The dreaded C word

Grade announcements are fast approaching for many. They’ll be wanting to know whether they got enough points to get them on to the course of their choice? If not, what will happen and what can they can do about it?

If you haven’t achieved the grades to match the UCAS points for the course, there are various options you can take, so it’s not the end of the world. There is hope!

UCAS clearing  is where you need to go. For those unable to get on their first choice, then clearing offers places on courses where there are vacancies.

Around 35,000 students every year  go through the clearning system. Getting on your first choice is competitive, but if it doesn’t happen, know you still have a chance of getting a place.

Once in clearing you’ll need to make a decision about what course you’d like to apply for (are you still looking in the same area?) and where in the country do you want to go (sometimes you’ll have no choice).

If it’s journalism then look no further than East Coast Media. Based at the Grimsby Institute, we are one of 23 Skillset Media Academies in the UK. This is a badge of excellence, recognised by industry and government. Look for the Pick the Tick badge.

Here we offer BA (Hons) Multi-Platform Journalism. There are very few programmes in the UK offering this. It has been written with assistance from industry to deliver graduates with the right skills and training.

The world of journalism has changed. Journalists are now expected to take photos, shoot and edit video, create audio packages – not only for traditional platforms but for online. This is bi-media, tri-media, whatever you want to label it and if you want to get a break into journalism, then you need to embrace this now.

At East Coast Media you will get the skills and knowledge to develop. There’ll be opportunities for work placements within the broadcast and newspaper industry. You’ll work alongside industry professionals and create real work for publication/broadcast as opposed to simulations. You’ll be encouraged to be creative and have ideas for 360 degree platforms. Recent students have worked on pilot television programmes with East Coast Pictures, an independent production company led by Julia Thompson,  former Director of Sony Entertainment UK. Those students also had to produce content for online and act as researchers, reporters, etc. It gave them real experience of working on a TV programme.

Tutors on the course are all industry practitioners, so you’re in good hands there and the course has excellent work placement relations with some big companies. You can expect your tutor to get to know you personally, rather than being a face among hundreds. This means that you do get one to one assistance and probably feel more valued.

So if it’s a career in journalism you wish to pursue and you’re passionate about it and motivated to do what you can to go far, then come to East Coast Media.

We will want to talk to you to find out why you want to the course and find out if you have the passion and motivation needed. Remember, ask us questions too. We will interview you and you’ll also have to sit an assessment test on the day and there is a written task to do as well. This thorough application process is to ensure you’re suited for the programme – we don’t just give places out to anyone. We need to know that you are right for the course, as much as we’re right for you. It’s all about quality on both parts.

If you know someone who is in this position and wants to do journalism then tell them about this blog. Follow @eastcoastmedia on Twitter.

To look at some of the work undertaken by the current students, visit their youtube channel or check out the course Facebook page.

For further information on the course call 01472 315550 (ECM Reception) or visit the website.

Course entry requirements from September 2011 are 240 UCAS points and a drive/passion/enthusiasm for journalism.

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