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A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.

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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Journalism - HND

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Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Journalism is designed for students who wish to gain employment in print, online or broadcast journalism and other areas of creative media production. While the main focus of the course is effective writing, other skills such as photo-journalism, page design and radio broadcasting will also be developed.

Contemporary media issues will be explored throughout the course and students are facilitated in conducting independent research into modern media practice. Students are encouraged to build a portfolio as well as learning a range of skills to enable them to progress to further study or employment.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
Practical Skills
Research Techniques
Feature Writing
Photojournalism
News Journalism
Page Design and Layout
Radio Journalism
Special Subject Investigation
Politics for Journalists

Year 2:
Radio Documentary
Law for Journalists
Journalism Studies
Work Experience
Career Development
Contextual Studies
Magazine Project
Film Studies
Interview Techniques for Television
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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