Political journalism level 3 diploma
An effective journalism course for individuals and businesses
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Our online political journalism course equips you with the skills you need to build a successful career as a freelancer or staff writer in this exciting specialism, even if you are a complete beginner.
Politics is local, national and global. This means there are plenty of opportunities for trained journalists to get their work published, and to be paid for their efforts.
Print and online publications have a constant need for interesting, informative and professionally-written content on the latest political developments.
Our political journalism course teaches you how to identify these markets and develop saleable ideas for articles.
We also teach you essential terminology and jargon, so you feel confident approaching politicians, expert sources and political editors.
In addition, you will learn key journalism skills, including record-keeping, interpreting reports and covering press conferences.
What will I learn?
Our comprehensive online political journalism course will teach you how to:
- Develop article ideas suitable for a range of political publications.
- Source information, conduct research and carry out effective interviews.
- Write articles and features on politics for digital and print publications.
- Apply media law and ethics to the world of political journalism.
- Sell your work and get paid.
You will benefit from unlimited tutor support from Dave Griffiths, who is a freelance journalist, writer, subeditor and proofreader. He will help you every step of the way.
He will also give you personal feedback on every assignment, answer your questions and provide expert careers guidance, so you get the very best out of the course.
When you graduate, you will receive the ABC Awards level 3 diploma in political journalism. It proves you are a qualified political journalist. ABC Awards is regulated by Ofqual.
Our political journalism course has been independently endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. So, when you finish, you will receive the ABC Awards level 3 diploma in political journalism, and a learner unit summary. This lists the subjects you have studied.
The ABC diploma guarantees that you have been assessed at level 3 standards, and are competent to practise. ABC Awards is a leading national awarding body, and is regulated by Ofqual.
In addition, you will receive the fully accredited CMP diploma in political journalism, which is recognised in the UK and beyond. It proves you are a qualified political journalist.
These awards will equip you to apply for political journalism jobs, learn new skills to use at work or find freelance work.
Political journalism course tutor: Dave Griffiths
Journalist | writer | subeditor | proofreader
As a political journalism course learner, you will work 1-2-1 with Dave Griffiths, who is a journalist, writer, subeditor, and proofreader with 27 years’ experience.
He has worked for Press Association’s website Ananova, the Manchester Evening News, Orange’s wapsite, and various weekly papers in Cheshire, Lancashire and London.
He will mark your work, answer your questions and give you friendly help and advice.
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Political journalism course subjects
This vocational course covers every aspect of political journalism. Each lesson includes a practical assignment, based on real-world political journalism.
Every assignment is personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll receive expert feedback on your progress.
Who is this course for?
Our political journalism course is suitable for over-16s of all abilities.
We regularly work with:
- Beginners who want to become professional political writers.
- People who need to write engaging and original content at work.
- Small businesses and freelancers who want to attract more clients.
- Experienced writers and journalists who want to retrain, or upgrade their skills.
- People looking to start their own freelance political writing businesses.
- Political writers who want recognised qualifications.
We have an excellent reputation working with disabled learners, and people who are housebound or terminally ill.
Access to our resources library
You will have free and unlimited access to our extensive resources library. It contains downloadable podcasts, videos, ebooks and tips files to help your career.
This is in addition to your comprehensive course materials and tutor support.
You can study this online course wherever you live. We have students in more than 100 countries. And you can trust us, as we are accredited by two international accrediting bodies:
Both organisations promote excellence in worldwide online study, so international students can verify our quality before they enrol.
Accreditation and quality
We comply with the very highest external standards. We are:
Each organisation has its own standards, code of practice and complaints procedure, so you can enrol with complete confidence.
CMP Charter Mark
The Charter Mark is our benchmark of educational quality. We award it to graduates who have also demonstrated they can work professionally in the online environment.
The Charter Mark gives employers the confidence that candidates applying for jobs or freelance work have received accredited training and independent assessment. And it gives learners credibility in the competitive world of political journalism.