Journalism & Digital Communications (JOURN - 5M2464)


Course Duration One Year Full-time

Leads to NFQ Level 5 QQI Award in Journalism

The digital revolution has changed the way organisations, politicians, companies, clubs and community groups - communicate with the general public, with profound implications for both the media and wider industry.

This course aims to provide knowledge, qualifications and experience that will:

  1. Aid progression to higher education via the Higher Education Links Scheme
  2. Enable students to get a foothold directly into journalism and associated media professions, such as Public Relations
  3. Generate advanced communications skills that are directly transferable to many other roles in wider industry

In addition to the core tasks of idea generation, research and writing techniques, learners receive instruction on industry-standard page-layout software for newspapers, magazines and digital publications, plus audio and visual software for radio and video productions.

Successful completion opens up a wide range of third level progression options in both media and non-media fields.

Entry Requirements

Open to those who have completed the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Entry is also open to students with good written English and a keen interest in journalism. Mature applicants are welcome. Evidence of writing ability will strongly aid your application.


Students who successfully complete this course can proceed via the Higher Education Links Scheme to the Journalism programmes at DCU (DC132) and Technical University Dublin (TU985). Successful completion can also open a path to a broader range of degree programmes such as:

  • Journalism - DCU (DC132)
  • Communications – DCU (DC131)
  • European Studies – NUI Maynooth (MH108)
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics – NUI Maynooth (MH120)
  • Law and Society (BCL) - DCU (DC232)
  • Law (Options) - UCD (DN6000
  • Humanities - UCD (DN530)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) - UCD (DN500)
  • Journalism - TUD (TU985)
  • English and Media Studies - IADT (DL849)

For full details of QQI requirements for progression to CAO courses please click here. Simply enter the code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code choose the Select by Institution option, then click on Go.

Course content:

  • News Writing
  • Feature Writing
  • Online Journalism
  • Subediting
  • Newspaper Layout and Design
  • Public Relations
  • Radio and Sound Production
  • TV and Video Production
  • Media Analysis
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Course Cost:

In response to the cost-of-living crisis, we are implementing a significant reduction in fees for all domestic (EU, EEA, Stamp 4) students undertaking a PLC course in the upcoming academic year. All charges, excluding a nominal, non-refundable, registration charge of €50, will be waived.


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