News and Media in a Digital Age

QQI Level 5 | News & Digital Media

News and Media in a Digital Age

The course teaches students the fundamental skills of a journalist in the 21st century. It incorporates both practical methods of working across various media and the theoretical underpinnings of journalism that are as relevant today as they ever were. The course reflects the advancement of digital technology and publication of news on multiple platforms and gives students the tools to report the news and engage the public in a constantly evolving media and news environment.


Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 Journalism 5M2464
September - May
Course requirements
  • Applicants should have Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent
  • Mature Applicants welcome
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry.
  • Use of a computer / laptop and Wi-Fi is desirable
Course modules
  • Media Analysis
  • Writing Skills for Journalism
  • Research Skills for Journalism
  • Technical Skills for Journalism
  • Communications
  • Work Experience / Personal and Professional Development
  • Radio Programme Production
  • Politics
  • Public Relations
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)
Education Progression

QQI Level 5 Award holders are eligible to progress onto Rathmines College’s Level 6 Advanced Certificate in News and Media in the Digital Age or apply to a wide variety of courses in Higher Education Universities and Institutes of Technology including: TU Dublin (Journalism, Film and Broadcasting), Maynooth  (Arts, Media Studies), and DCU (Arts/Media Studies, Communications, Journalism).




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Work Experience

Work experience is an essential part of all our programmes. The College assists students in finding suitable work placements and monitors and assesses their performance in the work place.

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Career Opportunites

Media graduates have also gained employment in all areas of the creative media industry as news reporters, feature writers, radio presenters, radio producers, news editors, content creators, podcast producers, sports journalists, radio presenters, public relations practitioners, newspaper editors, advertising copywriters and other exciting media careers.


I had a great experience during my time in Rathmines College. Doing the Further Education QQI Level 5 course in Media not only helped me get into my dream course, but it also helped me to adjust to college life, doing assignments, sitting exams and making friends.
Eabha Kelly
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