GCSE Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry (2017)

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The CCEA GCSE Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry specification is unique in the UK, giving students the opportunity to develop the skills of a journalist through hands-on learning in the craft of writing and presenting on a range of digital platforms.

Students develop knowledge and understanding of journalistic conventions and practices and learn about topics such as journalism law, regulation and ethics, public relations, and working with sources.

Students have opportunities to research, write and present news stories for both print and broadcast, adapting their writing style to suit different audiences, platforms and formats, including radio scripts and film reviews. Students work with a range of digital technologies when designing, recording and presenting their work. For the externally assessed unit, they take an online exam that requires them to complete journalistic newsroom tasks in response to stimulus material.

This qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills developed through the Language and Literacy Area of Learning and the Cross-Curricular Skill of Using ICT.

This specification is a linear qualification: students take all the assessment at the end of the course.

The specification has three units:

  • Unit 1: Cross-Platform Research Portfolio
  • Unit 2: Radio and Review Portfolio
  • Unit 3: Industry, Theory and Practice.

Skills developed through our GCSE Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry

This specification supports the Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 4 and gives students further opportunities to achieve their potential and develop skills for life. These skills include problem-solving, investigative enterprise and the ability to manage complex writing and production processes. Students learn to research and find stories independently, engage with primary and secondary sources, and craft complete journalistic products using a range of digital technologies. They also develop key transferable skills, such as justifying and defending choices with persuasive arguments.

Students of this GCSE may choose to progress to our GCE Journalism in the Media and Communications Industry qualification. This GCSE will help to equip students for a career in these industries. 

For more information on this specification contact:

Ingrid Arthurs
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2398
Nola Fitzsimons
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2235

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