibility. If you do not work in the relevant industry, you will need to undertake a project. More….
(1) Source: Guardian Newspaper Editorial Read More….
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Practical (Set Tasks)
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice
There are no hidden extras
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Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,