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Journalism - FdA

Why study this course?

Get your reporting career off to a flying start by studying with Lambeth College’s award-winning journalism department. Previous students have gone on to work for national newspapers, magazines and broadcasters and win prestigious journalism awards.

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Lambeth College, based in Clapham, south London, has attracted the cream of journalistic talent for the last 15 years. It is also the pilot centre for the National College for the Training of Journalist’s (NCTJ's) ground-breaking apprenticeship in journalism, working with BBC Radio 4, the Independent/Evening Standard, The Telegraph, Sky, the regional press, Haymarket and the Mark Allen group.

Your lecturers are journalists with many years of experience working in the regional and national press. Guest speakers are renowned in the industry or have regular contact with journalists. They have included columnist Toby Young, Green party leader Natalie Bennett, Streatham MP Chuka Ummuna, Piers Morgan, The Telegraph’s deputy digital editor Matthew Bayley and Buzzfeed’s Hussein Kesvani.

Lambeth College has helped 100% of students gain work experience with a range of media companies. In the second year, you will undertake a work placement of your choice to build your portfolio.

Trips will include a visit to the Houses of Parliament, crown court and Mayor’s Question Time. Big news stories will also be covered, a previous example being when Lambeth College students covered the election counts for ITN in 2015. In October 2015, students were also asked to exclusively report from the Society of Editors conference.

Candidates will be eligible for student membership of the National Union of Journalists.


You will be assessed through a combination of exams and coursework. There will only be coursework in Year 1.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of 64 UCAS points
  • English Language GCSE at C (grade 4 from 2017) or above
  • IELTS score of 6.0

Applicants will be invited to interview at Lambeth College.

Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time. Please refer to the City and Islington College website for further information.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Introduction to Media Law and Public Affairs 1 (year-long)
  • Radio and Video Production (year-long)
  • Reporting (year-long)
  • Writing Skills (year-long)

Year 2 modules include:

  • Media Law and Public Affairs 2 (year-long)
  • London Met Optional Module (autumn)
  • Advanced Digital Reporting (autumn)
  • Photography (autumn)
  • World of Journalism (spring)
  • Production Journalism – Digital and Print (spring)
  • Work Placement (spring)

You will be equipped with the skills to undertake junior reporting and editing roles in the print, digital and broadcast media. Previous Lambeth College students have gained employment at The Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Sky Sports News, regional press titles, Huffington Post and Buzzfeed.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Apply via UCAS or direct through the Lambeth College website.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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