Course Description

Writing Skills for Journalism (QQI Level 5)

Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • understand the ways in which the reading public is offered information
  • develop writing skills that answer the editorial needs of newspapers, radio or television
  • write in different registers
  • work to pre-defined, tight deadlines
  • spot a potential story
  • demonstrate an understanding, in writing, of the difference between fact and comment
  • understand the legal framework within which journalists operate.


Who should complete this course?

  • Students who wish to achieve a QQI credit in Writing Skills for Journalism Level 5.
  • Learners who want to develop their writing skills.


This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at any convenient place and time, and can gain a nationally accredited Qualification.


Topics covered include:

  • Unit 1: Journalism and the News
  • Unit 2: Writing Reviews, Editorials and Columns
  • Unit 3: Writing Features and Human Interest stories
  • Unit 4: Journalism and the Law.


CollegeThe Open College
Course LocationLeopardstown, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 18
Course CategoryJournalism, Media
Course TypeDistance Learning
Course QualificationLevel 5 Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsQQI Level 5 component Certificate in Writing Skills for Journalism (5N2435)
Course Duration8 weeks
Course TimeThis Writing Skills for Journalism – QQI Level 5 course is completed through Distance Learning Course and there are no lectures to attend. Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.
Course Fee314
Entry RequirementsLeaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry. Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites. English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information. Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment. As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
Carear PathWho should complete this course? Students who wish to achieve a QQI credit in Writing Skills for Journalism Level 5. Learners who want to develop their writing skills.
Phone01 2061828
Course Code5N2435
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Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre,, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Leopardstown, Dublin, Ireland. Eircode: D18KX34

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