Higher National Diploma

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, skills such as digital journalism, television presenting 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 comprehensive portfolio as well as learning a broad range of skills to enable them to progress to further study or employment.


The Journalism HND is a two year continuous assessment programme

Course Content

Year 1
Investigative Journalism, Radio Production, Journalism & Society, Digital Page Production, Journalism Practice, Professional Practice, Creative Industry, Individual Project

Year 2
Advanced Journalism Skills, Podcast Production, Magazine & Feature Production, Specialist Journalism, Project Management, Personal Professional Professional Development, Collaborative Project


Higher National Diploma, leading to BA (Honours)


2 Years

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate or equivalent – higher level English is an advantage.  Mature students are welcome.  We encourage interviewees to bring any sample of their writing with them to the interview, for example short story, poem, sports report, school essay etc.

Possible Interview Questions:
Tell us about yourself
What do you like to read?
Who is your favourite author/journalist? Why?
What topics do you like to write about?
What do you know about the course?
What previous experience do you have?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
See also the FAQ section on our website for further details of questions you may be asked here.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have gained employment in print, online and broadcast journalism as well as education, design and a range of creative media production careers.

Radio Links

Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE has a close association with our local radio station, Near FM, where many students have gained work placements.

Progression Routes/College Links

Graduates with a distinction average have a variety of higher education options:

Top-Up Degree

BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism. Accredited by University of Wolverhampton . Delivered at Coolock campus.

BA (Hons) Media Production Management, Ballyfermot CFE – one year programme

Direct progression into final year:

BA (Hons) Digital Media, University of Wolverhampton – delivered on campus at Coláiste Dhúlaigh

BA (Hons) Creative Arts, University of Cumbria

Advanced Entry:

BA (Hons) Journalism and Digital Media, Independent Colleges Dublin

BA (Hons) Journalism and Visual Media, Griffith College Dublin

BA Journalism, Griffith College Dublin

BA Journalism and Media, Dublin Business School

Course Charges

Year 1: €829*
Year 2: €680*

* includes €200 Govt. charge