Glasgow Caledonian University Journalism
Our programme is designed for individuals with a passion for journalism and current affairs, and covers print, radio, television and the web.
You’ll gain the practical skills key to success in this competitive industry such as shorthand, news reporting and page layout, use sophisticated video, audio recording and editing equipment, and write for online and social media. You will also study media law, government, ethics and the media industries.
Our academic staff are all experienced journalists with credible industry contacts, within the BBC, STV, Newsquest and The Scotsman. Professionals from these organisations frequently deliver guest lectures, mentor students, and facilitate a wide range of placements and extra-curricular opportunities to boost your CV and career prospects.
Find out more about Media & Journalism at GCU
Tuition fees need to be paid to the university however some students are eligible for tuition fee support. The fees and financial support that are relevant to you depend on where you lived before coming to university. A guide to fees at GCU.
A level: BCC PLUS GCSE English B/6
ILC Higher: H1, H2, H2, H3 including English at H2 or above
IB Diploma: 25 points BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM plus GCSE requirements
BTEC: Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at DMM PLUS GCSE English B/6
This is a very competitive course with a high ratio of applications to places.
To gain a place the following details are the really important things your application needs to include (You will probably need a couple of paragraphs at least on the UCAS form to cover all of this)
- a clear statement in your UCAS application that you want to be a Journalist, supported by…
- some evidence of that commitment: work experience in a news room; editing the school magazine; any articles published. Any one of these may suffice
- say as much as you can in your UCAS statement about your journalism experiences, achievements and ambitions
Final admission to year 1 is by interview and test – a requirement for NCTJ and BJTC accreditation. We need to see if you really do have the human qualities journalists need (eg. curiosity, resilience, persistence, politeness); whether you really know what’s going on in current affairs, the press and broadcasting; and have an eye for precision in written English.
The test includes current affairs questions as well as assessing your written English. We will also ask you to sit a voice test in our digital radio studio, and bring along to the interview at least one (and no more than three) examples of your own original journalistic work. Ideally, these should be published pieces – from the school magazine, local paper, a website, for example – but if you do not have any such examples, do not worry: we will give you a precise brief to write something specially for the day.
Interview/Test dates for Sept 2017 entry:
- Friday 6 January 2017
- Friday 20 January 2017
- Wednesday 15 February 2017
- Wednesday 15 March 2017
- Wednesday 22 March 2017
*dates subject to change