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Journalism – The Essentials

This informative six week course is a straightforward and accessible introduction to the fundamentals of journalism. It is taught by a NCTJ-trained reporter with twenty years of experience working for national, regional and local newspapers and magazines.

Please Note: This course is now being delivered using Microsoft Teams. Please ensure that you have downloaded the Microsoft Teams application prior to enrolling to ensure that you are able to use it on your device.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

News and feature story writing; Sourcing and researching stories; Interviewing and basic photography techniques; The skill of reviewing and previewing; Blogging and new media writing; Different writing styles for different publications; Subbing, editing and proof-reading; The importance and practice of press law.

Who is the course aimed at?

No previous experience necessary.

Who will be my tutor?

Claire Beauchamp is an NCTJ-qualified journalist with 22 years experience. She has worked for many publications, including several national newspapers and magazines and now works freelance. Writing everything from breaking news stories to heartfelt features, Claire is hugely experienced in all aspects of journalism. She has specifically designed the Journalism Essentials course for anyone who has an interest in learning the basics of journalism, interview techniques, different styles of writing and getting work published.

How will I learn?

Through lectures, practical exercises, presentations, discussion and group work. Feedback on progress will be given throughout the five weeks and all homework will be individually assessed.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise

Where will I need to go on my first day?

This is an Online Course so please join via Teams on your electronic device

What do I need to bring?

Students will need an electronic device (PC, Mac, Tablet or Phone) and the Microsoft Teams Application to participate in Online lessons via Teams

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

Click here to access our Covid-19 FAQ - https://www.bathcollege.ac.uk/news/84413

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

5 reviews for Journalism – The Essentials

  1. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    A well prepared informative course. The sessions were interesting and Claire was extremely generous with her knowledge sharing and personal approaches to teaching. The course provided me a robust foundation of the basics has motivated me to start my own writing. I am very grateful to the efforts made to deliver the course during Covid lockdown.

  2. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    An enjoyable course, which worked better in an online format than I had anticipated. The course covered the basics of journalism – a useful summary of everything we need to know. Only criticism is that a longer course (perhaps 10 weeks) would have been able to go into more depth.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Great course. Well-paced and informative

  4. 5 out of 5

    A well structured and delivered course by a knowledgeable instructor. It was fun, interesting and pitched at the right level.There was good interaction between students and I believe we all enjoyed ourselves.
    I would recommend others to try it as a course and I look forward to the prospect of a follow on at some stage in the future.

    For a short introductory course I think you got it just right.

    • Dear Geoffrey,

      In response to students’ requests, we are now providing a follow on course called Journalism – Advanced.

  5. 4 out of 5

    I enjoyed the course and the opportunities it gave for interviewing and writing articles. We also had some interesting discussions about different aspects of the subject. The tutor tailored some of the materials to our specific interests. I felt, however, that the course was a bit rushed and we had to get through too much material in the time allowed.

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